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O what we ben! And what we come to....

Wandering a desolate post-apocalyptic landscape, speaking a broken-down English lost after the end of civilisation, Riddley Walker sets out to find out what brought humanity here. This is his story.

©2021 Russell Hoban (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"This is what literature is meant to be." (Anthony Burgess)

"Funny, terrible, haunting and unsettling, this book is a masterpiece." (Observer)

"A timeless portrayal of the human condition...frightening and uncanny." (Will Self)  

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Stunning!

The reader really brought this challenging book to life!
I read and enjoyed Ridley Walker, however, this Audible reader created a stunning and colourful world in my head. His style of reading and his pronunciation of the text formed tangible scenes and images for me and made the book so much more exciting and accessible.
Well done!

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I've waited decades

and my brother's recommendation read this in the 1980s and I have been waiting for a very long time for an audiobook. it would have been very easy for this to disappoint but it absolutely doesn't - it hits the nail on the head, the atmosphere, the language, everything this is the real deal!

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When did this happen? Why wasn’t I told?

I have lost count of the years waiting for this to happen. I used to check pretty regularly but I guess I’d given up to the inevitability of this never happening then “bang” it arrives while I’m not even looking.
So happy. Such an excellent book and the narration is all I could have hoped for.

My one caveat is that maybe you should experience reading the book first before listening. The grammar and spelling has a poetry and richness that no one could ever hope to reproduce in an audiobook.

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Does Russell Hoban`s cult classic justice.

A brilliant performance from the narrator who brings Hoban`s dialect to life and gives each of the characters an individual voice which keeps the readers interest .The quality of the narration really adds to the enjoyment of this story and helps conjure a vivid picture of this post apocalyptic vision. Hoban`s original novel is a great piece of writing with increasing relevance in our current times .I would thoroughly recommend this to other listeners. A MUST listen.

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blown away

excellent narration on the audiobook and a stunning piece of writing...a masterpiece in my opinion

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Great performance of a wonderful book

I love this book, but it isn't the easiest read - I know a few people who have started it, loved it, but flagged part-way.
This audiobook makes the devolved language really accessible.

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Mind blowingly brilliant and profound

Get past the Riddleyspeak (it'll take you one or two pages at the most), then prepare yourself for the strangest, funniest, darkest, most profound reading journey of your life. Roadit out with Riddley and his friends, Bernt Arse dog pack and all, you'll be glad you did!