Hollywood, 1940. It’s the Golden Age of the Feelies. All one-time actor and unlicensed matrimonial private eye Clark Gable has to do is impersonate a wealthy scriptwriter for a few hours, and sign the contract for the biopic of the inventor of a device which has changed entertainment forever. What could go wrong? Already, he’s seeing ghosts — but that’s nothing unusual. Europe is devastated by war and America is sleep-walking into Fascism — but what’s that got to do with him? By turns wry and romantic, but always gripping, multi-award winning writer Ian R MacLeod’s latest novel is a dazzling collision of science, fantasy and history. Like the feelies themselves, Wake Up and Dream is film noir with Technicolor wraiths.
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- K. Baima
great, but needs a transatlantic accent
i freakin’ loved this book. great mystery, great concept, some deeper thematic throughputs around identity and modernity. but clark gable is our first-person protagonist and i would have paid 2x the credits for a performance with his transatlantic accent!
- ZacharyKindle Customer
LISTEN AND SCREAM!!!
Would you try another book from Ian R MacLeod and/or Jeff Harding?
No, no ,no, no, no.....
What do you think your next listen will be?
Definitely, nothing by this author!
What didn’t you like about Jeff Harding’s performance?
He didn't sound at all like the character he was supposedly imitating.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Wake Up And Dream?
ALL OF THEM!!! I WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED WITH THIS BOOK!
Any additional comments?
A HUGE WASTE OF MY MONEY AND TIME!
Good, but not quite what it could have been
Set in an interesting alternative reality, this book had me fascinated with how many of the people and details were "real" and what was pure fiction - and I ended up doing some research on some of the characters. The story is a good one and fairly gripping all the way through, but the ending is a little disappointing.
I found the the American accent of the narrator quite annoying to start with, but as the book progresses I realised that it actually suited the setting and the characters quite well. Worth a listen.
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- Sharon Barron
The perfect alternate reality novel...
... narrated perfectly by Jeff Harding.
Ian R MacLeod has been for some time my favourite alternative reality writer, but in "Wake up and dream" he has perfected the art.
Clark Gable is a failed Hollywood actor, who plies his trade as a private detective in Venice, Los Angeles. He's hired by the wife of a seemingly incapacitated writer to impersonate her husband. His fee is massively beyond his normal charge out rate, but despite his misgivings he accepts the gig. So begins a tale of murder and intrigue in a world markedly different from our own.
A special word for Jeff Harding, who brings the brilliant writing to life with consummate portrayals of a host of characters including tourist boat captain, Humphrey Bogart and the main protagonist, Gable.
If you haven't experienced the world's of McLeod, this is the perfect start. You won't regret it.