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The Charioteer Audiobook

The Charioteer

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After surviving the Dunkirk retreat, Laurie Odell, a young homosexual, critically examines his unorthodox lifestyle and personal relationships, as he falls in love with a young conscientious objector and becomes involved with a circle of world-weary gay men.

©1955 Mary Renault (P)2014 Audible Studios

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    Mrs. Terrie Rintoul UK 12/09/2016
    Mrs. Terrie Rintoul UK 12/09/2016 Member Since 2013

    I began by listening to all the classics having rejected them at school. Now I always have an audio book on the go. They are brilliant.

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    "A complex and poignant love story far ahead of its time"

    Wonderful to see Mary Renault's marvellous work now available on Audible. I hope that it will open it up to a wider audience.

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    JillB UK 22/07/2016
    JillB UK 22/07/2016

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    "Magnificent story magnificently narrated "

    I had forgotten how much I love 'The Charioteer ' by Mary Renault.
    The story itself is excellent; the depiction of Laurie and Ralph and their struggle to be themselves within the constraints of their society wrenching at times. The characterisation is excellent and I always find myself rooting for Ralph and Laurie, even though I've read it a number of times over the years..
    The narration was excellent. I could 'see' the characters as they spoke; their differences were apparent through changes in tone and pitch and I had no problems identifying who was speaking (I shall probably bookmark all my favourite bits so that I can revisit particular sections but I will be listening to this again (& again) as I've thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.
    The language, setting and characters are immersive to the point where you resent being interrupted reading or listening to go and do something else. It's a book I want to wrap myself up in whether I'm reading or listening and if you like WWII set novels with gay characters figuring themselves out in a restrictive society then I recommend giving 'The Charioteer' a go.

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  • Clinton Kippley
    Madison, WI USA
    03/04/15
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    "A struggle at first. But then it pulls you in."

    Amazingly well done. Psychologically comparable to Gone w/the Wind in many ways. Truly exceptional!

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  • Christopher
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    05/02/16
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    "A Gay Classic!"

    The story is timeless in it's depiction of coming out and finding your own niche. Set in WWII the story of Laurie, a young man out of the army, wounded and coming to terms with his new physical body impairment as well as his sexuality. He breezes from the hospital to a party where he finds another group of like-minded men who round up the characters to be in Laurie's life. I found it interesting that different "types" of men still exist in gay society today. I really enjoyed the narrator who handled each voice well; never too over the top. This novel is a great representation of first loves and lasting loves. Highly recommend this book to young and old gay men of today for a bit of history on how it was like for us back in an earlier time and how some feelings stay the same when it comes to love.

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