Boy's Life

  • by Robert McCammon
  • Narrated by George Newbern
  • 20 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In me are the memories of a boy's life, spent in that realm of enchantments. These are the things I want to tell you....
Robert McCammon delivers "a tour de force of storytelling" (BookPage) in his award-winning masterpiece, a novel of Southern boyhood, growing up in the 1960s, that reaches far beyond that evocative landscape to touch listeners universally. Boy's Life is a richly imagined, spellbinding portrait of the magical worldview of the young - and of innocence lost. Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for 11-year-old Cory Mackenson - a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever. Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lake - and a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face-to-face with a terrible, haunting vision of death. As Cory struggles to understand his father's pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that surround him. From an ancient mystic who can hear the dead and bewitch the living, to a violent clan of moonshiners, Cory must confront the secrets that hide in the shadows of his hometown - for his father's sanity and his own life hang in the balance....

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Most Helpful

It's at the top of my list.

What made the experience of listening to Boy's Life the most enjoyable?

It was a wonderfully written complete story that enveloped me inside from start to finish. I don't think there was one character that i didn't like, perhaps the mayor - he was creepy and the German vet and his wife but the story wouldn't have been the same without them. I have recomended it to my Mum and my youngest daughter .


Who was your favorite character and why?

Oh it has to be Corey after all it was his story and i believed in it, i was there when it began and sadly when it ended.


Which character – as performed by George Newbern – was your favourite?

Corey - George Newbern brought him to life.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No there were several. The thing is in a story written this well each character brings a parcel of goodies and a couple of rotten apples it's what makes the story believable and very enjoyable.


Any additional comments?

This is the best book i have listened to this year and if you haven't read or listened to it yet or thought it wasn't your genre then do give it a go, i am certain you will not be disappointed.

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- Ms Amanda Thompson

A truly fabulous read!

Where does Boy's Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

10 out of 10


What other book might you compare Boy's Life to, and why?

The Sport of Kings


Have you listened to any of George Newbern’s other performances? How does this one compare?

First listen but thoroughly enjoyed GN's narration!


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wish!


Any additional comments?

Really worth a listen!

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- Woollyoak

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-10-2014
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio