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The Broken Man Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Unabridged edition edition (31 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007508794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007508792
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.5 x 14.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 910,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Josephine Cox:

'Thanks to her near faultless writing, sympathies will lurch from one character to another, and as events reach their dramatic conclusion readers will find it impossible to tear themselves away.' News of the World

'Another hit for Josephine Cox' Sunday Express

‘Cox's talent as storyteller never lets you escape the spell' Daily Mail

About the Author

Josephine Cox was born in Blackburn, one of ten children. At the age of sixteen, Josephine met and married her husband Ken, and had two sons. When the boys started school, she decided to go to college and eventually gained a place at Cambridge University. She was unable to take this up as it would have meant living away from home, but she went into teaching – and started to write her first full-length novel. She won the ‘Superwoman of Great Britain’ Award, for which her family had secretly entered her, at the same time as her novel was accepted for publication.


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Format: Hardcover
Josephine Cox has written a novel in six parts covering 1952-1960. The school bus driver, Phil, sees in Adam's demeanour a frightened and troubled 7 year old. Accompanying him to his house along a narrow lane, Adam finds solace in Phil who becomes an ever-present rock for him. He listens to Adam's horrifying predicament with his bullying, brutal, domineering coward of a father who has a stranglehold on him and his loving mother, Peggy. Phil is almost knocked over by Edward Carter, Adam's father, fleeing from his home. Inside the torment and tragedy awaiting Adam and its consequences have profound and devastating effects in shaping him and his future.

Adam's tale is one of unhappiness and uncertainty with black and sad memories, a hatred of his father, punctuated by occasional moments of hope and contentment that are invariably short-lived. The characters in the phases of the book are all involved in the eventual outcome. The storyline itself is relatively straightforward, neatly conceived and written. Coincidental chance happenings and later events are a bit predictable with a few revelations hinting at the twists that lead to the eventual hasty ending. Adam is a strong, decent lad throughout despite his suffering and misfortune, a character easily warmed to.

There is a bit too much padding and repetition that could have been used to extend character development. I would have been interested in hearing more of the illicit exploits and happenings of Edward Carter whose spectre permeates through the book. Also Adam's experiences and feelings from the jump in age from 7 to 13 would have added another dimension. A novel with an interesting theme but somewhat disjointed over the time and scenario changes whilst reading, becoming clearer as the plot progresses. A decent read with the narrative keeping the interest going.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I eagerly awaited this title being released and having read it in one day, admit to feeling a tad disappointed in it. Oh the story was very good and in fact I was drawn into it from the very first page. But it was as the story unfolded that I started to feel a bit let down. By the time I had finished it, I felt as though I had been reading `excerpts' rather than the whole book. Josephine Cox is one of my favourite authors, but I felt she could have made much more of this story. For instance, without giving too much away to those who have yet to read it, once the offence had been committed by his father and Adam taken into care, the story jumped to another couple of characters who, although relevant to the storyline, seemed to be introduced too early. I felt the time between when Adam was placed in the home until the introduction of these other characters left a lot of story out as though a couple of chapters had been torn out. For example, a lot more could have been said about the police trail for Adam's father, the court case if there had been one, Adam's time in the home and his feelings - oh all sorts of things could have given the book a much more flowing story. Then further on other areas I felt could have been expanded on to pad it out a bit. As I said, I enjoyed it, but felt as though I had just picked up a book where chapters had been pulled out at various stages so that although you could follow the story, to me it was as though I had missed some relevant parts of the whole story. Given the price the publisher charged for the Kindle version I feel it was too much for this book. I have read other books for a much lower price where I have felt the story was far better.

Others may not agree with me, but this is my opinion and I was slightly disappointed I have to say.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I love every Josephine Cox book, she is the best auther for me. She writes from the heart, as soon as you read the first page, there you are in the story. She cant write books quick enough for me, keep up the good work jo.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I lovedy the story it started good and was very intresting most part. Sorry to say I was guessing what was going to happen way before it did. That spoilt it a little. Then the end seemed to be rushed, every thing end in the last chapter. Chatching up getting married or to quick. Ihave read ever one of Josephine Cox books and loved them. Please go back to the way you use to write.
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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It's one of those books you can't put down! I would highly recommend it if you enjoy Josephine Cox's fiction. The story follows a young boy's journey through life after his mother dies at the hands of his brutal father, from his life in a children's home, a foster home, and into his teenage years when events take a turn for the worse. Throughout, he is supported by the school bus driver who was was with him when his mother was found dying, and for whom he has the highest regard and love. There are unexpected twists and turns along the way - all leading to a happy ending!
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Format: Hardcover
I got this book on the strength of seeing Josephine Cox on the TV the other morning. I thought it sounded like a very promising story. However, I have to say that I am pretty disappointed with it. Some of the writing (and it's all supposed to be rather serious) actually has made me smile because it sounds so corny. The characters are more like cardboard cut outs. And there is at least one continuity error - the teenage baby sitter Maureen is described as the only daughter of a next door neighbour, and yet 11 pages later she has suddenly acquired a sister called Jan ! On a more positive note, I thing it's the sort of book that would make a good TV serial. But it hasn't encouraged me to read any more of Josephine Cox's books.
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