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4 3 2 1 Audiobook

4 3 2 1: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

This program is narrated by—and includes a bonus interview with—the author.

Paul Auster's greatest, most heartbreaking and satisfying novel—a sweeping and surprising story of birthright and possibility, of love and of life itself: a masterpiece.

Nearly two weeks early, on March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson's life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Four identical Fergusons made of the same DNA, four boys who are the same boy, go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives. Family fortunes diverge. Athletic skills and sex lives and friendships and intellectual passions contrast. Each Ferguson falls under the spell of the magnificent Amy Schneiderman, yet each Amy and each Ferguson have a relationship like no other. Meanwhile, listeners will take in each Ferguson's pleasures and ache from each Ferguson's pains, as the mortal plot of each Ferguson's life rushes on.

As inventive and dexterously constructed as anything Paul Auster has ever written, yet with a passion for realism and a great tenderness and fierce attachment to history and to life itself that listeners have never heard from Auster before. 4 3 2 1 is a marvelous and unforgettably affecting tour de force.

©2017 Paul Auster (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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    "A great work"

    There have been a number of door stopper epics that have come out over the past couple of years but this is the only one I would consider a classic. Auster manages to give a beautiful emotional rendering of lives lived and possible; history of mid- 20th century America and how it echoed in people's lives; a philosophical/ psychological work in how we construct a life. I will reread this many times ( I hope). The author's reading is pitch perfect.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Miami, FL USA 02-09-17
    Christopher Miami, FL USA 02-09-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Really loved this novel"
    What made the experience of listening to 4 3 2 1 the most enjoyable?

    I really like the fact that it was read by the author, so that I was able to hear the cadence in which it was meant to be heard.


    What other book might you compare 4 3 2 1 to and why?

    I would compare this book to City on Fire and A Little Lie both of which I would really recommend.


    What about Paul Auster’s performance did you like?

    I actually loved the performance but I did speed it up to 1.25x which resulted in a slight octave raise to the narrators voice. This made it a little easier to relate to him being a young man. He also did not attempt to fein female voices.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are to purchase this novel, be ready for the long haul. I listened to this over a period of 3 days and couldn't put it down. This was my first Paul Auster book and I definitely don't think it will be my last.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    E. Kahn 02-16-17
    E. Kahn 02-16-17
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    "Boring and unoriginal"

    Thank god Audible let's you return books. The premise was interesting but it turned out to be another Bildungsroman of an uninteresting adolescent and all that implies. Read Philip Roth instead. I couldn't get halfway through the 37 hours.

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