The Wall: A Novel

Written by:
John Lanchester
Narrated by:
Will Poulter

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2019
6 hours 44 minutes
The bestselling author of The Debt to Pleasure and Capital returns with a chilling fable for our time.

Ravaged by the Change, an island nation in a time very like our own has built the Wall-an enormous concrete barrier around its entire coastline. Joseph Kavanagh, a new Defender, has one task: to protect his section of the Wall from the Others, the desperate souls who are trapped amid the rising seas outside and are a constant threat. Failure will result in death or a fate perhaps worse: being put to sea and made an Other himself. Beset by cold, loneliness, and fear, Kavanagh tries to fulfill his duties to his demanding Captain and Sergeant, even as he grows closer to his fellow Defenders. A dark part of him wonders whether it would be interesting if something did happen, if they came, if he had to fight for his life . . .

John Lanchester-acclaimed as 'an elegant and wonderfully witty writer' (New York Times) and 'a writer of rare intelligence' (Los Angeles Times)-has written a taut, hypnotic novel of a broken world and what might be found when all is lost. The Wall blends the most compelling issues of our time-rising waters, rising fear, rising political division-into a suspenseful story of love, trust, and survival.
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a slow novel, it feels more like introspection for the most part, very character focused, as the plot doesn't feel like it starts moving until more than a third of the book. the plot wasn't predictable to me, as I didn't know where it was headed, but it is compelling enough that it didn't bother me and had me listening til the end. very grounded, there is a sense of realism in its exploration of a "what if". I recommend for a quick and somber listen

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