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Haven

By: Emma Donoghue
Narrated by: Aidan Kelly
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Publisher's Summary

The hugely anticipated novel from the internationally bestselling author of The Pull of the Stars and Room.

Three men vow to leave the world behind them and start anew...

In seventh-century Ireland, a scholar and priest called Artt has a dream telling him to leave the sinful world behind. Taking two monks – young Trian and old Cormac – he travels down the river Shannon in search of an isolated spot on which to found a monastery. Drifting out into the Atlantic, the three men find an impossibly steep, bare island inhabited by tens of thousands of birds, and claim it for God. Their extraordinary landing spot is now known as Skellig Michael. But in such a place, far from all other humanity, what will survival mean?

Haunting, moving and vividly told, Haven displays Emma Donoghue’s trademark world-building and psychological intensity – but this tale is like nothing she has ever written before...

©2022 Emma Donoghue (P)2022 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

Critic Reviews

"Beautiful and timely." (Sarah Moss, author of Summerwater)

"Haven is everything a novel should be: compassionate, unpredictable, and questioning. This is Donoghue at her strange, unsettling best." (Maggie O'Farrell, author of Hamnet)

"Combines pressure-cooker intensity and radical isolation, to stunning effect." (Margaret Atwood via Twitter)

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  • Randombags
  • 08-21-22

Intense and thought provoking on many levels

I listened to this after reading a review in the Guardian. It is very thought provoking about many things including authority, human impact on the environment and the intensity of some relationships. I found it very moving and listened non-stop

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  • sophie barnaby
  • 10-23-22

Heavy, serious listening but brilliant

This is an amazing novel about 2 monks in 600AD who are chosen by an adored and charismatic leader to go and set up a monastery on an abandoned rocky island in the Atlantic. It is narrated perfectly in a sonorous tone which brings out the novel’s weighty language the heaviness of the characters and the landscape they are in. The novel is about the monks’ slow realisation that their leader is a religious fanatic who actually stands against everything that is holy. Highly recommend it and of course its themes resonate through the ages including today.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-22-22

Unique to say the least but good....I think?

Firstly, what a bizarre story! 3 monks in the year 600ish row to a pretty much uninhabitable island with the intention of dedicating the island and themselves to God - for the rest of their lives.

It's a grim, brutal tale of the relentless efforts of the men to achieve their goal whilst trying to survive the harsh conditions with as little as possible. I gave up a few times to listen to other books as it was a tough story to 'experience'. Several times I found myself saying "why the heck am I still listening to this?! These bloomin' monks on an island!"
But I'm glad I persevered. Although I do feel like I lived on that island with them - so good was Emma Donohue's writing. By the end I was eager to see what became of them and I was satisfied with the outcome.

I've 'listened' to 2 of Emma Donogue's other books. The topics are always unique. My favourite by far was The Pull of The Stars.

A very interesting and talented author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-27-22

Beautifully written and well researched but..

The constant quoting of the bible to manipulate the monks wore me down. The actual island and the monks' plight kept me going..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-22

A dark tale well told

A dark tale speckled with patches of light as humanity manages to shine through, like the rays of sun through the gaps in the clouds over the Skelligs. Well told and well read. The narrator’s voice fits the story perfectly.

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  • Jenny Thomson
  • 09-19-22

Wonderful book

I was lucky enough to visit the Skelligs in 2012 .
This book conjured up the atmosphere of the tiny outcrop of land visited.
Beautifully read .
Thank you

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  • Marcos Simpson
  • 09-14-22

tender. insightful. monstrous

an incredible story that teaches us so much about humanity

wonderfully performed. wonderfully written.
full of love

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  • Wickham Woman
  • 09-11-22

Mesmerising

An engrossing account of the efforts of the first three monks to endure life on the Skelligs and life with each other. I couldn’t put it down. Wonderful.