Extended Audio Sample

Download This Boy's Life: A Memoir Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample This Boys Life: A Memoir Audiobook, by Tobias Wolff Click for printable size audiobook cover
2.99973154362416 out of 52.99973154362416 out of 52.99973154362416 out of 52.99973154362416 out of 52.99973154362416 out of 5 3.00 (11,175 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tobias Wolff Narrator: Oliver Wyman Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781615730896
Regular Price: $24.47 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

In this memoir by one of America's most gifted writers, the young Toby Wolff fights for self-respect against the hostility of his new stepfather. Recreating the frustrations of adolescence, he considers schemes that range from running away to forging chec Download and start listening now!

BK_HIGH_000531

Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of the 1989 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography
  • Winner of the 1990 Ambassador Book Award for Biography/Autobiography
  • A 1989 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sawy-o | 2/20/2014

    " Oh my goodness, what a story. I remember reading this in college, strugging to do well in my classes in a very by-the-book fashion, and thinking that the sheer audacity of what young Tobias Wolff is able to pull off again and again is highly entertaining and in a way, inspirational. I read a review that says the ways "Jack" Wolff reinvents himself again and again are his first practice with storytelling, practice that has certainly paid off. I'm happy that things end up ok for Wolff's mother- there are a ton of real characters. You can't help but root for young Jack Wolff's schemes to work out because usually they are a result of trying to get away from some downright awful situations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shay | 2/18/2014

    " great references to the Pacific NW- a coming of age tale that's bittersweet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 N. | 2/12/2014

    " Read for class. Liked it but didn't like it. Well written, for sure, but I was always pushing the edges to get more insight into the boy character, which we were not given. Still, such a crazy life that I had to keep reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David A. Núñez | 1/30/2014

    " I feel blessed that I didn't have to live the childhood that Tobias had to live growing up. I feel fortunate that I had a stable home during my childhood. This book had its funny moments. I think Tobias lived the life that he did because Tobias and his mother were not in a stable place to live. I really felt sympathy towards Tobias' mother who was trying to make ends meet. I can only imagine what it would be like to live in an environment where there is no peace in the home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wei Tchou | 1/23/2014

    " THE BEST BOOK I'VE READ IN A VERY LONG TIME "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomash | 1/22/2014

    " this was a good book it had lots of love and death. I liked how the kids were so brave and how they were not scared to do any thing. this book would be good if you were a boy or a girl it is for ages 14 and up for the bad stuff that happen in the book. i give this book a 4 out of 5. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 1/21/2014

    " Pretty good writing. Not much happens "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Jones | 1/19/2014

    " There is a quality her that transcends fiction, nonfiction, time and it even transcends identity. Wolff presents this memoir of his youth, not like an adult looking back or a child seeing ahead, but as an experience readers live as if it were happening to us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles Robbins | 1/16/2014

    " Astounding, powerful, poignant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Hewelt | 1/14/2014

    " Filled with action and adventures, trouble and mischief, this book is a great read for anyone. "

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

    " The author was born just a bit before me, so I identified with many of the cultural references in this one. The memoir of a boy who was rather a juvenile delinquent but always felt there was something better to be had than the life he was leading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Cunningham | 12/11/2013

    " Almost done...slow and steady but nothing too exciting here... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 11/26/2013

    " A beautiful, honest, hopeful story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 11/15/2013

    " A memoir that is hard to put down and unlike most books that win awards....I really liked this one. I should probably give it 5 stars because it was that good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan Campbell | 9/15/2013

    " book is ten times better than the movie! sad at parts! well written! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rigby | 8/1/2013

    " One of my favorite books; good control of language, time and structure in a memoir. Also, good characterization and construction of plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Max | 7/25/2013

    " Great coming-of-age book that I go back to again and again. Deceptively simple writing. Moving. Poignant. Funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 3/25/2013

    " I haven't read a memoir in awhile, but this one was an easy read and made me search my bookshelf of 'to-reads' for another memoir. Now I'm starting in on 'Running With Scissors'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas Andrews | 10/2/2012

    " Heartfelt bildungsroman "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 6/25/2012

    " There's a lot of heartbreak in this memoir. But his pacing makes you carry on, hoping for some justice or way out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 6/16/2012

    " Great book!! I would recommend this to anyone...... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne | 4/21/2012

    " Even better than "Old School". A revealing, unvarnished look at Jack (Tobias Wolff) growing up in the 50's told in words that literally sing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 2/11/2012

    " I really liked this book...a memoir--the guy had quite the childhood...where is that fine line of making your life and your life making you?... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ted | 1/8/2012

    " This was one of the best memoirs about a boy growing up that I've ever read. I really identify with it and love the easy yet intricate language. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 12/31/2011

    " The most honest book about abuse I've ever read. Wolff doesn't trivialize or exploit his sad childhood for the sake of dramatic tension, but instead tries to make sense of the things that happened to him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 10/20/2011

    " Accessible and solidly written, if not particularly memorable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 9/15/2011

    " I read this because my son is reading it in English class... I am curious to see the movie version of it and to read the author's second memoir to find out how his life turned out:-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mikelkpoet | 8/20/2011

    " Great book. Quick read. Wonderful story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K2 | 5/23/2011

    " BOOK MADE ME FAN!
    This fully siq story bout boy who do fings and make demz happen breh.
    Make me sad then happeh breh. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alicia | 5/22/2011

    " A little long and painful at times but has some good messages in it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 5/9/2011

    " A honest and moving picture of adolencence in the 1950's...honest and genuine while not being over the top "

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

    " This was the first book I read on my new Kindle. Loved reading it that way (who knew?) and really glad to encounter this author for the first time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil | 4/11/2011

    " I read this book after a friend whose opinion I respected said it's the best memoir she's ever read. I was not disappointed! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 4/1/2011

    " Almost done...slow and steady but nothing too exciting here... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jodi | 3/10/2011

    " Actually, as I read, I realized that I'd already read this. So, obviously I'm not as blown away with it as other people have been. It didn't leave a lasting impression. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 2/23/2011

    " I read this one because I'm working on writing a memoir (in veerrrrrrry early stages) and this is one of the memoirs people point to as great examples of the genre. I liked it but didn't love it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 2/16/2011

    " I really enjoy reading anything Tobias Wolff writes. This didn't disappoint and was a great book for my cross-country plane ride. Plus, I always like finding out what makes authors tick. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 The Reading Cove | 2/11/2011

    " 32nd: THIS BOY'S LIFE - TOBIAS WOLFF
    Trivia Winner - Kathy

    ~COVE OPINION: C, Okay story "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Tobias Wolff

Tobias Wolff is the author of several previous books and the editor of a growing list of anthologies. He has received numerous awards, among them the PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in the art of the short story. He lives in Northern California and teaches English and creative writing at Stanford University.

About the Narrator

Oliver Wyman is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator. His first full-length audiobook, It’s Not about the Bike, won an Audie Award. Quickly renowned for his versatility, he went on to win several Audie Awards and eighteen AudioFile Earphones Awards in genres ranging from drama and humor to nonfiction and children’s stories.