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The Swimming Pool Library Audiobook

The Swimming Pool Library

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Publisher's Summary

This novel centres on the friendship of William Beckwith, a young gay aristocrat who leads a life of privilege and promiscuity, and the elderly Lord Nantwich, who is searching for someone to write his biography.

©2006 Alan Hollinghurst; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    David Mannford, OK, United States 10-31-12
    David Mannford, OK, United States 10-31-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Not a nice book"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No Idea


    Has The Swimming Pool Library turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes definately


    How could the performance have been better?

    I guess the performance was ok but the book was terrible


    What character would you cut from The Swimming Pool Library?

    Don't really know


    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Todd 12-27-11
    Todd 12-27-11
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    "Smutty, self-absorbed and pointless"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think there may have been an idea related to identity hidden somewhere in this book, but if so it was safely concealed beneath episode after episode of meaningless sexual encounters described in graphic detail.

    I came away from this book feeling disappointed and repelled by both the characters and the author. If there was a point to this story, I really don't know what it was.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Alan Hollinghurst again?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Angered by the image of gay men presented in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money on this one.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Sheung WanHong Kong 12-06-07
    Christopher Sheung WanHong Kong 12-06-07 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting but..."

    I kind of enjoyed it, I spent most of the time facinated by the lifestyle of the era (1970's) and the research into the days of the time before. I kept expecting their posh bubble to burst but disappointingly it is not the point of the story, then again any point would have been good. Unless the point is that posh lives are pointless.

    3 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Zion Cave Creek, AZ, United States 08-22-10
    Zion Cave Creek, AZ, United States 08-22-10
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    "Disturbing"

    Highly recommend not reading this. I tried to keep an open mind throughout most of the book, but it continually toyed closer and closer to sex with underage boys. I know in England that it's legal to have sex with young men as early as 16, but this book even crosses that boundary, and tries to paint it as fun and flippant.

    I believe the author to be perverted, there is no celebration of true love between men of legal age. It relishes in perverseness. It really bothered me, and I couldn't finish the last quarter of the book. The plot sucks, by the way, and it's extremely long winded most of the time.

    I actually got my money back from Audible after writing them an email explaining my issues with it. They were nice about it. Save your money and your credits, pass this one by.

    3 of 19 people found this review helpful

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