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The Absolutist Audiobook

The Absolutist

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Best Solo Narration, 2013

It is September 1919: Twenty-one-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver a package of letters to the sister of Will Bancroft, the man he fought alongside during the Great War. But the letters are not the real reason for Tristan's visit. He can no longer keep a secret and has finally found the courage to unburden himself of it. As Tristan recounts the horrific details of what to him became a senseless war, he also speaks of his friendship with Will - from their first meeting on the training grounds at Aldershot to their farewell in the trenches of northern France. The intensity of their bond brought Tristan happiness and self-discovery as well as confusion and unbearable pain.

The Absolutist is a masterful tale of passion, jealousy, heroism, and betrayal set in one of the most gruesome trenches of France during World War I. This novel will keep listeners on the edge of their seats until its most extraordinary and unexpected conclusion, and it will stay with them long after they've finished.

©2011 John Boyne (P)2012 Tantor

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    P. Bowen New York, NY United States 01-15-14
    P. Bowen New York, NY United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2006

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    "Lovely"
    If you could sum up The Absolutist in three words, what would they be?

    Wasn't expecting to be so moved by this book, but I was. Very sweet, tender and sad.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Bain 07-01-14
    Ruth Bain 07-01-14

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    "Heartbreaking and powerful"
    Would you listen to The Absolutist again? Why?

    Yes, even knowing the ultimate outcome, this is nuanced and powerful story, and the narration was fabulous.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator was really exceptional. I was absolutely drawn into the story, and the question of what constitutes courage.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Maloney’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The first performance that I've listened to. Loved his reading of the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A very emotional story...I was so involved that there were times I felt like speaking directly to the characters. There is a sense of sadness that haunts the story.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-05-16
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    "Gut Wrenching"

    This book is so engrossing and the narrator does such a fantastic job. This book is enthralling and absolutely devastating in its conclusion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    nevina CT, United States 03-21-16
    nevina CT, United States 03-21-16 Member Since 2006

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    "War makes Monsters of Men."

    Lord, what a traumatic read this is. John Boyne's understated writing expertly evokes the hell that was a soldiers life in the trenches of world war 1.
    Tristan, returned from the war, goes to visit the sister of his fallen friend, Will Bancroft. Ostensibly to return some letters to her but really to tell her the story of her brothers war. I was engaged and invested from the first line. I could see it all, the insanity of war, the awful conditions and events, senseless loss of life, and the terrible grief and shame of those left behind. Slowly a story more horrific than the living conditions of the men involved could ever be was revealed. I was absolutely stunned by the way things turned out for Will. Jaw droppingly stunned. If ever there was a book that brilliantly portrays how war makes monsters of men then this is it.
    The narrator, Michael Maloney was excellent. I noticed, and appreciated his voice but it never became bigger than the story he was telling.

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    Margot Silverton, CO, United States 12-20-15
    Margot Silverton, CO, United States 12-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Could not hear"
    Would you try another book from John Boyne and/or Michael Maloney?

    John Boyne, yes; Michael Maloney--never.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Maloney’s performances?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Impossible to follow. Reader read both quickly and softly, without much intonation. Impossible to listen to.

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    Linda 10-13-15
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    "Poor sound engineering"

    The Sound engineering was the worst of the 100+ audible books I have listened to.

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    Alexandria New York 08-22-14
    Alexandria New York 08-22-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Inconsistent audio ruins a good book"

    The narration of this book was extremely frustrating and blocked me from enjoying it. Maloney melodramatically whispers the majority of the book, so that I found myself constantly tuning the volume instead of taking in the book. After whispering the voice of the main character for an extended period of time, he would suddenly switch to the booming voice of a supporting character, causing me to hurry to re-adjust the volume again. He differentiates the voices well, but he needs to speak up. The whispering melodrama does not benefit this audio in the least.

    I strongly suggest reading this book rather than listening to Maloney's narration.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Anne Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-04-14
    Beth Anne Philadelphia, PA, United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2012

    i like to read. i like to listen.

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    "deeply disturbing novel of war and mistakes"

    this novel was seriously disturbing, but really good.

    it's extremely emotional. an intimate portrayal of a soldier and all the mistakes he makes in relationships, in war, in love. it's truly moving and tragic and very powerful.

    the narrator brought tristan to life in a really wonderful way...making him just sympathetic enough for you to want to read on (listen), but also bringing the ringing truth about his decisions into plain sight.

    it's a book that will stick with you a while.

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    Joseph Norwell, MA, United States 03-29-15
    Joseph Norwell, MA, United States 03-29-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Tragic story Told Well"

    I found myself in the mind of each character and evaluating the acts thoughts and morality on a series of parallel scales seeking the justice in the outcomes. Boyne writes with such sincere emotion it draws the reader into his books Nd challenges you to take sides and discuss issues. This is a great book.

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    love to read 12-04-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Fabulous Book"

    This was such an intriquing novel. I was quite surprised by the ending but it led to understanding of the lead character's demeanor through the book. Many thanks for this excellent read.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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