Blast From The Past

Written by:
Ben Elton
Narrated by:
Michael Maloney

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
February 2011
7 hours 37 minutes
It's two fifteen a.m., you're in bed alone and you're woken by the phone.

Your eyes are wide and your body tense before it has completed so much as a single ring. And as you wake, in the tiny moment between sleep and consciousness, you know already that something is wrong.

Only someone bad would call at such an hour. Or someone good, but with bad news, which would probably be worse.

You lie there in the darkness and wait for the answer machine to kick in. Your own voice sounds strange as it tells you that nobody is there but that a message can be left.

You feel your heart beat. You listen. And then you hear the one voice in the world you least expect . . . your very own Blast From the Past.
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Simon T.

I read this years ago and revisited in audiobook format. I found it a great read the first time through, though I found it a little more arduous this time through. every tiny part of the events sets off a tangent from the main story line. This is fine when it's character building but a lot of it is observational style comedy shoehorned into the books narrative. The book takes too long to get where it's going it seems, the first 3 or 4 chapters all occur within 6 rings of a telephone. When Elton sinks his teeth into the real themes of the book (rape, obsession, political correctness and gender interaction) he is at his best. A lot of the filling around those themes and the plot getting from start to finish can be a little flabby. Not a bad novel, but he does have better under his belt, Popcorn and The First Casualty being my picks.. The narrator is fine for the most part but the American accent and speaking style for the character of Jack can be annoying.

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