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The High Mountains of Portugal Audiobook

The High Mountains of Portugal: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

The author of the best-selling Life of Pi returns to the storytelling power and luminous wisdom of his master novel.

In Lisbon in 1904, a young man named Tomás discovers an old journal. It hints at the existence of an extraordinary artifact that - if he can find it - would redefine history. Traveling in one of Europe's earliest automobiles, he sets out in search of this strange treasure.

Thirty-five years later, a Portuguese pathologist devoted to the murder mysteries of Agatha Christie finds himself at the center of a mystery of his own and drawn into the consequences of Tomás' quest.

Fifty years on, a Canadian senator takes refuge in his ancestral village in Northern Portugal, grieving the loss of his beloved wife. But he arrives with an unusual companion: a chimpanzee. And there the century-old quest will come to an unexpected conclusion.

Filled with tenderness, humor, and endless surprise, The High Mountains of Portugal - part quest, part ghost story, part contemporary fable - offers a haunting exploration of great love and great loss, asking questions about faith and lack of faith that are at the heart of all of Yann Martel's novels.

©2015 Yann Martel (P)2015 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Narrator Mark Bramhall delivers a confident performance of Yann Martel's exploration of faith and personal tragedy.... Bramhall is achingly convincing as the grief-stricken Tomás." (AudioFile)

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    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 03-07-16
    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 03-07-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Surreal Onion"

    This book earns 5 stars because, like the proverbial onion, it has layers and layers to ponder for months to come. It's a surreal journey, over generations, that make you think about faith, loss, "progress" and extinction. I particularly enjoyed the funny little connections from past to future, the best example being walking backwards. It's not a spoiler, but the practice of walking backwards is just one of the many fairy tale like elements in this book that make you consider that even when you want to resist moving forward, it's inevitable.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J. Blanchard 02-26-16

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    I was enjoying this book until a religious rant began in part two. I endured, assuming it would return to the main story but it didn't. I finally skipped forward, chapter after chapter, eventually giving up because it seemed it would never end. I began to assume the author had an agenda related to religion and Jesus and it really turned me off of this book. I will be returning it.

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    "Did not disappoint."

    I have been haunted for years by the Life of Pi. This book had more of that weird, charming and sometimes unsettlingly dreaminess that I loved. Wonderful characters and although the pacing was somewhat uneven it did not lose my interest at any point.

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    Sharey 03-02-16
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    This was the best reader I've encountered and will look forward to hearing him again. The story was interesting and well developed. Unfortunately, I did not like the ending. Admittedly, I think I just wanted to hear more and perhaps a clearer explanation of the key elements. Martel, however, does not disappoint. It was nevertheless an intriguing and skilled piece of artistry that summoned forth detailed visuals from my imagination.

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    "Absolutely fascinating!"

    This is one of the most intriguing, humorous, thoroughly enjoyable book I've listened to in a long time - beautifully expressed, hilarious and sad at the same time. The imagery and discussions powerful! It's a book I'll have to listen to again and again.

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    Christopher NEWARK, CA, United States 02-08-16
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    "An atmospheric and symbol-rich puzzle"

    This novel was easy to listen to from start to finish. I enjoyed it. I'm still trying to work through all of the major pieces of the novel, and by that I mean the symbols in the various surreal, mundane and supernatural scenes. I'm wondering if all the pieces will actually add up, although I'm not sure how disappointed I would be if they didn't. The writing was lush, simple, beautiful and enjoyable.

    I now know what it would be like to live with a chimp.

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    Mary 02-07-16
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    "Simply beautiful"

    I love this lyrical, complex interweaving of stories and eras and details and minutiae. A brilliant and captivating novel.

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    Agnes 03-14-16
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    "Unbelievable!!"

    I am wondering if I am too dumb to understand this book!! Such ridiculous happenings!! I kept reading it to the end just to see what else would happen to bring the story together!😩😩😩😩😩

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    Chuck 08-19-16
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    "Couldn't wait for it to end."

    This was my least favorite audio book ever. I could not wait for it to end.

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    "A good light read"

    A story about the odd things people suffering from grief do; and how those actions affect others and intertwine. Three separate stories all connected by that same theme.

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