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Everything Is Illuminated Audiobook

Everything Is Illuminated

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Publisher's Summary

Humor and pathos are deftly woven together in this remarkable New York Times best seller that has won sweeping critical acclaim. USA Today calls Everything Is Illuminated "a hilarious yet heartbreaking tale of family and discovery".

Jonathan is a Jewish college student searching Europe for the one person he believes can explain his roots. Alex, a lover of all things American and unsurpassed butcher of the English language, is his lovable Ukrainian guide. On their quixotic quest, the two young men look for Augustine, a woman who might have saved Jonathan's grandfather from the Nazis. As past and present merge, hysterically funny moments collide with great tragedy, and an unforgettable story of one family's extraordinary history unfolds.

Don't miss Jonathan Safran Foer and Martin Amis at The New Yorker Festival.

©2002 Jonathan Safran Foer; (P)2002 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"An impressive, original debut." (Publishers Weekly)

"Nearly everything about this remarkable book is illuminated....Although there's plenty of lyrical acrobatics here, with exquisite magic realism intermingling with Alex's uproarious narration, it's the emotional depth of the characters that stands out." (Booklist)

"Read it, and you'll feel altered, chastened -- seared in the fire of something new." (The Washington Post)

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    heather San Mateo, CA, United States 10-14-11
    heather San Mateo, CA, United States 10-14-11 Member Since 2015
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    "A Wild Ride"

    Not your average book by any means. A rather odd story, but read in a fantastic interpretation that defies any real comparison to reading it in paper form. I don't think i would have enjoyed this story nearly as much if left to my own 'voices'. An incredible reading performance which created a listening experience closer to theater than just reading a book.

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    Donna jefferson, LA, USA 10-03-06
    Donna jefferson, LA, USA 10-03-06
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    "Everything Is Illuminated"

    I thought this book was amazing. I CANNOT imagine someone reading/listening to this book and to not being moved ( to tears at times). I am huge fan of audiobooks and it does not get much better than this. It is a perfect example of how amazing a spoken story can sound. It is complicated story with complex characters and emotions. I too miss the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Van Horn 11-07-05 Listener Since 2004
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    "I am illuminated!"

    This was one of my very favorite listens. In fact, I can't stop talking about this story. The book offers many life lessons in a heart-felt and funny manner. I hated for it to end -- I miss the characters!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brett England Chesapeake, VA USA 09-27-05
    Brett England Chesapeake, VA USA 09-27-05 Listener Since 2005
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    "Weak effort"

    The far too numerous flashbacks in this book are always tedious and often pointless. Keep you finger on your iPod's fast-forward button.

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    Rebecca New Rochelle, NY, USA 04-07-05
    Rebecca New Rochelle, NY, USA 04-07-05
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    "Difficult to listen to"

    This seems to be the kind of book that should be read and not listened to.The jokes might be more effective visually.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis SCHAUMBURG, ILLINOIS, United States 01-10-08
    Dennis SCHAUMBURG, ILLINOIS, United States 01-10-08 Member Since 2006
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    "wonderful"

    I loved this book. It is witty and fun yet the subject is a very sad one. The characters really are outrageous but down earth at the same time. I would recommend it to anyone! It will really touch your heart.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gail Wurmstein 07-04-08
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    "Listen before you give!"

    I really loved this book. It is charming and funny, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it for young teens. For older teens and adults yes, younger teens no! I gave it a single star rating as a kids book but as an adult book it deserves 4 stars. Mentioning certain sexual practices and specific descriptions of the size of anatomical features were very funny for me as an older adult, but perhaps aren't something the average 13 year needs to be reading quite yet.

    10 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Tessler Lake Bluff, IL, United States 04-24-10
    Tessler Lake Bluff, IL, United States 04-24-10 Member Since 2011
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    "variable"

    The part taking place in the modern day is great and hilarious. The part taking place in the past is boring and ridiculous.

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    Aiden Hovde 02-28-12
    Aiden Hovde 02-28-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Disappointing..."

    The story got off to a very good start. I really enjoyed Alexander's abuse of English idiom. But then the second narrator started speaking and I think the story really needs a voice with an Eastern European accent. It was just completely unsettling to be hearing all the Eastern European names and places in an accent that sounded to me like American mid-West. I really tried to be open and to relax with it and just to listen to the story but I got more and more irritated and ended up quitting, which is a shame because the film version is so good and I thought I'd really love the audio book. Also, I had just finished listening to the author's other book, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," which is my new favorite.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    SBC 02-08-12
    SBC 02-08-12
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    "First time I didn't finish a book"

    I was really disappointed in this book since it got excellent reviews. I found it very difficult to follow and when I could follow it it was boring. The accent was grating and hard to understand. I gave it about 3 hours and then said forget it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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