WWII. 1942. Will's brother is fighting the war in the Pacific, but Will is forced to remain behind. Will takes his brother's place in the academic world of Indiana University, where he meets two students and two soon-to-be-legendary men who will change his life forever.
Will thought he was the only boy attracted to other males, but when he sneaks into Professor Kinsey's marriage course he realizes his mistake. Will meets Ben, who he suspects is not unlike himself. When his suspicions are confirmed, the pair begins an awkward, halting relationship of self-discovery and love. Will is shocked that Negroes attend IU. He's leery and afraid of Adam, but becomes ashamed of his prejudice when he comes face-to-face with the discrimination Adam faces daily.
Together, Will, Adam, and a powerful ally join to subtly and surreptitiously integrate IU. But, just as changes for the better come, Will is faced with prejudice much closer to home, prejudice that can only be banished by tragedy.
A Triumph of Will is a story of friendship, ignorance, fear, and the power of knowledge and love to make the world a better place.
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A fascinating story. Shame about the narration
I am a big fan of Mark A Roeder’s novels and have bought all of them on my Kindle and all the ones that have come out in audio book form too.
There have been some stories that I have liked less than others, but in the main I enjoy each and every one of his books.
The great thing about listening to audio books for me is that they really help eat up the miles on a long car journey and help time pass more enjoyably when stuck in traffic.
The problem I had with this book is not the story. In fact I really enjoyed it when I read it. My issue is with the narration. It was awful. Really, really awful. The long monotone just went on and on, I don’t think the narrator had ever encountered a comma or full stop before. There was no variation in the tone of his voice between the narration of the story to the characters speaking with each other.
It was so bad that I have been unable to listen to the book while driving as I feared it may put me to sleep.
I don’t know how writers go about auditioning for performers of their books, nor how much creative input that they have with the audio book, but I would imagine that it would be quite a lot. If I were Mark I’d make more careful selections of narrators of his books as if this had been my first listen to one of his books I wouldn’t be inclined to try any others.
If I wasn’t such a fan of the author I would have asked Audible for a refund.
- Andrew G