Waterland

  • by Graham Swift
  • Narrated by Christian Rodska
  • 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This brilliant and compelling novel is at once a lyrical description of the Fens, a fictional autobiography, and an impassioned defence of history. The narrator, an English schoolteacher, and his interior world of memories combine with the exterior world of the bleak Fenland landscape to produce a multiplicity of stories. Swift weaves together tales of empire building, land reclamation, brewers and lock-keepers to construct a chronicle that spans three centuries.
Waterland is simultaneously a family saga, a novel of provincial life, a social history and a story of adolescent love.

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Flat lands but no flat story

Where does Waterland rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Its not the best book I've listened to but it is riveting and a page turner


What was one of the most memorable moments of Waterland?

The description of the flooded fenland and the effect it had on the local inhabitants


Which character – as performed by Christian Rodska – was your favourite?

They were all done so well it is impossible to choose. Perhaps the narrator came over most convincingly


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

In a land of water where water rules lives, life is as unpredictable as the waters.


Any additional comments?

The way this book is structured is a little difficult to follow at first, but once used to the way of it, becomes an important factor in the suspense. A slight niggle for me was the end which I felt was a bit drawn-out. Otherwise a well written gripping story.

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- Eccles

A picture of rural England

A intriguing story of generations living on the Fens. Quite deep at times, but I felt a real warmth towards the characters involved. It had a similar feeling to a wartime Ealing studios film. It could have moved more quickly at times, but that may have taken away some of the period atmosphere. Not a fast read, though engrossing.
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- Martin Minter

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-12-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios