A God in Ruins

  • by Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by Alex Jennings
  • 16 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Kate Atkinson’s dazzling Life After Life, one of the top-selling adult books of 2014, explored the possibility of infinite chances, as Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again.
In A God in Ruins, Atkinson turns her focus on Ursula’s beloved younger brother, Teddy - would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband, and father - as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have.
A God in Ruins is a masterful companion to Life After Life and will prove once again that Kate Atkinson is one of the finest novelists of our age.


Audible Editor Reviews

A mesmerizing and deeply moving companion book to the 2014 number one best-selling Life After Life, Kate Atkinson brings an enchanting tale with her latest release A God in Ruins, narrated by the captivating Alex Jennings. This extraordinary literary fiction audiobook, full and unabridged, will have you entirely immersed in the beautifully constructed story. Teddy has the chance to re-live his life over and over again. What he chooses to do with this gift is simply incredible. This book will move you, stun you and ultimately change you. Available now from Audible.


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Remarkable Companion to "Life After Life"

This is a companion novel to the wonderful Life After Life, this time following the long life of Ursula’s brother Teddy. Where Ursula’s life (or lives?) was moulded by the Blitz, Teddy’s is by his time as a Halifax pilot through the Strategic Bombing campaign. The two novels share characters but can be enjoyed separately – and I loved both. The Kate Atkinson with and humour is there, though perhaps even darker than usual and particularly with the repellent Viola. But even this character won some sympathy from me because of the richness of Atkinson’s writing. Death appears in many guises, often with the random violence of war and some sequences reminded me of the intensity of Len Deighton’s “Bomber,” though Atkinson cites other sources helping her with her vivid portraits of the terrors of air warfare. The narration is good and the book itself so good that I will look forward to a second listen before too long.
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Even Better than Life After Life

Kate Atkinson just gets better and better!

I've enjoyed all her books but in 'Life After Life' and 'A God in Ruins' she has reached a different level. Teddy's extraordinary wartime experiences in Bomber Command contrast so effectively with the everyday detail of his relationships with his wife, his awful daughter Viola, his grandchildren, his mother and also, of course, Ursula.

I was blown away by the ending and now, weeks after listening to it read so well by Alex Jennings, it is still in my mind. I don't often read or listen to books more than once but this book will be an exception! Do read 'Life after Life' first though.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-05-2015
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks