I can't see why this title is considered an American Classic.
It strikes me as an unsignificant adolescence novel. Nothing in the plot or writing makes it memorable, which is very odd, given the fact it centers on puberty during World War II.
Not to mention all the "growing up" cliches.
The narrator was ok though.
I was so disappointed, I had read so many great reviews and was really looking forward to listening, what a let down. The story was very boring and had no great meaning. I think the only reason I kept listening was in hopes something would happen and it never did. I would not recommend to anyone.
Move it faster in the school setting.
It did keep me listening to find out where it was going. I am not a real patient person
Unfortunately I downloaded this to disc and the end of the story was not there! I don't want to print the whoe thing again. Am having some issues with Audible library since I installed a new disc drive which could be this user. Will contact audible.
For me this is a very special novel and a classic from the first time I read it in high school. It is a novel about same sex attraction and how those feeling can go awry when not well understood. But after I started listening to the audiobook I realized the narrator was not living up to the voice in my head. He did have the pathos & gravitas I'd imbued in this book over the years. I felt his reading was matter-of-fact with drama. In disappointment I had to stop listing before the first hour was over.