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The Heart's Invisible Furies Audiobook

The Heart's Invisible Furies

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Cyril Avery is not a real Avery, or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from - and, over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more.

In this, Boyne's most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart's Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit.

©2017 John Boyne (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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    Kerri United Kingdom 19/02/2017 Member Since 2015

    Mid thirties bookworm. Fan of epic swords and sorcery fantasy, contemporary fantasy and supernatural, crime fiction and funnies.

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    I don't usually read (or listen to) anything that is described as a sweeping saga but after hearing an interview with John Boyne on the radio and hearing the first paragraph read out, I felt compelled to buy it.
    I've devoured this book in less than 3 days. I loved every minute of it and now feel bereft that it is over.
    The backdrop feels genuine, the characters are perfectly realised and the story is heartbreaking.
    There were so many places where lives could have been so different but for the hands of fate, the church, society, bigotry, fear and plain luck.
    I wept listening to the epilogue. Genuine tears rolling down my nose with sadness and joy.
    I cannot recommend this highly enough. Please read/listen and be moved.

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    I loved everything about this book; it is a great acheivement. The narrator was extraordinarily good; he had a great range of voices, all of which suited each character. I was drawn to the flawed central character, and each of the others. I enjoyed the way the story unfolded in an unusual chronology and felt bereft when the experience came to an end. One of the best books I have listened to...and I've listened to 300+.

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    I very much enjoyed listening to this book. I thought its structure (diving into the protagonist's life every seven years) well thought out, and the many many aspects of human life it dealt with touching and thought provoking. The narrator did a brilliant job and really brought the story to life.

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    This is without doubt the best book I have read/heard for a very long time. Utterly compelling, shocking, heartbreaking and laugh-out-loud hilarious. The narration was the best I think I've heard on an audible production. So sad to have finished it - it kept me company driving all the way home to the UK from the south of Spain.

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    If there is such a thing as a perfect novel, then this is surely it. The story is beautiful, moving, perfectly written with not one word out of place. It's laugh out loud funny (shocking the other people in the coffee shop ) and a tear jerker as well. Highly, highly recommended, and I'm envious of anyone who hasn't yet read it, just so it's new for them.

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    This is an epic tale and beautifully read. It covers a lifespan and the multitude of characters intertwined with the main character and narrator.

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    Corinne Väätäinen Finland 22/04/2017
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    Loved this book. I will be sorry to say goodbye to all the characters who were all so very well developed.

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    Fantastic narration, of a sprawling, fascinating, touching story. Beautifully crafted and full of humour. highly recommended.

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    I really enjoyed the book, the author keeps you in suspense of when the main characters will meet all the way through.

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