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3.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 5 3.92 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Knowles Narrator: Spike McClure Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 1959 ISBN: 9781449853440
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The specter of approaching adulthood, both welcome and frightening, looms in this classic coming-of-age novel, winner of numerous awards. Knowles' parable of two friends at boarding school during WWII is one of the most starkly moving stories ever written Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A quietly vital and cleanly written novel that moves, page by page, towards a most interesting target.”

    Truman Capote

  • “A model of restraint, deeply felt and beautifully written.”

    Observer (London)

  • “A masterpiece.”

     National Review

  • “I think it is the best-written, best-designed, and most moving novel I have read in many years. Beginning with a tiny incident among ordinary boys, it ends by being as deep and as big as evil itself.”

    Aubrey Menen

  • “Mr. Knowles has something to say about youth and war that few contemporary novelists have attempted to say and none has said better.”

    Warren Miller

  • “Is he the successor to Salinger for whom we have been waiting so long?”

    Encounter

  • “The volatile world of male adolescence provides the backdrop for John Knowles’ engrossing tale of love, hate, war, and peace… Not only does [narrator Scott] Snively give a distinctive voice to each of the main characters, he also delineates the mannerisms and personalities of the other boys and the teachers surrounding them. Intense, mesmerizing, and compelling, this rendition of a classic coming-of-age tale belongs in all public library collections, and will be especially helpful to high school students.”

    School Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A National Book Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 5/24/2011

    " Read a long time ago. Supposedly set in a fictionalized version of Exeter, my older brother's prep.
    school. De rigueur reading for preppies of the 50's and 60's. Date read is a guess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 5/22/2011

    " Read "How to Read Literature Like a Professor" and Fosterize this one. It'll blow your mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 5/21/2011

    " I thought it was a great book I did find it kinda sad what happened to Gene's best friend (Finny). I think anyone would seriously enjoy it if you give it a chance "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 He-who-must-not-be-named | 5/18/2011

    " eeehhh, not my cup of tea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 O.c. | 5/15/2011

    " Lovely, hilarious, and horribly sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 5/13/2011

    " Loved this book. A tale of pure masculine friendship. If it were written in our modern age, I'm certain that there would have been a gay declaration or two. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberley | 5/12/2011

    " How does this author say so much so well, so concisely? Never had it inflicted upon me in school; first encountered it as an adult. So well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicolette | 5/9/2011

    " I loved this book when I read it last year I'm high school. It was one of the few required books I read in my English and I adored the book I would definitely recommend this novel to someone looking for a good easy read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caitlyn | 5/7/2011

    " i had to read this for school. this book was okay. it was easy to understand. it was just long and boring. i thought i would like it because its considered modern (its written about world war 2), but its just not that interesting. its a lot of jealousy, and not a lot of action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlie | 5/6/2011

    " I hope to reread this at some point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 5/6/2011

    " I liked this coming of age story of two boys facing the dark side of adolescence and realities of life and war as they mature. However, i don't agree John Knowles is the next Salinger. It was good but not great to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsey | 5/6/2011

    " My second favorite book of all time, right after Little Women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patric | 5/6/2011

    " I chose to put off reading this book until a day before it was due. It just sounded so boring, so terrible: the title, everything about it. Once I got past the first three chapters or so, it actually got better. I didn't really like the plot of it, but it otherwise was amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yosep | 5/6/2011

    " Another one I had to read for high-school, but it stuck with me so much I bought a copy of my own in adulthood and read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iridollae | 5/5/2011

    " A really well-developed novel. Very complex, deep characters, with intricate relationships. Some fantastically descriptive, vivid descriptions. Greek mythological and biblical allusions add texture to the characters and plot. Poignant message about the nature of hatred and war. Who is the enemy? "

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About the Author
Author John Knowles

John Knowles (1926–2001) was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and Yale. His first novel, A Separate Peace, was published in 1959 and adapted for film in 1972. In 2004 it was adapted again as a television movie by Showtime. He wrote seven novels, a book on travel, and a collection of stories. He was the winner of the William Faulkner Award and the Rosenthal Award of the National Institute of Arts and Letters.