Divided Kingdom

  • by Rupert Thomson
  • Narrated by Glen McCready
  • 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.


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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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- Robert

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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- Sydney

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-05-2006
  • Publisher: Audible Studios