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Boy Swallows Universe: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Trent Dalton

Narrated By: Stig Wemyss

Publisher: HarperAudio

Date: April 2019

Duration: 16 hours 44 minutes


An utterly wonderful debut novel of love, crime, magic, fate and a boy's coming of age, set in 1980s Australia and infused with the originality, charm, pathos, and heart of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
The mind can take you anywhere you want to go.
Eli Bell's life is complicated. His father is lost, his mother is in jail, and his stepdad is a heroin dealer. The most steadfast adult in Eli's life is Slim-a notorious felon and national record-holder for successful prison escapes-who watches over Eli and August, his silent genius of an older brother.
Exiled far from the rest of the world in Darra, a seedy suburb populated by Polish and Vietnamese refugees, this twelve-year-old boy with an old soul and an adult mind is just trying to follow his heart, learn what it takes to be a good man, and train for a glamorous career in journalism. Life, however, insists on throwing obstacles in Eli's path-most notably Tytus Broz, Brisbane's legendary drug dealer.
But the real trouble lies ahead. Eli is about to fall in love, face off against truly bad guys, and fight to save his mother from a certain doom-all before starting high school.
A story of brotherhood, true love, family, and the most unlikely of friendships, Boy Swallows Universe is the tale of an adolescent boy on the cusp of discovering the man he will be. Powerful and kinetic, Trent Dalton's debut is sure to be one of the most heartbreaking, joyous and exhilarating novels you will experience.


  • Leanne C.

    I literally could not stop listening to this audiobook. From heart wrenching pain and anguish, to fear, to laughter and everything in between the author takes the reader on an epic journey into the suburban underworld with startling reality. At times I was giggling at something Eli was relating and then with a short sharp twist in the story was in absolute anguish saying out loud no, no, no don’t do away..... The web of events to get to the final destination of this story keeps you stuck on every word. the narration was perfect! Loved this book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Helen M.

    A stunning novel. Fabulous writing; skilled and brilliant narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Janette W.

    The narrator is absolutely awesome. He brought the characters to life for me so much that I will miss them when it’s finished. A wonderful story. Highly recommended.

  • Andrew J.

    Absolutely brilliant! Fresh innovative and loved the flash back to 80’s And 90’s Queensland

  • Donna F.

    Fantastic, quirky, hilarious and devastating. Captures an Aussie childhood in the 70s to a T. Can’t imagine ‘reading’ this book - the narrator is brilliant also.

  • Rachel O.

    Loved ever second of this book up until the last hour

  • Maree G.

    Beautifully articulate book but I was waiting for ‘more’. You need to really appreciate a ‘Winton style’ novel to appreciate this book. I found myself waiting for something significant to happen but it never did.

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