The Book of Strange New Things

  • by Michel Faber
  • Narrated by Josh Cohen
  • 19 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

'I am with you always, even unto the end of the world . . .'
Peter Leigh is a missionary called to go on the journey of a lifetime. Leaving behind his beloved wife, Bea, he boards a flight for a remote and unfamiliar land, a place where the locals are hungry for the teachings of the Bible - his 'book of strange new things'. It is a quest that will challenge Peter's beliefs, his understanding of the limits of the human body and, most of all, his love for Bea.
The Book of Strange New Things is a wildly original tale of adventure, faith and the ties that might hold two people together when they are worlds apart. This momentous novel, Faber's first since The Crimson Petal and the White, sees him at his expectation-defying best.

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A really interesting adventure

If you could sum up The Book of Strange New Things in three words, what would they be?

original, interesting, creative


What did you like best about this story?

the moral dilemmas that Peter faces is very real and relatable despite the fantasy setting of the story.


What does Josh Cohen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I really liked his interpretation of the Oasians voices and pronunciation


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

the fear that the Oasians felt when Peter hurt himself, really brought home for me how important it was to them to have a religious leader, and the bond they felt with this man.


Any additional comments?

I am a huge fan of The Crimson Petal and the White. To be honest, if it weren't for my love of that book I would have passed this title over on the basis of it's subject matter. However, Faber's skill meant that I thoroughly enjoyed a book which was about two things I am essentially not very interested in!

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- mandy

Not just for sci-fi fans, a compelling human story

I bought this audiobook having previously enjoyed The Crimson Petal and the White by the same author. This book could not be more different but was also a compelling listen.

The book is set in the near future but, although staged in sci fi territory, the story is concerned with human themes: relationships, the nature of faith, belonging.

The imagined world is detailed, fascinating and convincing and will satisfy sci fi fans . The underlying human themes develop slowly and the book is a thought provoking commentary on the nature of modern human relationships and connectedness.

Credit must go to the narrator who manages the challenge of an entirely new language with great skill.

I really enjoyed this book and the issues raised remained with me long afterwards. A thought provoking and intelligent listen.
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- Anne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-10-2014
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd