The Testament of Jessie Lamb by Jane Rogers audiobook

The Testament of Jessie Lamb: A Novel

By Jane Rogers
Read by Fiona Hardingham

Blackstone Publishing 9780062130808
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A rogue virus that kills pregnant women has been let loose in the world, and nothing less than the survival of the human race is at stake. Some blame the scientists, others see the hand of God, and still others claim that humanity is reaping the punishment it deserves for years of arrogance and destructiveness. Jessie Lamb is an ordinary sixteen-year-old girl living in extraordinary times. As her world collapses, her idealism and courage drive her toward the ultimate act of heroism. Jessie wants her life to make a difference; but is she heroic, or is she, as her scientist father fears, impressionable, innocent, and incapable of understanding where her actions will lead? Set in a world irreparably altered by an act of biological terrorism, The Testament of Jessie Lamb explores a young woman's struggle for independence. As the certainties of her childhood are ripped apart, Jessie begins to question her parents' attitudes, their behavior, and the very world they have bequeathed her.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2012 Arthur C. Clarke Award

Longlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize

A rogue virus that kills pregnant women has been let loose in the world, and nothing less than the survival of the human race is at stake.

Some blame the scientists, others see the hand of God, and still others claim that humanity is reaping the punishment it deserves for years of arrogance and destructiveness. Jessie Lamb is an ordinary sixteen-year-old girl living in extraordinary times. As her world collapses, her idealism and courage drive her toward the ultimate act of heroism. Jessie wants her life to make a difference; but is she heroic, or is she, as her scientist father fears, impressionable, innocent, and incapable of understanding where her actions will lead?

Set in a world irreparably altered by an act of biological terrorism, The Testament of Jessie Lamb explores a young woman's struggle for independence. As the certainties of her childhood are ripped apart, Jessie begins to question her parents' attitudes, their behavior, and the very world they have bequeathed her.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Jane Rogers has captured Jessie’s voice brilliantly, alternating a teenager’s solipsism with a growing awareness of the wider world. Jessie’s self-conviction is both admirable and infuriating, and the reader is torn between her clear, unequivocal conclusions and the intricate, heartfelt compromises of her parents.” Times Literary Supplement (London)
“A wonderful evocation of teenage confusion, passion, and idealism.” Daily Mail (London)
“The novel does not set up an elaborate apocalypse but astringently strips away the smears hiding the apocalypses we really face. Like Jessie’s, it is a small, calm voice of reason in a nonsensical world.” Independent (London)
“An engrossing work of speculative fiction.” Slate
“A powerful dystopian novel…Long-listed for the Booker Prize, Rogers’ mesmerizing tale is frighteningly timely and bound to spark rich book-club discussions.” Booklist
“A great read for teens who like to be provoked, or enjoy books about cutting-edge controversial issues.” School Library Journal
“The Testament of Jessie Lamb is so fully realized and believable, with a voice so familiarly compelling, that the apocalyptic dreamscape of the novel felt more real to me at times than the world I returned to when I put it down to take a breath—which wasn’t often. This is the kind of novel in which one dwells. Unforgettable.” Laura Kasischke, award-winning author

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by Samuel 9/13/2017
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A story and audiobook to ponder over

A Man Booker Prize longlisted novel and winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, first published in the UK in 2011 and gaining wider release and recognition throughout 2012. The titular “testament” is the date-stamped diary (or journal, if you prefer) of Jessie Lamb, a teenager whose world is in shock, heading toward chaos, when a global pandemic renders all women unable to bear children to term. Hardingham’s innocent yet firm narration is flowing with the emotional textures and undercurrents of Jessie’s young life, making this both a story and audiobook to ponder over.

Author

Author Bio: Jane Rogers

Author Bio: Jane Rogers

Jane Rogers has written numerous books, including Her Living Image, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award; Mr. Wroe’s Virgins, a Guardian Fiction Prize runner-up; Promised Lands, winner of the Writers’ Guild Award for Best Fiction Book; Island, long-listed for the Orange Prize; and The Voyage Home. She has written drama for radio and television, including an award-winning adaptation of Mr. Wroe’s Virgins for BBC2. She has taught writing at the University of Adelaide, at the Sorbonne, and on a radio-writing project in eastern Uganda. She is professor of writing at Sheffield Hallam University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She lives on the edge of the moors in Lancashire, England.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 8.25
Audience: Adult
Language: English