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Beautiful

Narrated by: Joe DiNozzi
Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Summary

Cory is the golden boy. He lives a charmed existence. That is until a disturbing revelation and an accident drastically alters his life.  

Suddenly, he is no longer sure if his friends and teammates will remain true or turn on him if they discover his secrets.  

From the outside, Cory’s life appears perfect. Only Cory knows that couldn’t be further from the truth.

©2016 Mark A. Roeder (P)2018 Mark A. Roeder
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The Sequel to Ugly

I have read all of Mark Roeder’s GYC books and I have enjoyed almost all of them, this one included. It’s a direct sequel to a previous book in the series called Ugly and while you can listen to this one on it’s own, you’ll get a lot more out of it if you listen to the first one.

This story (as well as ugly) takes place before, during and after the events of The Soccer Field Is Empty, one of Mark Roeder’s best books in my opinion, but the two main characters of Ugly and Beautiful are not in Soccer Field, so while you don’t have to listen to it to have the story make sense, you will get a better feel for all the characters and the town of Verona if you do so.

Another thing that I was really happy about was that Mark used the same narrator, Joe DiNozzi, for this story as with Ugly. I like this because it gives you a good sense of continuity.

I enjoyed the story and while it wasn’t one of my favourites in the GYC I was still very happy to buy it on audio.

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excellent narration

I like most of Mark's books, not all, but most. I've waited for this to come out in audio so I could have the story from both points of view. I give this 5 stars.

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  • 02-05-19

yet again just awesome

mark I can't say it enough, I love your stories an the way you pull a person into the stories. even my 2nd best author Raymond E Fiest doesn't pull you into the stories as you do . maybe it's because I grew up a closet bisexual male in the 50's 60's 70's an 80's. I'm an old man now alone an feeling unwanted an am going through health an legal problems, but your stories have taken me back to a time in my life I wish I could relive. an through your stories I have. most have really hit close to home on me so much so I cry an then get excited an feel the love of my boyfriend back then. I just wish you would be honored to write my story an tell it like only you know how
Jim Arrowsmith
Salt Lake City Utah
arrowsmithjim11@gmail.com

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  • Christopher Hewitt
  • 14-02-20

Coming of Age Exhibited Extraordinary Well in this Mark Roeder Novel

I’m quite fond of Mark A. Roeder’s novels, and have listened to at least a dozen here on Audible. While the narrator from book to book is rarely the same, the quality writing is evident throughout.

In “Beautiful”, you have a story that incurs a kind of tragedy, which the character and his friends and family learn to deal and cope with. The characters have personality, and of course there’s a bit of promiscuousness as there always is with Mark Roeder’s books.

For me, the coolest part of this particular Audible production was the use of actual classical music audio samples! We heard “Claire de Lune” by Debussy, “Nocturne in E-Flat” by Chopin, among many others that were incorporated into the storyline; it was a very cool addition that helps to introduce a very important character later on in the book.

Like many great books, you get conflict, trial and strife, heartbreak, romance, and tragedy. I encourage any young person to young adult, whether they’re LGBT, an ally, or just enjoys a good read/listen.

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  • raymond
  • 11-11-19

a beautiful but sad story

why are the two teen boys killed themselves after people discover that their lovers it made me cry even after when I was doing the book still made me cry I'm glad somebody had in a happy ending.