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This Boy's Life: A Memoir Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,174 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tobias Wolff Narrator: Oliver Wyman Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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First published in 1989, this memoir has become a classic in the genre. With this book, Wolff essentially launched the memoir craze that has been going strong ever since. It was made into a movie in 1993.

Fiction writer Tobias Wolff electrified critics with his scarifying 1989 memoir, which many deemed as notable for its artful structure and finely wrought prose as for the events it describes. The story is pretty grim: teenaged Wolff moves with his divorced mother from Florida to Utah to Washington State to escape her violent boyfriend. When she remarries, Wolff finds himself in a bitter battle of wills with his abusive stepfather, a contest in which the two prove to be more evenly matched than might have been supposed. Deception, disguise, and illusion are the weapons the young man learns to employ as he grows up—not bad training for a writer-to-be.

Somber though this tale of family strife is, it is also darkly funny and so artistically satisfying that listeners come away exhilarated.

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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

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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 Review by 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. "

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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 seventeen AudioFile Earphones Awards in genres ranging from drama and humor to nonfiction and children’s stories.