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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (882 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: May 2006 ISBN:
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From the best-selling author of What the Birds See comes a brilliantly told suspense novel. As life slips away, Gabriel looks back over his brief 20 years that have been clouded by frustration and humiliation. A small town and distant parents ensure that he is never allowed to forget the horrific mistake he made as a child. He has only two friends, his dog Surrender, and the unruly wild boy Finnigan, with whom he made a boyhood pact. When a series of arson attacks grips the town, Gabriel finally realizes how unpredictable and dangerous Finnigan is. Events begin to spiral out of control, and it becomes clear that only the most extreme of measures will rid Gabriel of Finnigan for good. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 2/15/2014

    " There are some beautiful passages in this book. The process of dying is described with such precision. The story was compelling, but the writing is the real beauty of this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kenzie | 1/28/2014

    " This was a super-weird, dark book, but I loved it. I loved the imaginative writing, how she says things in a way you don't expect, a way that seems kind of far-fetched at first, but I love it. I love Finnigan, who's just a little eerily crazy, but then so is Gabriel. Brilliant stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 1/27/2014

    " Brutal. Freaked me right out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 E | 1/26/2014

    " This was a good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katrina Bergherm | 1/22/2014

    " think i may read this one again "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Demetrios | 1/21/2014

    " Hands down some of the most beautiful, lyrical writing I have ever read in any genre, EVER. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruby | 1/17/2014

    " This story is unlike anything I'd ever read. It skips between the views of two boys, supposedly an angel and the devil. Their two lives were tied together when they made a childhood promise that they would do each other's dirty work, just like best friends.But when things start to fall apart in both Gabriel and Finnigan's lives, all they can do is accuse each other. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 1/12/2014

    " Really intriguing twist at the end... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 11/30/2013

    " I regret turning this book back in to the library early... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sharkattack | 10/25/2013

    " Really confusing and stupid ending. A real let down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ally | 10/16/2013

    " This book is beautifully written. It left me absolutely speechless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla | 9/30/2013

    " There really aren't words to describe this book. It was...emotionally exhausting. In a good way. I think. After reading it, I just felt kind of empty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 9/24/2013

    " Confusing and brilliant? I'm not sure how else to describe it. Love Sonya Hartnett's beautiful prose. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 5/8/2013

    " If you like psychological stories that really make you think, check out this book. But if you want a happy ending, this book is not for you. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 charity | 5/3/2013

    " Reminded me of Lord of the Flies and I Am the Cheese. Sort of a cross between the two. Not a fan of either of those books. If you are, then this is probably the book for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 4/23/2013

    " Some very lyrical writing here. Overall, I enjoyed the thing, the ideas and the way in which the story was told, only I think it lost a bit at the very end. That or I just didn't quite follow the ending the way Hartnett intended. Still, interesting and, again, beautiful prose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcia | 11/14/2012

    " Such an extraordinary book. So poetically written. Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K8 | 11/4/2012

    " I don't know if I have a coherent way to talk about this book yet. It is brilliant and terrifying. I am emotionally drained. It is wonderful, dark, and frightening. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ilonita50 | 9/17/2012

    " Sad to know i didnt enjoy this book, it was too dark and too sad, lonely, and found it grey boring. I have read another book by the same author which i loved so its only this particular book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 8/13/2012

    " Sad tale of how hurtful parents can be to their own children, without any physical abuse. This book had me from the beginning, waiting to find out about "the bones" that were discovered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah Banana | 8/7/2012

    " Riveting insight, and a plot that keeps the pages turning! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kjersti | 7/26/2012

    " Yet again I'm baffled that Sonya Hartnett is labelled a YA writer. Stunning, if a bit predictable, story about loneliness and guilt. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Haley | 12/25/2011

    " Freakiest book I've ever read! I think I had nightmares for the next couple of nights! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 10/14/2011

    " Super dark and beautiful. Poetic and intense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Hart | 9/29/2011

    " I really enjoyed this. Some things didn't completely tidy themselves up at the end, however I may have missed some subtly. I liked Finnegan much more than Gabriel; perhaps that was part of Sonya's point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenzie | 5/21/2011

    " This was a super-weird, dark book, but I loved it. I loved the imaginative writing, how she says things in a way you don't expect, a way that seems kind of far-fetched at first, but I love it. I love Finnigan, who's just a little eerily crazy, but then so is Gabriel. Brilliant stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria | 5/17/2011

    " This book about crushed my soul but at the same time lifted it. Totally amazing. Totally surprising. Totally worth reading.
    It definitly reassures that there are real writers out there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 E | 1/4/2011

    " This was a good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 11/8/2010

    " If you like psychological stories that really make you think, check out this book. But if you want a happy ending, this book is not for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katilo | 9/30/2010

    " think i may read this one again "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ally | 9/12/2010

    " This book is beautifully written. It left me absolutely speechless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 7/13/2010

    " This book was interesting...it was very sad, depressing, and disturbing...I'd probably give it more like 2.5 stars - it was ok but I kind of liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 5/19/2010

    " Very interesting book. I couldn't figure it out though. I had a theory but it didn't end the way I thought it would. The book had a mysterious ending though and I'm still trying to figure it out. The writing was amazing in this book, too. I will definitely read more Hartnett. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alicia | 5/12/2010

    " A creepy read about a boy suffering from an unknown illness while telling the tale in flashbacks from his friendship with a devious boy named Finnegan. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Snowleopard | 4/27/2010

    " This was a really weird, random book. It was kind of creepy. I didn't really like it. "

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About the Narrator

Humphrey Bower earned his BA in English literature from Oxford University. He has worked extensively in theater, television, and audiobook narration, for which he won the prestigious Audie® Award in 2002.