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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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    Matt Bakersfield, CA, United States 05-19-11
    Matt Bakersfield, CA, United States 05-19-11
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    "slow start, but worth it"

    Like some others have said, the start's a bit slow in building up. For me, the first 3 or 4 hours were pretty boring and I almost gave up on the book. But I'm glad I didn't. It builds up and builds up, fleshing out all of the characters. Funny and sad at the same time, it's brilliantly read by the various actors. Well worth listening to. Have some patience with the slow start and it'll pay off.

    But, warning. If you're easily offended, turn elsewhere. Drugs and sex abound in this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Craig G. Clark Seaside, CA United States 02-21-11
    Craig G. Clark Seaside, CA United States 02-21-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Weird, Wonderful and Painfully Realistic"

    The plot and presentation of this tale are so weird and so painfully true-to-real-life that I don't want to listen to it again, though I fear I'm fated to do so. Its an excellent book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Friendsville, PA, United States 01-30-11
    Carolyn Friendsville, PA, United States 01-30-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Incredibly Sad But So Well Done"

    Paul Murray and the cast of this Audible event must be commended. I found myself becoming overwhelmed by the emotions portrayed and then coming back for more. The cast mastered the" too cool for school" voices of middle school boys, the Italian accent was a hoot. The adults sounded believable and one mother especially was spot on. She is a type and the actor hit the mark. The story wrenched your heart. At the same time I laughed out loud almost as much as I quietly ached for boys and girls who are for the most part so alone even as they are surrounded by life. Kudos to Mr. Murray for a sharp observation of adolescence and, the evil genus of the adults in their livess that work to avoid real responsibility. I look forward to his next topic. He is a master of presenting rounded characters.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Minneapolis, MN, United States 03-03-11
    Jay Minneapolis, MN, United States 03-03-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Wonderful Young Adult Novel"

    Perhaps Audible should label books like this as Young Adult so readers know the book is centered on the joys and horrors of the teenage years. I think the book is a wonderful telling of a very difficult story about kids in a rich kids private school in Dublin, including some twists and turns you won't see in similar books. The ending, coming at the end of some amazing events, was sad but hopeful. The reading by the cast is fantastic.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Reademandweep 02-21-11

    and a penny for your thoughts

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    "Funny, Unique and Human"

    I loved this tale of humanity, life and the angst we all feel growing up, growing old, just growing. The narration is great and despite the fact that the story was sad at times (isn't everything?) I was entertained from start to finish.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Justin North Brunswick, NJ, United States 02-18-11
    Justin North Brunswick, NJ, United States 02-18-11
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    "Engaging story, excellent production."

    The story of teen isolation and awkwardness is one that most of us can relate to and sympathize with. The production with many different narrators embodying their characters wonderfully is engaging and fun. Well done!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    ArtC 07-14-12
    ArtC 07-14-12 Member Since 2007

    Mysteries, classics, non-fiction, time travel, Bounty hunters, grim reapers... anything but vampires, please!

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    "Truly memorable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Skippy's immediate death and its subsequent unwinding dives you straight into the heart of parochial Ireland. I'm recommending it now because I've listened to at least 100 books since this one, but it still floats up as one of my favorites when friends ask me for a recommendation.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Genuine, unaffected accents and great age appropriate inflections.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Yes, the title gives it away.


    Any additional comments?

    A must.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    F. Girlando Santa Barbara, CA USA 06-19-12
    F. Girlando Santa Barbara, CA USA 06-19-12 Member Since 2001

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Funny Poignant Sad & Sweet"

    The words in my title describe the different ways I felt about the book as I listened to it. It was not at all what I expected. I liked the beginning more than other reviewers seem to. I loved the nerdy group of boys.

    Later, as you see how troubled they all are, it broke my heart. I don't know if this is an accurate portrayal of kids in school Ireland, but it was hard, as a mother, to read and I was going to lower my rating since I was expecting a pretty lighthearted book.

    But like the other reviewers have written: If you're going to listen to this, commit to stay until the end. There is so much sweetness and redemption, it made the painful parts worthwhile.

    The narration is excellent. I thought the Italian accent of Mario a bit much, though.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Grinnell, IA, United States 02-21-12
    Karen Grinnell, IA, United States 02-21-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Not what I expected, regretfully."

    I am pretty consistent with checking reviews and narration ahead of purchase and this purchase was not different. I just finished the recording, even though I purchased it some time ago, mostly because I don't like to leave a book unfinished, even the ones I don't like. This was an interesting story, great cast of narrators especially, but I couldn't stay with it. A group of boys in an Irish boarding school, supposedly friends, intertwined with their teachers and Catholic priests. After finally finishing the book, I still don't really know the main point of the story. It jumped around quite often, the author used inappropriate language in many places, not that often a story is enhanced by language, this just didn't seem to fit. Many sexual references, innuendo; I know that is often the mind of teenage boys, however, it just didn't seem to fit into the story. I use the term inappropriate, because the swear words or sexual terms didn't seem to fit, not inappropriate in the sense that I oppose the use of such language. Even the drug use, which was a major theme, didn't seem to fit well into the story and was a bit confusing.

    There are 3 parts to this story, the last one seemed to be the easiest listen, but still not that interesting. I didn't feel like some of the main characters dilemmas were resolved, even at the end of the book. The only reason that I did finish the story was because I can't leave a book only partially read, so I muddled through. It did have some interesting parts, but regretfully, not enough to make me like the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    mindusq san francisco 01-05-12
    mindusq san francisco 01-05-12 Member Since 2008

    Typical cat lady: lazy, sings off-key, craves spicy bloody marys.

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    "Yeah, they give the plot away in the title, but..."

    I listen to books at night when I tuck myself into bed so sometimes my dreams are interwoven into the plot. Weeks after I finished it, I could still hear the charming, melodic voices of Skippy's EIGHT NARRATORS in my head. Truly a great performance and a clever look at how human beings fool themselves every day.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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