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  • The Swimming Pool Library

  • By: Alan Hollinghurst
  • Narrated by: Samuel West
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

This novel centres on the friendship of William Beckwith, a young gay aristocrat who leads a life of privilege and promiscuity, and the elderly Lord Nantwich, who is searching for someone to write his biography.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gay lit. of the highest order

  • By common reader on 14-01-09

Interesting story, often tender, always funny.

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-08-08

Interesting story, well written, often tender, always funny. Probably not recommended for non-gay listeners (but give it a go if you're at all curious). Colourful descriptions of sexual activity, all done in the best possible taste, of course. If you listen to it in public, make sure the volume of your player is low enough (or you will get some funny looks). Excitable listeners may wish to place a briefcase or jacket on their lap if listening to it on public transport.

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