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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.
32 of 32 people found this review helpful
If there is such a thing as a perfect novel, then this is surely it. The story is beautiful, moving, perfectly written with not one word out of place. It's laugh out loud funny (shocking the other people in the coffee shop ) and a tear jerker as well. Highly, highly recommended, and I'm envious of anyone who hasn't yet read it, just so it's new for them.
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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!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
An absolute brilliant book read by an equally brilliant narrator. A memorable novel that is a must read.