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This book is absolutely brilliant - one that I couldn't stop listening to. Written and read with finesse and tenderness. A touching story expertly told, don't listen without a hanky...
I want to read more from this author
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
It was a pleasure to listen to this novel. I particularly loved the fact that it was read so beautifully by the author himself. I sometimes think that the author must be the best person to read his own work as he knows exactly what feelings and emotions need to be insterted in exactly the right places. The story and his narration made me laugh and cry. Several sections were so delightful to listen to that I went back a few times for the pleasure of hearing them again. I particularly loved his rendition of Roberto's Italian accent - I happen to know a couple of Italian's who live in London and talk exactly like that!
If at times the philosophising on certain subjects became a little to intense, I found that doing another activity at the same time as listening, such as making a cup of tea, or filling the washing machine, made all the difference! ie: if you don't concentrate on all the apects of it all the time, it doesn't ruin the story!
This said, please don't think that the story is too difficult to tackle its completely accessable and rewarding. An unusual tale filled with warmth, humour, sadness and a fabulous portrait of relationships between fathers, sons, friends and lovers. I was sorry to reach the end.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful