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  • A Boy's Own Story

  • A Novel
  • By: Edmund White
  • Narrated by: George Backman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Originally published in 1982 as the first of Edmund White's trilogy of autobiographical novels, A Boy's Own Story became an instant classic for its pioneering portrayal of homosexuality. The audiobook's unnamed narrator, growing up during the 1950s, is beset by aloof parents, a cruel sister, and relentless mocking from his peers, compelling him to seek out works of art and literature as solace-and to uncover new relationships in the struggle to embrace his own sexuality.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book, Mediocre Narration

  • By Bosco on 06-03-18

Alright Book Killed By Terrible Narrator

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-18

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I think this book would be more thoroughly enjoyed with a different narrator or read on its own.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

It's unfortunate that George Backman continues as narrator for the other titles in this trilogy. I think there is some great prose, constructing an otherwise okay plot but is completely ruined by the performance of the narrator.