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Maria

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  • The Dinner: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Herman Koch, Sam Garrett (translator)
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (689)
    Performance
    (610)
    Story
    (613)

    It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a 15-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families.

    L. O. Pardue says: "A Dinner To Remember!"
    "Disappointed"
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    Would you try another book from Herman Koch and Sam Garrett (translator) and/or Clive Mantle?

    Probably not.


    Has The Dinner turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just this particular author.


    What three words best describe Clive Mantle’s performance?

    His narration was pretty good.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I kept waiting for something more revealing.


    Any additional comments?

    I heard an interview with this author on NPR. It sounded interesting as the host did not want to divulge too much and ruin the book. Throughout the book it felt like it was building to some sort of twist or something interesting...and it never really got there.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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