I read A Separate Peace first as a teen-aged girl and listened to it recently as the mother of teen-aged boys. The tensions among the boys, as they sort out the adults they will become, are familiar in any decade. I agree with reviewers who comment that the story is slow. But as it deals with the loss of youth in many different ways, that is not necessarily a condemnation of this classic. I did not enjoy the narration, but that could have been my impatience with parts of the story.
I enjoyed this book very much. The narrator captured so many of the subtle elements of subtext and symbol. In the end, this well-read classic gets good treatment. Great literature and a good reader.
This story is well written and the narrator fits this story/time period perfectly. This book is more about relationships and emotions then it is about the progression of events. If that is your sort of thing, this book is for you!
This book should be offered as a psychological study of the power and peril of being in a relationship with a narcissist. This is the kind of book that turns kids off to reading.
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.