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Skippy Dies | [Paul Murray]

Skippy Dies

This touching and uproarious novel by author Paul Murray made everyone’s best fiction of 2010 lists, including The Washington Post, Financial Times, Village Voice, and others. Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the mystery that links the boys of Dublin’s Seabrook College (Ruprecht Van Doren, the overweight genius obsessed with string theory; Carl, the teenager drug dealer and borderline psychotic; Philip Kilfether, the basketball-playing midget) to their parents and teachers in ways that no one could have imagined.
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Publisher's Summary

This touching and uproarious novel by author Paul Murray made everyone’s best fiction of 2010 lists, including The Washington Post, Financial Times, Village Voice, and others. Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the mystery that links the boys of Dublin’s Seabrook College (Ruprecht Van Doren, the overweight genius obsessed with string theory; Carl, the teenager drug dealer and borderline psychotic; Philip Kilfether, the basketball-playing midget) to their parents and teachers in ways that no one could have imagined.

This unique production of Murray’s heartfelt exploration of the pain, joy, and beauty of adolescence features an all-star narrating cast of 16 Audible favorites: John Keating, Graeme Malcom, Khristine Hvam, Nicola Barber, Fred Berman, Clodagh Bowyer, Terry Donnelly, Sean Gormley, Lawrence Lowry, Paul Nugent, Tim Smallwood, Fiona Walsh, Fiana Toibin, Declan Sammon, Heather O'Neill, and Ed Malone.

©2010 Paul Murray (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Hilarious, haunting, and heartbreaking, it is inarguably among the most memorable novels of the year to date." (Booklist)

"Dazzling... If killing your protagonist with more than 600 pages to go sounds audacious, it's nothing compared with the literary feats Murray pulls off in this hilarious, moving and wise book." (Washington Post Book World)

"Extravagantly entertaining." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Stormyvagirl Haymarket, VA, United States 02-02-11
    Stormyvagirl Haymarket, VA, United States 02-02-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Very disappointed with this book"

    Downloading this book taught me that I need to really pay attention to other reviews rather than simply assuming that it's great because it's appearing on the best sellers list. I consider myself far from a prude but this book's subject matter and supposed humor of disgusting behavior in the 1st section download made me decide to not waste my time on downloading the add'l sections. I'm extremely disappointed since I had downloaded the book via the humor section of Audible and was looking for a good laugh. There were a few great sections but the content in many of the sections definitely took that feel good from laughter feeling away immediately.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Carole 01-31-11
    Carole 01-31-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Rambling and Disconnected"

    I look so forward to a book narrated by Irishmen. I loved Frank McCourt's books when they were read by the author. "Angelas Ashes" is on top of my all-time list.
    I believed that this book was among the same genre. I thought it was about young, Irish students trying to make a go of life. Turns out, it was a long and detailed list of the angst of teenage boys and the turmoil they face while struggling through daily life.
    It was just No big deal. I did NOT like the characters. They didn't bring me into their heads. If I cared about them, I may have paid better attention. I hope to struggle to the end of this book and find out why and how Skippy dies. That will be enough for a credit lost.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Suzegal 01-23-11
    Suzegal 01-23-11
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    "Don't waste a credit. One of the worst."

    Short, sweet and to the point: I read alot. I can't finish this. It is disjointed, unpleasant and never ending. It is a waste of my time and upsetting to even write about this singularly boring and undeserving book. I "get" Brit Lit humor. This isn't it. Spend your credit on something that makes sense.. This doesn't.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    William reno, NV, United States 01-21-11
    William reno, NV, United States 01-21-11
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    "A better read than a listen"

    I am almost through part 1. I doubt I will be able to finish this but I keep trying because I spent a whole credit getting it and I am stubborn. It is very difficult to follow or stay focused on. I agree with other reviewers that it is hard to determine who is talking. Also I do not care for the narrator, he speaks just a little too fast, making it even harder to follow what is going on. It probably would be an easier book to read than to listen to as then backtracking is possible, it would be easy to determine who is speaking and the most inane parts could be skipped over. I am sorry I bought this book. I usually "trust" Audible that when a book is featured it is not a waste of time but in the future I will wait for the reviews to come in before relying on that reasoning.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Geniel Spring, TX, United States 08-18-12
    Geniel Spring, TX, United States 08-18-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Hard read"

    I couldn't finish the book. I don't like books that need inappropriate language to make a point and I just couldn't get into the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara SMITHFIELD, UT, United States 08-07-12
    Barbara SMITHFIELD, UT, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2002
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    "No thanks"
    What would have made Skippy Dies better?

    Realized not my type of story early so quickly removed it from my MP3 and listened to the next book in my library.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Presently listening to and enjoying "Then Came You".


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    Any narrator could have read it and I still wouldn't have listened.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Skippy Dies?

    If I'd been the editor, I wouldn't have published the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sure some listeners really liked it, I didn't but to each his/her own.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. 02-08-12
    M. 02-08-12 Member Since 2005
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    "boring"
    What disappointed you about Skippy Dies?

    I never got past the first 60 minutes. I could not care less about the characters or their plight. After paying for the book, I decided to keep going for an hour but was too bored to continue. This is only the second book I have downloaded in years that was not even worth listening to while sitting in traffic.


    What three words best describe the narrators???s voice?

    good


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen M. Kinyon Round Rock, TX USA 01-27-12
    Kathleen M. Kinyon Round Rock, TX USA 01-27-12 Member Since 2011

    book lover

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    "Most boring book I have ever listened to."
    What disappointed you about Skippy Dies?

    Nothing made sense - no real story.


    What was most disappointing about Paul Murray’s story?

    it jumped around so much you couldn't get to know the characters.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    droning voice


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    nope


    Any additional comments?

    don't get it

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 12-24-11
    Rebecca 12-24-11 Member Since 2009

    Love to read, and Audible has made the two-hour daily commute enjoyable!

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    "Seabrook College - A living hell"

    I kept hoping this book would turn around. "Skippy Dies" peers into abyss of puberty at a private Catholic boys school in Dublin. It starts with Skippy's death, and then 2/3rds leads up to his death, and the final third is about the aftermath and impact it had on his friends, teachers and school.

    There were parts that were funny, and the talent show almost pulled it together for me, but all the characters (students, teachers, parents, school administrators, alumni and priests) are cluelessly going through the motions, and contributing to the little hell called Seabrook.

    The performance was fabulous and kept me engaged, and hoping. If I had read on paper, I wouldn't have gotten through the first 50 pages.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Farrell 10-26-11
    Farrell 10-26-11
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    "Don't Bother"

    Disgusting and boring. The narrator might be good but since the story is so bad it's hard to tell. I would not recommend this book to anybody.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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