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Behind the Lines Audiobook

Behind the Lines

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Publisher's Summary

These eight short stories are works of fiction but reflect the author's real personal experiences while undergoing compulsory military training during his youth in apartheid South Africa. The stories are all based on real events but the characters are the products of creative imagination, however rooted in reality they might be. Listeners will enjoy a range of humour and unusual incidents - frequently hilarious - along with perceptive insights into the trials and tribulations faced by a young man seeking an identity in a confusing world of military discipline and rigid conformity.

©2017 Ian Patrick (P)2017 Ian Patrick

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  • Hennie du Bois
    East London
    03/01/18
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    "A delightful collection"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Behind the Lines to be better than the print version?

    Not sure. They are both great. I've just listened to the audiobook today. I read the kindle version some time ago. It certainly bears out a second reading. The stories are so clever and subtle and amusing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Behind the Lines?

    To tell the truth, the Afterword is amazing. What a fine piece of writing that is. The stories are all compelling, too, but when one reads that Afterword everything takes on even more poignancy and meaning. But all the stories were good. Maybe the best moment is when he takes the long journey through the night and gets an education from a sharp old market gardener as they drive down to Durban.


    What about Ian Patrick’s performance did you like?

    Very lucid and easy and cosy.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Bad soldier, good guy.


    Any additional comments?

    My father served in this same cohort of soldiers at the time this all takes place. He says it is completely accurate in every detail. He loved it, especially the audio version (he's read the book three or four times already and has just listened to the audio).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alan Kincaid
    Musgrave
    19/01/18
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    "These are good stories, well written"
    Where does Behind the Lines rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very good indeed. First rate.


    What other book might you compare Behind the Lines to and why?

    Lord of the Flies: about growing up and coming of age in trying circumstances.


    What about Ian Patrick’s performance did you like?

    Nice and easy narration, no fuss, just comfortable and clear.


    If you could rename Behind the Lines, what would you call it?

    Between the lines and behind the dialogue.


    Any additional comments?

    These short pieces are very good. I read the book then got the audio version and listened to the writer reading his own work. It was very good to hear him delve into the characters and the accents and feelings, etc. The experience of shutting one’s eyes and just letting the stories unfold was a good one for me. I enjoyed most of all the scene in the guard tower with the young soldier wondering what he was doing there while at that very moment Neil Armstrong was stepping on the moon and Led Zeppelin were hammering out songs at a gig in the USA and the sounds of the Beatles and others were permeating the atmosphere. That was cool. These are good stories, well written.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Louise Truter
    Durban
    11/01/18
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    "Delightful stories"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Behind the Lines to be better than the print version?

    Not really: they are both good. The narrator brinbgs a nice intimacy to the stories because he seems to know them all so well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Behind the Lines?

    The "Blood Bond" story about the hew gorlfriend was lovely. I listened to it a few times.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where the girl cuts her hand and he looks at her face, seeming to really see her properly for the first time, is really good. True love, Ta-DAAA!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, even though the stories are all individual stories, they make for a lovely whole.


    Any additional comments?

    I might try the author's other books, but I'm not really into crime as much as this kind of light touch humour. This was right up my street.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Suzette Lampker
    Parktown North, JBG
    22/01/18
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    "Such nice stories, such a nice young man"
    Where does Behind the Lines rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top of the range


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Behind the Lines?

    I’m so pleased he found a soul-make partner at the end in “Blood Bond”. She is just the type of woman for him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene in the guard tower with the moon landing taking place and the poor young man thinking about his existence. Very poignant.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Love, life and torture


    Any additional comments?

    I didn’t expect these stories to be linked to one another in the way that they are. In fact, they could all constitute a really nice short novel about life growing up in the army. The central character is lovable. A nice young man coming to terms with his own immaturity and his own fears and prejudices. A lovely honest set of reflections. A lovely set of reflections of life while growing up.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Basil v Rensburg
    Parkview
    20/01/18
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    "Short, sharp and sweet tales"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. Most enjoyable short tales, very entertaining


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Behind the Lines?

    I thoroughly enjoyed them once I got to the second story. Not that the first one was deficient in any way: in fact, when I re-read (and listened again to) that one after having read the others, it emerged as probably the best of them all. Very touching, very moving, in fact.


    Which character – as performed by Ian Patrick – was your favorite?

    The young protagonist and his girlfriend in "Blood Bond" are both great.


    If you could rename Behind the Lines, what would you call it?

    Fun, love and training for war.


    Any additional comments?

    This was unexpected. The cover led me to believe the stories would be more about action on the front line. But then the brilliant afterword (which I read first) told me more. Then I realised: the title is everything about “behind the lines” – what the words on the page don’t tell you. Very clever. The stories are all very funny in some way, and all of them are also very serious. I have seldom enjoyed short stories as much as these. Well, OK, there’s always Herman Charlie Bosman, of course, who’s king. But these were damn good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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