• by Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by Paul Rhys
  • 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1972, two seconds were added to time. It was in order to balance clock time with the movement of the earth. Byron Hemming knew this because James Lowe had told him and James was the cleverest boy at school. But how could time change? The steady movement of hands around a clock was as certain as their golden futures.
Then Byron's mother, late for the school run, makes a devastating mistake. Byron's perfect world is shattered. Were those two extra seconds to blame? Can what follows ever be set right?


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There's always one (bad review)...

...and this one is it. I loved "Harold Fry" and was looking forward to the next book from Joyce. It didn't need to be all the way up there with the "Pilgrimage" but I was sure it would be good. Unfortunately half way into the book I got so bored I just couldn't continue (and it doesn't happen to me very often). I just skimmed the rest to see if my predictions were correct (which they generally were).
The characters (every single one of them) were annoyingly naive and acted like they were from another planet. All seemed very artificial. The plot felt weird and unlikely. There was a lot of fluff so it took ages to put across a simple point.
I appreciate many won't agree with me (and all the good reviews will support the case against me) and maybe I was in the wrong state of mind, but it doesn't change the fact that I didn't like the book at all, found it a complete bore and was surprised that it came from under the same pen that committed one of my favorite books ever.
Anyway. There's plenty more where this one came from and I'm readying the credits for other good reads.
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- Lukasz Kniola

I gave up

I loved the Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and the Love Song of Queenie and was aware from other reviewers that Perfect would be very different and that it would take time to become engaging. I've listened for many hours as two disconnected amble along in a directionless way. I could have kept on listening to these mildly interesting stories but for the tiresome writing style overburdened with similes: hardly any description stands alone but has to be "like" something else to emphasize the allusion. Few emotions or situations escape being over-egged to be "as if" some other thing. I couldn't stand anymore of this deluge of verbiage and gave up.

The narrator does a grand job. Pity he has to wade through so much superfluous prolixity.
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- Kirstine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-07-2013
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks