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The Six Loves of Billy Binns

Narrated by: Richard Lumsden
Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4.5 out of 5 stars (53 ratings)

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Summary

The Six Loves of Billy Binns is a deeply moving debut set in London against the backdrop of the changing 20th century.

Perfect for those who loved the quirky pathos of Gail Honeyman's Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and the warmth and humour of Rachel Joyce's The Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.

At 117 years old, Billy Binns is the oldest man in Europe, and he knows his time is almost up. But Billy has a final wish: he wants to remember what love feels like one last time. As he looks back at the relationships that have shaped his life - and the events that shaped the century - he recalls a life full of hope, heartbreak and, above all, love.

©2019 Richard Lumsden (P)2019 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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The most touching book I’ve read in years

I don’t think I’ve ever listened to a book where I can visualise the characters with such clarity.
I laughed, I cried and felt a warmth for Billy, just like I would a real person.
I really loved this and will be recommending it to everyone I know. Such a touching story and the narration could not have been more suited.

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Charming story

Nicely written and full of character. The narrator's style wasn't for me but perfectly fine.

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A beautiful story

I listened to this book with a growing compassion and sense of sadness. It is such a sad but beautiful story and I’m sure is very true of many people from both the time it is set and today.
The parts about Billy Binns sleeping rough were so heartbreaking in the acceptance that it was just how it was going to be for the time being.
I never knew my grandfathers but it broke my heart to think it could have been one of them sitting in the old folks home just waiting.
I loved the description of the powdery blood, it really gave the sense of someone drying up getting ready to leave their body, knowing and accepting the inevitable.
I thought I was going to weep at the end but there was such a feeling of joy, release and hope that although it was very sad it was too beautiful to be cry over.

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Incredibly touching

A wonderful story full of hope, sadness, kindness and humour. So worth a listen to; highly recommend

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Life lessons for us all in this one...

I didn't know what to expect...and I got a rare treat.

It's a gently story of a life that could be lived by anyone of us...the joys, the sorrow, the inevitable milestones and reflections on the 'fork in the road' type of decisions.

It's a very easy book to listen to, and the narrator is a truly excellent voice for the character, may be being the author helped as he certainly did a great job.

Highly recommend, the time went fast, the characters are engaging, and I would suggest not reading this in public if you're prone to being a 'ugly crier' (...in my experience :) )

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Interesting & unusual read

Interesting tale of one very old mans recollection of his lifetime loves - well read & entertaining :)

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oh Billy Boy!!

oh my, what a beautiful book. only a few books in my life have made me cry. This is one of them. an amazing insight into social history and Love. beautiful!

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A bitter sweat story

Some of the sad bits could make you laugh or cry. Some of the happy bits again could make you laugh or cry too.
Billy is a nice chap, but doesn't see some things correctly and makes mistakes in his journey looking for love.
It also a story of confusion and clarity of old age.
Brilliant.

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Powerful and emotional

So many stories, social history, a character to fall in love with. Amazing. Makes my top 10.

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Too sad

I would have liked to have given this five stars, it was beautifully written and the reading was spot on, but it was so incredibly and in my opinion unnecessarily,sad, that I had to give it four

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