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The Heart's Invisible Furies Audiobook

The Heart's Invisible Furies: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

From the beloved New York Times best-selling author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, a sweeping, heartfelt saga about the course of one man's life, beginning and ending in postwar Ireland.

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 many years, 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 Audio

What the Critics Say

"Boyne, who has a wonderful gift for characterization, does a splendid job of weaving these various lives together in ways that are richly dramatic, sometimes surprising, and always compelling...Often quite funny, the story nevertheless has its sadness, sometimes approaching tragedy. Utterly captivating and not to be missed." (Booklist)

"With quick strokes and bitter humor, Boyne's opening scene encapsulates the Irish church's hypocrisy...Boyne continues his crusading ways with the quiet keening of this painful, affecting novel." (Kirkus)

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    SydSavvy PARIS, TX, United States 09-05-17
    SydSavvy PARIS, TX, United States 09-05-17 Member Since 2008
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    "The Heart Says Yes!!"

    A Tour De Force! This book was everything it is claimed to be and more. First, it is well
    written, like Joyce (when not showing off) but with modern flair. The pacing, voice, and place, they are all incredible. Also first, it is an honest portrait of an Irish man and his friends and family and loves through the ages. I feel like I know what it is like to have come of age in Ireland, be I a girl or a boy, and regardless of who my heart falls for. I also have a deeper appreciation for more of what my homosexual friends have actually lived through, yet I do not feel beaten over the head with it. This is just a story. Such a story that it feels real to me, and I'm in book hang over. Oh, how the heart furiously betrays us, and yet how it is loyal and true.

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    Tracy 09-17-17
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    "Gorgeous story, masterfully written"

    This story is like so many strands of yarn coming together in masterful hands to create a soft and comforting blanket. Difficult to endure at moments, highly amusing at others, and often so very moving, John Boyne creates a symphony of characters against a fascinating historical background. One of the best books I've listened to this year.

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    Keith G Montrose in Houston TX 09-04-17
    Keith G Montrose in Houston TX 09-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Outstanding. A Must listen."

    The best stories that one might encounter present a combination of imagination, craft, and artistry. I returned a mega-hit best seller which had little of those three and I bought this book. I was instantly rewarded.

    I see other reviewers provide a recap, so I will not.

    My words will fail to explain how fine-tuned John Boyne's writing is here. He directly gets to feelings that other authors over-write to achieve, if they get there at all. Even though this is obviously a work of fiction, there is an epic level of truth woven into the soul of this story. So much so that it is easy to engage with the humanity of Cyril Avery by feeling both grand affection and pointed irritation as he stumbles forward trying to find the truths important to his life.

    I could type thousands of words on the fantastic and carefully wrought cast of characters. We get to experience a collection of fully realized humans whom we are sure must truly exist in some alternative universe.

    I am a gay male born 13 years after the date of Avery's birth. Even with that difference, I found great familiarity with many of the external and internal struggles that confronted Avery. Luckily for me, I processed similar issues 4,500 miles southwest of Ireland. Theocracy is not a pretty thing.

    I return once again to the idea that Boyne's superb artistry and attention to his craft will make you very happy to journey with this story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    M. Adler DeLand, FL USA 09-02-17
    M. Adler DeLand, FL USA 09-02-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Beautiful writing with unexpected humor and superb performance."

    Well developed characters living through difficult times in recent history. I couldn't wait to find out how they all moved on through their lives but didn't want it to end.

    Narration has become more and more important to me as I make my way through life with Audible. I can't listen to books, no matter how well written or highly recommended they are, if the reader doesn't "get" the characters and the rhythm right. Stephen Hogan is masterful. A great performance altogether.

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    Lora Feeley 09-17-17
    Lora Feeley 09-17-17
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    "TEN STARS!"

    I honestly do not have the words to describe how magnificent this story is, or how exceptional the narration is! Legitimately speechless.

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    BMW 09-08-17
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    "A WORK OF LITERARY GENIUS"

    There are so many things about this novel that made me love it. First, it is indeed a saga; the audiobook runs for slightly over twenty-one hours without a dull moment. Next, the author’s strong, fully-developed characters, and direct, honest narrative make this a powerful, unforgettable story about post WWII Ireland. Another interesting aspect is the story unfolds in seven-year increments; e.g., 1945 to 1952 to 1959, etc. (I’ve my thoughts on why the author did this, but I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.)

    I purchase three to five MM audiobooks monthly, and I’ve grown tired of the same ol’ same ol’ poorly edited, unimaginative, predictable gay romance tales that are dumped into the MM market by the truckload. The Heart’s Invisible Furies is tagged as contemporary fiction. I expected a mainstream novel. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that several characters as well as the MC, Cyril, are gay. It’s about time that MM fiction doesn’t include a “Gay or LGBTQ” warning label. The love scenes are behind closed doors; i.e., this is not MM erotica.

    The summary tells you all you need to know about the plot, and I’ll not provide spoilers by giving you my synopsis of this beautifully written work of literary genius. The narration is fabulous from beginning to end. The characters, plot and subplots will capture your attention and keep you listening. A Heart’s Invisible Furies will make you smile, laugh, and weep; the dogma priests inflicted upon the Irish will disgust you.

    The novel has a bittersweet but heartwarming conclusion. I know, I know … such sounds unlikely, but the author pulls it off magnificently.

    The Heart’s Invisible Furies will go down as one of my all-time favorite novels, and has earned a permanent spot in my iPod so I can listen to it again, and again, and again. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting an MM saga that breaks away from the angst-ridden romantic canons of MM fiction; hey, gay couples are more than just the bedroom. Bravo John Boyne!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    ray ottawa, Ontario, Canada 09-02-17
    ray ottawa, Ontario, Canada 09-02-17
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    "Ireland: So Complicated..."

    Beautifully written, beautifully narrated and a pleasure to listen to for it all. Pathos and humor enrich this emotional story of family, sexual freedom and religion in Ireland since the end of WW2. A great listen!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    shana ratcliff BUNA, TEXAS, US 09-13-17
    shana ratcliff BUNA, TEXAS, US 09-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Hang in there, it's a good story"

    This was not my cup of tea in the beginning, but as the story progressed I ended up loving it! Just hang in there and keep listening it's a wonderful book! I really didn't want it to end! The characters are such great people, I feel like I know them.

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    Anonymous 08-31-17
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    "Best Book I Have Read In 2 years"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. I will recommend this to everyone I ever cross paths with. It might be the best thing that ever happened to me.


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

    That Irish accent.


    If you could take any character from The Heart's Invisible Furies out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Katherine Goggin. I adore her.


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    Cecily 10-19-17
    Cecily 10-19-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Thoroughly satisfying"

    Excellent storytelling, complicated and beautifully developed characters- clever humor, terrific narration AND 20 hours of it that I didn't want to end!
    Highly recommend!

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