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Wonderful story spanning over a life time - a sorry time for Ireland, a story told with love and wit and read in a way that matches the content.
An achingly beautiful book. What a story and what sadness and joy. It was read with such compassion and care. John Boyne is a master and never disappoints his reader.
I don't usually read (or listen to) anything that is described as a sweeping saga but after hearing an interview with John Boyne on the radio and hearing the first paragraph read out, I felt compelled to buy it.
I've devoured this book in less than 3 days. I loved every minute of it and now feel bereft that it is over.
The backdrop feels genuine, the characters are perfectly realised and the story is heartbreaking.
There were so many places where lives could have been so different but for the hands of fate, the church, society, bigotry, fear and plain luck.
I wept listening to the epilogue. Genuine tears rolling down my nose with sadness and joy.
I cannot recommend this highly enough. Please read/listen and be moved.
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I listen to a lot of books.... having hit a brick wall and getting some absolutely abysmal ones I was getting irritated and picked this at random. I am so glad I did. This was amazingly written and amazingly read. Although annoying not to come to conclusion as a story naturally would throughout, the skipping story kept me guessing . Even though you can pretty much work it out if you think about it, it didn't detract from the story and I am sad it's finished.
Cyril was so likeable I just wanted to give him a massive hug. I wanted someone to just love him and look after him 💜 - great story
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I love John Boyne and the audio rendition of this novel had me in fits of laughter and grief stricken by equal measure.
What other book might you compare The Heart's Invisible Furies to, and why?
There are similarities in this book to "the Absolutionist", which I found equally enthralling.
Any additional comments?
The characterisation is superb!
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What does Stephen Hogan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
I cannot praise the reading of this book enough. Adds greatly to the book's quirky humour in dealing with dark and sometimes tragic subject matter. A great combination of author and reader.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Did not want to stop listening but at the same time wanted to save it up.
Any additional comments?