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

Absolutely Brilliant

15 out of 10 if I could. Equally as good as the author's 1st book. Interesting story lines merged into one. Poignant & again made me audibly laugh quite a bit, even though there was tragedy. I hope Extence is writing a 4th book by now. I will be buying all of this author's works as soon as they are released. For me I found His 1st book was exceedingly good; it was excellent. His 2nd book very good & for me this 3rd book was again excellent. Hope he uses the same narrator for his 4th. I love the narrator's delivery too.
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Book Details

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