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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Audiobook

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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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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    Susan San Dimas, CA, United States 12-10-13
    Susan San Dimas, CA, United States 12-10-13 Member Since 2015

    I'm going from chapter to chapter in life. Some are definitely better than others!

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    "Incredibly Different"

    As another reviewer remarked, this is a difficult book to review. There were portions of the book I enjoyed, other sections I found strange. Oscar's struggles and grief over his father's death were poignant, often bringing tears to my eyes. Yet there were also portions of the story that were just plain odd. As the audiobook went on I began to dread hearing Oscar's grandmother as she read her letter. The grandfather, at least for me, wasn't quite as annoying, although he too was an odd cookie.
    The narration for Oscar was excellent. The narrator (Jeff Woodman) captured Oscar's different emotions beautifully. He gives a 5 star performance. I didn't care for the narration of the grandmother, and felt Barbara Caruso's reading was flat.
    Would I recommend Extremely Loud and Incredibily Close? Yes, overall I enjoyed the book, in spite of Oscar's strange grandparents. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a funny, sweet, touching story with a bit of oddity added in.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike From Mesa 11-10-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Tedious and largely meaningless"

    This book has generally received very good reviews so I must be the odd man out here. I found it to be mostly boring with one of the most dysfunctional families I have every had the displeasure to meet. While the story is supposedly about the search of a boy for the origins of a key linked to his father, there are really 3 main characters in the book; Oscar, the boy, his grandmother and his grandfather.

    Oscar, the boy who lost his father in the 9/11 terrorist attack, seems largely normal for a boy his age and reminds me somewhat of myself at that age, although he carries more phobias that any boy I ever met growing up in New York City. Some of that probably is supposed to come from the experience of losing his father but some seem to come from nowhere I can understand and it strains credibility that a boy who lives in New York who is afraid to get on a ferry or ride a subway will plan to walk all over the 5 boroughs of New York looking for the person who knows something about the key he found. It seems even stranger that his mother allows him to do this without being overly concerned. But, even if you can live with that it is even more difficult to understand his grandparents.

    His grandmother and grandfather are decidedly strange and, since their story constitutes about 60% of the book, that is not a trivial thing. The stream-of-consciousness writing and the total lack of any relationship between their story and Oscar's makes it difficult for me to understand why it is even part of this book. Add to that the fact that they are not particularly interesting characters and that their relationship strains credulity and you have a recipe for a meaningless book.

    Perhaps it is because I worked as an engineer and expect events to bear some relationship to the story that I found this book so disjointed and without purpose. Perhaps those who are more open to the psychology of people rather than the purposeful relationships of events will find this book more interesting and worthwhile. I found it to be boring and it took an effort for me to finish it. On the upside the book is well narrated and there are some interesting surprises but I am unable to give this book more than 3 stars.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Crusader Menifee, CA USA 08-08-12
    Crusader Menifee, CA USA 08-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story, but a little complicated to follow"

    Lots of interesting stuff in this book and I highly recommend the audio version which has several narrators because it is hard enough to follow the story on audio, let alone trying to read it in an actual paper book (or ebook), in my opinion. Great and creative characters and writing. The movie by the same name was easier to follow and helped simplify some of what I felt were the more complicated storylines in the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    january huntersville, NC, United States 05-24-12
    january huntersville, NC, United States 05-24-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Emotional"

    I love books and movies that can make you see things in a new way. JSF deftly twined a story around characters spanning a wide age range and very different backgrounds. I loved the grandmother's quiet strength and determination, the mother's attempt to cope and keep living, the grandfather's inability to cope and the little boys tender, wonderful memories of his father. That day impacted us all. This is a wonder glimpse into several lives out of many that shared in that tragedy. This book made me cry my eyes out, which is a little embarrassing while sitting in random places with earphones in.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Oliver 11-16-11
    Oliver 11-16-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"

    Despite the negative reviews, I enjoyed the book. Kind of depressing, on several levels, but intriguing as well. I would recommend it. It is not a shiny, perky book. It takes a little deeper, darker view of life, but it feels very real.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda B. San Francisco, Ca 11-09-11
    Linda B. San Francisco, Ca 11-09-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Very Good Book"

    I normally don't enjoy books written in the voice of a child but this is an exception. It's a charming tale about trying make reason out of a world that is confusing and frightening.
    It took me a minute to get into it but I was glad I finished it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Reserved Powers Michigan, United States 04-02-13
    Reserved Powers Michigan, United States 04-02-13 Member Since 2016

    Mom, birdwatcher, and online teacher

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    "If you don't mind crude language, you might enjoy"
    Would you try another book from Jonathan Safran Foer and/or the narrators?

    No, this book is obviously overrated. Try to get it from the library if you must read it.


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

    Not necessarily, but it would be nice to know how graphic the language is before purchasing


    Do you think Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Didn't like the first one.


    Any additional comments?

    I know that these days people enjoy potty humor and rude terms for pieces of female anatomy, but I find them offensive. If you are like me, don't bother purchasing this book.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Garen NEW YORK, NY, United States 01-23-12
    Garen NEW YORK, NY, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "You've got to be kidding."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I began to listen to the book but turned it off immediately because of the painful reading, choosing instead to download on my Kindle. I then only listened to the parts that were too small to read on my kindle. (there were pages and pages of tiny print in the book that could not be enlarged on the kindle). The performances were tortured and boring and, worst of all, read too slowly and deliberately . Ugh!


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    I think the problem of the performances was one of direction. Some one did not have faith in an easy and brisk performance, which were tortured and hammy . Please do not ask your actors to ENUNCIATE if what you hear in the studio is already audible. It will be audible as well on my device. Long pauses between sentences are not necessary. This is a common problem with audible books. One must make a choice: Either it will be a straight reading, or it will be a performance. Please PLEASE do not combine the two!.Thanks.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Lake Oswego, OR, United States 06-25-10
    Dr. Lake Oswego, OR, United States 06-25-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Oh So Precious Child"

    I just couldn't finish it. After only a couple of hours of listening, I just couldn't hear any more about this preternaturally sensitive, thoughtful, and intelligent child. He was not a credible character and I was tired of pretending that any child would think and act like this.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    nicole lawrenceville, GA, United States 03-14-14
    nicole lawrenceville, GA, United States 03-14-14 Member Since 2015

    Love to exercise while listening

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    "I'm still not sure I liked this"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I kept waiting for something to happen


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Story didn't seem to move fast enough for me.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Not sure if it was his easy style that made the book a little on the boring side.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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