• Divided Kingdom

  • By: Rupert Thomson
  • Narrated by: Glen McCready
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 26-05-06
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (21 ratings)

Summary

Somewhere in the United Kingdom, an eight year old boy is removed from his home in the middle of the night. He is a victim of an extraordinary experiment. In an attempt to reform society, the government has divided the population into four groups, each group representing a different personality type. The land too, has been divided into quarters. Borders have been established, reinforced by concrete walls, armed guards and rolls of razor wire.
Plunged into this brave new world, the boy tries to make the best of things, unaware that ahead of him lies a revelation that will change everything he believes in and will, in the end, put his very life in jeopardy.
A remarkable genre-defying novel about the country we live in.
(P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 26-06-06

an excelent tale of the future

This is an excellent tale. Set in the all too near future it relates the story from the first person of a young boy separated from his parents to adulthood. The characters are brilliantly written and the story evolves well. The descriptive nature of the writing helps to put you in the man's shoes and the reading style is fantastic with an emotive and well voiced sound and depth - I am now a fan of both author and narrator.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Sydney on 17-12-12

Wonderful but flawed

An extremely strange premise told with total commitment. If you like the surrealism of Murakami or Ishiguro (or even Harry Potter, with which it shares some odd details), definitely worth a listen. I should provide a warning that while largely eerie rather than violent there are very disturbing scenes towards the end.



Agree with the reviewer that the ending disappoints, the fragile spell petering out just a little too soon. I'll give it 4 stars though, when it's working it's one of the most haunting, memorable books I've ever listened to. The reading is excellent, expertly holding the dreamlike mood.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Kris on 09-04-14

Not what I expected

This book really wasn't what I expected and didn't interest me as much as I'd hoped, but it was engaging enough.

It has a similar air to 1984 and Brave New World: control of society, looking at humanity, indulging in the forbidden...

I thought that a book written as recently as this might have a more scientific premise: their society is split up by humours (ie the hundreds-years old medical theory), which was a pretty unbelievable premise, but beyond that the analysis of the human condition and finding of self was interesting.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Lesley on 07-04-09

Oddball

An oddball plot set in the future. Obviously written before the tech. boom, but the plot still works. Very thought provoking. Main character really interesting. The sort of book I will revisit and expect to 'get' something new from next time.

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