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shamelessly sentimental but don't let worry you

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-18

The story is implausible, but this tale is fun, funny, sad and soppy. You're a harder person than I if it doesn't raise a few years and some laughs. If you let yourself enjoy it, you probably will.

one of the best

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-04-18

one of the best YA "Social Issues" I've listened to. The story is a moving but unsentimental view in to the world and escape of a boy who is the child of an alcoholic mother. The reading is quiet but such a good portrayal of the boys character. I loved it.

Reading tour de force

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-06-16

The reading is superb. Crisp and clear, no bad edits and great voice characterisation. 21 hours of consistent quality. The story is great too. Full of humour but ultimately a tragic story of life, the universe and everything. One of my favourite audible buys.

Moving performance and good tale

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-16

The writing is occasionally a little laboured but it is touching, hopeful and nicely read

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Frustratingly good

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-04-16

Had to keep listening. Not great writing but crafted and compulsive and well performed by the cast.

Fab

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-03-16

A fabulous story full of humour fun sadness and life. Shusterman's reading is exceptional and a privilege. Loved everything about this book.

Poorly read

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-16

The novel is about average and I'm sure I could have enjoyed it more with without the lifeless and mechanical reading style.

Tragic

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-15

Race is a dominant theme in this story but it is secondary to the theme of friendship and in the end love. it's difficult to say anything more without giving too much away. I found the by then inevitable denouement quite upsetting, but was glad to have read it and am glad to recommend it and this good performance.

Sombre tale of our times

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-15

I have read other Paul Auster novels but this is the first time I have listened to one and read by the author. Having Auster read is a privilege, let's face it he did enough writing it. His rather grey and. bleak voice wouldn't suit every book, not even others he has written, but it was an authentic voice for this novel. which grey and bleak as it often is is ultimately an optimistic portrait of human affections in a world that only seems to care when its prescribed morality is under threat no matter how hypocritical that morality might be.

cute and touching

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-15

Brought to life with a great reading that really captures the naive first person narrative's spirit. Lots of funny moments and a few very touching ones as friendship and love and the lack of both are explored.