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Sintesi dell'editore

These eight short stories are works of fiction but reflect the author's real personal experiences while undergoing compulsory military training during his youth in apartheid South Africa. The stories are all based on real events but the characters are the products of creative imagination, however rooted in reality they might be. Listeners will enjoy a range of humour and unusual incidents - frequently hilarious - along with perceptive insights into the trials and tribulations faced by a young man seeking an identity in a confusing world of military discipline and rigid conformity.

©2017 Ian Patrick (P)2017 Ian Patrick

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  • Hennie du Bois
  • 03 01 2018

A delightful collection

Would you consider the audio edition of Behind the Lines to be better than the print version?

Not sure. They are both great. I've just listened to the audiobook today. I read the kindle version some time ago. It certainly bears out a second reading. The stories are so clever and subtle and amusing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Behind the Lines?

To tell the truth, the Afterword is amazing. What a fine piece of writing that is. The stories are all compelling, too, but when one reads that Afterword everything takes on even more poignancy and meaning. But all the stories were good. Maybe the best moment is when he takes the long journey through the night and gets an education from a sharp old market gardener as they drive down to Durban.

What about Ian Patrick’s performance did you like?

Very lucid and easy and cosy.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Bad soldier, good guy.

Any additional comments?

My father served in this same cohort of soldiers at the time this all takes place. He says it is completely accurate in every detail. He loved it, especially the audio version (he's read the book three or four times already and has just listened to the audio).

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  • Alan Kincaid
  • 19 01 2018

These are good stories, well written

Where does Behind the Lines rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very good indeed. First rate.

What other book might you compare Behind the Lines to and why?

Lord of the Flies: about growing up and coming of age in trying circumstances.

What about Ian Patrick’s performance did you like?

Nice and easy narration, no fuss, just comfortable and clear.

If you could rename Behind the Lines, what would you call it?

Between the lines and behind the dialogue.

Any additional comments?

These short pieces are very good. I read the book then got the audio version and listened to the writer reading his own work. It was very good to hear him delve into the characters and the accents and feelings, etc. The experience of shutting one’s eyes and just letting the stories unfold was a good one for me. I enjoyed most of all the scene in the guard tower with the young soldier wondering what he was doing there while at that very moment Neil Armstrong was stepping on the moon and Led Zeppelin were hammering out songs at a gig in the USA and the sounds of the Beatles and others were permeating the atmosphere. That was cool. These are good stories, well written.

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  • Louise Truter
  • 11 01 2018

Delightful stories

Would you consider the audio edition of Behind the Lines to be better than the print version?

Not really: they are both good. The narrator brinbgs a nice intimacy to the stories because he seems to know them all so well.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Behind the Lines?

The "Blood Bond" story about the hew gorlfriend was lovely. I listened to it a few times.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene where the girl cuts her hand and he looks at her face, seeming to really see her properly for the first time, is really good. True love, Ta-DAAA!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, even though the stories are all individual stories, they make for a lovely whole.

Any additional comments?

I might try the author's other books, but I'm not really into crime as much as this kind of light touch humour. This was right up my street.