The Affirmation

  • by Christopher Priest
  • Narrated by Michael Maloney
  • 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A haunting thriller from one of Britain's most exciting writers.
The Affirmation is at once an original thriller and a haunting study of schizophrenia; it has a compulsive, dream-like quality. Peter Sinclair is tormented by bereavement and failure. In an attempt to conjure some meaning from his life, he embarks on an autobiography, but he finds himself writing the story of another man in another, imagined, world, whose insidious attraction draws him even further in . . .
Christopher Priest's novels have built him an inimitable dual reputation as a contemporary novelist and a leading figure in modern science fiction and fantasy. His novel The Prestige is unique in winning both a major literary prize (the James Tait Black Award) and a major genre prize (The World Fantasy Award); The Separation won both the Arthur C Clarke and the British Science Fiction Awards. He was selected for the original Best of Young British Novelists in 1983.

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Audible Editor Reviews

"With formidable imagination and ingenuity, Christopher Priest turns the novel into an Escher tessellation in which figure and ground are interchangeable. Bringing home to the power of narrative to steal reality, affirming nothing, it abandons us mid sentence, posed between page and world, discomfited and hyper-aware." (Sam Thompson Times Literary Supplement)

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A more satisfying Christopher Priest novel

I really love CP's fiction. It's all about the writing. He can carry a story so beautifully, until you're fully engaged and invested in the characters and then often the ending lets you down, leaves you hanging, but this is only if you read his fiction in a conventional way. After I read The Inverted World and The Glamour, I realised this - I'm along for the journey, the immersion into CP's head, not for a narrative arc or an ending that ties up loose ends.

However, The Affirmation does work on a more conventional level and it made a nice change! I will continue to read CP of course, he has a fantastic imagination, but every now and then, a plot that goes somewhere is very welcome!

By the way, the narrator is AMAZING, it was as though the book was dramatised.
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- Jenny

Deja vu

After reading three of Christopher Priest's novels I confess bafflement. The narrow central theme is practically identical in each one and the narrative a simple variation on the concept. Whilst of course authors specialise and many have settings that span several novels I've never encountered anyone other than Christopher Priest who so doggedly explores - or perhaps 'picks at' would be a better description - a single motif. It's almost like he intends each novel to be a stand alone but when it fails to reach the desired conclusion another one is deemed necessary. In this particular instance it certainly seems that way.

A lot is promised but little is delivered. The twin strands of narrative are presented with clarity and momentum but when they are eventually united only confusion arises. Most plots have questions raised early and wrapped up at the end. This story has a straightforward plot for almost its entirety and only at the end are the uncertainties introduced. Now I'm all for straying from convention but here, for me at least, it doesn't work.

I like Priest's writing and, if I were to go off only one novel, I'd praise his imagination too, but I'm not sure whether I can manage another of his books which I fear would be the identical theme delivered with a few cosmetic tweaks.
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- Si

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-11-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios