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The Tin Box

Narrated by: K.C. Kelly
Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
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Summary

William Lyon's past forced him to become someone he isn't. Conflicted and unable to maintain the charade, he separates from his wife and takes a job as caretaker at a former mental hospital. Jelley's Valley State Insane Asylum was the largest mental hospital in California for well over a century, but it now stands empty. William thinks the decrepit institution is the perfect place to finish his dissertation and wait for his divorce to become final. In town, William meets Colby Anderson, who minds the local store and post office. Unlike William, Colby is cute, upbeat, and flamboyantly out. Although initially put off by Colby's mannerisms, William comes to value their new friendship, and even accepts Colby's offer to ease him into the world of gay sex.

William's self-image begins to change when he discovers a tin box, hidden in an asylum wall since the 1940s. It contains letters secretly written by Bill, a patient who was sent to the asylum for being homosexual. The letters hit close to home, and William comes to care about Bill and his fate. With Colby's help, he hopes the words written 70 years ago will give him courage to be his true self.

©2013 Kim Fielding (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press

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Absolutely amazing, both story and narration.....

Where does The Tin Box rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would have to say that both this and Brute (yet to start Rattlesnake) are in my top 5 audio books. The Tin Box probably ranks no. 1. Full of emotion, and when William reads Billy's letters to his lover, I bawled...and you could hear the narrator's quavering voice too. Kc was definitely affected by the sadness of the letters content.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Colby.

Have you listened to any of K.C. Kelly’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Oh yes, I've listened to several of Kc's narrations...especially The Knight of Laguna Avenue by Tara Lain, which is another brilliant characterisation.

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

It was, but it was impossible. I needed a break from the overwhelming emotions this story conveys.

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A beautiful, beautiful story. You'd be mad to miss it....and be prepared to have tissues handy, you'll need them unless you've got a heart made of stone.

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Wow! Such a beautiful, moving story.

Wow! Such a beautiful, moving story. Perfectly narrated by K.C. Kelly.
My heart goes out to Bill and Johnny and all those who have suffered in such an appalling way.
I'm so glad Will and Corey found each other.

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  • Heather
  • 22-06-15

Wow

A poignantly told story blending the past atrocities perpetrated to "cure" homosexuality with a modern romance. Such a tale could have been gruesome but Kim created a wonderful, awful way of highlighting our less than savory past, while telling a sweet love story.

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  • Rick
  • 11-07-15

Much more than a romance. A must read.

There are many layers to this story. The almost delicate way that it is told makes it that much more powerful. Sometimes a simply told and not overly embellished story can really make you think.

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  • Brenda
  • 21-08-15

You have to buy this!

I buy 3-4 books a week on Audible but I have never written a review until now. Both the story and narration were so moving. This book just hit me right in the heart! Buy it!

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  • Amanda Janes
  • 16-03-16

Amazing! Heartbreaking but hopeful

Would you consider the audio edition of The Tin Box to be better than the print version?

The performance of this is so good that I would say he adds something above what you can get from just reading it.

Which character – as performed by K.C. Kelly – was your favorite?

I think he does Colby the best. Colby is such an animated character, and he captures the emotional range really well.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I definitely cried in this book.

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It's been a long time since I've encountered such a beautiful and inspiring book. I wish there were more stars to give. I've read Kim Fielding before and enjoyed it, but this gives me a whole new appreciation for her writing.

This story is both heartbreaking and hopeful. It's a story of injustice and cruelty, but it's also about personal growth, identity, compassion, and love.

The story is immediately engaging. The characters are very real and relatable. It was such a pleasure getting to know William, Colby and Bill. The reading by K.C. Kelly is great, and the voices suit the characters perfectly.

All in all I highly recommend this book, especially for those with an interest in LGBTQ social and historical issues. And don't forget the tissues!

*I received a free copy of this audiobook to read for Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.*

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  • Sam54
  • 18-07-19

Most moving and inspiring book ...

Most moving and inspiring book I’ve read in quite some time.
I don’t have many, but this one is a “must read”.
Kelly was the perfect choice for narrator too.
One day I’ll read this one again.

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  • Patricia
  • 12-11-18

Bittersweet story

This was a sweet, sad story. I cannot take a lot of angst but this was bearable and the ending was perfect. The narrator did a good job reading the main character but his voice for Colby takes some getting used to.

#VoicesFromTheGrave #Tearjerker #LGBT+ #MentalHealth #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Megan Ratchford
  • 25-07-18

Heartbreaking and beautiful

I am at once uplifted and pained. Such a beautiful weaving of past horrible truths and a saving of other people in the now. K.C. Kelly did a beautiful job capturing the haunting qualities of the tale. Highly recommended!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-06-18

love the book

Wow, sometimes a book comes along that stays with me for a long time. This book does that and more. It forced me to think about preconceived notions. Judgements and how we are so quick to judge. It slapped this catholic old lady right upside the head. Thank you for that.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-04-18

Enjoyed the story

What did you love best about The Tin Box?

The journey of the main character

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Tin Box?

Realization of who he was and that he found personal acceptance

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I would have enjoyed this book so much more if it were not so graphic in the description of their sexual experiences. The story line was already enjoyable.

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  • SteveK
  • 18-03-18

Skip the audio version

A decent story destroyed by the narrator. The voice he gives to Colby is just offensive.
I finished the story reading the Kendall version.