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Golden Boy | [Abigail Tarttelin]

Golden Boy

Max Walker is the golden boy. He's attractive, intelligent, athletic. He's even nice to his little brother. Max is going to pass his exams with flying colours; he’s going to make his parents proud.
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Publisher's Summary

Max Walker is the golden boy. He's attractive, intelligent, athletic. He's even nice to his little brother. Max is going to pass his exams with flying colours; he’s going to make his parents proud.

Max Walker has a terrible secret that could blow his perfect life apart. But someone knows his secret, someone close to him who could do great damage to Max. In fact he's already started…

©2013 Abigail Tarttelin (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

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    Jackie 06-30-14
    Jackie 06-30-14
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    "Compelling"
    Where does Golden Boy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The BEST. A story so beautifully told and compelling, I couldn't put it down.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The story told from various points-of-view gave significant depth to the thought processes of each character.
    Max's story-line will always remain with me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Blair
    London, United Kingdom
    6/20/13
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    "Very Interesting vulnerable journey"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Golden Boy to be better than the print version?

    Enjoyed being guided through the story by relatively good narration


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Enjoyed following Max' journey, felt pained by his hesitency in young love and really enjoyed his relationship and guidence towards his younger brother


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Odd one out......or is he?


    Any additional comments?

    Don't generally leave comments however I did enjoy this book and felt compeled to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cathy
    Oxford, UK
    6/30/13
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    "Essential reading for a difficult topic"
    What made the experience of listening to Golden Boy the most enjoyable?

    There a lots of reviews about this book but I hadn't read any reviews. Please read this books and encourage all others to read this too. This is an excellent put together audiobook which I listened to this over a matter of a few days. The different readers added the an interesting dimension.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Golden Boy?

    I havent got to the end yet but this book will remain with me for a long time.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The different readers


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The rape scene is very graphic and I so wanted to fast forward. Not sure if I am entirely comfortable.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • MISS P J SWAN
    7/7/14
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    "Absorbing and sometimes frustrating."
    What did you like most about Golden Boy?

    This book is about a subject I've only been vaguely aware of. I was interested because my own father is transgender and I have struggled with aspects of gender which most of us take for granted. We could all do with thinking about these subjects sometimes so that we become aware of our own preconceptions and assumptions.


    What other book might you compare Golden Boy to, and why?

    Like the characters in books like The Casual Vacancy or The Slap these characters are flawed and at times frustrating to the reader. You sometimes want to shake them or shout at them to get them to sort themselves or those around them and to see things as they really are. It makes the book 'real' though and more human and believable.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I most enjoyed, strangely, the scene in the hospital when Max and his mum are caught in a very tense and fraught interaction. It was very moving, intense and full of suspense.


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

    This book is best listened to in stages to allow you to absorb and digest the various revelations. The plot keeps you guessing and wanting more information but the intensity and rawness of certain parts needs a break.


    Any additional comments?

    A good book for thinking and testings ones presumptions. A novel topic for a book and rarely if ever considered.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    sitting on the M11
    5/27/14
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    "This has to be shared!"
    Would you listen to Golden Boy again? Why?

    Absolutely. This has been one of the most powerful and emotionally engaging books I have ever read or listened to.


    What other book might you compare Golden Boy to, and why?

    I found it quite unique but probably akin to Room by Emma Donoghue and Blue Eyed Boy by Joanne Harris. All letting you get deep into the heart and mind of characters experiencing real personal challenge.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    One of the most amazing effects of the book is the way in which you became so emotionally linked to the characters that I found myself constantly having my own feelings towards every character changing throughout the plot ... with the exception of Max, his brother and their own touching relationship.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for another work by Ms Tarttellin but not sure how she will top this work!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • J
    5/14/14
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    "Aimed at teens"
    What was most disappointing about Abigail Tarttelin’s story?

    I assumed it was for adults as there is nothing obvious on the cover or description to say otherwise. I was annoyed after getting about half way into it to find it was a teenage love story.


    Any additional comments?

