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Barrington Jedidiah Walker is 74 and leads a double life. Born and bred in Antigua, he's lived in Hackney, London, for years. A flamboyant character with a fondness for William Shakespeare, Barrington is a husband, father, grandfather - and also secretly gay.

His deeply religious and disappointed wife, Carmel, thinks he sleeps with other women. When their marriage goes into meltdown, Barrington wants to divorce Carmel and live with Morris, but after a lifetime of fear and deception, will he manage to break away?

With an abundance of laugh-out-loud humor and wit, Mr. Loverman explodes cultural myths and shows the extent of what can happen when people fear the consequences of being true to themselves.

©2014 Bernardine Evaristo (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: LGBTQ+

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Don’t miss this one.

Excellent story. I will listen more than once. Married couple living a lie for decades but find happiness in their old age. Very touching and smart and funny.

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Enthralling fiction that happens to be gay.

Best narration of a novel I've heard. The accents are believable with each reader catching the feel of all the characters such that you can feel the interaction of personalities from both viewpoints.

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Interesting character view points

Barry is Sexist and I think transphobic and fat phobic and that never changes but I will say that he does get called out numerous times throughout the book. barry is also just judgemental but he is also very funny.

Morris seems like a nice guy but that's it.

Carmel's mother offered a very stuck (like Barry) view of people's roles based on gender.

Towards the end I started to like Maxine's character. she was well educated when it came to gender and race issues. she was also a feminist and very supportive of the LGBT (plus) community.

The ending kind of wrapped up too quickly and it felt kind of like a copout.

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Nope

Got too much Rastaman Island ya mon accents overload. Interfered with me enjoying the story or the characters. Tedious.

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Oh My Aching Diaphram!

This is a novel that ticks all of my boxes: the setting is interesting, the characters are attractive, the story is compelling and it is as funny as all get out. So funny that I got funny looks from people on the other side of the street when I fairly shouted with laughter. This is a real tour de force dealing with family, secrecy and why there may always be a downlow. Barrington
Walker is a retired autoworker and property owner who immigrated from Antigua (said An ti ga, Antigua is in Guatemala) to London fifty years earlier. He is a father, grandfather and a secretly gay man who is being driven crazy by his church loving wife, Carmel. The dual narration from Robin Miles and Ron Butler really captures the many voices of London and Antigua making the story even more heartbreaking and funny.

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Masterpiece - brilliant - entertaining

Absolutley loved this book. Brilliant, deep, hilarious. Narration is perfect - captures story abd characters beautifully. Starts slowly abd builds. Evaristo is a gifted writer - can't wait to read more by her!!!

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narration was very good!!!

started out a bit slow but im so glad i stuck with it. The story got so good!!

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Wonderful

I enjoyed this book immensely. Funny and deeply insightful book dealing with difficult topics, great performance.

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Too long and drawn out

Would you try another book from Bernardine Evaristo and/or Robin Miles and Ron Butler ?

The story was good but took a while to get the real substance.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters development

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The narrator was fine.

Was Mr. Loverman worth the listening time?

Well for my book club yes.

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Wonderfully narrated story of shared humanity.

This is my first experience with this author. I wonderful story that is so human- funny, heartbreaking, maddening. The characters are people you know and can totally relate to, regardless of your race, ethnicity, nationality or upbringing. The two narrators are perfect in there inflection and accent.