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Summary

Two brothers. Two different journeys. The same hope of a magnificent future. 

Jake D'Arcy has spent most of his 29 years trying to get his life just right. He's nearly there: great girlfriend, great friends, stable job. A distant relationship with his boisterous family - which is exactly the way he wants it. So why does everything feel so wrong? 

When his popular, irritatingly confident teenage brother, Trick, comes out as gay to a rapturous response, Jake realises he has questions about his own repressed bisexuality and that he can't wait any longer to find his answers. 

As Trick begins to struggle with navigating the murky waters of adult relationships, Jake begins a journey that will destroy his relationship with girlfriend Amelia, challenge his closest friendships and force him to face up to the distance between him and his family - but offers new friends, fewer inhibitions and a glimpse of the magnificent life he never thought could be his. 

The Magnificent Sons tells the tale of two very different brothers searching for the life they want - and for the person they want to be. Fans of The Last Romeo will delight in the same wicked sense of humour, for this timely coming-of-age story is as wise as it is witty and as sharply observed as it is deeply moving. 

©2020 Justin Myers (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"Does exactly what it says on the tin: MAGNIFICENT. Funny, beautifully observed and moving." (Adam Kay, best-selling author of This Is Going to Hurt)

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Fun, realistic and important...

I've read more than a couple of LGBT themed books dealing homophobia and ignorance surrounding sexuality, towards a gay character. This is the first time I I can remember it being about bisexuality, and what bisexuals go through. I found myself feeling sorry for Jake, and the way he was often treated by his family. I felt like this book took a realistic approach (not a Disney one) to a young man who is still discovering who he is, and it's more than just his sexuality, but who he is as a friend and as a son, brother, etc. I'm missing a lot out about the plot intentionally because I'm not that skilled at leaving reviews without spoiling something. So I have tried to keep it broad and vague.
However, I enjoyed this story, and would recommend it for others.

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A sincere story about family and friends

A very different book compared to what I usually listen to about A family and their friends. It felt true and honest.

The main characters are the two brothers and their relation to each other or rather the lack there of. It’s easy to draw wrong conclusions about people when you assume things based on behavior and lack of communication.

The only thing that was a bit difficult for me to grasp was that it was written from various points of views. But at the same time it gave the story a broader perspective.

The narration is brilliant!

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I enjoyed the perspective

Interesting to see bisexuality portrayed in its reality. I love Joe as a narrator. The story is enjoyable albeit sometimes uncomfortable, such is life.

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Loved this!

Initially, I thought this was going to be a decent "holiday" read, with a thread of coming out/gay romance woven in. It was much deeper and more enjoyable - dealing with some of the complexities and frustration of relationships with family, friends, lovers and others. It also shines a light on our (often inadvertent) self obsessed focus on our own feelings, actions and problems to the exclusion of empathy for others experiencing the same issues. There were aspects which seemed exaggerated or unlikely - but then real life often IS! Recommended.

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Engagingly real

Great listen with realistic absorbing characters. Held my attention and had to ration my listening. Highly recommended.

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Trials and tribulations of 2 brothers

I thought I was a nice idea to explore 2 brothers going through their own journeys of discovery and bringing them together at the end

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Great book! (V funny too)!

I enjoyed from start to finish; the characters and very likeable and hilarious at times. For me it was an insight into the challenges of understanding your own sexuality.
Very well written with plenty of laugh out loud one liners: “...rolling his eyes was his cardio...” and I love the narrator. Bravo!

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sad to see it end

So, I actually got this book because of the narrator and his work on a previous title but, I still really liked this book. I was actually pretty sad to see it end. definitely worth a listen and the narrator is A+++

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predictable, conceived, to much cliché

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and now I have to add some words because audible does not do concise

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Brilliant read!

Clever, funny and witty! I can’t wait to see where he takes this next. There’s going to be a next one right?