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One of the greatest books ever written

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 03-09-20

What to say? Just read it, listen to it, experience it. Beautifully read by the author, it will enrich your life.

great story, beautifully written, not so good narr

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Reviewed: 17-08-20

Another beautiful Harper Fox story. The characters are beautifully sculpted and the relationships just intriguing all the way through, plenty of intrigue and romance. The narration left a lot to be desired with inappropriate tones.and and timings. Still didn't spoil the great book

wonderful, absolutely ripping

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Reviewed: 07-08-20

Loved it. Alan's narration is superb, uncannily like Frances McDormund from previous books. just fab.

torture

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Reviewed: 30-07-20

this is the second book by this author that I have read. it was such a chore to get through it. I couldn't wait for the end.

breathtaking

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Reviewed: 02-06-20

wonderful book, read it years ago, the superb narration took the book to a whole new level. Enjoy!

I miss it already

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Reviewed: 04-04-20

Loved it. The narration was as brilliant as the story. The language was suitably gentile, perfect for the beautifully painted characters. Interesting historical setting, and a fascinating historical journey. I wept lots at the end, but laughed plenty throughout. Perfect for social distancing!

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Gripping, not what I expected

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Reviewed: 14-02-20

This is one of those stories where you're listening to it walking along and you're actually shouting at the characters, swearing at them even. Sometimes I found myself just standing on the street, dumbfounded. Without giving anything away, this book just keeps in giving. Starts off with a lovely historical-novel feel, but then it goes down a slow incline, and gets deeper and almost darker, still focussed on the same theme, I just didn't know it was going to go this way. It was awesome. The main character gets more and more intriguing, but be prepared not to love him. It was so intriguing. I had to walk to and from work every day for so long just to keep listening. You won't be able to take the headphones off! Brilliantly read, I loved that the character Maurice sounds like Sean Bean, wonderful.
It made me (almost) want to write to the author, John Boyne and ask so many questions. The book reflects very much on the role of the writer, integrity, truth. Was John's writing based on experiences? Did he know someone like Maurice? What does he personally think of the thin line between borrowing, being inspired by something, and plagiarism? SO GOOD.

riveting from beginning to end

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Reviewed: 20-01-20

great story, brilliant unique construction, wonderful intriguing readers, sometimes joyful, sometimes tearful. thank you.

Read the original, this does nothing to enhance

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Reviewed: 06-01-20

When Mrs Darling introduces herself to Peter in Kensington Gardens, when she was just a wee lass, she introduces herself as Mary Darling. How come she was Darling when she was just Wendy's age? Isn't Darling her husband's name?
The whole drama is a bit unreal, and believe me I am a huge Peter Pan fan. I couldn't believe a word of it. Even the un-subtle sexual banter between Captain Hook (Everett) and his Smee was uncomfortable. I can't see this as being suitable for children, or adults. Bin it.

A great classic brilliantly told

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Reviewed: 11-12-19

Really loved this interpretation of the greatest gay novel ever written. I read to novel in the 90s, still remember the tears. This narration was very sensitive to the book, got me totally caught up in it. Can't wait for Harlan's Race and Billy's Boy.
If you're a younger reader, under 40, you need to understand that this novel was written in 1974, when the world was a very different place for gay people. Trans hadn't even become a thing until MANY years later. Exposure as gay wasn't just gossip as it might still be today. It meant being ostracised, it meant being blocked from advancement. It meant your achievements counted for nothing: all that counted was making sure you NEVER advance, never progressed, and that you would NEVER be accepted by 'normal' society. In the sports world, you may as well just hang up your jockstrap now.
So this novel may delve deep into how 'gays' were treated by society, but in fact there was no other perspective. The relationships in this novel would have still been secret from straight society, or should I say 'normal' society.
Don't treat this the same as a contemporary gay novel, where it's normal for people to have open gay relationships. Back in 1974, toilet sex, secret nightclubs with secret password entries, NEVER telling your best friends or your 'close' family about who you really were, never being able to discuss your loves and losses with your brothers and sisters (forget about mentioning anything about it to your parents) were still normal for gay men. So this novel is about a world that could be, about the struggle to be accepted, to advance in sport, to be given some respect.
Read and learn. Probably the greatest gay novel ever, and one of mainstream's great novels to boot.