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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close | [Jonathan Safran Foer]

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.
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Publisher's Summary

Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.

Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is a precocious Francophile who idolizes Stephen Hawking and plays the tambourine extremely well. He's also a boy struggling to come to terms with his father's death in the World Trade Center attacks. As he searches New York City for the lock that fits a mysterious key his father left behind, Oskar discovers much more than he could have imagined.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a masterfully imagined novel from an author Time hails as "a certified wunderkind".

©2005 Jonathan Safran Foer; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Multi-Voiced Performance

"Piercing and so funny." (The Bookseller)
"[Oskar's] first-person narration of his journey is arrestingly beautiful, and readers won't soon forget him." (Booklist)
"Jonathan Safran Foer's second novel is everything one hoped it would be: ambitious, pyrotechnic, riddling, and above all...extremely moving. An exceptional achievement." (Salman Rushdie)
"Brilliant....Unafraid to show his traumatized characters' constant groping for emotional catharsis, Foer demonstrates once again that he is one of the few contemporary writers willing to risk sentimentalism in order to address great questions of truth, love, and beauty." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Amazon Customer binghamton ny 03-18-13
    Amazon Customer binghamton ny 03-18-13 Member Since 2013

    love to read

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    "Outstanding!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close to be better than the print version?

    not applicable as I have not yet read the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close?

    When Oscar's Gramma is telling her tale of how she could see, and was hitting the space bar over and over and over. Sad, and telling.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no.


    If you could rename Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't. I love the title.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book for everyone. My Sixteen year old listened with me and enjoyed it very much.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Tabisz Tulsa, OK 03-11-13
    Richard Tabisz Tulsa, OK 03-11-13 Member Since 2006

    RevRick

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    "Tedious."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't think it could get there for me.


    What was most disappointing about Jonathan Safran Foer’s story?

    This book might me interesting to a psychologist or someone interested in family systems, etc. It moved too slowly. Reading about dysfunctional people in dysfunctional families and trying to follow their thoughts and motivations just doesn't do anything for me other than make me uncomfortable. Completely unsatisfying.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

    Better than the story. (OK, it was 4)


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close?

    Don't ask.


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T. McDaniel AZ 03-06-13
    T. McDaniel AZ 03-06-13 Member Since 2005

    PIFMG

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    "A must listen!"
    What did you love best about Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close?

    Everything


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close?

    there's too many to pick one


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    as awesome as always for Richard Ferrone - and everyone else is wonderful as well


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    both laugh and cry


    Any additional comments?

    This should be required listening and reading

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly 03-04-13
    Kelly 03-04-13
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    "Better than the movie, makes the book fun"
    What made the experience of listening to Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close the most enjoyable?

    I had seen the movie, so I thought I knew what to expect...Whoohooo was I wrong. The book is so much better!
    I loved listening to it. The multiple reading voices just makes the story come to life so much better than the visual images found in the movie.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I have a hard time answering this question. I find all of the characters so human, so natural, and so realistic that I like all of them... and I dislike all of them too.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The bedroom in upstairs Mr. Black's apartment. The magnetized bed! What an awesome tribute of love.


    If you could take any character from Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I'd love to take the Grandfather out to dinner. He has so much to say, and because he doesn't speak, he's so much more eloquent than many people.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing I wish were different: I wish the narrator had had a younger sounding voice.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 03-03-13
    Linda 03-03-13 Member Since 2010

    I am waiting patiently for the best book on earth!!

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    "Might need a map to follow story"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This story was in search of a direction. Never really sure where it was headed.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    tracy EUGENE, OR, United States 01-17-13
    tracy EUGENE, OR, United States 01-17-13 Member Since 2009
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    "confusing"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I think the story itself is very complex. The narrators did a good job, however I gave it one star on performance because on part two the grandmother is speaking and in the middle of her conversation the boy jumps in with something way off topic, then back to the grandmother. It really bothered me so I found a paperback version of the book and from what I can gather it is not in the paperback version. I do believe this is an editing issue. If I am wrong then I am sorry but this distracted me from the actual story.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart Fujisaki Oak Park, California United States 01-15-13
    Stuart Fujisaki Oak Park, California United States 01-15-13 Member Since 2005

    I've been an audio book fan for years and years, since borrowing Books-on-Tape from my local library, buying cassettes from BOT, then migrating to Audible eight years ago. My audio library has become extensive. But still waiting for James Michener's work to get over here.....

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    "Quest for the Sixth Borough"

    I just finished this book and am having a little trouble getting my arms entirely around it. I started the first third of the book, then went back and started over. I enjoyed the character Oskar very much - his quests, inventions, methods of coping and overall approach to the world. His observations often made me laugh out loud, as did the numerous reply letters received from an eclectic array of scholars and personalities. Conversely, Oskar’s episodes of obvious grief and pain (heavy boots) often made me a little misty….. when that happened, I gave myself a little bruise. But I didn’t particularly care for the weaving in of Oskar’s grandparents’ side/back stories. To me, while they emphasized the overall theme, they nonetheless interrupted the main storyline. I didn’t feel that the payoff at the end compensated me for the constant intrusion. I cared very much for Oskar and his father, and Oskar’s family and friends, but only in their direct relationship to him. I’d be interested to see how the screenwriter dealt with these generational relationships.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra LI New York 09-15-12
    Sandra LI New York 09-15-12 Member Since 2010

    Bookworm

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    "Incredibly Boring"

    I never like to, 'give up' on a book. So, I stayed with it and hoped that somewhere, the story would gain momentum and my intrest would take hold. But, sad to say; I was bored with the confusing characters. Halfway through, I surrendered and quit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Clyde North Olmsted, OH, United States 07-23-12
    Clyde North Olmsted, OH, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A long and pointless road"
    What disappointed you about Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close?

    Is this about the kid, the mom,the dad, grandma, grandpa, Dresden, 9/11, or old Mr. Black? It's hard to tell when all the loose ends remain loose when the narrator says 'The End'. There were so many bits of stuff here that were never resolved that the story ends with the listener saying 'You have GOT to be kidding!'


    What was most disappointing about Jonathan Safran Foer’s story?

    Too many unresolved subplots. Actually, the whole book consists of unresolved subplots. It's a little like modern classical music in that way. Lots of notes and noise but very little actual meaning.


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    None. They were fine.


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

    It was in English. Old Mr. Black upstairs was the one character who made sense, But what happened to him? Another loose end.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the movie rewrote the ending and left out the odd sexy bits that really didn't add to the plot. Oh wait, there wasn't a plot. Never mind.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aditya 05-16-12
    Aditya 05-16-12
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    "Nothing Great - You can skip it"
    What would have made Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close better?

    Better Story


    Has Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator was really good.


    What character would you cut from Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    Didn't like the story, just got boring after some time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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