Trade Ed. Penguin Audio 2018
DD ISBN 9780525590828 $15.00
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2018
DD ISBN 9780525590835 $38.00
Author Sarah Winman narrates her latest novel, which is about two boys who meet as tweens and become lifelong friends. Ellis, who quits school early to take the factory job his father insists on, and Michael, a free spirit who embraces life and follows his heart, make an unlikely pair, but their shared pain forges a strong bond. Winman's performance creates a dreamlike atmosphere that is appropriate for the central viewpoint: that of middle-aged Ellis reflecting on his loves and losses while facing an uncertain future. The prose is beautifully rendered, but Winman's inability to differentiate her characters while narrating prevents the listener from becoming immersed in this heartbreaking story. The novel, which examines social and family expectations, personal identity, loneliness, loss, and new beginnings, is best read in print. C.B.L. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2018]
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