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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)

What Members Say

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    benlawraus 05-18-13
    benlawraus 05-18-13
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    "Definition of Cheesy"
    What disappointed you about Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close?

    It blatantly tries to emotionally move you in the cheapest possible way.


    What could Jonathan Safran Foer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The best thing he could have done is not write it.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Good performance


    Any additional comments?

    Cheap emotional titillation.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Warrenton, VA, United States 04-29-13
    Victoria Warrenton, VA, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "talented writer"

    This is a remarkable book! Others will tell of the story line, but I will tell of my longing for time immersed in the story listening and wanting for more time to remain there. There is such power in this story, a way into the heart of love, lost, and how hard it is to be a parent. I just couldnt believe how much more powerful it was than the movie.

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    Adina 04-08-13
    Adina 04-08-13
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    "great story"
    What did you love best about Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close?

    I really liked the conversations between Oscar and Thomas. It's very realistic and it reminds me of when I asked my parents questions when I was little. The whole dialogue is very well performed and written.


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

    I loved the detail and performance of the part when Oscar and his mother are visiting a shrink and he's listening through the door.


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

    Yes. This one is great--the author does a wonderful job shifting character's voices. I enjoyed all the narrators in this book.


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

    The part about Dresden made me sad, but it was a great description/narrative. That in contrast with the description of 9/11 was hauntingly similar. Very well written.


    Any additional comments?

    In the second part, Chapter 3 just a few seconds before !;28:43, the grandmother is in the middle of her narrative and then Oscar's voice pops in--it didn't completely make sense to the story..I think it might be a syncing error...?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine HANAHAN, SC, United States 04-02-13
    Katherine HANAHAN, SC, United States 04-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Alittle hard to get through"
    Where does Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Don't know how to rate it.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jonathan Safran Foer before, how does this one compare?

    First one for me


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Thomas the grand father.


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

    Little Thomas grand mother. She just seem to have more of a story to tell.


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Savvy shopper 03-27-13
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    "Wasn't wowed"

    After many recommendations, I had been wanting to read this book for years. The story was slow, plodding and maybe interesting to a New Yorker or big city person. Plot was not believable and the main character, Oscar, not particularly admirable. First listen I came very close to not finishing.

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    Karen VERNON ROCKVILLE, CT, United States 03-18-13
    Karen VERNON ROCKVILLE, CT, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing!"
    Any additional comments?

    I can only say great things! An amazing story told in a unique way by vivid characters. The readers were outstanding. There's a lot of pain in this book and some moments of joy. I like fiction that gives me an emotional ride, and this sure did!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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 2009

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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 2011

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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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