Beware This Boy

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5 out of 5 stars
By darylp on 08-08-2015

Dark story brought to life by expert narrator.

If you could sum up Beware This Boy in three words, what would they be?

Gripping. Vivid. Exceptional.

What did you like best about this story?

The story that begins with an explosion in an English munitions factory during WWII is not only a murder mystery, but a chronicle of this dark chapter in history. You feel the fear, hear the bombs and relate to the devastation and despair that the German bombers left in their wake. The plight of individuals families makes it all the more poignant.

What about Roger Clark’s performance did you like?

Roger Clark's narration gives this story its drama and its punch. Maureen Jennings is a very good writer, but Clark's rendering of her novel elevates it to a top-notch tale. His mastery of accents -- English, German, Czech, Russian and American -- is amazing. He makes clear who is speaking, whether man or woman, young or old, with subtlety and authenticity. He never faulters in his task - to tell a good story. His strength is particularly evident in a scene in which police inspector Tom Tyler interviews no less than 12 women at the factory. The reader never loses touch with who is speaking. Bravo!

Who was the most memorable character of Beware This Boy and why?

Brian, the deserter. Through Jennings' descriptions and Clark's excellent voicing of Brian's words and thoughts, we understand how war has transformed a decent young man into a brutal killer. His ability to deny his actions makes them even more chilling. Ditto for Donnie, the punk who blackmails Brian.

Any additional comments?

This was a much darker story than "No Known Grave," an important picture of daily village life destroyed by the horrors of war. Ms Jennings, and her excellent narrator Roger Clark, do not sugar-coat events nor embellish them, but allow them to speak for themselves. The scene in the mortuary comes to mind.
I would buy other books narrated by Clark.

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