The Sudden Appearance of Hope

  • by Claire North
  • Narrated by Gillian Burke
  • 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Listen. All the world forgets me. First my face, then my voice, then the consequences of my deeds. So listen. Remember me.
My name is Hope Ardern, and you won't know who I am. We've met before - a thousand times. I am the girl the world forgets. It started when I was 16 years old. A slow declining, an isolation, one piece at a time. A father forgetting to drive me to school. A mother setting the table for three, not four. A teacher who forgets to chase my missing homework. A friend who looks straight through me and sees a stranger.
No matter what I do, the words I say, the people I hurt, the crimes I commit - you will never remember who I am. That makes my life tricky. It also makes me dangerous....
This is the tale of a girl no one remembers, and her story will stay with you forever.

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"A mesmerising writer." (Alex Marwood, author of The Wicked Girls)

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Brilliant - and a little frustrating

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is probably my favorite novel of the last few years - I re-listened to it while waiting for the publication date of this one - and on balance I have found both this new book, the Gameshouse novellas and Touch terrifically entertaining but not quite up to the first book's brilliance. That said, I am setting a very high standard for Claire here, her writing is hugely inventive, her themes genre-defying and her knowledge astonishing.

There is certainly a formula that works for her. Her protagonists have some sort of supernatural "quirk" and go on rather glamorous - almost James Bond like - road trips around the world as the plot develops. This time I found that the combination of thriller and philosophical pondering about the nature of individuality didn't quite gell perfectly. The book luxuriates in its characters and although it is fairly fast paced in the main, some sections feel overlong.

That said, I'd still rather listen to a Claire North book that is not quite perfect than almost any other author, so perhaps I am being a little over critical.

The reader is well-chosen. Hope is of mixed race, and so is Gillian Burke. Her voice has a faint twang to it that is hard to place so that she gives the main character an other-worldly quality that is entirely appropriate. She only loses a star for a rather distracting Scottish accent towards the end of the book that might have been better left unattempted. Otherwise, I enjoyed her epic performance and I'd like to hear her read other books.
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- Mr SA Lambe

This is the patent age of new inventions

for killing bodies, and for saving souls. All propagated with the best intentions.
Lord Byron

This is a very clever book that manages to entertain while questioning our present as if it was a dystopia in some not distant future. The apps, the test and the tech in general are all now only the inexplicable forgetting is not of this world and some of the treatments, as far as I can remember.

Intelligent and beautifully written, with so many Ideas and questions about humanity and motivations, wants and needs, society and freedom, and how easily we relinquish ourselves to the desire of perfection at any cost.

This a book that travels the world exploring the Ideas and and cultures, tasting foods and ideas exploring the identities we take in a global game.

The main character Hope is complex and likable full of life and vulnerability. So is Byron one of her main contacts, even the enemy is at time humanized with motivations that are more complex than the standard evil of badly made caricatures.

Fast paced with many devices being used to explore language and writing while including the reader in the memory game with beautiful ease, a truly enjoyable book that delivers in many levels.

“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.”
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- Wras "Kildonan by the sea"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-05-2016
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK