One Big Damn Puzzler

  • by John Harding
  • Narrated by Peter Brooke
  • 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On a remote South Pacific island, the struggles of an elderly tribesman to translate Hamlet into local pidgin English are interrupted by the arrival of an unexpected visitor. William Hardt is an obsessive young American lawyer who has come to help. From that moment on, nothing will ever be the same - for what (and who) William finds on the island will challenge both his and our notions about love, life, and even death.

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What the Critics Say

"Harding's humour is close to hysteria...the novel is that rare thing - painfully funny." (Daily Mail)

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One Big Damn Puzzle?

Ok, so I read the reviews and thought I could do with a 'laugh out loud' story to listen to. Also, as a person with (I think) a good sense of humour, I usually have no trouble in 'getting' the joke and laughing along with the rest of them.

However, apart from the pigeon English of the natives, which I have to say was brilliantly portrayed by Peter Brooke, who narrated this story excellently, I was not all that amused really.

I feel sorry for sufferers of OCD, but it did get a bit tedious when I had to suffer the minute and repetitive description of the condition and its manifestations.

The story ended well for the main character, but tragically for the islanders. This does give a sad reflection on modern life which is always a good thing to confront and consider, but all in all, not a story I would want to listen to again in a year or so.
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- Liz

Loved every minute of it

If you could sum up One Big Damn Puzzler in three words, what would they be?

fantastic, spiritual, groundbreaking


What did you like best about this story?

The cultural insight, getting a feel for the values of other tribes


Have you listened to any of Peter Brooke’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Have not heared him before, but he's doing a great job


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The end ... sobbing away


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- Martina

Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-07-2014
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks