The Accidental - Audio CD - Unabridged Author:Ali Smith, Heather O'Neil (Narrator), Jeff Woodman (Narrator), Simon Prebble (Narrator) Shortlisted for the 2005 Man Booker Prize! Read by an ensemble cast A chance encounter forever alters a family's understanding of itself. An exhilaratingly inventive, thought-provoking novel from the author of Hotel World. Barefoot, thirtysomething Amber shows up at the door of a Norfolk cottage that the Smarts are renting for the summer. Ambe... more »r doesn't know them, but she talks her way in, telling lies, and stays for dinner. Eve, an author, thinks Amber is a student her husband is sleeping with. Michael, an English professor, knows only that her car broke down. Daughter Astrid, age 12, thinks she's her mother's friend. Son Magnus, 17, thinks she's an angel.
Gradually, Amber insinuates herself into the family. Dazzled by her seeming exoticism, the Smarts begin to examine the accidents of their lives under the searing lens of Amber's perceptions. When Eve finally banishes her from the cottage, Amber disappears from their sight, but not -- as they find when they return home to London -- from their profoundly altered lives. Fearlessly intelligent, disarmingly playful, The Accidental is a Joycean tour-de-force of literary improvisation that explores the nature of truth, the role of chance, and the transformative power of storytelling.
Unabridged: 8 Compact Discs, Running Time: 9 hours, Narrators: Heather O'Neil, Jeff Woodman, Simon Prebble« less
I really wanted to like this book, but it just left me shrugging my shoulders and ready to move on. The presentation was unique in that each character had very distinct "voices" that evolved along with the book. However I couldn't give this book more stars because the plot, though initially promising, left me uninterested in how it would end up and I disliked each of the characters... literally every single one! I couldn't go so far as to say don't listen to the book (or read if you're so inclined), but do so at your own risk.