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The Absolutist

Narrated by: Michael Maloney
Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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September 1919: 21-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver some letters to Marian Bancroft. Tristan fought alongside Marian’s brother Will during the Great War, but in 1917 Will laid down his guns on the battlefield, declared himself a conscientious objector and was shot as a traitor, an act which has brought shame and dishonour on the Bancroft family. But the letters are not the real reason for Tristan’s visit. He holds a secret deep in his soul. One that he is desperate to unburden himself of to Marian, if he can only find the courage. As he recalls his friendship with Will, from the training ground at Aldershot to the trenches of Northern France, he speaks of how the intensity of their friendship brought him both happiness and self-discovery as well as despair and pain. The Absolutist is a novel that examines the events of the Great War from the perspective of two young soldiers, both struggling with the complexity of their emotions and the confusion of their friendship.

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Just good

Michael Maloney is fine reader & he & the author keep interest up through all this good but not very good book. Do not approach expecting another " Birdsong" but those who are taken by novels of the Great War will want to read this.

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  • Edward Phillips
  • 01-13-15

Brilliant and deeply touching

A fantastic book that centres on a rarely explored area of the war and told by an incredible storyteller. Narration was generally excellent but slightly the wrong intonation at times.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-02-17

Wonderful

Talented writer and a good reader. Skilfuly structured book. Powerful, emotional story. Would recommend it highly.

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  • rrori112
  • 08-12-17

Brilliant!!

John is a genius. I couldn't stop listening. Michael Maloney's narrative brings the story to life. I absolutely enjoyed this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-22-19

A beautiful story

The story of Tristan Sadler and Will Bancroft, is beautiful and poignant story of soldiers in the First World War and as usual I really enjoyed again John Boyne as a sensitive writer. The real letdown was the narrator's interpretation of the sergeants accent, Dear God it was a really terrible, possibly a shocking Newcastle /Welsh combination, it really spolt the otherwise clear narration Please from someone listening here from the north if you don't know what the accent is really like please even attempt to murder it!!!

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  • Doone
  • 04-17-18

You must read this book.

Would you listen to The Absolutist again? Why?

What incredible characters, the whole theme of the book was something I didn’t think I’d go for but it’s more than that. Love, friendship, betrayal, everything. I think if I were to listen to this again, I’d hear more of the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Absolutist?

Near the end, but I don’t want to give anything away.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I can’t pick out one single scene.

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

It will make you smile, it will make you gasp in horror and it will make you very sad. It did for me.

Any additional comments?

This is a wonderful story captured over the years of two boys, young soldiers making sense of war. Their bonding, their lives. I loved this book.

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  • GillyD
  • 10-17-19

Moving

I have only recently discovered Jon Boyne and am now rattling through his work. I love his style of writing and this book is both thought provoking and moving

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  • gill
  • 06-18-19

a story I'll never forget

absolutely loved this book. beautifully narrated. such a strong story. I recommend it very highly.

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  • Stephanie White
  • 06-05-19

Beautiful and heartbreaking

Lovely narration
Wonderful story
Showing the impact of war as it happens and the aftermath
Also tackling “forbidden” love in the early 20th century
I loved this book.

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  • Sarah Bland
  • 05-06-19

I loved it. Life changer of a story.

Beautifully told, painful in places but only because we would all be guilty of the same judgement

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  • carolyn
  • 05-04-19

Enjoy read.

Very interesting and sad at the same time. Don't really believe what he thought of himself was true.