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Border Crossing

Narrated by: James Wilby
Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
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Tom Seymour is a child psychologist who has worked in the north of England for many years. One day, while walking by a river near his home, he rescues a young man from drowning and realizes that it's Danny Miller, a child murderer at whose trial he once gave evidence - evidence he has since come to regard as flawed. Danny has served his sentence and is out of prison. But now he's asking for Tom's help.
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"James Wilby gives a sensitive reading of this tale about relationships. He conveys all the complex feelings, confusion, distrust, longing, terror, without raising his voice. The story's mood is dark, and this nuanced reading is right on target." (AudioFile)

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helped with school

decent book the reader imbraces the characters so your understand there emotions but didn't go over board worth a listen

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<br />loved it from start to finish

An excellent story that was very well read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I had not read Pat Booth before and will be looking for more

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  • Gail N.
  • 26-01-2020

Despite its flaws, a wonderful listen

This is a very complex, powerful novel. It explores the nature of evil, whether or not children are truly innocent by nature, whether or not even a well disposed system can rehabilitate someone who has committed an unspeakable crime, and how psychologists cope with the burden of dealing with young offenders. The novel was published in 2001, about 8 years after a case of child murder by two 10 year old boys gripped the headlines in the UK. I was surprised that a UK court could try a 10 year old as an adult since US law would not allow this. Clearly, a child's mind is not fully developed and cannot begin to understand the morality of every action he is capable of. Nevertheless, Danny in the novel, is sent to prison for life for the murder of an elderly woman. He blames the psychologist, Tom Seymour, whose job it was to assess whether or not Danny could be tried for murder as an adult, for his punishment. As it happens, the trial went forward in adult court and Danny was found guilty. But Danny continues to profess his innocence, even 13 years later.

This is a deep psychological and sociological thriller. I was completely engaged every minute. Pat Barker writes beautifully and the images she paints with her words are vibrant and clear. I went back and forth in my feelings towards both Tom and Danny as the novel unfolded and not until the conclusion, could I make up my mind about these characters. I highly recommend this novel.

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  • Lipsticklula
  • 08-09-2005

Border Crossing

Intriguing, compelling narrative which investigates the history of a boy convicted for murder as a child and the impact of his reappearance in the life of the psychologist who helped condemn him - beautifully and sensitively written and read by the fantastic James Wilby.

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  • Lynda
  • 12-02-2013

Attracts and holds attention all the way through

Very interesting and different story line. Well written and well read. I found the ending very slightly disappointing but overall I really enjoyed it. So much so that I immediately went back to the author to search for more of his novels but was disappointed to find that nearly all his others were set on the war field which is not my preferred genre. I would recommend this book highly

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  • Trixie
  • 10-03-2015

Unusual and absorbing story

For some reason I have never read any of Pat Barker's books, despite their fame and good reviews. It was an oversight on my part because I have thoroughly enjoyed Border Crossings and will now start tackling the rest! This story was captivating, with the surprising outcome that I felt some sympathy for a murderer, thanks to the sympathetic dissection of his character and background by the clinical psychologist who many years before had helped to have him convicted. Recommended especially for James Wilby's superb narration.

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