If you do start to listen, you will go on a journey with a nine-year-old boy named Bruno. (Though this isn't a story for nine-year-olds.) And sooner or later, you will arrive with Bruno at the fence.
Fences like this exist all over the world. We hope that you never have to encounter such a fence.
©2006 John Boyne; (P)2006 Random House Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"His combination of strong characterization and simple, honest narrative make this powerful and memorable tale a unique addition to Holocaust literature." (School Library Journal
I loved this book and didn't remember when I started reading that it was the book of the great movie -- that I never got to see. I can visualize why the movie was a success -- the book is excellent -- I listen to quite a bit of Holocaust literature (more is becoming available at audible.com) and I think this is the first time I've read a book taking the standpoint of a German family during the Holocaust -- and an officers family no less. It's written in a way that is certainly not sensational thus an excellent addition to required reading for high school students. The innocence of the boy might be difficult to accept, but it was a different time. I just wish the book was longer (more detail at the end.)
I just watched the Movie and am now starting on the book. I had anticipated this movie for quite sometime after seeing preview's. I was not disappointed and hope the book will do the same. Make sure you have a large box of tissue's while reading this book, its an edge of your seat movie, I expect the book to be even better. A Must see and read im sure.
The book itself deserves 5 stars. Michael Maloney, the narrator, I'd give 1. He has this very distracting way of fading quickly at the end of sentences making you think you are getting a call. If you listen on an iPhone you know how audio fades right before the ring begins. Even without thinking you are receiving a call, his fadding, breathy voice is very annoying. The story is wonderful, touching and sad - but I would not buy another audio book with Michael Maloney as narrator.
This is a wonderful story and a great learning experience for people of all ages. Originally published as a children's book this is definitely a must read for all ages. The story is told from the perspective of a 9 year old boy and the reader makes you think that you really are this boy and living his experience. It's full of twists and turns which keeps the reader completely absorbed. I couldn't stop listening to this wonderfully told, beautifully read, and very moving story.
This is a haunting story, written in a very interesting style that invokes in the listener an appropriate feeling of isolation. It is well worth experiencing. It is flawed, yes, but I found myself forgiving any flaws for the sheer uniqueness of the storytelling as well as the story itself. I would not call it "enjoyable" per se, but I did find myself listening to it every chance I got, it is extremely compelling.
The narrator does a very good job as well. I completely recommend.
It's a gripper, a little childish at first but once you get into it you got to know where it's leading to.
The ending? WOW I thought the boy might get into trouble BUT not this!
BUT fitting for who he was!
My nine year old son enjoys audiobooks so occasionally I'll use a monthly subscription credit on a book for him. In retrospect it was fortunate that both of us listened to this one together in the car.
The book was certainly interesting enough. It was written well and read well enough to keep us both interested throughout. By third grade though, public school had not yet taught my son the full extent of the horrors of the period. As we listened I became concerned over how my son would react to the author's choice of dealing with such serious subject matter from the naive (perhaps unrealistically naive in historical context) viewpoint of nine year old Bruno.
My son like most nine year old audio book listeners I would bet, is not so naive as young Bruno. It was helpful that I was there to answer some questions, fill in some gaps and have the subsequent conversation with him that was unpleasant but necessary.
The book I guess was an appropriate prelude to the important conversation. To have left my son with only Bruno's words though would not have done full justice perhaps.
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