We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
April Fool's Day Audiobook

April Fool's Day

Regular Price:$34.97
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (282 )
5 star
 (132)
4 star
 (86)
3 star
 (41)
2 star
 (13)
1 star
 (10)
Overall
4.2 (170 )
5 star
 (94)
4 star
 (45)
3 star
 (16)
2 star
 (9)
1 star
 (6)
Story
4.5 (171 )
5 star
 (120)
4 star
 (29)
3 star
 (13)
2 star
 (6)
1 star
 (3)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Tersia 10-08-12
    Tersia 10-08-12 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Joy within sorrow"
    What did you love best about April Fool's Day?

    A dad's love and care for his son.


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

    Still Alice, you get to be in the shoes of the people going through their tribulation.


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Emotion at the right moments.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES


    Any additional comments?

    Writing about pain you experiencing with your children put life into perspective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Elane 03-24-12
    Elane 03-24-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    388
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Tragic story - well written but tough subject"
    Where does April Fool's Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is in a special category due to its subject matter. I love Bryce Courtenay writings but this one was about his son and his son's tragic but lovely life. It will definitely make you feel and become emotionally involved, so not a book for those needing an uplifting or inspirational read/listen. I especially liked the book (it is hard to say enjoyed because of the subject matter although I did enjoy it) since I had listened to so many of Courtenay's books. That is, after a dozen or so of his books I felt I was able to get to know this author finally. It is truly a heart wrenching tale.


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

    David Sheff wrote a book about his sons addictions and the son Nic also wrote a book about his addictions. These books too were tragic but so self indulgent - especially the son's that they had a somewhat of a theatrical nature about them - Aprils Fools Day was long and sometimes rambling but Courtenay was not self indulgent.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    Nothing - I look for books narrated by Humphrey Bower.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Pretty strong emotional reaction - it was hard because of the pain and agony expressed by the author. Albeit he tried his best to express love and joy and humor. It just was not possible to feel the tragedy and heart break.


    Any additional comments?

    Upon listening one hopes that in writing the book he lessened his pain and agony over losing his son.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Steven Caulfield, Australia 03-03-12
    Steven Caulfield, Australia 03-03-12 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Interesting but depressing"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Have put aside after going through 3/4 of book. I did not want to listen to any more of the progressive demise of an innocent character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ian Coltman 08-23-11
    Ian Coltman 08-23-11 Listener Since 2006
    HELPFUL VOTES
    12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Just not my cup of tea"

    I know that this is a very special book for Bryce Courtney, but I could not get into it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Karla Schiever 04-28-11 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    321
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "A Lesson in Hemophilia"

    I did not see how Bryce Courtenay could write a book on his son's short life and take 20 hours to do so (surely it would get repetitive). No--it was fabulous! As a nurse we touched on hemophilia in school, but they never told the story! Stupendous! Many thanks for sharing such an intimate story. As good as his other books. And of course, I love the narrator!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    James Gordon New York, NY 05-12-07
    James Gordon New York, NY 05-12-07 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    304
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1210
    65
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    10
    0
    Overall
    "The Power of None"

    I understand why this book was written. I just don't understand why it HAD to be written. It's a very personal journey for a courageous family faced with the horrible health crisis of their beloved son. As an HIV positive person, I object to the outdated medical "facts". Thankfully, the agony Damon faced is most often not the fate of those presently dealing with AIDS. That's objectional to me, but the most painful aspect of April Fool's Day is that it so personal, so unique, so agonizingly real that it doesn't say as much as it should to the rest of us. Catharsis alone doesn't make for great literature.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Stephen Moroni, UT, United States 05-13-07
    Stephen Moroni, UT, United States 05-13-07 Member Since 2002
    HELPFUL VOTES
    174
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    169
    26
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    "Great story."

    A very sad story of Damon but also a story about strength and courage. Damon went through so much but enjoyed life.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Julie Melbourne, Australia 04-03-12
    Julie Melbourne, Australia 04-03-12 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    28
    18
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Where was the Editor?"

    Never a fan of the author, the many many recommendations for this story drove me to download it.
    I remain definitely not a fan of the author, unable to continue listening to such self indulgent rambling past the halfway mark. The repetition, the unspeakably banal dialogue......it was DREADFUL.
    With an intelligent editor it could have been culled to about 30% and been a touching and engaging read/listen.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.