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The Heart's Invisible Furies

Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
Length: 21 hrs and 21 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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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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An intriguing story of human resilience

The author, John Boyne, wrote this intriguing story with a good deal of Irish humour, and a touch of class which I believe is achievable only when someone writes from their personal experience! I wont give a synopsis of the story itself - there are plenty to choose from. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the audio book despite being a little sceptical about the subject matter to start. The author has developed deep characters which resonate well with the story, and he provides some dark satire on some of Ireland and humanities worst characteristics across a spectrum of history, and also provides an inspirational story of resilience and ultimately long awaited happiness. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and will certainly listen/read more from this author. The performance was outstanding and the characters were well defined with brilliant accents and good timing on the humour too! #IrishHumour #Multigenerational #Witty #Funny #SelfDiscovery #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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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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Gripping story, but too much aganizing

I should agree with so many reviews before mine, that the book captures an epic story with shrewd humor and acute understanding of the difficulty of being gay in Ireland and in general in die 1950s and onwards. I must also state that the narrator’s performance was superb.
However, despite the entertaining writing style and gripping story, I found the agonizing of an oversexed teenager, and countless tales of sexual encounters tedious and drawn out. If the tale of mother and son’s separation did not grip me I would not have soldiered on through the book to find out how it finally gets resolved. Many anecdotes have seemed superfluous to me; perhaps included to create context, ad nauseam so.
In conclusion, I will not recommend this book across board.

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Heartwarming

Truly Ireland, a kindness at every unkindness, cried, laughed, gasped, cleverly crafted, endearing characters & vibrant conversations, loved this lovely lengthy listen!

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Absolutely wonderful

I loved this book and read it quickly despite its length. The narrator is excellent and the story was so engaging, funny and just heartbreaking at times. This book will stay with me for a long time and I am recommending it to all my book-loving friends!

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Absolutely brilliant!

I have LOVED this book from start to finish! Have recommended it to absolutely everyone. I have only just finished it and miss it already!

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incredibly enjoyable <br />

Fabulous and had me laughing aloud one minute and very touched the next — a real five-star gem.

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My favourite book of 2018

I am devastated that this book is finished, I live every word of it! The narrator in the Audible version is brilliant and his beautiful lilting Irish accent really brings the story to life.

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Laughed out loud and cried my eyes out

Fantastic, could not stop listening. Totally addictive. I was sad when it finished . But alas all good things must come to an end. Can’t recommend this highly enough.

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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.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 j
  • 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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  • Lynette Lloyd
  • 01-21-20

Loved it! What I wonder will come close for my next book?

The author cleverly created each character so you felt like you knew these ppl intimately. Such an intricate weaving of story lines has in my opinion created a wonderful masterpiece and this book was an absolute delight to read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-18-20

Very good but too long

There was much about this book that I loved. I loved Cyril, despite, or perhaps because he was, like the rest of us, imperfect. I loved the writer's ability to write humour and heartbreak into the same moment. My main problem with the novel is that it was far too long, which caused it to become anti-climactic. While I understand that Boyne wanted to record the huge change in attitudes to gays by reaching the gay marriage referendum, the story itself became mundane soon after he found his mother. I would have liked it to finish there, perhaps with the epilogue mentioning the referendum. The silliest part of the novel was Cyril's mental conversations with the dead. These just added an element of weirdness. And Mr Boyne, but why the hell didn't Cyril (by then rolling in money) employ home help for his daughter-in-law who was struggling with four children under 15 months old, while he and his 'son' went to Europe?

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  • Anne Isaacson
  • 01-01-20

Incredible story so moving

Loved the book right from the first page. Amazing story of one man right from his birth to death. So sad in parts but funny and clever writing. A gripping and poignant tale.

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  • Edward Coughlan
  • 10-03-19

Fabulous

This has been among my most favourite books.I am pleased to have it read to me.A great history as well

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-08-19

Wonderfully narrated.

Stephen Hogan totally made this story a great listen. One of those narrators that makes you follow him more than a book. Great character changes and totally believable reading. And the book was good too.

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  • Suzanne
  • 08-27-19

Loved this book

Loved listening to this book - so heartwarming and heart wrenching - laughed and cried
The narrator was great

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  • Aussie Mum
  • 04-22-19

brilliant

this is just superb. a lovely story indeed. ☘️
maybe some cliches and confidences but across the span of the story I enjoyed every moment.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 02-27-19

Beautiful story

One of my favourite books of all time! A beautiful story, beautifully written and beautifully narrated! Wish it hadn’t ended!