Written By: John Knowles

Narrated By: Spike McClure

Date: February 2011

Duration: 6 hours 37 minutes


An American classic and great bestseller for over thirty years, A Separate Peace is timeless in its description of adolescence during a period when the entire country was losing its innocence to the second world war. Set at a boys' boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peace is a harrowing and luminous parable of the dark side of adolescence. Gene is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happens between the two friends one summer, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world. A bestseller for more than thirty years, A Separate Peace is John Knowles's crowning achievement and an undisputed American classic.


  • Andres Ulloa

    You may fall in to the trap of describing "A Separate Peace" as a "coming of age story set in the WWII era", but you would then also downplay the masterful crafting of the story. This story does not just tell of a boy becoming a man, but of a boy who has an eery friendship with a true gem of a person. By gem of a person I mean one who is so inconceivably true to himself that you rarely encounter them. Example in popular literature is a character like a Dean Moriarty, a Zorba, a Gatsby, a Charlie(perks), or a Tyler Durden. To reiterate, this story is not of a transformation of a boy to a man, but the absorption of a gem by a boy. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and I'm certain it'll come to mind whenever I see someone change to be more like someone else.

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  • Lisa H.

    Coming of age story. Vivid writing. Moved along well. Not the sort of characters I would want my children to imitate, but definitely gives people a glimpse of the reality of the 1940s. The narrator could have done a better job of changing his voice to distinguish the different characters as they spoke.

  • Nora Bennett

    A beautifully told story. I was absorbed from the first chapter. Was this really a censored book? It' a crazy world we live in.

  • Roslyck Paxson

    He should talk louder and have better emphasis. The books so far is great. It helps a lot with the audio then just reading it.

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