    Can I get a refund?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Ireland
    4/27/14
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    "Really enlightening- emotional and compelling"

    I really enjoyed this book- the story was different and interesting - I loved the characters and the performance was excellent

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth
    UK
    10/7/13
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    "A funny and poignant look at being 'different'"
    Where does Golden Boy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd noticed the author is relatively young when I set out listening, so I was expecting the 'yoof' tone and language (which felt natural and authentic) but I didn't expect such deft story-telling! Several times I felt we'd crested the narrative wave and I feared my interest was bound to peter out soon. But no, some new fascinating angle on the story would appear and carry me off yet again.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    My only frustration with the audiobook is with the editing, or perhaps it would be called the production? I'm not sure. Each chapter is told from the point of view of one character, so the chapters are announced by name. "Max", for example. But sometimes the chapter 'announcements' run into the previous chapter. So I found myself engrossed in some bit of the story, then suddenly the word "Max" is said, confusingly out of context. (Did Max just walk into the room?) I only noticed it a handful of times, but it disrupted my listening flow hugely! Sorry, it's a small point made incoherently. But a bit of feedback for the audiobook producers. The narration itself (four narrators, I think) is terrific and nicely understated. Acting the voice role of a younger child can make for cringe-inducing listening, but the combination of the authentic voice in the writing and excellent narration makes Daniel's character work well, as do all the others.


    Any additional comments?

    We need more fiction about gender subtleties. This is a thoughtful book where there are no right 'answers'. But anything that encourages us to see shades of grey, to ponder the different points of view, to put ourselves in all kinds of interesting shoes - well, it's just great. That's not to say this is a 'worthy' book; it's about people who are funny, kind, human, thoughtless - just human, really. I'd highly recommend this to anyone who is dealing with the frustrations with society's handling of gender. And I'd recommend it even more to anyone who doesn't think they're affected by gender issues. In fact, forget gender issues: this book is a deliciously funny and poignant look at coping with being perceived as 'different'. And we *all* are 'different', thank goodness.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Christina
    Banbury, United Kingdom
    7/1/13
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    "Unusual and Intriguing"
    What made the experience of listening to Golden Boy the most enjoyable?

    Seveal things1) The subject at the heart was unusual and offered insights into a condition I knew little about2) Four really good narrators whose voices fitted the characters


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Without doubt The Golden Boy


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

    Ditto - I loathed his self-centred mother


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Boy Meets Girl...


    Any additional comments?

    It was good to read a book with a strong narrative thread that felt more a natural story, rather than manufactured, even thoughit was. I felt I could get into Golden Boy's head, I felt I could have been him. Altogether a very rewarding experience.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Saffy
    UK
    8/30/13
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    "Moving, amazing, uplifting gem"

    This is possibly the most inspiring, moving book I have listened to on Audible and I highly recommend it. This novel by young writer Abigail Tartellin is an unexpected gem and over a few days of listening I became completely immersed in the lives of Max and his family. I knew nothing about intersex before listening to this book and feel that the author explored it and conveyed the information in a hugely empathetic and informative way without losing sight of plot or characterisation.
    Perhaps one of the most amazing things about this novel is its ability to surprise. I did not know what to expect when I started listening and was constantly surprised throughout the book. There is a very disturbing and upsetting scene at the beginning of the book but don't let this put you off listening as I feel that it is crucial to the story that follows and our understanding of the amazing Max.
    The use of multiple narrators works fantastically for this book. I particularly liked the voice of Max, although do feel that Antonia Beamish's narration let down an otherwise 5 star listen.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Andrea
    Chelmsford, United Kingdom
    10/13/13
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    "Compelling, moving, unforgettable"
    Where does Golden Boy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well within my personal top five.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Max, the main character, whose personal struggle embodies all the difficulties and angst of being a teenager, his condition merely serves to reinforce this message.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

    Max, perfect tone and pace.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The difficult taboo of inter sex has been dealt with in a sensitive, respectful and unsensational (not to mention educational) manner. A very gratifying read - the feelings and opinions of each character is thoroughly explored in depth.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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