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Extended Audio Sample The Swimming Pool Library (Unabridged), by Alan Hollinghurst
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,789 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Hollinghurst Narrator: Samuel West Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This novel centres on the friendship of William Beckwith, a young gay aristocrat who leads a life of privilege and promiscuity, and the elderly Lord Nantwich, who is searching for someone to write his biography. Download and start listening now!


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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by David | 2/16/2014

    " I have one word that instantly springs to mind after reading this: tedious. I have an aversion to giving up on a book and never picking it up again but I'm pretty sure, had this not been required reading for University, that this novel would have suffered that rare fate. As a writer, one of the most obvious and basic factors I've learnt to take into consideration is the importance of creating characters that provoke the audience to have feelings, one way or another. The main issue I had with this text was that I had no interest in any of the characters involved whatsoever. The protagonist was shallow and superficial. He lacked any appealing qualities and with little absorption to his character, I didn't find the first person story at all engaging. What bothered me most was the constant feeling that Hollinghurst actually wanted me to like this character, as if he empathised with his traits. I wasn't convinced. In addition to this, another issue that I had with 'The Swimming Pool Library' was that it seemed to have two parallel stories taking place at once, of equal importance. The problem was that both stories weren't exactly interesting and perhaps suffered from the fact that neither were given precedence. Clutching at straws, the only positive thing I have to say about this text at all is that it is well written. Aside from the odd brave (borderline pretentious) sentences, it's very easy to follow. It's just a shame that it was painfully dull. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Leah | 2/16/2014

    " I read this book every few years. Such a wonderful evocation of the final moments before the AIDS explosion "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Luke | 2/8/2014

    " A very good and shocking read. That is all "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ella Roby | 2/7/2014

    " Who would have thought that reading about gay sex could be so tedious? "

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