The Ship

  • by Antonia Honeywell
  • Narrated by Melody Grove
  • 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Oxford Street burned for three weeks; the Regent's Park camps have been bombed. Lalla, 16, has grown up sheltered from the new reality by her visionary father, Michael Paul. He has promised Lalla and her mother that they will escape. Escape on a ship big enough to save 500 people. Once onboard, as day follows identical day, Lalla's unease grows. Where are they going?

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What the Critics Say

"The Ship is tense, engaging and emotionally charged: I devoured this novel." (Helen Dunmore)
"A beautiful futuristic fable with huge power to haunt and disturb." (M. R. Carey, author of The Girl with All the Gifts)

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Story has potential, but too much teen anguish.

I've tried very hard to get on with this book. I made it 4 hours in before I could no longer bring myself to listen to any more.
The dystopia future and "the ship" herald promise, but the focus on "Lala", her naivety which borders on the stupid on occasion, and the final nail in the coffin, her "first kiss" is intensly irritating.
I found the pace of the story too slow and resorted to listening at 1.25x speed to try to get further in. Maybe it will appeal to teens who could potentially empathise with Lala, but for me it's one of those very rare things, a book I give up on....
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- Gary MacDonald

Great start, but the SHIP should have docked

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It is always time well spent, it makes my daily tedious car journey to and from work bearable at worse, joyous at best. This audible adventure fell somewhere in the middle. Loved the first third, then it became a mid-ocean journey in the mind of the main character that for me was tedious. You don't have to be a literary expert to work out the secrets kept from LaLa (the main character) and the outcome was equally predictable. The Narrator however was brilliant.


How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Yes. Not entirely sure how so has not to give the game away, but the ending would see LaLa taking (or being enabled to) a different path


Which character – as performed by Melody Grove – was your favourite?

No one really stood out. LaLa was the main character but has a 16 year old with all the complexities of a teenager, set inside a closeted ship, with a suffocating childhood beforehand her storey was more to do with her emotional baggage with the ship being nothing more than a red herring.


Could you see The Ship being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No. The danger is that it could be set as a mid-ocean soap. The dystopian background would be lost. If I had to compare it to anything similar for TV, I'd say the Stepford Wives.


Any additional comments?

You may love it, if you download I hope you do. I won't revisit. Sorry.

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- Andy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-02-2015
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks