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Summary

5-star reviews on amazon.co.uk from the Booker Prize-shortlisted author of The Good Doctor comes a gripping novel of guilty secrets, obsession and self-reinvention, set on the African savannah. When Adam moves into the abandoned house on the dusty edge of town, he is hoping to recover from the loss of his job and his home in the city. But when he meets Canning - a shadowy figure from his childhood - and Canning's enigmatic and beautiful wife, a sinister new chapter in his life begins...Canning has inherited a vast fortune and a giant folly in the veld, a magical place of fantasy and dreams that seduces Adam and transforms him absolutely, violently - and perhaps forever.
©2008 Damon Galgut. (P)2009 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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"Fast-paced and breathless... Galgut has a knack for the image that cuts to the quick of a character... his plots seem propelled by a logic of their own." ( Observer)

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Please get a South African to read this book.

The story is good and unfold well, an enjoyable read. I believe the narrator is an Australian. I really struggling listing to his South Africa accent and nearly turned it off. Giving the narrator his due, he did try hard to work with the difference SA dialects variations of the South African population.

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First class story and narration

I found The Imposter gripping from the first second to the last. Well structured and a purpose for every minute detail. Damon Galgut paints a sinister, dark post-apartheid South Africa where all the main characters are victims in some way; the effects of the old system can still have a devastating effect, most especially on those who the change was meant to help. Although I believe Humphrey Bower is Australian, his South African accent is faultless. He is a first class narrator.

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Fabulous book, great author but terrible narration

As a fellow South African, proud of the recent Booker Prize for Galgut's latest novel, The Promise, I was keen to listen to The Imposter, which I had not read before. It didn't disappoint. I found the story kept my interest right to the end, but more fascinating were the artful characterisations of Adam, Canning and Baby. The play between guilt, entitlement, outrage, acquiescence, denial, betrayal, forgiveness, despair and hope, all so often a common part of a South African's psyche, are masterfully displayed in this novel.

The only downside of this recording was the choice of reader. I am guessing someone from the Antipodes? Although the story itself was well read, his South African accents were plain awful and not at all realistic. I was born in SA and have lived here all my life, am very familiar with accents from all over our country and his were appalling and really grated. It would have been better not to try an accent at all! What a pity that a South African reader wasn't chosen to showcase this magnificent book.

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A novel to be savoured

Wonderfully written prose, poetic in places. Once the scene is set, the plot follows the emotional journeys of the characters rather than external events. Characters are unpredictable which prevents second guessing what will happen and keeps our
attention. Fantastic narration with only 2 anomalies. Co-op was pronounced to rhyme with hoop ? local joke/slang ;lowering sky rhymed with growing instead of souring!

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Brilliantly done on all three accounts

What made the experience of listening to The Impostor the most enjoyable?

Humphrey Bower read the storey in such a way that at times I felt as though i was watching it on the television. It felt real

What did you like best about this story?

How the reader was able to speak with different tones - i can actually imagine the characters to sound as he imagined them

Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favourite?

Probably all but mostly Nappy (aka Adam), Blorm (the old man, next door) and at times Kevin (Canning)

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I am an absolute fan of Humphrey Bower. I think he may have single-handedly changed my views on the South African accent. I have also become a Fan of the writer, Damon.I have added him to my favourite authors The storey flows with ease short but enough to tell the story. I will be buying another of his books.

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A point missed?

I wonder if I just missed the point with this book - where was it going? Was it too subtle for my little mind perhaps? Or just actually not going anywhere...?
Well narrated though...

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A deep, dark fascinating story

The story is compelling, getting deeper and darker at every turn. Humphrey Bower is masterful.

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  • 28-02-11

A WASTE OF MONEY

The book could have been an enjoyable listen (although some plot elements are downright beyond belief) but the narration reduces it to farcical levels. The narrator adopts a psuedo South African accent and strange voice intonations for all the characters, which makes them not only comical (at best) but wholly unbelievable and simple minded (at worse). It is off-putting and unnecessary - South Africans do not speak like that. I perservered only because I thought the author could not be blamed for the clownish performance, but my advice is: DON'T BUY THIS BOOK.

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