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Submarine - A Novel

Joe Dunthorne

The dryly precocious, soon-to-be-fifteen-year-old hero of this engagingly offbeat debut novel, Oliver Tate lives in the seaside town of Swansea, Wales. At once a self-styled social scientist, a spy in the baffling adult world surrounding him, and a budding, hormone-driven emotional explorer, Oliver is stealthily (and perhaps a bit more nervously than he'd ever admit) nosing his way forward through the murky and uniquely perilous waters of adolescence. His objectives? Uncovering the secrets behind his parents' teetering marriage, unraveling the mystery that is his alluring and equally quirky classmate Jordana Bevan, and understanding where he fits in among the pansexuals, Zoroastrians, and other mystifying, fascinating beings in his orbit. "It's in my interests to know about my parents' mental problems," he reasons. Thus, when he discovers that his affable dad is quietly struggling with depression, Oliver marshals all the daytime-TV pop-psychology wisdom at his command-not to mention his formidable, uninhibited powers of imagination-in order to put things right again. But a covert expedition into the mysterious territory of middle-aged malaise is bound to be tricky business for a teenager with more to learn about the agonies and ecstasies of life than a pocket thesaurus and his "worldly" school chum Chips can teach him. Ready or not, however, Oliver is about to get a crash course. His awkwardly torrid and tender relationship with Jordana is hurtling at the speed of teenage passion toward the inevitable magic moment . . . and whatever lies beyond. And his boy-detective exploits have set him on a collision course with the New Age old flame who's resurfaced in his mother's life to lead her into temptation with lessons in surfing, self-defense . . . and maybe seduction. Struggling to buoy his parents' wedded bliss, deep-six his own virginity, and sound the depths of heartache, happiness, and the business of being human, what's a lad to do? Poised precariously on the cusp of innocence and experience, yesterday's dayd

The dryly precocious, soon-to-be-fifteen-year-old hero of this engagingly offbeat debut novel, Oliver Tate lives in the seaside town of Swansea, Wales. At once a self-styled social scientist, a spy in the baffling adult world surrounding him, and a budding, hormone-driven emotional explorer, Oliver is stealthily (and perhaps a bit more nervously than he'd ever admit) nosing his way forward through the murky and uniquely perilous waters of adolescence. His objectives? Uncovering the secrets behind his parents' teetering marriage, unraveling the mystery that is his alluring and equally quirky classmate Jordana Bevan, and understanding where he fits in among the pansexuals, Zoroastrians, and other mystifying, fascinating beings in his orbit. "It's in my interests to know about my parents' mental problems," he reasons. Thus, when he discovers that his affable dad is quietly struggling with depression, Oliver marshals all the daytime-TV pop-psychology wisdom at his command-not to mention his formidable, uninhibited powers of imagination-in order to put things right again. But a covert expedition into the mysterious territory of middle-aged malaise is bound to be tricky business for a teenager with more to learn about the agonies and ecstasies of life than a pocket thesaurus and his "worldly" school chum Chips can teach him. Ready or not, however, Oliver is about to get a crash course. His awkwardly torrid and tender relationship with Jordana is hurtling at the speed of teenage passion toward the inevitable magic moment . . . and whatever lies beyond. And his boy-detective exploits have set him on a collision course with the New Age old flame who's resurfaced in his mother's life to lead her into temptation with lessons in surfing, self-defense . . . and maybe seduction. Struggling to buoy his parents' wedded bliss, deep-six his own virginity, and sound the depths of heartache, happiness, and the business of being human, what's a lad to do? Poised precariously on the cusp of innocence and experience, yesterday's dayd
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

The dryly precocious, soon-to-be-fifteen-year-old hero of this engagingly offbeat debut novel, Oliver Tate lives in the seaside town of Swansea, Wales. At once a self-styled social scientist, a spy in the baffling adult world surrounding him, and a budding, hormone-driven emotional explorer, Oliver is stealthily (and perhaps a bit more nervously than he'd ever admit) nosing his way forward through the murky and uniquely perilous waters of adolescence. His objectives? Uncovering the secrets behind his parents' teetering marriage, unraveling the mystery that is his alluring and equally quirky classmate Jordana Bevan, and understanding where he fits in among the pansexuals, Zoroastrians, and other mystifying, fascinating beings in his orbit. "It's in my interests to know about my parents' mental problems," he reasons. Thus, when he discovers that his affable dad is quietly struggling with depression, Oliver marshals all the daytime-TV pop-psychology wisdom at his command-not to mention his formidable, uninhibited powers of imagination-in order to put things right again. But a covert expedition into the mysterious territory of middle-aged malaise is bound to be tricky business for a teenager with more to learn about the agonies and ecstasies of life than a pocket thesaurus and his "worldly" school chum Chips can teach him. Ready or not, however, Oliver is about to get a crash course. His awkwardly torrid and tender relationship with Jordana is hurtling at the speed of teenage passion toward the inevitable magic moment . . . and whatever lies beyond. And his boy-detective exploits have set him on a collision course with the New Age old flame who's resurfaced in his mother's life to lead her into temptation with lessons in surfing, self-defense . . . and maybe seduction. Struggling to buoy his parents' wedded bliss, deep-six his own virginity, and sound the depths of heartache, happiness, and the business of being human, what's a lad to do? Poised precariously on the cusp of innocence and experience, yesterday's dayd

Language:

English

Narrators:

Bruce Mann

Length:

8h 31m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:13


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:49


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:22


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:41


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:27


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:59


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:13


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:06


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:12


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:00


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:28


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:27


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:28


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:19


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:54


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:36


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:13


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:16


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:30


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:13


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:59


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:04


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:39


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:22


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:41


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:47


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:35


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:29


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:48


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:24


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:05


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:37


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:37


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:49


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:45


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:11


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:13


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:20


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:19


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:19


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:23


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:18


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:54


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:33


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:20


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:35


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:20


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:38


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:01


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:34


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:32


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:49


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:55


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:50


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:01


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:24


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

11:03


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:21


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:00


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:52


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:33


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:49


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:48


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:30


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:21


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:21


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:22


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:59


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:25


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:29


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:35


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:14


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:11


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:32


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:12


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

02:45


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:55


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

02:39


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:32


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:30


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:02


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:37


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

02:48


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:32


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:29


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:18


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:42


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:18


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:16


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:30


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:34


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:57


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

02:07


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:44


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:53


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:27


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

00:31