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3.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 5 3.52 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joe Dunthorne Narrator: Bruce Mann Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9780307971227
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The dryly precocious, soon-to-be-fifteen-year-old hero of this engagingly offbeat debut novel, Oliver Tate lives in the seaside town of Swansea, Wales. At once a self-styled social scientist, a spy in the baffling adult world surrounding him, and a budding, hormone-driven emotional explorer, Oliver is stealthily (and perhaps a bit more nervously than he’d ever admit) nosing his way forward through the murky and uniquely perilous waters of adolescence. His objectives? Uncovering the secrets behind his parents’ teetering marriage, unraveling the mystery that is his alluring and equally quirky classmate Jordana Bevan, and understanding where he fits in among the pansexuals, Zoroastrians, and other mystifying, fascinating beings in his orbit.

“It’s in my interests to know about my parents’ mental problems,” he reasons. Thus, when he discovers that his affable dad is quietly struggling with depression, Oliver marshals all the daytime-TV pop-psychology wisdom at his command–not to mention his formidable, uninhibited powers of imagination–in order to put things right again. But a covert expedition into the mysterious territory of middle-aged malaise is bound to be tricky business for a teenager with more to learn about the agonies and ecstasies of life than a pocket thesaurus and his “worldly” school chum Chips can teach him. 

Ready or not, however, Oliver is about to get a crash course. His awkwardly torrid and tender relationship with Jordana is hurtling at the speed of teenage passion toward the inevitable magic moment . . . and whatever lies beyond. And his boy-detective exploits have set him on a collision course with the New Age old flame who’s resurfaced in his mother’s life to lead her into temptation with lessons in surfing, self-defense . . . and maybe seduction. Struggling to buoy his parents’ wedded bliss, deep-six his own virginity, and sound the depths of heartache, happiness, and the business of being human, what’s a lad to do? Poised precariously on the cusp of innocence and experience, yesterday’s daydreams and tomorrow’s decisions, Oliver Tate aims to damn the torpedoes and take the plunge.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter Preciado | 2/1/2014

    " Its got an interesting, insider's view form of storytelling that goes through the life of a 15 year old kid trying to lose his virginity and save his parent's marriage. It's a fun read. Also was made into a nice, quirky movie. Quirky is the word for this book. It has some very good parts, but something was dry and blah that kept it from being GREAT. a worthy read though, if you are looking for something, not if you've already got a huge list of must reads. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sati | 1/15/2014

    " A more updated version of Catcher in the Rye as far as the coming of age genre goes, however, Oliver is much more funny/lovable than Holden. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine Harris | 1/10/2014

    " Stylistically this book is so different from my preferred tastes. However, after wacthing the genius film I decided the book must well be worth reading and I was not dissapointed in the slightest. The tone of the novel is interesting and Oliver Tate makes for a fantastic and entertaining protagonist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison Crosby | 1/5/2014

    " The way the book is written is my favourite aspect. It's extremely charming and often funny. The kind of writing that you want to stop after every page, find someone, and read it to them. The only thing keeping it from five stars is simply some of the content. It can be a bit too vulgar, and once or twice just a little hard to get through. Otherwise, it was really a fantastic book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denele | 1/1/2014

    " I enjoyed the writing style, however the plot did not really draw me in. There were a few parts I liked, but overall the book did not quite thrill me. If it hadn't been for Book Club, I likely would not have chosen to read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabby | 11/1/2013

    " Sick, twisted, and terribly funny. One of my new favorites! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colby | 10/12/2013

    " It was absolutely fantastic. I loved it. Dunthorne isn't afraid to write what he means and he doesn't mess around with heavy issues. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nimi | 8/7/2013

    " I only bought this book because it had a pretty cool cover. I guess the saying "Don't judge a book by it's cover" applies here. It was pretty lame. The bestiality kind of put me off also. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 7/30/2013

    " Touching and moving. Tells a story we've all heard before, but in a way that's memorable and that keeps your attention. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mir | 7/22/2013

    " Fun and enjoyable reading, kinda make me forgot all the hectic hustle and bustle life for a moment. Certain chapter kinda sensual in a way, make me experiencing the moment so-called describe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Belinda | 6/28/2013

    " God alive this is brilliant! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taler Bixler | 2/14/2013

    " Although I thoroughly enjoyed this book. At many times I felt a bit awkward, however I enjoyed the overall feel of this book as the boy struggled to cope with many of life's biggest hurtles. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/19/2013

    " After reading this, I ache to think of what my kids might go through as teens. Pretty advanced for YA. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Enid | 1/2/2013

    " I'd give it 3 1/2 if I could. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maika | 6/15/2012

    " Very sharp and quality dark humour. You'll end up loving Oliver, sympathising with him and bearing the feeling that you felt quite as misunderstood as he is when you were his age. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mokieblylk | 11/20/2011

    " i must've got a defective book because not one thing was enjoyable about this novel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey Bressler | 6/22/2011

    " Is this a book about a dysfunctional teenage boy? Is it about first love? Or family? Laugh-out-loud entertaining at times. I'm not always sure that I like Oliver Tate, the narrator, but I do like that the characters have imperfections. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 4/24/2011

    " A Welsh coming of age novel. I felt more at home with the parents I must say. The main character is an interesting portrayal of a teenage only child. You get inside the mind, but it is a bit confusing and less than wholesome a lot of the time. Cleverly written and believable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 4/16/2011

    " Beste coming-of-age-roman die ik tot nu toe heb gelezen. Zeer vermakelijk hoe de hoofdfiguur met zijn ouders, zijn vriendin en zichzelf overhoop ligt. Maar, zoals hij zelf opmerkt, als je eenmaal 43 bent doet de ellende uit je jeugd er maar weinig meer toe. Hoop, aldus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 4/9/2011

    " Laugh out loud and touchingly human, this book is absolutely brilliant! It has echoes of Mark Haddon's 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time' and 'Catcher in the Rye' and is one of the best books I'vr read in a long time. Hopefully the film will be just as good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rega | 1/10/2010

    " wah terlalu berlebih kalau dibandingkannya sama The Catcher in The Rye "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frances | 11/26/2009

    " Eh, I probably would have liked this better if I were 15. Takes place in Wales, so its got that goin' for it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mollie | 7/2/2009

    " I really, really liked the voice of the narrator in this book. The plot is a bit loopy, and the various characters are variously all over the place, but I really, really liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 6/20/2009

    " I'm not quite sure how to rate this book--it doesn't seem like it's easily conformable to the star rating system because it is just so goddamn weird. But I liked it. Very insightful in parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nina | 4/26/2009

    " The main character seems to represent well a teenage boy. Self-absorbed, unable to care for his girlfriend, obsessed with his parents' marital problems, but still somehow sympathetic character who probably will grow up to be a good man. "

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About the Narrator

Bruce Mann, Earphones Award–winning narrator,studied classical acting at the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and has been a successful voice-over artist and actor for over ten years.