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Download Of a Boy Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (395 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sonya Hartnett Narrator: Humphrey Bower Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN:
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The year is 1977 and Adrian is nine. He lives with his Gran and his uncle Rory; his best friend is Clinton Tull. He loves to draw and he wants a dog; he's afraid of quicksand, shopping centres, and self-combustion. Adrian watches his suburban world, but there is much he cannot understand. He does not for instance, know why three neighborhood children might set out to buy ice-cream and never come back home.

This book was published in the United States under the title What the Birds See.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophie | 2/16/2014

    " Creepy and saddening, but sort of... poignant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawnnita | 1/29/2014

    " While this story was very well written and thought provoking, I yearned for something great to happen Adrian. I guess considering his challenges through out the book the ending may have been that one great thing. I'll leave it up to you to be the judge. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danya | 1/4/2014

    " Too, too sad for me to read at the moment. "

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

    " Stunning! It was so beautifully written; I felt like I was reading a poem. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Summer | 12/5/2013

    " Holy moly. This might be one of the more depressing books I've ever read. Yes, it's beautiful, and yes, Hartnett paints a genuine portrait of loss in all its forms, but damn. I'm glad I read this, but I don't think I'll be able to read it again until I'm in a better mood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 pjreads ♫ | 9/3/2013

    " Overly sentimental at the very end, but all-in-all very well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shane | 6/28/2013

    " A simple story with a twist that you can see coming, but hope like hell doesn't happen. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Steph | 4/15/2013

    " I read this many many years ago and quite enjoyed it. Gave it another go this week and it didn't do anything for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marg | 4/12/2013

    " This was such a well crafted novel and beautifully written. The author inhabited Adrian and gave us a painfully exquisite view of life through his eyes. It was sad, so sad. I am so glad I have read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 8/18/2012

    " The writing was really good here, but the story line fizzled at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vern | 8/15/2012

    " took me forever to read. I really wanted to like this more. just failed to draw me in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lawrence | 5/21/2012

    " Hartnett's books are pretty dark generally, but this book is _bleak_. Compellng, brilliantly written, but really really bleak. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna Smith | 4/17/2012

    " This is only a short book about a young boy and his troubles. I found myself completely drawn into this story; it is mostly dark and sad but maybe that's why i liked it so much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yasemin | 8/17/2011

    " That's a whole lot for a little boy who just wants acceptance and belonging to have to go through. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy Atkinson | 8/13/2011

    " I found this a depressing read overall. I finally was starting to care for the characters - BAM! What was I thinking. It does not inspire to pick up any more of her books. It concerns me that it is a Year 11 read! DEPRESSING. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorelle Catalano | 4/12/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book, though so many unanswered questions! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 3/20/2011

    " Written beautifully, but pretty depressing. There were no high points for our protagonist, things just got worse and worse. Poor kid, I felt so sad for him. "

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

    " This book got me hooked. Like Adrian I had a lot of fears (and I was also terrified on the thought of being locked up in a mall then) but some of them aren't real. It was kind of depressing. There was truth on this book and it is how fragile a child heart is. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lesley | 3/8/2011

    " Another book that makes you want to know what is going on and kept me reading, but solves nothing in the end and left me quite confused. Reminds me of a book I would have to read for an English class and then write essays that debated what we thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lawrence | 3/5/2011

    " Hartnett's books are pretty dark generally, but this book is _bleak_. Compellng, brilliantly written, but really really bleak. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacob | 12/8/2010

    " This was one of the most bleak, hopeless and depressing books I've ever read.

    But . . . I loved it.

    A "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 11/29/2010

    " Great read, disturbing ending though! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 11/22/2010

    " Very dark. Still thinking about how the book affected me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danya | 3/29/2010

    " Too, too sad for me to read at the moment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 12/19/2009

    " Devastatingly heartbreaking. Harnett definitely does not conform to the "all books for young people must have a happy ending." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 9/30/2009

    " While the residents of his town concern themselves with the disappearance of three children, a lonely, rejected nine-year-old boy worries that he may inherit his mother's insanity. "

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About the Narrator

Humphrey Bower is a gifted and versatile actor. Since obtaining a BA in English Language and Literature at Oxford University he has worked extensively in theater, television, and audiobook narration. Humphrey won the prestigious Audie Award for his performance of The Family Frying Pan by Bryce Courtenay, and has been short-listed for an Audie Award for his performances of Gould’s Book of Fish by Richard Flanagan and Brother Fish by Bryce Courtenay. Humphrey’s sensitive and intelligent readings are highly regarded and he is well-known for his capacity to perform a variety of accents. He was won twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards.