James is exactly what you'd expect from one of London's most promising, young town planners. He's cautious, respected by colleagues and performs well in team meetings. But while James understands the glitter and grime of the city better than almost anyone, he hasn't actually experienced much of it. And, as he watches his university friends blossom bewilderingly into rich and successful adults, he has the nagging sense that he has somehow fallen by the wayside. That is, until he meets Felix, who navigates the glamorous and cynical capital with sophisticated ease. Felix introduces James to a London that he has never known, and which doesn't feature in the planning manuals: a world of private clubs and executive football boxes; of book launches, contemporary art galleries, suburban drug dealers, and dates with women even more exotic than the peculiar vodka shots they drink. But London is an expensive city in many ways, and the world Felix has opened up comes at a cost. James may know how to design housing estates and high streets, but is it really possible to redraw the masterplan for his own life? And what will he lose along the way?
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well written and worth a listen - i enjoyed it
I like to follow words and re-read stuff myself. I also purchased the book and followed the text while listening to the audio. They are different incarnations of the same art form and both have their place. I don't think one form should be trying to compete to replace the other. They need to co-exist. Every printed book should have an audio and digital form; it's the future. There should be the choice for consumers.This should be extended to all academic text books where students can listen to books on their phones or mp3 players and listen to the chapters they need to read, for homework task etc. The great thing is you can increase the reading speed and whip through a book a lot quicker than reading it yourself if you're a slow reader.
I don't have a particular favourite moment but a several factors work well to make this story an enjoyable listen. I liked the way the characters' faces where described; i liked the geography references; i liked the way elements of the protagonist's profession as a planner was woven inextricably into the narrative; the book was well paced; there was a good sprinkling of characters and settings in and around London.
Felix - though I walked away wanting to know more about him and why he helped James.I felt Mr Ryan's voices for the different female characters could have been better; they needed to be more distinct. Also his accent for Rachel deserved a better treatment but overall he did a decent job.
A thirty something boy coming of age while consuming what London had to offer.
I enjoyed this story and recommend it. It is definitely worth listening to. However, though I felt I journeyed with the main character. James, I didn't really get to know him much; other than him having selfish motives of trying and wanting to be better than his friends in pecuniary terms.
- abrar sharif