The Empathy Problem

  • by Gavin Extence
  • Narrated by Jack Hawkins
  • 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Driven by money, power and success, Gabriel has worked ruthlessly to get to the very top of the banking game. He's not going to let the inconvenience of a terminal brain tumour get in his way. But the tumour has other ideas. As it grows, it appears to be doing strange things to Gabriel's personality. Whether he likes it or not, he seems to be becoming less selfish, less mercenary, less unlikeable. Once he could dismiss the rest of humanity as irrelevant. Now he's not so sure.
Women in particular are becoming worryingly three-dimensional. And none more so than Caitlin, the unremarkable girl he sees busking on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral. When she plays her violin, Gabriel could almost believe that he has a soul.... But as each day that passes brings him closer to his last, has time run out for second chances?
Best-selling author Gavin Extence pushes the envelope again with another thought-provoking and funny novel about the surprises, good and bad, that life can throw at us.

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Wonderful beyond words

This may the story of an unpleasant man dying from a brain tumour, but please don’t be put off by the subject matter because this is enthralling. Gavin Extence uses a hedge fund manager as a modern day bogeyman and creates a redemption story that is as powerful as it is believable. The story covers big themes such as the nature of evil, the restorative power of love and whether people can really change their natures to become a better person. Along with this is a very satisfying story of revenge and reconciliation, all told with humour and style. I particularly enjoyed the backdrop of the London Occupy camp in Paternoster Square. I was working in London at the time and I can vouch for the absolute authenticity of the events described.
The narrator, Jack Hawkins is perfect for the material.
I read the Alex Woods book and thought this one was possibly even better. Gavin Extence is a brilliant and fresh voice in the literary world and I really look forward to reading more from him. My only regret is that I have now finished listening to this fantastic story and will find it very hard to follow this up with another book.
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- Kaggy

A brilliant author

The story is good, deep, meaningful and thought provoking. The setting is modern bringing to the fore events which happened during the financial crash whilst touching upon subjects which affect us all.
A book which leaves you thinking long after it's been read.
The narration is also excellent.
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- Jon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-08-2016
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton