We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting Audiobook

The Book of Laughter and Forgetting: A Novel

Regular Price:$20.78
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Rich in its stories, characters, and imaginative range, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting is the novel that brought Milan Kundera his first big international success in the late 1970s. Like all his work, it is valuable for far more than its historical implications. In seven wonderfully integrated parts, different aspects of human existence are magnified and reduced, reordered and emphasized, newly examined, analyzed, and experienced.

©1978 Milan Kundera; translation copyright 1996, Aaron Asher (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.7 (99 )
5 star
 (35)
4 star
 (27)
3 star
 (23)
2 star
 (5)
1 star
 (9)
Overall
3.6 (79 )
5 star
 (28)
4 star
 (16)
3 star
 (19)
2 star
 (7)
1 star
 (9)
Story
4.0 (78 )
5 star
 (37)
4 star
 (19)
3 star
 (13)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (6)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 04-26-14
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 04-26-14

    I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^

    HELPFUL VOTES
    14381
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    663
    657
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3064
    16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A well-lubricated orgy of ideas"

    Brilliant in parts, but also messy and uneven. It is a twisting novel of lovers, sex, names, poets, poltiics, borders, history, memory, nations and being. It slides from one original idea into another like remote lovers in a well-lubricated orgy of ideas. I don't know if it loses me because I loved The Unbearable Lightness of Being so much more, or if Kundera just failed to grab me by the intellectual shorthairs. I'm almost positive I would probably rate it higher if I had the chance to tease out the flesh a bit more. It reads (not in specifics, just in style and tone) like someone took several Wim Wenders films and randomly spliced pieces from his oevre; sometimes backwards, sometimes upsidedown, frequently disorienting.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ted Austin, TX, United States 06-04-13
    Ted Austin, TX, United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2012

    Actor/Writer in ATX "The Most Wonderfully Ridiculous Person" -Kristen Kurtis 93.3 KGSR

    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Kundera Masterpiece"
    Where does The Book of Laughter and Forgetting rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love Milan Kundera. Love, love love.
    I'll admit this book is a bit choppy, not your typical novel, a bit heady over hearty.
    But that's why it's my favorite of his books, and it was great to hear life breathed into it by Richmond Hoxie.


    What other book might you compare The Book of Laughter and Forgetting to and why?

    If you liked this you'll love The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Immortality, or Farewell Waltz - some of Kundera's more approachable works.
    But for me, this one is tops.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    HIYBRID 02-09-13
    HIYBRID 02-09-13

    Cook, Steelworker, Sailor in Viet Nam. Retired after 4 decades as an RN. Share a birthday with Mark Twain and his love of "spinnin' a yarn"

    HELPFUL VOTES
    142
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    264
    98
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    9
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Mostly Forgetting...."

    Not a rivetting experience for me. But then I though F.Scott was a bit wishy washy because his characters were lost. Maybe that's what I feel here. If you are chasing Kundera to understand him, go ahead. It didn't make a lasting impression on me.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.