Listener of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Intrigue (not romance), Historical Fiction and very eclectic in her literary wanderings.
The title kinda gives away the plot, don't it?
Not really. I love that beyond the funny bits about growing up in an Irish prep school there's a deep, meaningful story about realistic people. There's love lost, death, teen angst, career paths and so much more. Because of the rich voice work on this recording, it's an easy listen and compelling.
I only gave it three stars because occassionally it rambled a bit.
Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.
This is a totally engrossing tale of a posh boarding school in Ireland, the teachers, the students the staff...and what happens to all of them when Skippy dies. It is really compelling and the characters are all flawed and real.
I loved this book. Very smart and funny. Great writing. Memorable characters. And the audio version was fantastic. A whole cast performed it, rather than the usual one person. All the actors were wonderful. I highly recommend this book especially to people who like quirky characters and writing. The author reminds me of John Irving a bit
I've given up after listening about an hour into Part 2. I rarely abandon my audio books, but I'm just bored (and there are 12 more hours to go). I can't believe that this might have won a Man Booker. Perhaps it's just that I can't work up any interest in the behavior and feelings of Irish teenage boys, but the adults don't interest me either. Given the reviews of the book, I would have thought that the author's skill would have carried me beyond these basic concerns, but it hasn't.
I listened to every word of this book Found some of the historical information interesting, but frankly I didn't laugh at anything. Guess I grew up in a kinder/gentler world. I would hate to think all teenagers and all private school administrators and teachers are as bad as all these characters portray them. I must see the changes in readers voices made the listening bareable.
Personally, the age of 14 was, for me, awful. I give Murray points for good writing and disturbing accuracy, but the last thing I want to do is relive those days. Skippy heaving in class was as stomach churning as the tone, tenor and theme. I gave up. I couldn't take it any more. Normally, I give only one star if I put it aside. This time, I feel bad about not giving it 4 or 5 for evoking those terrible memories so handily.
This book is not good. I do not consider myself a conservative person, and generally have no complaints regarding content of books. Unfortunately after 4 hours of going nowhere, and then hearing various Simpsons characters having sex with each other, I had to give up on this title. Not worth the credit. It is interesting to see how few reviews it is getting given that is has been a best seller. There are a lot more quality titles available than this trash.
I listen while I drive and I love to drive
Let me get this straight we have 14 year old boys in a Catholic boarding school next to a girl???s Catholic boarding school bullying and stealing drugs then selling them to 14 year old girls for sexual favors and with date rape motives. Not to mention the graphic detailing of porn sites no one would want to ever get caught visiting. All of this under the guise of that???s what 14 year old kids with raging hormones are thinking and doing. This is not even a fun book to listen to.
Downloading this book taught me that I need to really pay attention to other reviews rather than simply assuming that it's great because it's appearing on the best sellers list. I consider myself far from a prude but this book's subject matter and supposed humor of disgusting behavior in the 1st section download made me decide to not waste my time on downloading the add'l sections. I'm extremely disappointed since I had downloaded the book via the humor section of Audible and was looking for a good laugh. There were a few great sections but the content in many of the sections definitely took that feel good from laughter feeling away immediately.