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Publisher's Summary

Fresh from the staggering success of The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, Marcus Goldman is struggling to write his third novel. A chance encounter in Florida throws him some inspiration from a surprising source: Alexandra Neville, the beautiful, phenomenally successful singer and Marcus' first love.

All at once memories of his childhood come flooding back. Memories of a family torn apart by tragedy and a once glorious legacy reduced to shame and ruin. The Baltimore Boys. The Goldman Gang. That was what they called Marcus and his cousins, Hillel and Woody. Three brilliant young men with their whole lives ahead of them, before their kingdom crumbled beneath the weight of lies, jealousy and betrayal. For years Marcus has struggled with the burdens of his past, but now he must attempt to banish his demons and tell the real story of the Baltimore Boys.

Translated from the French by Alison Anderson.

©2015 Editions Fallois (P)2017 Quercus Editions Limited

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Just, WOW!

If you’re a fan of great story writing this is it. Please please tell me Joel Dicker is already writing his next book. Loved it!

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Fantastic book and a great audio

Gripping, touching and wonderfully narrated, enjoyed every minute of this book. Can’t wait for more from Joel Dicker! Thank you!

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  • Jacky
  • 29-07-2017

As good as the first

Loved this story - covers a period of 20 years and the friendship of three boys. The narrative and the narration was superb.

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  • Mr. C. G. Moore
  • 27-07-2017

OK follow up to Harry Quebert Affair but lacking

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The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair had a bit more of a mystery about it and an interesting format. This is a good character study but isn't quite as gripping albeit well written. Try Harry Quebert first, then try this if you want a more sedate book

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  • ms
  • 24-05-2017

entertaining and light

No huge stress or darkness or depth and entertaining although probably not memorable...amusing narrator thank you

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-05-2018

I feel I know the Goldman Gang like my own family now

After TTATHQA I was hoping for more of the same in TBB, yet if anything I believe it to be even more powerful. I don’t wish to give too much away, other than to say that the way in which the themes are put together, and the manner in which the story unfolds, simply grabs you by the guts and when you least it expect, makes you feel you’re finding out about your own family. I will forever be touched by this book, and in the case of this audiobook, by the wonderful recording by Robert Slade.

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  • M A Bristow
  • 22-04-2018

Dire!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Such a disappointment. I quite enjoyed "The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair" even though it was a bit long-winded. This took long-windedness to another level.

Has The Baltimore Boys put you off other books in this genre?

No

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He couldn't detract from it any further!

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Started quite well but I was losing the will to carry on after a couple of hours. I tried but things did not improve.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-2018

Weak

Everything that worked in the Harry Quebec Affair doesn’t work here . It’s almost as if this book was written first - it’s very average .

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  • K. Brunton
  • 02-02-2018

A page turner of an audible book

Wonderful story. Found it to be very moving. Now need to go back to his previous work to read again. This time however I will let someone else do that reading for me

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-12-2017

good story

probably not as good as the first but I good story and well read. I'll probably listen to it again

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  • Sean Welsh
  • 19-11-2017

Well read story a good follow up from Joel Dicker

I enjoyed this book, its the second from Joel Dicker but you don't need to have read the first one to catch up. This story is well read by the narrator and was one of those audio books that i was surprised how quick I got trough it.

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  • Chellemaca
  • 07-09-2017

Captured me from start to finish

It was as if I was in the story myself. I couldn't wait to sit in my car and be drawn in to the Baltimore Boys! Brilliant!!