Paul Auster

Paul Auster was born in 1947 in Newark, New Jersey. After graduating from Columbia in 1970, he moved to Paris, where he supported himself by translating the works of French authors. He made his own debut in 1982 with the memoir The Invention of Solitude, which dealt in part with the death of his father. The book also explored themes of chance, fate, and being, which would be recurring subjects in Auster's later works. Auster's well-known 1987 "meta-detective" series, The New York Trilogy, was an existential collection of loosely connected stories; City of Glass, the first of the three books in the trilogy, was adapted into a graphic novel in 2004. Auster's other books include Man in the Dark, Travels in the Scriptorium, Brooklyn Follies, and Oracle Night...Show More »

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Audible Modern Vanguard Productions of Paul Auster's Work

The Music of Chance

  • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
  • By Paul Auster
  • Narrated By Marc Vietor
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For Jim Nashe, it all started when he came into a small inheritance and left Boston in pursuit of a "life of freedom." Careening back and forth across the United States, waiting for the money to run out, Nashe met Jack Pozzi, a young man with a temper and a plan. With Nashe's last funds, they entered a poker game against two rich eccentrics, "risking everything on the single blind turn of a card."

Leviathan

  • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
  • By Paul Auster
  • Narrated By Peter Ganim
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When his closest friend, Benjamin Sachs, accidentally blows himself up on a Wisconsin road, Peter Aaron attempts to piece together the life that led to Sach's tragic demise and determine the reason for his death.

The New York Trilogy

  • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
  • By Paul Auster
  • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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Paul Auster's signature work, The New York Trilogy, consists of three interlocking novels: City of Glass, Ghosts, and The Locked Room - haunting and mysterious tales that move at the breathless pace of a thriller.

James says: "Great Book of Pretentiousness"

Mr. Vertigo

  • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
  • By Paul Auster
  • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
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It is the late 1920's, the era of Babe Ruth, Charles Lindbergh, and Al Capone, and Walt is a Saint Louis orphan rescued from the streets by the mysterious Hungarian Master Yehudi, who teaches Walt to walk on air. The vaudeville act that results from Walt's marvelous new abiltiy takes them across a vast and vibrant country, where they meet and fall prey to sinners, thieves, and villains, from the Kansas Ku Klux Klan to the Chicago mob.

Moon Palace

  • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
  • By Paul Auster
  • Narrated By Joe Barrett
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Against the mythical dreamscape of America, Auster brilliantly weaves the bizarre narrative of Marco Stanley Fogg, an orphan searching for love, his father, and the key to the riddle of his origin and fate.

Peter says: "good novel, decent-to-poor narration"