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Gene was a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas was a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happened between them at school one summer during the early years of World War II is the subject of A Separate Peace. A great best seller for over 30 years - one of the most starkly moving parables ever written of the dark forces that brood over the tortured world of adolescence.

©1987 John Knowles;©1987 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House Inc.

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  • Tani
  • 28-09-2005

Old Verison

This is an older version of the novel. If you are intending to use this for reading along with a current copy, check the version dates. There are more current releases of the audio on other web sites.

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  • dumbclub
  • 06-06-2012

A Great Story Spoiled

John Knowles' coming-of-age introspective is a well written tale that captures the turbulence, excitement and controversy of America's role in World War II, especially from the perspective of draft age young men. It also reveals the very personal interaction and peer rivalries of this group of elite boarding school boys.

Unfortunately, this classic has been undermined by the excessive use of unnecessary sound effects and distracting long musical interludes. Matthew Modine has turned in memorable performances as a movie actor, but his dull uninspired recitation of this story is like a summer camp letter to his mom. His monotone reading is only sparked when he stumbles over new parts of the story that he apparently had never read before undertaking this project.

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  • Kate
  • 09-09-2019

At least it's short

White privilege gives away to toxic masculinity, amidst New England style pathetic fallacy. Buckle in for emotionally stunted characters growing jaded.

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  • Chester O1
  • 17-09-2018

too short

Text does not compare to unabridged version. Rich language and character development are lost. Editors choice of cuts are curious.

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  • Jalen
  • 12-04-2015

Boring but had some plot twists

The narrator was very clear and crisp. One problem I had was knowing who was talking by the similar voices

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  • Michael
  • 06-05-2004

Classic Novel that is Well Read

This is a classic novel that is well narrated. I haven't read the full novel so not sure how good or bad it was abridged. Not having this knowledge, this version is well worth the time.

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