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Publisher's Summary

Originally published in 1982 as the first of Edmund White's trilogy of autobiographical novels, A Boy's Own Story became an instant classic for its pioneering portrayal of homosexuality. The audiobook's unnamed narrator, growing up during the 1950s, is beset by aloof parents, a cruel sister, and relentless mocking from his peers, compelling him to seek out works of art and literature as solace-and to uncover new relationships in the struggle to embrace his own sexuality. Lyrical and poignant, with powerful evocations of shame and yearning, this is an American literary treasure.
©1997 Edmund White (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Kelly on 06-07-18

I am not the right audience

I can see why this book is beloved, especially by the LGBTQIA community. I believe that Edmund White broke through some concrete walls with this story. Unfortunately it made me very uncomfortable -- not because it was LGBTQIA, but because it was a bit too explicit for me. I don't really enjoy sex scenes that are so vividly described -- straight or gay.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Bosco on 06-03-18

Excellent Book, Mediocre Narration

White's writing is impeccable, and despite the erudite package, the story really moves. Unfortunately, the narration was wrong. Listening to an older man read the book just seemed very wrong. I would suggest a much younger voice. Backman's voice wasn't ideal at the best of times, but there were times when he sounded like an old man imitating a toddler.

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2 out of 5 stars
By alex on 08-17-15

awful

I have no idea who George backman is but he is rubbish at reading

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4 out of 5 stars
By Hugh M. Clarke on 09-07-17

More Than Meets The Eye

Written from the perspective of a developing adolescent, this is a very sharp and entertaining book. Lots of humour and a skilful use of language with an astute portrayal of masculinity. George Backman reads well, catching the uncertain tone of the key character. Deserves a wide audience.

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