Boy Swallows Universe: The International Bestseller

Boy Swallows Universe: The International Bestseller Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

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Listening Length 16 hours and 42 minutes
Author Trent Dalton
Narrator Stig Wemyss
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Audible.com.au Release Date 20 June 2018
Publisher HarperAudio
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
ASIN B07DJWK1Y4
Best Sellers Rank 159 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
1 in Biographical Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
3 in Coming of Age Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
5 in Biographical Fiction (Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking, but triumphant, Australian novel
Reviewed in Australia on 28 January 2020
Boy Swallows Universe is the debut Australian best seller and multi award winner of 2018. I’m not usually a fan of stickers on book covers, but that certainly is an impressive number of awards there!

Set in the suburbs of Brisbane in 1985, Eli Bell is struggling to grow up in the midst of a very complicated life. His mum is a junkie, his step-father is a heroin dealer, his brother is mute, his absent dad is an alcoholic, his best friend is a notorious criminal, and his pen pal is the ex sergeant at arms of the Rebels motorcycle club.

All of a sudden, tragedy strikes, and Eli’s life becomes a lot more complicated. He needs all the help he can get from his brother, his friends, his father who has suddenly landed in his life, and an attractive young (but still far too old for Eli) journalist called Caitlin Spies.

Boy Swallows Universe is a heartbreaking, but triumphant, Australian novel that reveals the true horrors lurking underneath the surface of most suburbs, I suspect. I’m still reeling from the wild ride of the last few chapters and Dalton shines through as a simply brilliant storyteller. If you are in the middle of reading this book and are perhaps thinking that there is a bit too much description and it jumps around a bit too much, just wait til the end where all will be revealed.

5/5 stars!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice Australian coming of age story
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