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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 listeners 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 11-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....
©2014 Robert R. McCammon (P)2014 Simon & Schuster Audio
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By Kim Venatries on 10-13-14

A Feast for the Senses!

Smell the honeysuckle, summer heat and barbeque. Taste the homemade ice cream and peach pie. Hear the drone of bees and the yells of kids on the last of school before summer vacation. See the tiny town of Zephyr, Alabama and experience life in a small, rural town in the tumult of the 60s. A Boy’s Life is about feeling invincible, protected and being convinced you know what the world is about at the tender age of 12. Until a ghastly murder slowly erodes what you thought you knew. If you read A Boy’s Life in print, enjoy this unabridged Audible treat. It’s as good as you remember. If you never read A Boy’s Life, download it at once. This is a masterpiece.

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By Adele Beeman on 06-18-15

I did not expect to like this book.

But I was pleasantly surprised because it was engaging, well written, and completely pulled me in. Absolutely one of my all-time favorite books. I thought how boring, another coming-of-age story. But I just absolutely loved the entire story. I am going to look for more of his books to read. I'm glad I listened to the recommendations and not my preconceived ideas

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By Ms Amanda Thompson on 04-07-15

It's at the top of my list.

What made the experience of listening to Boy's Life the most enjoyable?

It was a wonderfully written complete story that enveloped me inside from start to finish. I don't think there was one character that i didn't like, perhaps the mayor - he was creepy and the German vet and his wife but the story wouldn't have been the same without them. I have recomended it to my Mum and my youngest daughter .

Who was your favorite character and why?

Oh it has to be Corey after all it was his story and i believed in it, i was there when it began and sadly when it ended.

Which character – as performed by George Newbern – was your favourite?

Corey - George Newbern brought him to life.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No there were several. The thing is in a story written this well each character brings a parcel of goodies and a couple of rotten apples it's what makes the story believable and very enjoyable.

Any additional comments?

This is the best book i have listened to this year and if you haven't read or listened to it yet or thought it wasn't your genre then do give it a go, i am certain you will not be disappointed.

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By sarahmoose2000 on 11-23-14


I read this book ages ago and was so glad I found it here, as I couldn't remember what it was called and was trying to recommend it to folk!

Stand By Me with To Kill a Mockingbird and a sprinkling of supernatural. Corey and his dad are out doing the milk run when a car crashes through the woods and into the lake. They are unable to save the driver but both of their lives are forever changed by the accident.

Corey and his friends play out the next year of their lives with school, baseball, riding their bikes and the constant question of who really killed the driver that day. Like old school Stephen King, you'll love it.

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By Linda on 03-30-15


I did not want this to end, I wanted Robert McCammon and the narrator George Newbern to keep entertaining me forever.

It was an absolute joy to listen to the narrator who is a true professional and the story, Boy's Life was interesting, funny, sad, and had me wishing I had grown up in the lovely little town called Zephyr with Cory and the amazing array of people I met who I feel I now know quite intimately.

I didn't think Robert McCammon could possibly write a story which had me hooked as much as Swan Song, but I think he has come mighty close with Boy's Life.
The writing is incredibly clever and I could smell, feel and hear everything alongside Cory as we explored youth together and found ourselves in some pretty amazing situations!

My favorite line was when Cory was riding his brand new bike which he had named Rocket - “At this instant I felt at one with Rocket, as if we were of the same skin and grease, and when I grinned, a bug flew into my teeth. I didn’t care; I swallowed it because I was invincible.”

You all really need to listen to this fantastic story.

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