• by Adrian Barnes
  • Narrated by Tim Beckman
  • 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award.
Dawn breaks over Vancouver and no-one has slept the night before, or almost no one. A few people, perhaps one in ten thousand can still sleep, and they've all shared the same strange, golden dream. A handful of children still sleep as well, but what they're dreaming remains a mystery.
After six days of absolute sleep deprivation, psychosis will set in. After four weeks, the body will die. In the interim, panic ensues and a bizarre new world arises in which those previously on the fringes of society take the lead. One couple experience a lifetime in a week as he continues to sleep, she begins to disintegrate before him, and the new world swallows the old one whole...NOD.


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A strange and fascinating end to it all

This is a story told from the viewpoint of a man who can sleep when the rest of humanity has lost the ability. It starts gently with his girlfriend complaining about a restless night but then becomes completely gripping with the realisation that something terrible is going on in the world. I was awestruck by the description of how quickly society would disintegrate if such an event happened. This is a tale of madness and chaos and the descent is totally credible.

The main character is the perfect commentator. He is a misanthrope who claims to dislike people and yet his compassionate description of his girlfriend's horrible disintegration is very moving. On top of that, he is an expert on words and their often mysterious origins, and his musings on what is going on gives an almost poetic feel to this tale.

The narrator is fantastic. I loved his reading of a Canadian pretending to have an English accent.

I haven't found any other books by this author so am assuming this is first published novel. I hope he is very quickly inspired to publish another one.

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- Kaggy

I stayed in the car till the end of the chapter

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

top ten

What other book might you compare NOD to, and why?

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Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was riveted

Any additional comments?

so exciting and worderfully worded, the best book for me this year

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- Mark

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-04-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios