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Mr Loverman

Narrated by: James Goode
Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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Publisher's Summary

Barrington Jedidiah Walker is seventy-four and leads a double life.

Born and bred in Antigua, he's lived in Hackney since the sixties. A flamboyant, wise-cracking local character, Barrington is a husband, father and grandfather - but he is also secretly lovers with his great childhood friend, Morris.

When his marriage goes into meltdown, Barrington wants to divorce Carmel and live with Morris, but after a lifetime of fear and deception, will he manage to break away?

©2013 Bernardine Evaristo (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

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"Evaristo remains an undeniably bold and energetic writer, whose world view is anything but one-dimensional" ( Sunday Times on Blonde Roots)

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  • Pj
  • 08-07-14

It will take you by surprise

What made the experience of listening to Mr Loverman the most enjoyable?

The book is beautifully written, as one would expect from Ms Evaristo. This is the story of secret love, told in such an engaging style, with such beautifully drawn characters you can't help but be fully engaged in what is such a sad tale. It had me laughing out loud in places, and near to tears in others. The book is a joy.

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The performance of James Goode was stellar. He brought authenticity to the characters, and read so beautifully I want to hear more from him. He was the perfect choice to read such a wonderful novel.

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  • F
  • 04-26-15

Wonderful!

You can't fault this audible story - brilliantly written (so much so, I had to buy the book at savor it in print and am so glad I did, because visually it's so exciting ...)
And superbly read by James Goode. Poignant, real and so funny in parts. A wonderful surprise listen.

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  • Mrs Le More
  • 12-29-18

A Jamaican senior citizen Brokeback Mountain of sorts......

I was drawn to this book because of the very interesting storyline. It started off a bit slow, but I stuck with it and I enjoyed the "he said, she said" aspect of the book. Brilliant narration, brilliant ending.

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  • Jordan Campbell
  • 07-22-19

Outstanding in every way

I've listened to over 70 audiobooks and this is by far one of the best. Performance, and story, the writing, the rich, rich characters. Listened to it again. Even better the second time. So good

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  • Stephanie
  • 03-02-19

Great book

Really enjoyed this. The narration was the best part. Quick and easy with many LOL moments.

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  • Jessie McKenzie
  • 02-21-19

Absolutely loved it, finished it in two days

Beautifully written and warmly funny. Very real characters. Enjoyable narration, accents seemed on point to me (but I'm no expert)

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  • sabrina charles
  • 11-29-18

love this book

really love this book it's the second time am reading it. s m c .

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  • Musicista
  • 04-18-16

WEST INDIAN AS RICE AND PEAS

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

This book was recommended to me and I would definitely recommend it to others. It is a great story about two elderly Caribbean males. A demographic we rarely hear from or read about.

What other book might you compare Mr Loverman to, and why?

Of the books I have read and listened to, including those written by Caribbean writers, I can think of none that compare.

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

James Goode's narration was excellent. Narration makes or breaks an audio book. These accents sounded authentic.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book made me laugh and cry. This is a story of bittersweet relationships. Between the central characters and lovers Barrington and Morris and Barrington and his wife, Carmel.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this book very much but found that the English classical education references (Greek mythology etc) jarred and seemed to be more about the author than the character.

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  • RFH
  • 02-22-16

Brillant

What did you like most about Mr Loverman?

I loved this audiobook and a big part of it was the narration. He brought the characters alive and I was engrossed. At the end I felt as if I had lost a friend.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mr Loverman of course

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

I don't know what it would have been like reading the story compared to listening to it but I worry that I would have missed some of the tenderness and humour.

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

Nearly but wanted to spin it out and enjoy it more.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-30-15

Wow.

Not many can write a sexy scene set in an office with a fffax machine, masculine stapler and heavy-duty ribbed carpet - but Evaristo can and Goode reads it with gusto.
Excellent.