I didn't know what to expect with this book. I hesitated to buy it even though I am a big fan of Armistead Maupin's work. I was pleasantly surprised. The fact that the book is about a boy that was abused may understandably put some readers off, but I say take a chance on this one. I became so interested in the story I did not want to fall asleep at night wanting to know what would happen. The story is so compelling and heart felt that it grabs you and doesn't let you go til the end. I don't want to discuss the plot line because I don't want to give anything away. I found myself thinking about this book long after I had finished it. I did not want the story to end and I found myself a bigger Armistead Maupin fan after listening to this performance.
This was a decent read...er...listen, but I was expecting more. I think I enjoyed "The Electrifying True Story Behind the Night Listener" better. Not as good as "Tales of the City...," but if you like Armistead, you'll probably enjoy it.
The weave is next to perfect, the story is great, the idea is intelligent and i liked the chosen point of view and the bottom line.
I also appreciated the gentle line drawn between reality and fiction.
Maupin decided to take the idenditying point of view, instead of the rational point of view he probably would have taken in real life. He tried to weave and find in himself the human sensitivities that might make one "gullible" at times.
I enjoyed this narration very much and fell for Armistead Maupin.
(i gave it 4 stars instead of 5 since it's not exactly literary fiction).
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This was a very good listen, the characters and plot were well drawn and intriguing. My 71 year old sensibilities were shaken by the graphic descriptions and coarse language in some places. However I never thought it was gratuitous. I would love to read more by this author but if it is listed under "erotoca" as this was, I will believe it !
Wonderful read. The included article by Tad Friend "The Electrifying True Story..." is very good too, but it has an audio bug at 1:01:12, simply blanks out for a few seconds.
This extraordinary memoir - um, fictional retelling? - um, work of science fiction? - um BOOK? will leave you chilled and confused, but those are not unintended consequences, nor negative comments on the work. Armistead Maupin lightly disguises his life and connection with the ethereal boy of the title, who for almost a decade has been confounding the publishing world and many individuals with his unlikely existence. The one thing about this book that is guaranteed fact is the honesty of Maupin's voice and compassionate regard in which he held the dubious sprite. His journey becomes our own as we follow the emotional switchback he rides in his efforts to discover the truth without betraying a child whose faith has been tested in a fire hotter than hell's imagination.
Programming criticism: Maupin's voice and style are without peer, but this long reading suffers badly from silent "page breaks" so long I thought the batteries had died or the file failed on several occasions. There is incidental music between chapters but this dies out and dead air fills the room for interminable periods.
I thought this book was very enthralling. I did think the main character was a bit stupid at times but he was also feeling very vulnerable, and the book is perhaps a good example of how our insight and thinking can be skewed by emotional trauma. I understand this book is about to become a film, it will be interesting to see what the adaptation is like.
This is a terrific story, and Maupin is a wonderful reader. There's much more to it than the reviews suggest; reading it as a thriller or mystery doesn't do the book justice (though that would be fun, too). Highly recommended.
I wasn't sure where this book was going - was it suppposed to be a mystery or not? I kept thinking that the characters should've slapped the author for constantly drifting off on ever increasing tangents. And the ending? I like a little resolution in my stories. Thumbs down.
I really liked the story, I loved Armstead reading it. Lots of nice twists throughout the entire book. Keep writing, please. I'm looking forward to the next one.
The only thing I'd change is to get rid of the sappy music between chapters. I'd rather have dead time - I think the music takes away from the flow of the story. Please consider leaving off the music next time