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Publisher's Summary

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery, or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from - and, over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more.

In this, Boyne's most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart's Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit.

©2017 John Boyne (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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Incredible story

The hearts invisible furies is a wonderful and capturing story, written incredibly well and read outstandingly. Highly recommended

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My favourite 2017 so far

Wonderful story spanning over a life time - a sorry time for Ireland, a story told with love and wit and read in a way that matches the content.

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Highly recommended

An achingly beautiful book. What a story and what sadness and joy. It was read with such compassion and care. John Boyne is a master and never disappoints his reader.

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  • Kerri
  • 02-19-17

Phenomenal

I don't usually read (or listen to) anything that is described as a sweeping saga but after hearing an interview with John Boyne on the radio and hearing the first paragraph read out, I felt compelled to buy it.
I've devoured this book in less than 3 days. I loved every minute of it and now feel bereft that it is over.
The backdrop feels genuine, the characters are perfectly realised and the story is heartbreaking.
There were so many places where lives could have been so different but for the hands of fate, the church, society, bigotry, fear and plain luck.
I wept listening to the epilogue. Genuine tears rolling down my nose with sadness and joy.
I cannot recommend this highly enough. Please read/listen and be moved.

59 of 59 people found this review helpful

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  • Jodie
  • 05-02-17

Oh wow

I listen to a lot of books.... having hit a brick wall and getting some absolutely abysmal ones I was getting irritated and picked this at random. I am so glad I did. This was amazingly written and amazingly read. Although annoying not to come to conclusion as a story naturally would throughout, the skipping story kept me guessing . Even though you can pretty much work it out if you think about it, it didn't detract from the story and I am sad it's finished.
Cyril was so likeable I just wanted to give him a massive hug. I wanted someone to just love him and look after him 💜 - great story

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  • Sarah cat lady
  • 03-10-17

Exceptional

If there is such a thing as a perfect novel, then this is surely it. The story is beautiful, moving, perfectly written with not one word out of place. It's laugh out loud funny (shocking the other people in the coffee shop ) and a tear jerker as well. Highly, highly recommended, and I'm envious of anyone who hasn't yet read it, just so it's new for them.

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  • Andri
  • 04-28-17

Mesmerising

I laughed out loud, cried out loud and experienced all human emotions on the human spectrum during the passage of the lives of the characters in this book. I loved the tease of coincidence. Narration was so good I could see, hear and feel the different characters better than if I'd read it myself. Definitely worth a read.

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  • Christina
  • 03-08-17

WONDERFUL STORY, WONDERFUL NARRATOR,

I loved everything about this book; it is a great acheivement. The narrator was extraordinarily good; he had a great range of voices, all of which suited each character. I was drawn to the flawed central character, and each of the others. I enjoyed the way the story unfolded in an unusual chronology and felt bereft when the experience came to an end. One of the best books I have listened to...and I've listened to 300+.

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  • Little White Elephant
  • 05-27-17

Just excellent.

Gave this story a go on a whim. So glad I did, such a beautiful, funny, heartbreaking listen. Gutted that it came to an end. The narrator was brilliant too, really brought the characters to life. Will definitely be listening to this again. Would highly recommend.

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  • European Reader
  • 02-23-17

Incredible

Simply incredible - a beautiful story which I return to time and time again. Five stars

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  • Elston
  • 05-04-17

Amazing,moving brilliant story!! 5 star

I listen to one / two books a month and have done for years.
This book is one of the best I've ever listened to.
I cried when it ended.
A rich book of layers that is hard to stop listening too!
Going to listen to it again and again.
5 stars!!

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  • Martin Ogden
  • 04-30-17

Amazing

Please listen to this remarkable book so beautifully narrated ... a masterpiece that I'll reread and listen to again...

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  • nikki jeakings
  • 05-04-17

Simply one of the best

I can't urge you to listen to this book enough. It's beautifully written and read, funny, sad, intelligent.....I can't praise it enough.

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  • Kerrie
  • 03-30-18

Narration superb

The talent of Stephen Hogan is unsurpassed. The way he can seamlessly transition from one character to another and speak with such sublime expression meant that I enjoyed this audio book more than any other I have listened to.
The story is both heartbreaking and hilarious. I laughed and cried - there are not many books that I’ve read that have elicited such an emotional response in me. Highly recommended reading.

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  • christine
  • 04-05-17

John Boyne's best yet

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I love John Boyne and the audio rendition of this novel had me in fits of laughter and grief stricken by equal measure.

What other book might you compare The Heart's Invisible Furies to, and why?

There are similarities in this book to "the Absolutionist", which I found equally enthralling.

Any additional comments?

The characterisation is superb!

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  • Eric
  • 02-25-18

Very funny and a wonderful reader

What does Stephen Hogan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I cannot praise the reading of this book enough. Adds greatly to the book's quirky humour in dealing with dark and sometimes tragic subject matter. A great combination of author and reader.

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

Did not want to stop listening but at the same time wanted to save it up.

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Highly recommended.

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  • Sharan
  • 02-24-18

Beautiful tale

I loved this book! The story is so moving and wonderfully narrated ♥️ definitely worth a listen!

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  • Jennifer
  • 08-28-17

A cracker

An absolute brilliant book read by an equally brilliant narrator. A memorable novel that is a must read.

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  • Silvereena
  • 08-23-17

Love is love

What a beautifully written story. Funny and painfully poignant in equal measure. The narration was excellent. I loved it.

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  • Susan
  • 05-27-17

Heartfelt journey through the times of my own childhood

What a delightful surprise to hear Cyril's story, to listen to the world events that coloured my own past and to, best of all hear him speak in his own true voice at last (in the end!)

My only stumble was in the second but last hour, chapters that seemed to drag out and give details over again, details that felt unnecessary.

A great book, one that I know will stay with me for days, weeks and months to come