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Publisher's Summary

From the beloved New York Times best-selling author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, a sweeping, heartfelt saga about the course of one man's life, beginning and ending in postwar Ireland.
Cyril Avery is not a real Avery - or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he?
Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from - and over his many years, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country, and much more.
In this, Boyne's most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart's Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit.
©2017 John Boyne (P)2017 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Boyne, who has a wonderful gift for characterization, does a splendid job of weaving these various lives together in ways that are richly dramatic, sometimes surprising, and always compelling...Often quite funny, the story nevertheless has its sadness, sometimes approaching tragedy. Utterly captivating and not to be missed." (Booklist)
"With quick strokes and bitter humor, Boyne's opening scene encapsulates the Irish church's hypocrisy...Boyne continues his crusading ways with the quiet keening of this painful, affecting novel." (Kirkus)
"Narrator Stephen Hogan's performance of the twists and turns of Cyril's struggle is dramatic, life affirming, and inspiring.... It's a coming-of-age tale delivered by Hogan in a sensitive narration. Listeners looking for both hearty laughs and gentle tears will enjoy Cyril's journey." (AudioFile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Keith G on 09-04-17

Outstanding. A Must listen.

The best stories that one might encounter present a combination of imagination, craft, and artistry. I returned a mega-hit best seller which had little of those three and I bought this book. I was instantly rewarded.

I see other reviewers provide a recap, so I will not.

My words will fail to explain how fine-tuned John Boyne's writing is here. He directly gets to feelings that other authors over-write to achieve, if they get there at all. Even though this is obviously a work of fiction, there is an epic level of truth woven into the soul of this story. So much so that it is easy to engage with the humanity of Cyril Avery by feeling both grand affection and pointed irritation as he stumbles forward trying to find the truths important to his life.

I could type thousands of words on the fantastic and carefully wrought cast of characters. We get to experience a collection of fully realized humans whom we are sure must truly exist in some alternative universe.

I am a gay male born 13 years after the date of Avery's birth. Even with that difference, I found great familiarity with many of the external and internal struggles that confronted Avery. Luckily for me, I processed similar issues 4,500 miles southwest of Ireland. Theocracy is not a pretty thing.

I return once again to the idea that Boyne's superb artistry and attention to his craft will make you very happy to journey with this story.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 09-21-17

By far the best book I have listened to...

This was the best book by far that I have listened to since being recently introduced to Audible. I would highly recommend...the story is awesome, the narrator did an excellent job, and it was something I looked forward to listening to. Thank you to all that provided the great reviews if not for those recommendations, I would have missed out on this excellent read!

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