A Traveler at the Gates of Wisdom: A Novel

Written by:
John Boyne
Narrated by:
Tim Mcinnerny

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2020
15 hours 7 minutes
From the bestselling author of A Ladder to the Sky—“a darkly funny novel that races like a beating heart” (People)—comes a new novel that plays out across all of human history: a story as precise as it is unlimited.

This story starts with a family. For now, it is a father and a mother with two sons, one with his father’s violence in his blood, one with his mother’s artistry. One leaves. One stays. They will be joined by others whose deeds will determine their fate. It is a beginning.

Their stories will intertwine and evolve over the course of two thousand years. They will meet again and again at different times and in different places. From Palestine at the dawn of the first millennium and journeying across fifty countries to a life among the stars in the third, the world will change around them, but their destinies remain the same. It must play out as foretold.

From the award-winning author of The Heart’s Invisible Furies comes A Traveler at the Gates of Wisdom, an epic tale of humanity. The story of all of us, stretching across two millennia. Imaginative, unique, heartbreaking, this is John Boyne at his most creative and compelling.
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Briana G.

I couldn’t stay with this book. Interesting concept, but there was a lot of violence (physical/sexual). Seems like a lot of beautiful themes were drowned out by it.

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Michele C.

I drifted in and out of this book with little interest. Because the characters too drift around the globe there is little to no character development and the plot drags on and on. There are snippets that draw you in but just as easily you are suddenly plunged into a new place in time that snaps you out of the lure that was pulling you in. It was a disappointing read from an otherwise brilliant author.

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