A Separate Peace

  • by John Knowles
  • Narrated by Scott Snively
  • 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Now a modern classic, this story of two boys' friendship at an exclusive New Hampshire prep school as it parallels the inescapable and escalating atmosphere of World War II, is intense and engaging to the last word.


What the Critics Say

"Snively does an excellent job conveying emotions in scenes of conflict...This is an excellent treatment of a modern classic." (AudioFile)


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How can one fault a Classic like this?

This is probably one of John Knowles' most popular titles and represents a coming of age story between two friends over the course of a year. It has a very sobering tone and can be perceived as very 'heavy' in terms of the overall ending of the title. The author doesn't in any way spare you from the realities of that time and provides no 'magical fixes' for any of the problems the boys at the Academy faced. This book does in fact teach some rather jarring life lessons through its exquisite writing and sheer honesty.

The narration for me was lacking. I found myself somewhat steeling myself to get through the book. Had it not been for my 'grit your teeth and get through it' mentality or the fact that I simply enjoyed the book's content, I wouldn't have made it through the title.

I am taken back in time to when I first started getting into books with this one. Reading, or in this case listening, the classics always tending to produce in me a sense of nostalgia for the past, a time dated in the early 90's when I was just a kid.
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I can't see why this title is considered an American Classic.
It strikes me as an unsignificant adolescence novel. Nothing in the plot or writing makes it memorable, which is very odd, given the fact it centers on puberty during World War II.
Not to mention all the "growing up" cliches.

The narrator was ok though.
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- Vered

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-10-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.