Out of My Head by Didiervan Cauwelaert
Length:4 hours 20 minutes
About the book….
Martin Harris returns home after a short absence to find that his wife doesn’t know him, another man is living in his house under his name, and the neighbors think he’s a raving lunatic. Worse, not a single person—family, colleague, or doctor—can vouch for him. Worse still, the impostor shares all of Martin’s memories, experiences, and knowledge, down to the last detail. He is, in fact, a more convincing Martin than Martin himself. Is it a conspiracy? Amnesia? Is Martin the victim of an elaborate hoax or of his own paranoid delusion? In his high-powered new novel, Didier van Cauwelaert, the award-winning author of One-Way, explores the illusory nature of identity and the instability of the things we take for granted. Dispossessed of his job, his family, his name, and his very past, Martin Harris is an Everyman caught in an absurd and yet disturbingly convincing nightmare, one that seems to have no exit and that resists every explanation. Part moral fable, part Robert Ludlum-style thriller, Out of My Head is a fast-paced tale of one man’s desperate attempt to reclaim his existence—even at the cost of his own life. Translated from the French by Mark Polizzotti
Our Two Cents:
I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick listen while I was working and it grabbed me from the very first lines. I can’t imagine what it would be like to wake up from a coma and NOTHING is what you thought it was including yourself!
Martin was a fun guy. He faced these roadblocks with humor and of course a lot of anger but he never gave up. He trudged along trying to prove he was no matter what he had to do.
The ending caught me by surprise. I just didn’t see it coming but after it came I don’t know how I missed it! Bronson Pinchot is an awesome narrator who brought the story to life.
If you are looking for a fast paced, wonderfully narrated audio book with tons of twists and turns, give Out of My Head a listen.
4/5 good listen
Posted on March 12, 2012, in 2012, audiobooks.com and tagged Balki Bartokomous, Blackstone Audiobooks, Bronson Pinchot, Martin Harris, New York City, Perfect Strangers, Robert Ludlum. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a Comment.