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The Baltimore Boys

Narrated by: Robert Slade
Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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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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best book I have ever read. story was fantastic <br />

sad when it came to the end, wanted more. Just couldn't get enough of this book

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A bit longer than it needed to be

Great story, great characters, great narrator but the author tends to repeat himself more than necessary, leaving the book longer than it really should be. Still enjoyed it very much all the same!

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worth the time

a great story. very meta. I enjoyed it thoroughly. it could have been a bit tighter

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A Great and Compelling Story

This is one of the best stories I have listened to in a long time.

It is difficult to put down once you start listening

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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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  • M A B
  • 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

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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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  • 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
  • 14-01-2019

In one word, captivating.

A captivating and extremely well written piece of literature. The authors timeline and oustanding character building allows the reader to delve into the world of his words and will have you listening into the late hours of the night. Great read and I highly recommend it!

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  • J Smith
  • 11-10-2018

If you Like Harry Quebert...don't buy this!!

I am several hours in to this book and I still don't know what the point of this book is. the narrator is excellent but the story is rambling and so far seemingly disjointed.

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-05-2020

not a patch of the Harry Qubert affair

Pedestrian and lacking any twists or turns. it's a pleasant amble through a park, all the items meant to excited are signposted so obviously you're left straining for a surprise that never comes.

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  • paperminx
  • 30-11-2019

The Truth about the Baltimore Boys Affair

That awkward second novel? Well, it may or may not have been but it doesn’t show. For those entering this tale as a follow-up to Harry Quebert, stick with it...some early chaffing of the life story of the Marcus we met previously soon gives way to another riveting good tale...very different but now less powerful- bravo Monsieur Dicker- bravo!!

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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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  • 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 .