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Boy Underwater

Narrated by: Rafe Spall
Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
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Summary

Boy Underwater is a heartbreaking story about family, friends and secrets. And it’s very, very funny.

Cymbeline (yes, really!) has never been swimming - not ever, not once - so he’s a bit nervous at the prospect of his first school swimming lesson ever. But how hard could it be? He’s Googled front crawl, and he’s found his dad’s old pair of trunks. He’s totally ready for this.

But he’s not ready for an accident at the pool to reveal a family mystery that turns his life completely upside down. Only Cym and his friends can solve it because, as usual, the grown-ups aren’t telling them anything.

For the answers you really need, sometimes you have to go deep....

©2018 Adam Baron (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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excellent

this audiobook is very witty, the performance is excellent and the story is touching. Would not recommend to below 11 year olds as it has mentions of puberty, penises and vaginas

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A really moving, thoughtful story

Aimed at more mature upper key stage 2 readers, it deals cleverly with difficult issues such mental health and (spoiler alert) death. I really enjoyed this well-woven tale.

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Loved it

Long and entertaining

I loved it nothing bad about it

I recommend this book to everyone

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Very well narrated

A great story. A moving story. Good to listen with younger kids as some parts require discussion and explanation. Perfect companion on long car journeys!

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So modern and emotive

It's nice for kids to listen and appreciate the world at the moment, the story gives an emotive account of a child trying to find out about why things are in his life, with issues regarding mental health in family and also about personal struggle, the twist at the end brings it altogether.

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Simply wonderful

I loved this book... very funny at times but had a deep message. Beautifully read
Thank you!

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Powerful and humorous

I didn't know what to expect when I started reading this book, but I was almost instantly very impressed. There are lots of important issues discussed in a sensitive and interesting way with a fantastic sense of humour running throughout. Rafe Spall was a perfect narrator and really added a lot to the telling of this story.