The American Boy

  • by Andrew Taylor
  • Narrated by Alex Jennings
  • 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

England 1819: Thomas Shield, a new master at a school just outside London, is tutor to a young American boy and the boy's sensitive best friend, Charles Frant. Drawn to Frant's beautiful, unhappy mother, Thomas becomes caught up in her family's twisted intrigues. Then a brutal crime is committed, with consequences that threaten to destroy Thomas and all that he has come to hold dear. Despite his efforts, Shield is caught up in a deadly tangle of sex, money, murder, and lies, a tangle that grips him tighter even as he tries to escape from it. And what of the strange American child at the heart of these macabre events? What is the secret of the boy named Edgar Allan Poe?


What the Critics Say

"A wonderful book, richly composed and beautifully written, an enthralling read from start to finish." ( The Times)
"Jennings reads with such enormous variety that we are consumed by his characterizations." ( AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

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Ruined by abridgement and poor sound quality.

Lots of friends have recommended this book and I am a fan of Andrew Taylor's Lydmouth series (unfortunately not on Audible) so I was really looking forward to this listen. Unfortunately I really should have downloaded the unabridged version of this audiobook. I found that the story did not flow easily so it was very difficult to follow. Also I found the narrator really grated on me and the sound quality was very poor.
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- Saffy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-06-2005
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited