Tin Man

A Novel
Narrated by: Sarah Winman
Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
4 out of 5 stars (150 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From internationally best-selling author Sarah Winman comes an unforgettable and heartbreaking novel celebrating love in all its forms and the little moments that make up the life of one man.

"My favorite book of the year was Tin Man. Sparsely written and achingly beautiful.... The most powerful take on love, loss and vulnerability I've read in years." (A Cup of Jo)

This is almost a love story. But it's not as simple as that.

Ellis and Michael are 12-year-old boys when they first become friends, and for a long time, it is just the two of them, cycling the streets of Oxford, teaching themselves how to swim, discovering poetry, and dodging the fists of overbearing fathers. And then one day, this closest of friendships grows into something more. 

But then, we fast-forward a decade or so, to find that Ellis is married to Annie, and Michael is nowhere in sight. Which leads to the question: What happened in the years between? 

With beautiful prose and characters that are so real they jump out at you, Tin Man is a love letter to human kindness and friendship and to loss and living.

©2018 Sara Winman (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Winman has crafted something of a small miracle here.... The slow build of emotion and the cascade of quiet, well-earned tears are testament to how rich this meditation on love, art, loss and redemption truly is." (New York Times Book Review)

“The most therapeutic emotional journey of the year.” (EW.com) 

“Half love story and half identity quest, Sarah Winman's Tin Man is 100 percent beautiful. It's the perfect book to completely drag you out of your own personal reality and into someone else's for a little while, and you'll find yourself reading it again and again.” (PopSugar

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new favorite book

Not even exaggerating this is my favorite book. Have listened to this book many many times and bought the physical copy too. At this point I've made almost all my friends read this, and they all agree its one of their new favorites too. It will leave you in gut wrenching sadness while also with so much happiness at the same time.. you wonder how a writer can even be capable of that.

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I challenge anyone to read this book without sobbing at least once

Masterful and tender this book epitomizes humanity and compassion . Love and loss are beautifully rendered

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Loved it, but a little hard to piece together the through line

Listening to this as opposed to reading it presented a challenge due to the jumping back and forth in time, but the challenge was worth it because the writing was very good and the characters were sympathetic.

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Okay

I'm not fan of this narrator. She sounds exceedingly gloomy, has a strong accent, and her cadence is such that the story is hard to follow. Maybe I would have enjoyed the book more with different narration.

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Poor Narration of an Annoying Book

I really wanted to love this book. The story sounds great, the reviews are amazing. But I was really put off by both the writing style (needlessly confusing) and the horrible narration. Can't figure out what's going on half the time. Needless details, needless repetition, needless obfuscation. I thought at first it was just the experience of listening so I went and read a pretty big sample of the written book and no, just as bad.
On top of that, the narration is horrendous. Too fast. Strange tempo and pace. She races in a rush towards the end of sentences, mumbles at times, too breathy at times, then a blur of run-on sentences. Stretches of dialogue where each comment ends in "He said" or "She said" which gets extremely repetitive and annoying.
Probably just my taste in style for what it's worth, but I couldn't get past these roadblocks. I wouldn't try another by this author for those reasons.

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Writing superb!

Though the story wasn't up my alley, I was delighted by the writing. Performance was spot on!

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Five stars for Tin Man

A beautiful haunting love story. Left me wanting more. Short, sweet and powerful. Read it.

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A most beautiful friendship.<br />

The kind that many people never even know about. This is a story that will make you soar with happiness for the main characters, and, in the end, rip it all apart. But it will leave you glad that you knew them all. And you may find them in your own life and among your own friends if you are lucky. I hope you are so blessed.

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Beautiful love story

One of my favorite books of all time. The author’s narration brings the characters to life.