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4.04 out of 54.04 out of 54.04 out of 54.04 out of 54.04 out of 5 4.04 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Colm Toibin Narrator: Gerard Doyle Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2007 ISBN:
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This beautifully written, intensely intimate collection explores a subject of nearly universal experience: the psychological push and pull between a mother and a son.

Each story is centered on a transformative moment that alters the delicate balance of power in that relationship and changes the way mother and son perceive one another.

With exquisite grace and eloquence, Toibin writes of men and women bound by convention, by unspoken emotions, and by the stronghold of the past. Many are trapped in lives they would not choose again: if they ever chose at all. Through the unique lens of their complex mother-son relationship, surprising hidden facets of character are revealed.

Award-winning novelist Toibin brings to this stunning first collection of short works an acute understanding of human frailty and longing. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 da-wildchildz | 2/12/2014

    " Dull and duller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elise | 2/8/2014

    " Limpid prose. Careful sentences. These stories are beautifully written, but imbued with a studied melancholy that wasn't quite my cup of tea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 2/1/2014

    " colm toibin is always a joy to read, even though these stories are far from joyous. Tales of mostly misshapen relationships between -- you guessed it -- mothers and sons, in all sorts of different situations -- all coming together in a sort of darkly luminous collection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/24/2014

    " Terrific Irish writer with a wonderful group of very Irish-feeling short stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barb | 1/22/2014

    " I now want to read everything Colm Toibin ever wrote. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 1/4/2014

    " This is a wonderfully written book of several short stories. The stories are full characters and rich that make you think at the end. Love this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyssa | 1/2/2014

    " I didn't want Mothers and Sons to end. It's melancholy but again, that never bothers me. With subtlety, I think this book effectively explores human loneliness and solitude, while the last book I read, The Effect of Living Backwards, beat you over the head with these themes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ramsey | 1/1/2014

    " Will either confirm or challenge your sexuality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 yb | 1/1/2014

    " Disappointing, considering how much I enjoyed The Blackwater Lightship and the strong emotional reaction I had the first time I read "One Minus One." The stories cover a range of mother/son relationships and various scenarios, and they all ring true. Still, they largely failed to move me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 10/31/2013

    " Some of the stories in the collection were amazing writing. Other stories were uneven in the quality of the writing, The stories in Mothers and Sons are heartfelt and some heart wrenching. Colm Toibin is one of my favorite authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louise | 10/20/2013

    " Very bleak, the writing is good, but the book lacked a bit of genuine love and warmth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noel | 10/10/2013

    " Excellent short stories by one of Ireland's leading contemporary authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 9/13/2013

    " Read anything by this man,, beautiful, horrific, amazing... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bettina | 6/5/2013

    " His bleak style contrasts nicely with the emotionality of the topics. The ending of "A Long Winter" in particular is strong, almost brutal in how much it stays with the physical reality of death. Still, I think some of the themes seem a bit too repetitive and unresolved across all the short stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Timothy | 6/10/2012

    " I read this book for a bookclub I was in at the time. I can't say as of this writing that the stories moved me enough to remember any of them. He is a well known author, but this collection I of stories I don't think does his writing justice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A. Mary Murphy | 4/28/2012

    " Every Colm Toibin story is worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Myocardialarrest | 9/26/2011

    " So far, I love it! If you like William Trevor, you'll probably like this. AND each story is about the relationship between a mother and a son. Dark material. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raimo Wirkkala | 5/5/2011

    " Colm Toibin is, amongst contemporary authors, as good as they get when it comes to creating characters of depth and complexity. Even here, within the confines of the short story, he gives us characters that we can relate to and dialogue that rings true. This is a wonderful collection of shories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 3/14/2011

    " Still can't pronounce his name, but man, I love his writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liam | 10/8/2010

    " This is one to recommend and share with family and friends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph Olshan | 9/11/2010

    " He's a great writer. One of the best of my generation. He writes subtly about sex but the scenes sizzle anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynnell | 1/5/2010

    " terrific! Though not linked in conventional ways, perhaps, as a collection, the persistent motif of mothers and sons is artfully threaded throughout. Complex, understated resolutions to each of these; a terrific study in craft. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devi | 9/15/2009

    " astonishing and exquisite... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 8/28/2008

    " I liked Colm's quiet renderings of real life. Nice. "

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