In Our Mad and Furious City

A Novel
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (6.77 hours)
Product Number: Z100142878
Released: Dec 11, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781250224521
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"Narrators Ben Bailey Smith and Lou Marie Kerr expertly intertwine multiple first-person points of view in this gritty debut audiobook...Listeners unfamiliar with the dialects-Irish, Jamaican, and British among them-will be especially buoyed by the power of the performances."-AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner Long-listed for the 2018 Man Booker Prize Short-listed for the 2018 Gordon Burn Prize Inspired by the real-life murder of a British army soldier by religious fanatics, and the rampant burning of mosques that followed, Guy Gunaratne's In Our Mad and Furious City is a snapshot of the diverse, frenzied edges of modern-day London. A crackling debut from a vital new voice, it pulses with the frantic energy of the city's homegrown grime music and is animated by the youthful rage of a dispossessed, overlooked, and often misrepresented generation. While Selvon, Ardan, and Yusuf organize their lives around soccer, girls, and grime, Caroline and Nelson struggle to overcome pasts that haunt them. Each voice is uniquely insightful, impassioned, and unforgettable, and when stitched together, they trace a brutal and vibrant tapestry of today's London. In a forty-eight-hour surge of extremism and violence, their lives are inexorably drawn together in the lead-up to an explosive, tragic climax. In Our Mad and Furious City documents the stark disparities and bubbling fury coursing beneath the prosperous surface of a city uniquely on the brink. Written and read in the distinctive vernaculars of contemporary London, the audiobook challenges the ways in which we coexist now-and, more important, the ways in which we often fail to do so.

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Author(s): Guy Gunaratne
Original Publish Date: Dec 11, 2018

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Author(s): Guy Gunaratne
Product Number EB00730632
Released: Dec 11, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780374720360

Professional reviews

"Narrators Ben Bailey Smith and Lou Marie Kerr expertly intertwine multiple first-person points of view in this gritty debut audiobook about life and conflict in London, a city "that doesn't love you back." Characters from various class, religious, and ethnic backgrounds cross paths over a 48-hour period when racial tensions in the city are running high. Bailey Smith handles the majority of the characters, including Selvon, Arden, and Yusef. Though they live in the same project, each has a distinct history. Kerr gives voice to an Irish woman transplanted to London who is under the threat of violence back home. Bailey Smith and Kerr bring these characters fully to life. Listeners unfamiliar with the dialects--Irish, Jamaican, and British among them--will be especially buoyed by the power of the performances. S.P.C. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"

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