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"A mesmerising writer." (Alex Marwood, author of The Wicked Girls)
"North's talent shines out." ( The Sunday Times)
"Little short of a masterpiece." ( The Independent)

あらすじ・解説

Winner of the 2017 World Fantasy Award

Claire North has been shortlisted for The Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award

My name is Hope Arden. I am the girl the world forgets.

It started when I was 16 years old.

A father forgetting to drive me to school. A mother setting the table for three, not four. A friend who looks at me and sees a stranger.

No matter what I do, the words I say, the crimes I commit - you will never remember who I am.

That makes my life tricky. It also makes me dangerous....

The Sudden Appearance of Hope is the tale of a girl no one remembers, yet her story will stay with you for ever.

©2016 Claire North (P)2016 Hachette Audio

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  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Michael Daniel Mortensen
  • 2021/09/25

First problem: Story - Second problem: Too long

Claire North is great at thinking up unusual world-changing scenarios, and sometimes she is able to write a book on the subject.

It is important to note that Story and Plot is not the same (though usually used interchangeably).
Plot: What happens. All of the events and scenarios.
Story: How it makes us feel. Why we care.
Claire is pretty good at the plots, but lacks any understanding of how to create story (the feeling), so when her plots aren't super amazing, the whole book falls apart.

The Sudden Appearance of Hope has a very interesting premise. Had Claire written a Short story, then I'm sure she would have written something amazing. But a Novel, nope. It drones and drones and drones, and seeing as there is no story (no interest for the character or their world, really) the droning isn't at all interesting. In fact, she has made the character quite unlikable. I want the main character to lose. I don't know if she does, as I was simply unable to finish the book (and believe me, I tried).

I absolutely loved her "Harry August" book, and while it also lacked story, the main character was very likable, and the plot and timeline in which it was written were amazing. So I'm not giving up on her books. But this one (Sudden Appearance of Hope) is poorly written.

Here's a trick: If you absolutely love the character after one hour of listening, then sure, listen on.
If you don't LOVE her, but only like, tolerate, or even dislike her. Then this book is not for you.

I have returned this title. And I only do this in the rarest of occasions where I have been thoroughly disappointed.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Chris M.
  • 2018/07/31

good(ish) worth a listen

Great story telling but the main premise feels a little contrived. got over it though and finished it happily.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • S. Reeve
  • 2018/01/17

Another stellar piece from Claire North

Listening to Claire North novel is a total joy. Well wrought characters, with innovative and surprising plots.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • João Lucas
  • 2017/03/15

Incredible musings of a forgotten mind

Of loneliness, of history, of meaning, of worth, of self, of truth.

Do yourself a favor and read this.

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Stacey Talancon
  • 2016/08/13

SOOOOOOOO boring

I tried to finish it. Went into a depression so had to stop. Droning narrator.

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  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Patrick
  • 2016/09/15

Disappointing

I'd just read a novel by Claire North (Touch) thought I'd like some more of her work; oh dear, by the half-way point I'd lost the will to keep listening, so good in bits but meanders forever, tedious and a drain, I finally gave up waiting and hit Delete.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • KathyJean
  • 2016/06/11

I loved the concept

What did you like best about this story?

A great story with reflection on human values and the unusual condition of the main character highlights our view of the world.

Any additional comments?

I have listened to 3 of Claire North's books and I love them.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Simon, Oxford
  • 2016/07/18

Just wow

Claire North's books just get better and better. A wonderful book. Extraordinary plot. Great depth of character and beautifully crafted. Gillian Burke's reading is wonderful as well.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Misspelt
  • 2017/08/07

Interesting story but one flaw.....

A realty good concept and a great narrative with brilliant narration. However the whole premise of the story, which is unusual, defies attempts to get your head around. If you put that to one side, or get your head in the right space, it does work.

Really worth listening to and contemplating what it might mean for all of us if you're that way included. Enjoyable and worth investing the time to listen and think.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Bella
  • 2017/01/17

Beautifully written!

Deep, interesting, beautiful! Reads more like a poem than a novel. Thoroughly enjoyed my time with hope - nothing like I've ever read before, absolutely breathtaking! Narration was fantastic too - deep rich voice to get lost with, brought the story and characters to life.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Robin
  • 2016/10/18

Brilliant premise

I didn't enjoy the writing style Claire adopted for this novel although the whole concept and in general terms the plot was genius.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • martin g cummins
  • 2016/09/21

Another great concept from Claire North

She's very clever is Claire North. She writes about people with believable but unconventional superpowers. And she writes about them with pathos and humanity.
This one is about Hope, the woman who everyone forgets.
The performer isn't the best but the novel is riveting.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Amy
  • 2016/09/17

Not quite hitting the spot

When the story is actually happening it's interesting. I found it hard to get past what could only be described as a heavy peppering of really bad poetry at every emotive opportunity.

This book had a lot of good ideas but I find myself looking at it like a cake someone decorated poorly, thinking what a shame. At least it tastes nice.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Maggie Kiely
  • 2017/03/10

Great idea for story

I felt the narrative was excellent and really aided the story
This book focuses on Hope who is forgotten by all who meet her as soon as she cannot be seen. This is a wonderful take on life and I found it interesting to consider.
At the start of the book we learn that from her teenage years Hope Arden is ‘forgotten’ by her family acquaintances and everyone else. As a result Hope ventures off alone excelling as a thief. Hope makes contact with a rich beautiful woman using the phone App ‘Perfection’. When the woman dies in mysterious circumstances Hope is determined to close down ‘Perfection’ in retribution.
‘Perfection’ is an app telling its followers what to do eat where to go. Points are given when the instructions are followed.
It was interesting to see Hope’s story mingling with her desire for revenge. The middle of the book did drag a bit and could have (in my opinion) been edited more
Its very difficult to take in that as soon as someone looses sight of Hope they have no knowledge of ever seeing her.
I would definitely look out for next book by this author and would recommend it.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016/08/28

Brilliant concept and intellectually challenging

I thought the premise for this story was brilliant. Very well written, and read, sometimes quite poetic. It challenges the listener on many levels and you really need to listen. In places I found it's quite profound and philosophically challenging about our perception on trust, friendship and self.
It's also a fun and engaging international thriller / mystery. Love it.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Laurence Ranking
  • 2020/08/03

thought provoking

if you've read other Claire Noth books you know what to expect, if you haven't, buckle up. Dark, interesting and thought provoking

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Jolene
  • 2017/03/20

Bad :(

Sadly, this was the worst book I've read so far in my honest opinion. I was hoping it would be as good as the description sounded. Very disappointed and I couldn't even try to finish it. I found the storyline absolutely ridiculous and didn't like the voices.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Claudia
  • 2017/03/15

Interesting premise but struggled to finish

There are some interesting and original as well as disturbing ideas but it tended to drag on in places and never seemed to end

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Michael Cummins
  • 2020/06/07

Typically original

Original story, well read, and as would now be expected from Claire North, well written.

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Carolina Prado
  • 2019/07/16

great start and it just drags for aaaggeesss

really struggled to finish it. it had so much potential and the story was so amazing and it just drags so much from the middle to the end. just so dissapointed....

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    3 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • smartmum
  • 2018/03/24

Returned this book

I found this so hard to get into, not least because of some glaring factual inaccuracies about one of the countries the main character was in. The plot jumps around and the characters are not engaging. I do not normally give up on a book and am a prolific reader but I couldn’t continue with this. I don’t think the narration also worked for me, her voice was ok but the flipping between accents grated.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • amanda
  • 2018/03/15

Fantastic.

Such an interesting idea, so beautifully written and wonderfully read...definitely will read more of this author.