Boy's Life Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
In me are the memories of a boy's life, spent in that realm of enchantments. These are the things I want to tell you....
Robert McCammon delivers "a tour de force of storytelling" (BookPage) in his award-winning masterpiece, a novel of Southern boyhood, growing up in the 1960s, that reaches far beyond that evocative landscape to touch listeners universally. Boy's Life is a richly imagined, spellbinding portrait of the magical worldview of the young - and of innocence lost. Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for 11-year-old Cory Mackenson - a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever. Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lake - and a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face-to-face with a terrible, haunting vision of death. As Cory struggles to understand his father's pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that surround him. From an ancient mystic who can hear the dead and bewitch the living, to a violent clan of moonshiners, Cory must confront the secrets that hide in the shadows of his hometown - for his father's sanity and his own life hang in the balance....
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|Listening Length||20 hours and 4 minutes|
|Author||Robert R. McCammon|
|Audible.ca Release Date||October 07 2014|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #33,115 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#318 in Coming of Age Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,190 in Horror Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,155 in Contemporary Fantasy (Books)
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It does, because there are often terrible secrets behind closed doors, even in the kindest of towns. But it also teaches us, as Albert Einstein once said, to never grow old, no matter how long we live.
The book opens with a murder and, although each individual chapter could almost stand on its own, the murder floats through all of them like a strand that ties everything together beneath the surface. This book doesn’t stay between the lines at all, which is what makes it so special. It doesn’t fit in a box. It’s not a modern-day Tom Sawyer or Huckleberry Finn, not by a long chalk. It’s beautiful. And messy. But the integrity of the book is greater than any other book I’ve ever read.
The reader finds himself listening to what the author ISN’T saying, and filling those silences, so you leave each chapter thinking, ‘Well, the next chapter may be hell, but today was a good day to read a book, and on a good reading day nothing else matters.
But then things began to go awry, with events that were at first easily overlooked despite their failings because the rest of the novel had been so rivetting. However, these circumstances then contrived by their frequency to rob the book of its earlier joy, and I got the impression that McCammon couldn't wait to finish it. While the first half of the book had been written with great care, I felt that much of the remainder was comparatively weak and knocked off in order to reach a deadline. Perhaps McCammon just lost interest and wanted to get on with a new idea? Who knows.
I give it 4 stars because of those first 250-odd pages (5-star mateial), but am disappointed that while it's a superior horror novel, it doesn't ultimately rise beyond that genre and become something more profound, as it had been on course to do. Like Vernon Thaxter's book, a great character-study of small-town America has been tainted by some pretty poorly tacked-on fantasy.