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.
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Mid thirties bookworm. Fan of epic swords and sorcery fantasy, contemporary fantasy and supernatural, crime fiction and funnies.
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.
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.
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+.
This is an epic tale and beautifully read. It covers a lifespan and the multitude of characters intertwined with the main character and narrator.
I bought this audiobook based on the amazing reviews it had before. I wasn't sure what to expect but this surpassed all my expectations. Amazing story and incredible narration from Stephen Hogan. You have to listen to this book!
Always looking for a great audible read...........
I wasn't sure I would like this book as stories about old times in Ireland, and the church are not really my thing. I didn't like it, I absolutely LOVED this book. Engaging from beginning to end, it is a story about love, shame, forgiveness, fear, lesson learned, and finding peace with oneself. Outstanding.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. It's a great story and the delivery is excellent! I look forward to reading more John Boyle books. He has an amazing gift for capturing people. I laughed out loud several times which is really not like me. I don't want to spoil the story by describing it, all I can say is it's a wonderful life story!
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