What I Was

  • by Meg Rosoff
  • Narrated by Ralph Cosham
  • 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this beautifully crafted and heartbreakingly poignant coming-of-age tale, an older man recounts the story of his most significant friendship - that with the nearly feral and completely parentless Finn, who lived alone in a hut by the sea. As a boy suffering the constrictions and loneliness of boarding school in East Anglia, the young narrator idolizes Finn and spends as much time at his beachside hut as possible, hoping to become self-reliant and free. But the contrast between their lives becomes evermore painful, until one day the tables turn and everything our hero believes to be true explodes - with dire consequences.

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What the Critics Say

"Rosoff's unconventional coming-of-age tale is elegantly crafted....[and] portrays how we often become who we need to be." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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Finn's tiny kingdom

I chose this book based on the narration by Ralph Cosham and was pleased to find the story as enchanting as the voice telling it. He's my favorite narrator for stories like Wind in the Willows and Watership Down, and this story has that same magical feeling of being transported to a different time and place, but with human characters instead of animals. I almost always listen to books on 1.5 speed, but this one, I savored every minute.
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- Lori Michele Kelley

A gem of a book

Don't let the shortness of the tale put you off. This is a little gem. I don't know which captured me more, the landscape of the cottage, or the friendship. I think at least part of the appeal is that yearning every child has to live on his/her own without adults....
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- Julie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-28-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.