Audiobook Review: Occupied by Joss Sheldon

Author: Joss Sheldon
Narrator: Jack Wynters
Publisher: Joss Sheldon⎮September 16, 2016
Length: 12 hours 15 minutes
Genre: Magical Realism
Step into a world which is both magically fictitious and shockingly real. Walk side-by-side with a refugee, native, occupier and economic migrant. And watch on as the world around you transforms from a halcyon past into a dystopian future.
Inspired by the occupations of Palestine, Kurdistan and Tibet, and by the corporate occupation of the west, ‘Occupied’ is a haunting glance into a society which is a little too familiar for comfort. It truly is a unique piece of literary fiction…
A deeply thought provoking book that does not fail to keep the listener engaged. 
 Based on a theme that can be related to over the last fifty years but looking forward into a potential future makes you question how close to reality this could be!
I tend to use audiobooks on my commute to/from work each day to ‘wake me up’ and then to ‘wind down’, this audiobook succeeded in this task as I was led through the intertwined lives of a number of individuals from both sides of an ‘occupation’.  
The book itself is mostly well written and the narration enhances the prose.  However, there were some minor faults that resulted in a distraction from the plot line.  The narration took some time to get used to with the narrators tone and cadence bordering on the annoying at times and some of the voices being a little ‘off point’.  
Compounding this was a seemingly lower quality than some of the other audiobooks that I have listened to.  From a prose perspective I found that, on occasion, there was a tendency to introduce unlinked descriptive sentences in to a descriptive paragraph which led to me being distracted from the story and instead trying to work out the relevance of what I had just heard, like the presence of some dogs in a riot or the shape of a refugees’ bottom.  
I do stress though, in the overall context of this story these observations are minor.  
This is a fascinating story that challenged everything we know about the modern world and invited wider thinking on the topic.  
It is safe to say that my drive to and from work will not be the same and I’m trying desperately to find a follow on book that gives me the same level of mental stimulus.

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