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When 20-year-old Lenny Barnes, paralysed in a rugby accident, commits suicide in the presence of Barnaby Johnson, the much-loved priest of a West Cornwall parish, the tragedy's reverberations open up the fault-lines between Barnaby and his nearest and dearest. The personal stories of his wife, children and lover illuminate and the gulfs of unspoken sadness that separate them all. Across this web of relations scuttles Barnaby's repellent nemesis – a man as wicked as his prey is virtuous.

©2012 Patrick Gale (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd

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  • Saffy
  • 12-24-12

So beautifully written

Oh how I love Patrick Gale's writing and what a joy to have a new book to listen to. He writes so beautifully that I could read his work over and over again. This, like all his work is a fairly slow, beautiful listen, well narrated with great characterisation. Not 5 stars because it doesn't live up to 'Notes from an exhibition' - one of my all time favourites!

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  • Mark
  • 05-28-13

Classic Gale!

I bought this book well knowing what to expect. I've been an ardent fan of Patrick Gale and have read most of his works. This is a well crafted and entertaining story - from the heart breaking start to the heart warming end it doesn't disappoint.

We need more Gale books on here - Facing the tank and Little bits of baby to name but two!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-21-16

10 out of 10

Hard to get started because of content. Soon became riviting. All characters felt real to me

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  • Book Lover
  • 06-02-16

Paradox and moral dilemma

Would you consider the audio edition of A Perfectly Good Man to be better than the print version?

Don't know. Haven't read the print version so can't compare. The narrated version kept me engrossed.

What did you like best about this story?

The way the narrative develops the story by changing characters and time; it sweeps back and forth, so the reader/listener learns a little more as each chapter ends, but remains unsure how it's all going to slot together.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The opening chapter. It was a surprise.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, definitely and there aren't many that fulfil that wish.

Any additional comments?

It's an amazing story about a morality, perception, live, loss and acceptance. Was totally engrossed.

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  • 04-11-15

Disappointing

Unlike many other reviewers the time changes didn't bother me but I thought the story was rather contrived in many areas. I didn't enjoy the delivery much -poor accents and stereotypes.

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  • Cath
  • 03-12-15

Great!! Really, really great

Loved this, I fell in love with the characters and was rapidly drawn in to their lives. I liked the way that the story was written, with different chapters on different characters at different ages, it made the story seem to jump around somewhat but it all drew together satisfying and left enough left unsaid as well, with merest hints at what becomes of the characters after we hear from them. Patrick Gale is a master storyteller and this is a great read that will not disappoint.