Boy's Life

  • by Robert McCammon
  • Narrated by Richard Thomas
  • 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In me are the memories of a boy's life, spent in that realm of enchantments. These are the things I want to tell you....
Robert McCammon delivers "a tour de force of storytelling" (BookPage) in his award-winning masterpiece, a novel of Southern boyhood, growing up in the 1960s, that reaches far beyond that evocative landscape to touch readers universally.
Boy's Life is a richly imagined, spellbinding portrait of the magical worldview of the young - and of innocence lost.
Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson - a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever. Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lake -- and a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face-to-face with a terrible, haunting vision of death. As Cory struggles to understand his father's pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that surround him. From an ancient mystic who can hear the dead and bewitch the living, to a violent clan of moonshiners, Cory must confront the secrets that hide in the shadows of his hometown - for his father's sanity and his own life hang in the balance....


What the Critics Say

"Wonderful...filled with enough adventures, joy, discovery, and heartache for a dozen boys' lifetimes." (Houston Chronicle)
"No one can paint word pictures as vividly as Robert McCammon." (Sandra Brown)
"It's McCammon's The Prince of Tides.... Incredibly moving." (Peter Straub)


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Customer Reviews

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This book must be unabridged!

This is one of my 2-3 most favorite novels, period. I was excited to find it on Audible and bought it before I realized it is an old ABRIDGED version read by Richard Thomas. OK with Thomas, not with abridgement. McCammon is one of our great prose stylists - it's a crime to chop it up. I'm sure Audible will get the message and produce a full length reading, after the great response to the new rendition of McCammon's Swan Song.

I stopped listening to this one after 20 minutes. I'll wait for the real thing.
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- John Norton "I'm hearing teacher voices"


What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A friend recommended this to me. After listening to the abridged version, I was wondering what he was thinking, because the story was kind of pointless and had a lot of unfollowed threads. Then I scanned a summary on Wikipedia, and I think this thing was abridged with a weed whacker. TERRIBLE job. Audible should drop this version immediately and carry the unabridged version. I feel like I wasted my money.

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- Douglas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-18-2011
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio