Golden Boy

  • by Abigail Tarttelin
  • Narrated by Toby Longworth, Penelope Rawlins, Antonia Beamish, Oliver Hembrough
  • 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Max Walker is the golden boy. He's attractive, intelligent, athletic. He's even nice to his little brother. Max is going to pass his exams with flying colours; he’s going to make his parents proud.
Max Walker has a terrible secret that could blow his perfect life apart. But someone knows his secret, someone close to him who could do great damage to Max. In fact he's already started…


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Customer Reviews

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The great puzzle of life

What would you do if you had a child like Max? This theme is brilliantly explored in this tale of a young man struggling with a condition that makes him feel apart from the world. Max has reached the point in his life when he has to come to terms with himself but this is brought prematurely to the fore by a single brutal act of violence.

This book could have followed a predictable route but instead it is a thoughtful and fascinating exploration of a life almost ruined by the not always good intentions of others. There are no easy answers and it is hard to side with the two diametrically opposed parents. What holds this all together is the very wonderful Max. He is a true heartbreaker with the looks and achievements of a real Golden Boy but has such endearing qualities that I almost cried when awful things happen to him. This story may be grim at times but it is filled with hope and optimism and I thought it was really uplifting.

This really challenges the traditional views of gender, identity and how we fit into the great scheme of things. As one character says, 'we are really just ideas and when we die, the idea dies with us.'

This is a very good book and I can't believe the author is such a young woman. I really look forward to reading her future work.
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- Kaggy

Absorbing and sometimes frustrating.

What did you like most about Golden Boy?

This book is about a subject I've only been vaguely aware of. I was interested because my own father is transgender and I have struggled with aspects of gender which most of us take for granted. We could all do with thinking about these subjects sometimes so that we become aware of our own preconceptions and assumptions.

What other book might you compare Golden Boy to, and why?

Like the characters in books like The Casual Vacancy or The Slap these characters are flawed and at times frustrating to the reader. You sometimes want to shake them or shout at them to get them to sort themselves or those around them and to see things as they really are. It makes the book 'real' though and more human and believable.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I most enjoyed, strangely, the scene in the hospital when Max and his mum are caught in a very tense and fraught interaction. It was very moving, intense and full of suspense.

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

This book is best listened to in stages to allow you to absorb and digest the various revelations. The plot keeps you guessing and wanting more information but the intensity and rawness of certain parts needs a break.

Any additional comments?

A good book for thinking and testings ones presumptions. A novel topic for a book and rarely if ever considered.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-05-2013
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks