In me are the memories of a boy's life, spent in that realm of enchantments. These are the things I want to tell you....
Robert McCammon delivers "a tour de force of storytelling" (BookPage) in his award-winning masterpiece, a novel of Southern boyhood, growing up in the 1960s, that reaches far beyond that evocative landscape to touch readers universally.
Boy's Life is a richly imagined, spellbinding portrait of the magical worldview of the young - and of innocence lost.
Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson - a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever. Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lake -- and a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face-to-face with a terrible, haunting vision of death. As Cory struggles to understand his father's pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that surround him. From an ancient mystic who can hear the dead and bewitch the living, to a violent clan of moonshiners, Cory must confront the secrets that hide in the shadows of his hometown - for his father's sanity and his own life hang in the balance....
©1991 Robert McCammon (P)2011 Simon & Schuster, Inc
"Wonderful...filled with enough adventures, joy, discovery, and heartache for a dozen boys' lifetimes." (Houston Chronicle)
"No one can paint word pictures as vividly as Robert McCammon." (Sandra Brown)
"It's McCammon's The Prince of Tides.... Incredibly moving." (Peter Straub)
I'm hearing teacher voices
This is one of my 2-3 most favorite novels, period. I was excited to find it on Audible and bought it before I realized it is an old ABRIDGED version read by Richard Thomas. OK with Thomas, not with abridgement. McCammon is one of our great prose stylists - it's a crime to chop it up. I'm sure Audible will get the message and produce a full length reading, after the great response to the new rendition of McCammon's Swan Song.
I stopped listening to this one after 20 minutes. I'll wait for the real thing.
A friend recommended this to me. After listening to the abridged version, I was wondering what he was thinking, because the story was kind of pointless and had a lot of unfollowed threads. Then I scanned a summary on Wikipedia, and I think this thing was abridged with a weed whacker. TERRIBLE job. Audible should drop this version immediately and carry the unabridged version. I feel like I wasted my money.
This book has been a favorite of mine for years. My son is almost 13 and I thought it would be perfect to listen to during a car trip. Well, it was- sort of.
The story is eerie and wonderful and takes you back in time to the US of the 1960s in a way that reminds me a little of To Kill A Mockingbird. The narrator, Richard Thomas is wonderful, his voice, accents and characters all completely believable and compelling.
So why does it only get 3 stars? It is ABRIDGED. I should have noticed before I bought it how short the audible book was, but I was so happy to see it that I didn't. This version cuts out much of the richness and texture and magical realism of the original novel, leaving you with a sort of cockeyed murder mystery story- still enjoyable, but so so disappointing to anyone who has read the book.
Buy this if you want a great introduction to Robert McCammon- and then join me, as I am sure you will want to, in asking Audible to give us the REAL book, and not this poor cut up imitation.
Read it back in the 90's and loved the whole storyline.
Disappointed because of the abrigdement.
Richard's reading was excellent, I hope he will read an unabridged version.
It's full of holes.
Only the unabridged works.
Yes, he did very well.
None that's the problem, all the good stuff was left on the floor.
The book is a fantastic read as a hard copy. I was so excited when I saw Richard Thomas was the narrator that I didn't pay attention. I didn't realize it was abridged. Please get us an unabridged version. We are loyal to you.
The unabridged version
A very good reader
Everyone in my family, except for me, has read the unabridged version of this book and absolutely loved it. I downloaded the abridged version because there is no unabridged version (at least not at the time of this review) to see why they loved it so much. I didn't finish it because when I talked about the part of the book that I had listened to (about half) with my family, they asked me about so many episodes of the unabridged book that were not in the abridged version that both they and I knew the unabridged version just does not do the book justice. This makes sense, as the part of the book I did listen to was only average as it included parts only related to the main story line. It appears that the abridged version just does not have the
this is one of my favorite books and i was really enjoying the story as i drove until i realized that huge portions were missing. as a book, the story is so full of the magic and mystery of childhood with layer after layer of the story unfolding. as an audiobook, it was just a so-so story. richard thomas did a good job with what was available but don't waste your money on this, read the book, it is excellent, this just made me feel ripped off.
good book if you read it
not sure yet
if the audio matched the book it would be a lot better but it would be on chaper two part two and skip all the way to part 4 or something like that. It skipped tooo many pages and paragraphs as well eventually i had no idea where i was or what was happening in the book
the audio cut out a lot of the actual book. i listened to the entire audio, and when we talked about it in class, i realized that i was missing some key elements from the story.
This book was short and sweet. McCammon didn't draw it out or get too complex but simply shared a story. It's worth a credit and I enjoy McCammon's work. However, that being said, he didn't develop the characters deeply. This simply isn't a book for someone to analyze deeply but just listen and enjoy.
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