The Coma

Bestselling author Alex Garland's surreal fantasy explores the workings of a coma patient's mind, lucid but powerless.

Carl keeps having blackouts and fears he's suffered brain damage as a result of the attack on the tube train, so he turns to his friends for help.

Read by Tom Goodman-hill

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Bestselling author Alex Garland's surreal fantasy explores the workings of a coma patient's mind, lucid but powerless.

Carl keeps having blackouts and fears he's suffered brain damage as a result of the attack on the tube train, so he turns to his friends for help.

Read by Tom Goodman-hill

A young man is attacked on a train late one night and knocked unconscious.

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Carl fears the attack has caused brain damage, as he keeps having blackouts.

Tom Goodman-hill reads Alex Garland's novel.

Carl fears he has suffered brain damage from the attack as he keeps having blackouts.

Alex Garland's novel continues.

Carl fears he's suffered brain damage from the attack as he keeps having blackouts.

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As Carl gets used to his coma world, he looks for triggers to wake him up.

Tom Goodman-hill reads Alex Garland's novel.

As Carl gets used to his coma world, he starts looking for triggers to wake him up.

Alex Garland's novel continues.

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Panic kicks in when Carl's dream world dissolves into a void.

Will he ever wake up?

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Fear of never waking up turns to fear of waking up as Carl starts to stir.