Written By: John Boyne

Narrated By: Michael Maloney

Date: July 2011

Duration: 8 hours 37 minutes


September 1919: twenty-one-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver some letters to Marian Bancroft. Tristan fought alongside Marian's brother Will during the Great War, but in 1917 Will laid down his guns on the battlefield, declared himself a conscientious objector and was shot as a traitor, an act which has brought shame and dishonour on the Bancroft family.

But the letters are not the real reason for Tristan's visit. He holds a secret deep in his soul. One that he is desperate to unburden himself of to Marian, if he can only find the courage.

As he recalls his friendship with Will, from the training ground at Aldershot to the trenches of Northern France, he speaks of how the intensity of their friendship brought him both happiness and self-discovery as well as despair and pain.

The Absolutist is a novel that examines the events of the Great War from the perspective of two young soldiers, both struggling with the complexity of their emotions and the confusion of their friendship.


  • Anonymous

    Well written. interesting plot. Let down by ignorance and absence of research about Ww1, and some difficult to believe events and characters.

  • Duane P.

    I really enjoyed this book. It would make an awesome stage production. Having read some of john boyne’s work previously I already had high expectations. He is an excellent storyteller, transitioning between young adult and adult fiction effortlessly. This work is another example of a highly talented author who has the ability to transport the reader to another time and make them so invested in the main character that stopping the audiobook is not an option.

  • Anonymous

    Heart rendering story.

  • Lorraine H.

    Very touching story


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