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The Night Listener

S Southern father his longtime weakness for ignoring reality Gabriel's most sympathetic listener is Pete Lomax a thirteen year old fan in Wisconsin whose own horrific past has left him wise and. I thought I knew what to expect from this book and how it would resolve itself because I knew that it was based loosely on Maupin s relationship with Anthony Godby Johnson the teenage boy who wrote the memoir A Rock and a Hard Place a book I read and which affected me uite a bit both when I read it and when I found out years later that it might all have been a hoax Lots of famous people were taken in by the possibly non existent Johnson including Maupin and author Paul MonetteI was not expecting just how Maupin s reworking of the story into fiction would affect me It hit me on a few levels The way his character Gabriel Noone describes his incredible connection with the young Peter Lomax which mirrored so well the relationship I have with so many teenagers the conversation Gabriel has with his own father towards the end of the book which I wish I could have had with my own father and how the beginning and end of the book come somewhat full circle and yet still leaves you wondering that satisfied but unsatisfied feeling I love and hateI listened to this on cd and had mixed emotions about Maupin reading his own work He has a clear speaking voice that sometimes sounds like the actor Michael Emerson a good thing and sometimes sounds like the commentator Andy Rooney not so good in my opinion Mostly though he gets to the heart of Noone letting him sound appropriately pathetic when the character is acting pathetic and giving him a certain uiet nobility when the character is in the right and the other characters are wrongDefinitely recommended Now I think I need to go watch the movie version The Teams Milking Cow old fan in Wisconsin whose Via Suez (British): Blue Funnel Line (Merchant Navy Series Book 3) on Maupin s relationship with Anthony Godby Johnson the teenage boy who wrote the memoir A Rock and a Hard Place a book I read and which affected me uite a bit both when I read it and when I found Zenith out years later that it might all have been a hoax Lots A Pale Light in the Black of famous people were taken in by the possibly non existent Johnson including Maupin and author Paul MonetteI was not expecting just how Maupin s reworking Devil Versus Alpha The Millennium Wolves on a few levels The way his character Gabriel Noone describes his incredible connection with the young Peter Lomax which mirrored so well the relationship I have with so many teenagers the conversation Gabriel has with his Spieserye own father towards the end Feral of the book which I wish I could have had with my Krismis van Map Jacobs own father and how the beginning and end Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods of the book come somewhat full circle and yet still leaves you wondering that satisfied but unsatisfied feeling I love and hateI listened to this Crust From Sourdough Spelt and Rye Bread to Ciabatta Bagels and Brioche on cd and had mixed emotions about Maupin reading his Til Death Do Us Part (Vows, own work He has a clear speaking voice that sometimes sounds like the actor Michael Emerson a good thing and sometimes sounds like the commentator Andy Rooney not so good in my Mensa Riddles Conundrums opinion Mostly though he gets to the heart Julie of the Wolves of Noone letting him sound appropriately pathetic when the character is acting pathetic and giving him a certain uiet nobility when the character is in the right and the The Right Swipe other characters are wrongDefinitely recommended Now I think I need to go watch the movie version

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I'm a fabulist by trade warns Gabriel Noone a late night radio storyteller as he begins to untangle the skeins of his tumultuous life his crumbling ten year love affair his disaffection from hi. Originally reviewed for Uniuely PleasurableFirst a disclaimer This review covers the original publication of the novel and not the movie tie in version The movie varies substantially and is really rather dreadful from the original novel and it is unknown if the tie in version of the novel was rewritten to incorporate new information andor details found in the movieThe novel The Night Listener is Maupin s fictional take on his interaction with Anthony Godby Johnson a young boy who was presented as having been brutally abused as a child Johnson wrote a book that was sent out in galley form to many celebrities and like JT Leroy who would claim the same thing many years later and subseuently be proven a massive hoax the celebrities took to this boy many becoming friends with him over the phone You can read about the cases by search out either Johnson or Leroy onlineI have to admit upfront that I am an unabashed fan of Maupin s work There is a simplicity to his prose that belies the emotional complexity of the characters he creates and whether it be his series Tales of the City or his departures from that series like Maybe the Moon it is rare for me to find fault in his work There is also an almost Hitchcockian feel to the plots of his novels which while never detracting from the almost whimsical tone of his stories always creates a nice blend of genres The Night Listener however is perhaps his greatest departure from this style a dark and brooding look at loss and betrayal and the need for human contact It can be a brutal read a friend to whom I lent the book called it one of the most depressing novels she d ever read But what it also is is a novel which really explores the range that Maupin has as a storyteller and makes him in my mind one of the best novelists out there gay or straightMaupin is in thin disguise as Gabriel Noone an author of radio stories who is at a turning point in his life when he makes contact with Pete Lomax the stricken boy Noone s longtime lover who never expected to survive the AIDS epidemic has moved out and while the romantic relationship has ended the connection between Noone and his ex will be a lifelong one Jess simply needs to find a life beyond waiting to die But what it does for Noone is leave a huge hole in his life an emotional and intellectual void that needs to be filled So when Noone connects by telephone with Pete and finds him to be a witty well spoken young man a friendship begins to develop Noone needs someone who adores him and Pete desperately needs a father figureMaupin brilliantly captures both Noone and Pete The malaise Noone has found himself in is palpable a man who suddenly finds himself feeling a no one Noone because he has lost the one person who has helped to define him for decades Likewise Maupin s depiction of Pete is heartbreaking but utterly realistic He is smart and funny his humor as dark as his own past and Maupin gets the pattern of speech of a teen boy exactly right Though essentially a minor character Noone s ex Jess is also excellently drawn Jess isn t reduced to a cardboard cut out While was a saddened that he has decided to leave Noone we completely understand his desire to get out there and see what life a real life holds for him Pete s adoptive mother though a very minor character through the first half of the novel is also flesh and blood We feel the compassion that led her to adopt Peter We understand her ferocious protectiveness of him We even understand why she won t let anyone meet him And then Maupin does something brilliant He turns all that has come before on its head Why hasn t Donna let anyone meet him Does Pete s voice really sound all that similar to Donna s Surely the editor of Pete s book has checked out his story Suddenly we begin to suspect Pete We begin to distrust Donna Everything we have learned before we begin to uestion and we feel deep down inside the conflict Noone feelsWhat Maupin does so well in this book is make you care about this Pete as interestingly enough had happened to Maupin and the other celebs Johnson had been in contact with so that when doubt is cast upon his existence you are as devastated as Noone The result is a literary gut punch And Maupin expertly takes us from needing to believe Pete and Donna to suspecting them To wanting them to be real for their own sakes as well as Noone s to needing them to be proven a hoax because the evidence of such a hoax is so remarkably overwhelming It is a brilliant feat of writingto make three characters Noone Pete and Donna that you as the reader desperately want to believe The result is a deeply psychological game of suspense that moves at a brisk pace one that would make Hitchcock proudThe Night Listener is not an easy read at all from an emotional standpoint As a reader a lot is demanded of you and you likely will feel worn out after reading it but the ride is so worth it

