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.
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"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)
I totally understand those who are put off by this audible's length ... it's enormous! ... and by the realism. This work seems to be a complex fiction based on very late 20st century social realities that many of us wish not to face or admit exists. Or if they do exist, we don't wish to have our free time reading (or listening) to fiction that so clearly outlines human frailties or certainly not our vulgarities and there are many in this epic novel. I have a feeling that the author was giving us an outline of what he observed while at school in Ireland himself. If so, so much the better. I felt like I was in the middle of a long epic stage play. The narration was stellar and brilliant. Yes, there were a few head-scratching dead spots, but not many. It took me through all emotions, a good thing in my estimation. The book made me laugh, sigh, ponder, smile and even feel regret. Yes, this book is not for everyone, it's too honest for that. By the way, I thought the ending very theatrical and fitting. I won't be listening to this tome again because there are so many audibles I wish to listen to, but I already miss the characters, especially Mario and I have a certain affection also for Howard, but they all contributed to this triumphant production!
This is the first review I have written. "Skippy Dies" is the only book of many I have ordered through Audible.com that I will probably not finish. I feel like I need to give it more of a chance but, quite frankly, I don't want to wast my time. It is hard to follow and boring. Usually I enjoy driving because I get to hear my book but I don't feel that way with this one. I wish I could get my money back.
I gave the audiobook 3 hours, almost a third of it, but gave up. I had no interest in any of the characters or their mundane lives. I didn't care to find out what happens to them.
Not everyone's life is interesting or full of intrigue, but it seems that most of our lives are more interesting than what was occurring in the first 3 hours of this book. If I had it in paperback, I doubt I'd have lasted that long.
The best multiple-narrator experience I've had, and the writing is crisp, vivid and memorable. My problem is the story, which I gave up half-way through and determined to read instead. It's incredibly painful, the horrors of Catholic school in Ireland, an original version of much-told tale. Yes, it's funny, but overall there's a dark undercurrent, like a shark circling under a swimmer and surfacing repeatedly to take a bite. I think reading it will give me more control, rather than this outpouring into my ear, beautifully done but unendurable. Thrillers are easy. Bring them on. This is awful.
I can't even force myself to finish listening to this one. Possibly there are just too many characters and too much jumping around between them to ever really 'care' about what happens to them. I'm about half way through, and I am ditching it. The verbal 'sound effect' of scraping burned toast was SO obnoxious I almost left at that point - and now I wish I would have. Also, while I liked the Irish accents in the beginning, it is getting old 6 hrs in.
The writing is quite clever at times, but those times are too few and far between to hold my interest. Sorry, Skippy.
Well writen, Interesting characters. Buit the book seems to climax to an end and the end falls to pieces. I listened several times over to see if I had missed something. Just doesnt end well
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