Netherland

  • by Joseph O' Neill
  • Narrated by David Thorpe
  • 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What do you do when your wife takes your child and leaves you alone in a city of ghosts?
Dutch banker Hans ver den Broek chooses cricket. But New York cricket is a long way from the tranquil sport he grew up with. It's a rough, almost secret game, played in scrubby marginal urban parks by people the city doesn't see - people like Chuck Ramkissoon.
Years later, when a body is pulled out of a New York canal, Hans is forced to remember his unusual friendship with Chuck - dreamer, visionary, and perhaps something darker...

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"I'm reading this book called Netherland by Joseph O'Neill ... it's fascinating. It's a wonderful book" (Barack Obama)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Aimlessly entertaining.....

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I'd like a bit more plot and a bit less of the quirky, characterful digressions....


Would you ever listen to anything by Joseph O' Neill again?

Possibly.....with different subject matter; his writing flows really nicely.


Which scene did you most enjoy?

All the scenes where he's talking with his wife - the dialogue is insightful.


If this book were a film would you go see it?

Nope. Not enough plot for me.


Any additional comments?

This is a quirky, rambling read with endless time jumps and digressions into interest and entertaining but ultimately pointless asides. But it is entertaining.

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- Steve Porter

Wonderful, wonderful New York novel

A most unlikely story - cricket in New York, played by a lonely Dutchman. From such absurd (?), impossible elements O'Neill has crafted a most elegantly put-together tale that I wanted to go on and on.

Confession: not having come across O'Neill as a writer, I spent the first half of the book believing it to be a true story. I spent the second half of the book wishing it was.

The detail (including lengthy details about cricket) and characterisation are simply exquisite!
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- Rusmat Ahmed

Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-08-2010
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Ltd