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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 10, 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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    • Rachel Maritz
    • 13/11/2019

    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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    • Nick
    • 31/07/2018

    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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    • Peter Olofsson
    • 31/08/2017

    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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    • Louise
    • 03/05/2017

    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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    • J. joyce
    • 20/04/2022

    long saga with unbelievable characters

    struggled to finish, there was huge life events to move the story along , death betrayal murder, the characters were also unrelatable, it was All too unbelievable, didn't like it

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    • Marisa Raffinetti
    • 16/08/2021

    A journey

    Loved this book. A picture of Ireland and the angst of being gay in a dishonest time.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 23/05/2021

    loudness

    played very softly. couldn't get volume high enough. but performance was great and the story perfect

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    • Lisa Morgan
    • 30/04/2021

    Fantastic!!

    Beautiful, provocative and poignant story. Narration is wonderful and genuine. A multi-layered and complex story told in such an honest and compelling way.

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    • Toni Frost
    • 16/08/2020

    Toni of South Africa

    A beautifully written book , well paced and well spaced. John Boyne writes honestly as he examines the bigotry and dumb lack of knowledge (then and even today ) about the tough place homosexuals/ gay people find themselves navigating .
    He holds our attention by using a raft of emotions from humor , disbelief ,loathing ,to sweet kindness and eventual support and tears . He doesn’t disappoint in this book

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    • Anonymous User
    • 01/07/2020

    Magnificent Storytelling

    beautifully executed tragic happy tale of a family drama intertwined with Irish morals , values and social issues of the 20th century.
    some of the accents were not great in the narration, but overall a wonderfully structured novel

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 18/10/2018

    wonderful story beautifully told!

    Having been initially put off by the intro, this turned out to be incredible! loved it!

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    • Sanya
    • 14/08/2022

    Highly immersive, entertaining and informative saga

    Wow - this book grabbed me from the beginning and took me on a 70-year whirlwind journey that had me laughing, crying, being angry. It starts dramatically with Catherine Goggan being thrown out of her village by the parish priest because of her pregnancy and follows her and her son Cyril’s journey in 7 year gaps. It’s cleverly done, well plotted, entertaining, moving and really informative - it put me in the head of a gay Irish man, allowing me to understand and empathize with his struggles and actions. It contains mainly flawed characters which are depicted with gentle humour and satisfying and believable plot resolutions. Highly recommend!