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Tin Man

Narrated by: Sarah Winman
Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (259 ratings)
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Summary

The unforgettable and achingly tender new novel from Sarah Winman, author of the international best seller When God Was a Rabbit and the Sunday Times Top 10 best seller A Year of Marvellous Ways.

It begins with a painting won in a raffle: 15 sunflowers, hung on the wall by a woman who believes that men and boys are capable of beautiful things. And then there are two boys, Ellis and Michael, who couldn't be closer. And the boys become men, and then they meet Annie, and it changes nothing and everything.

Tin Man sees Sarah Winman follow the acclaimed success of When God Was a Rabbit and A Year of Marvellous Ways with a love letter to human kindness and friendship, loss and living.

©2017 Sarah Winman (P)2017 Headline Publishing Group Limited

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Delightful!

I have just finished listening to Tin Man and I have that sad feeling that always comes when you have finished a wonderful book.

A simple story but so beautifully written and narrated that it feels like an epic.

I cannot recommend this highly enough.

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Difficult narration and confusing jumps between different years/1st person sections

This book has quite a good plot - 2 close male friends, their love for one another and then their lives and loves afterwards.

However, the audiobook is sadly hugely let down by the author’s narration - it has a depressive single tone throughout and after 30 minutes had me feeling thoroughly low with no other explanation. (I don’t exaggerate here!)
The sex scenes are rendered passionless by the same tone. I found it very difficult to imagine the characters ‘being’; I was always aware of, and concentrating on trying to see past the narration.

Confusingly, new chapters with different 1st person, or where the plot jumps to a new decade aren’t clearly separated, or titled, so it takes take a while to work out what’s going on.

Lastly, I’ve volunteered for HIV/AIDS charities for years and have read the excellent ‘How to Survive a Plague’ - there is a scene in the book where bruise-like KS legions (Kaposi sarcoma) are searched for on the body with no explanation to the reader about what the represent. As a regular person, you have to have an advanced knowledge of AIDS to understand this plot line as it stands.

In a nutshell, buy the book before the audiobook!

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  • Kaggy
  • United Kingdom
  • 02-07-18

Too twee and dull for me

This was very highly rated on Twitter so I bought it without knowing anything about its subject matter. To be honest, had I known, I probably would have thought twice. There seems to be a lot of books around at the moment where the author appears to be concentrating on churning out quality writing but without any interesting storyline and I’m afraid this falls within that category. I found the characters too stereotypical to really gain my sympathy and some of the scenes were unbearably twee. One particular toe curling example is where one character starts quoting Walt Whitman while being rescued from a near drowning. O Captain, My Captain May have worked in The Dead Poets Society but frankly one outing is adequate for most people’s needs. The author seems to be a reasonable narrator but not really well showcased by this book.

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Beautiful

Second of Sarah’s I have read, just love her narration, author reading their own work makes perfect sense, who knows the characters and story better.

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Charming and sad

A small collection of characters in a beautifully observed story of love - lost and gained and always present. Absolutely loved this and would have listened to more.

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Lack Lustre

I’ve read a few of Sarah Winman’s books & enjoyed the characters & playful, imaginative backdrops. This book however I couldn’t connect with on any level. It didn’t have the depth or whimsical prose that has been demonstrated in her previous work. You can’t like everything I guess!

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a compelling story made of real people

Sarah Winman has a knack for creating believable, honest and fully formed characters. you feel you know them. this makes her stories compelling and easy to read.

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amazing book

loved every sentence. So touching. So heart breaking. beautiful. Will never forget the characters in this book.

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Warm, thoughtful & uplifting

I found this book absolutely gripping. Beautifully drawn characters and very human story was told. Highly recommended.

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Beautifully written and read

I loved the way the book drew you in I don't want it to finish

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