I think both are excellent. The story is strong in itself, but also really well read.
The main character Don. The fact that he takes everything literally and that he observes the behaviour of people around him so accurately makes him a great character. It didn't only make me laugh out loud several times, but it also made me realise how strange certain phrases and some conventions actually are.
He just was Don, no doubt about it.
It made me laugh out loud several times. I was also very touched by the difficulty Don sometimes has to cope with.
An excellent novel which will make you smile, laugh out loud and make you understand Asperger's (and autism in general) a bit better.
Like in all of Chris Cleave's novels, you've got to love the characters. Even the characters that seem tough and unkind (and that's what you would probabaly think if you met them in real life) are shown in a way that makes you love them.
The scene in which Zoë, Jack and Kate meet for the first time. It shows you very well what kind of persons they are.
No I haven't, but I liked the way she narrated the story very much.
I loved Zoë best. The way she is struggling and fighting against (the consequences of) her past is impressive. Sophie is disarming in everything she says, thinks and does. Jack and Kate can be a bit too perfect here and there, but believable nevertheless. Tom is a strong character as well, especially in the way he (tries to) understand and help Zoë. All in all, I loved all of the characters; they really make this story what it is.
If you are a Chris Cleave fan (or want to become one), this is certainly a novel you should listen to (just like his other novels). Wonderful!
No, once was nice, but also enough.
It confronts you with your views and makes you think about the stereotypes you have.
It was nice that there were 2 narrators for the 2 main characters. However, the girl was a bit overdramatic every now and then (Syan Blake) and the boy was a bit difficult to understand here and there (Paul Chequer).
The ending: unexpected!
Listen to the sample first before you buy. If you like the narrators, this is definitely a story worth listening to.
Yes I certainly would since this is such a wonderful story, read in a fantastic way.
No other books. It is unique in that it is a frame story, in which the main story is most important and focused on.
The main character Angel is definitely the most loveable character, although the way Angel approaches all the other characters makes them all special in their own way.
Angel, eating her cakes of course.
Listen to this wonderful story with sadness and tragedy, but also love and happiness in it.
Skippy Dies not only is a great story (hilarious and sad at the same time), but was even more enjoyable due to the excellent narration. All the characters, with their different accents, were really brought to life by Patrick Moy.
All the conversations amongst the boys who are in the midst of their puberty. Hilarious!
No I haven't, but sure would like to after this one.
It made me laugh heaps of times, although it was extremely sad at other times.
A great listen. Not only because of the above-mentioned things, but also because of the critical attitude of the author towards traditional catholic boarding schools like this one, without becoming moralistic.
Great novel and Vance is also a great reader, but the audio quality is very poor. It is old and there constantly is noise in the background. Also, you often hear an echo.
Wonderful audiobook. Not only the novel is great, but it was read in a wonderful way by Charlotte Parry. Parry makes it very easy to relate to the main character. It doesn't happen very often to me, but I actually shed some tears during the final chapter.
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