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Liverpudlian Bildungsroman

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-01-20

As I already appreciate the merits of Terry Melia's novel, this audiobook served as a good opportunity to revisit the story through the many voices of David Hunsdale. Based in the Liverpool of the mid-70s, our hero Tommy Dwyer encounters a range of moral dilemmas and adventures. Whether bringing out the Welsh accents of an extensive third act situated there, or capturing the right tone to evoke the humour, tension or pathos of any particular scene, Hunsdale is an apt choice for narrator. The story itself retains all of the wonderful pacing, well-realised settings and relatable characterisation I remember from reading. There's a fluidity to Melia's prose and this performance does it justice, transitioning between encounters with drug dealers, petty thieves and romantic affairs while developing an impression of Dwyer's world of poverty, aspiration, community and developing sense of justice.

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