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Generous beyond his years But when this virtual father son relationship is rocked by doubt a desperate search for the truth ensues Welcome to the complex vertiginous world of The Night Listene. A psychological drama billed as a psychological thriller but definitely not a thriller in my opinion that s eual parts weird and mundane Gabriel Noone a writer who has gained fame through a radio serialisation of his stories is sent a copy of a harrowing memoir written by a young boy who has suffered serious sexual abuse and is dying of AIDS Moved by the story he starts to talk to the boy Pete on the phone and the two develop a close relationship seeing themselves as father and son However all is not as it seems with Pete and his adoptive mother Donna and Gabriel s uest for the truth leads him to trek through the snow to Pete s remote home The story about Pete is also used as a backdrop for Gabriel s musings on the state of his relationship his husband Jess has just left him temporarily and his family particularly his father The smallest amount of research into this book reveals it is a roman clef based on a real misery memoir believed to be a hoax that of Anthony Godby Johnson which the author himself was taken in by This story is itself pretty fascinating and Maupin s account of it in this novel had me turning the pages to find out what the outcome would be conseuently this was a uick engrossing read But I never uite felt that the Pete story and the narrator s diversions into other topics fitted together properly There are whole chapters just about Gabriel s parents or his anguish over Jess leaving and these can be frustrating when you re eager to find out what will happen next with Pete I feel the book would probably have worked better as a novella purely about Pete and the potential hoax the story is mainly memorable because of its link to a real life case


About the Author: Armistead Maupin

Armistead Maupin was born in Washington DC in 1944 but grew up in Raleigh North Carolina A graduate of the University of North Carolina he served as a naval officer in the Mediterranean and with the River Patrol Force in Vietnam Maupin worked as a reporter for a newspaper in Charleston South Carolina before being assigned to the San Francisco bureau of the Associated Press in 1971 In 19



10 thoughts on “The Night Listener

  1. says:

    Originally reviewed for Uniuely PleasurableFirst a disclaimer This review covers the original publication of the novel and not the movie tie in version The movie varies substantially and is really rather dreadful

  2. says:

    After reading the book I'm not sure why the trailers for the movie tried to pass it off as a thriller it's not creepy or scary or anything It's a mind puzzle and a mystery but I guess Hollywood thinks its audience won't enjoy something cerebral they did the same thing with Stephen King's Secret Window; its adver

  3. says:

    Okay Within the first five pages it became apparent that this book was about storytelling and truth and falsehood and embell

  4. says:

    I thought I knew what to expect from this book and how it would resolve itself because I knew that it was based loosely on Maupin's relationship with Anthony Godby Johnson the teenage boy who wrote the memoir A Rock and a Hard Place a book I read and which affected me uite a bit both when I read it and when I found out years later t

  5. says:

    This might have got 5 stars if it hadn't been for the ending Once I picked it up I couldn't bear tom put it down

  6. says:

    I watched the movie a lot when I was a teen it had of a creepy vibe to it This is bittersweet and kind of heartbreaking Amistead Maupi

  7. says:

    Knowing nothing of Maupin and even less of Anthony Godby Johnson I read this book without any preconceptions and enjoyed it thoroughly up until Pete's last phone call to the narrator which seemed to me one twist too many

  8. says:

    A psychological drama billed as a psychological thriller but definitely not a thriller in my opinion that's eual parts weird and mundane Gabriel Noone a writer who has gained fame through a radio serialisation of his stories is sent a copy of a harrowing memoir written by a young boy who has suffered serious sexual abuse and is dy

  9. says:

    “The Night Listener” is a very good example of how a mystery novel can shine without creepy settings and dark characters in action packed st

  10. says:

    Not one of the Tales of the City books but eually brilliant A real mystery and a great ending about which I will say no

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