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April Fool's Day Audiobook

April Fool's Day

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Publisher's Summary

This is Bryce Courtenay's moving tribute to his son, Damon, a hemophiliac who died from medically acquired AIDS on April 1, 1991, at the age of 24.

April Fool's Day is controversial, painful and heartbreaking, yet has a gentle humor. It is also life-affirming and, above all, a testimony to the incredible regenerative strength of love: how when we confront our worst, we can become our best. This tragic yet uplifting story will change the way you think. From the author of The Power of One.

©1993 Bryce Courtenay; (P)2006 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What the Critics Say

"April Fool's Day is one of those rare, wholly beautiful books that lets life speak for itself." (The Australian)

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    IHeartShoes 10-26-16
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    "only read out of respect for Bryce"

    not the best work from my favorite author but even this is twenty times better than all the light we cannot see!!

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    J. Dionne 10-19-16
    J. Dionne 10-19-16 Member Since 2015

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    "amazing!"

    I adore this author's writing talent and this book was no exception. even as a medical professional I learned a lot in this book. It was so beautifully written for the "Mighty Damen".
    I'd recommend this book to anyone. In fact, I already have.

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    ernewag 09-03-16
    ernewag 09-03-16 Member Since 2013
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    "What a book"

    Honest, reflective of a brave & wonderful young man who is the object of tremendous love & suffering. Heart rending & memorable of a life worthy to be remembered. Shame on the callousness of society & the medical community who should be healing & the legal institutions who should be protecting in their failures to do so...and proud of those who stepped out to go above & beyond!! Celeste is a very special & honest woman. I hope she went on to find a love to match her own passion & commitment.

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    Amazon Customer 07-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fabulous read about a family's love"
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    A very moving story of a family whos love sees them through the worst of times, watching and then saying goodbye to your own child. This is a story of a very strong family and its a credit to them to have shared this time in there lives. Tears and laughs and understanding of an illness we still find hard to understand.

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    Vashti Peterborough, ON, Canada 03-30-16
    Vashti Peterborough, ON, Canada 03-30-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Courtenay's nonfiction as compelling as his novels"

    It was fascinating to learn about the family life of an author whose novels I read compulsively; but the focus on his son, rather than himself, was a refreshing twist on the memoir.

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    Bret 02-11-16
    Bret 02-11-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Powerful."

    I learned a great deal about HIV, hemophilia, and AIDS all the while getting to know and love the people in this book.

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    Patricia D. 11-11-15
    Patricia D. 11-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing -- a must read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of April Fool's Day to be better than the print version?

    I have not seen the print version


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is an amazing depiction of his family's struggle to care for their son who developed AIDS from a transfusion. Moving, tear jerking and real


    Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

    All were great


    What did you learn from April Fool's Day that you would use in your daily life?

    Love is everything


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    Gary 03-05-15
    Gary 03-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A candid telling of a beloved son's short life"

    A touching recount of a much loved child's optimistic life despite his hemophilia and subsequent illness from AIDS, contracted through blood transfusions.

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    Armando Raleigh, NC 09-16-14
    Armando Raleigh, NC 09-16-14 Member Since 2009
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    "The optimism of the young"
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    A very personal story, very sad to see the unending optimism of the young son of Bryce finnaly defeated by aids , I won't listen to this again , Mr Bower as always does a fantastic narration

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    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 04-03-13
    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 04-03-13 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.

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    "Heartbreaking and Triumphant"
    Where does April Fool's Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a different sort of book as it was extremely personal, and instead of weaving a story about fictional characters, Bryce Courtenay was pouring out his own life. Having read many of his books, I appreciated his effort in telling his hearbreaking but triumphant story... the story of his son Damon.


    What other book might you compare April Fool's Day to and why?

    I have no books to compare this to and it is entirely unique among the hundreds of books I have read.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't think you can say that there is a favourite scene. It is not that kind of book. I cried and laughed and got angry... the gamit of emotions was passed through as I listened to this book almost continuously from beginning to end.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from April Fool's Day?

    I think the poignancy of the medicallly induced AIDS problem and ignorance/insensitivity of people looking after those infected with this terrible virus was painful to acknowledge, but I think it was important to bring it to the reader. Every person who is educated and encouraged to be more compassionate towards AIDS sufferers and those with Hemophilia will make this book even more worthy of having been written.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt it was particularly helpful to have the various members of Damon's family narrating from their own perspectives. Altogether, a wonderful book. Now Bryce is with his beloved Damon.

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