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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,016 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julian Barnes Narrator: Greg Wise Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN:
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Man Booker Prize-winning author Julian Barnes' debut novel.

The adolescent Christopher and his soul mate Toni had sneered at the stifling ennui of Metroland, their cosy patch of suburbia on the Metropolitan line. They had longed for Life to begin - meaning Sex and Freedom - to travel and choose their own clothes.

Then Chris, at thirty, starts to settle comfortably into bourgeois contentment himself. Luckily, Toni is still around to challenge such backsliding.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 1/4/2014

    " Like reading a Truffaut film. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pragyam | 12/25/2013

    " A wonderfully written, sensitive and realistic portrayal of the journey of life and lessons learned along the way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Guy Cranswick | 11/21/2013

    " Rings true of any by growing up a with a good ally and a restless inner life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Salvatore | 11/4/2013

    " Barnes's attention to detail in this work is extraordinary. Just the sodium light alone is enough for me to fall in love with this book. The narrator's relationships to aesthetics and to other characters in the book allow for significant questions on their effect on our world, questions that resonate even more on re-reading as readers are left to ponder if the dandyism in the beginning is child's play or if this is an elegy to the loss of unmitigated imagination. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Igor Raffaele | 10/30/2013

    " Read this in English class 16 years ago. I enjoyed the narrative but didn't quite get it, busy as I was clumsily taking it apart for homework, and I can finally relate to the mad genius of the teacher who exposed us to it back then. It's a powerful story of friendship, and growing up, and what growing up does to your dreams. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meenakshi | 10/27/2013

    " 3.5 stars. Surprisingly good debut. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gemsy | 9/9/2013

    " I liked it, but it's not one that'll stick with me I don't think. Quite funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 8/30/2013

    " Really enjoyed it. Found it a little hard to get in to at first (and wasn't sure about the pomposity of the boys in their youth) but then I couldn't put it down. Good to read aged 33 too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lera | 7/9/2013

    " Entertaining enough at the time, but not Barnes' best & not a keeper "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Euan Stronach | 7/3/2013

    " Love Barnes' terribly, terribly English style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 6/30/2013

    " Excellent tale, beautifully written by a true craftsman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 5/17/2013

    " I enjoyed this more than the 3 stars suggests, but for me the impact and interest was all in the beginning - after adulthood, the story muddled and drifted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aninjasdream Alonso-Zidane | 3/29/2013

    " My first Julian Barnes book. I love how he makes the fatuity of youth and foolishness of being in love all okay. Most importantly, the protagonist is a traditionalist I am okay with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolee Wheeler | 12/24/2012

    " I was torn between idealistic Chris and the realistic Chris. I'm straddling the two worlds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Gobeille | 7/6/2012

    " I loved the French in it, the Englishman in Paris aspect and view on sex and relationships. Also, it had a happy ending which was nice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Greg D'Avis | 4/4/2012

    " Odd book -- hated it at first, then loved it, then a mixture. Beautifully written, at least. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bachyboy | 3/20/2012

    " This book has an interesting style but not a gripping storyline. I found it quite hyperactive writing and the story somehow never settles down. Christopher and Toni are friends from the 1960s and the novel explores their psyche and choices. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Cain | 2/19/2012

    " Barnes at his earliest, doing that thing Barnes does so well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 11/15/2011

    " A first novel to kill for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 8/27/2011

    " I loved the French in it, the Englishman in Paris aspect and view on sex and relationships. Also, it had a happy ending which was nice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 8/1/2011

    " A first novel to kill for. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 11/24/2009

    " Excellent tale, beautifully written by a true craftsman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Guy | 9/9/2009

    " Rings true of any by growing up a with a good ally and a restless inner life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leigh | 9/8/2008

    " Dear Julian Barnes,

    If you're not busy later, I'd like to have some of your children.

    xoxo,
    Leigh "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bachyboy | 7/2/2008

    " This book has an interesting style but not a gripping storyline. I found it quite hyperactive writing and the story somehow never settles down. Christopher and Toni are friends from the 1960s and the novel explores their psyche and choices. "

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