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The Housekeeper and the Professor Audiobook

The Housekeeper and the Professor

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Publisher's Summary

He is a brilliant math professor with a peculiar problem - ever since a traumatic head injury, he has lived with only 80 minutes of short-term memory.

She is an astute young housekeeper - with a 10-year-old son-who is hired to care for the professor. And every morning, as the professor and the housekeeper are introduced to each other anew, a strange and beautiful relationship blossoms between them. Though he cannot hold memories for long (his brain is like a tape that begins to erase itself every 80 minutes), the professor's mind is still alive with elegant equations from the past. And the numbers, in all of their articulate order, reveal a sheltering and poetic world to both the housekeeper and her young son. The professor is capable of discovering connections between the simplest of quantities - like the housekeeper's shoe size - and the universe at large, drawing their lives ever closer and more profoundly together, even as his memory slips away.

Yoko Ogawa's The Housekeeper and the Professor is an enchanting story about what it means to live in the present, and about the curious equations that can create a family.

©2003 Yoko Ogawa. Translation Copyright 2009 by Stephen Snyder. (P)2013 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Ogawa weaves a poignant tale of beauty, heart, and sorrow in her exquisite new novel." (Publishers Weekly)

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    "The Wonder Of Kindness & Connection"

    It is difficult to capture and convey the true essence of this magical novel in a review. The story revolves around and explores concepts of memory, mathematics and human connection. It is about acceptance and kindness. More than this, this gentle story reminds the reader that life is an opportunity for celebration. It's about finding meaning in small things, seeing with new eyes and learning concepts you thought you might never understand.

    The book was expertly narrated by Cassandra Campbell who was deftly able to capture the subtle nuances of the writing. Her timing and use of pauses, inflection and quietness were perfect.

    To me, this was a beautifully written, insightful and compelling novel. At times sad, but filled with possibility and hope. I loved it.

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    This is a gem. A feel good story and the book makes you look at math philosophically.
    This would be one of my top books and it is the type of book that reminds me of Bel Canto in the way you fall in love with the interesting characters

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    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 03-05-16
    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 03-05-16 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    "The Most Beautiful Novel..."

    I have read in a long time! Sheer poetry from start to finish! Please more from this author!

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    "Beautifully written, perfectly performed."
    If you could sum up The Housekeeper and the Professor in three words, what would they be?

    Intelligent, cozy, tranquility


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Housekeeper and the Professor?

    So many. The descriptions of The Housekeeper preparing food is a masterpiece in itself.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    Her soothing voice is medicine for the soul.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved every second of this book. Thank you so much!

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    Gail 04-02-15
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    "Masterfully crafted tale"

    A poetic elegy to the interrelated beauty of relationships: the human, the quantitative, the heart and the sport. Both precise and artistic, this book had a perfect story arc from beginning to end. A must-read.

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    "For the joy of a story"

    Another reviewer said it well, this story won't be made into a blockbuster movie HOWEVER if you simply want to be captivated by a story, this may be a tale you will love. There are hints of heartbreak but the story isn't about romantic love, it's about the formation of unlikely friendships and how "family" doesn't mean the same thing to everyone. If you ever wanted to truly understand what it means to live in the present, this book will give you a vibrant example.

    In short, this story was a respite from busy-ness (misspelling intentional) and a joy.

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    Dr. Lake Oswego, OR, United States 06-02-13
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    "This is a Gem! Well worth a Listen."

    An unexpected delight! A thoughtful story about a young housekeeper who goes to work for a medically retired mathematics professor whose short-term memory only lasts 80 minutes. Everyday she comes to work is the first time her employer has met her. Intelligent and sensitive, but not highly educated, the housekeeper comes to learn about his quirks and shortcomings, and develops a great appreciation for his intelligence and love of prime numbers. Her esteem for him only increases when he lovingly showers attention on her 10 year old son.

    Along the way, the listener learns about number theory, baseball in Japan, the struggles of a single mother, and how one man's remarkable intelligence and sensitivity have survived a terrible accident. Told from the first person perspective of the housekeeper, this book is warm, honest, and interesting, with no sentimentality. The narration is perfect and Campbell does a great job of giving voice to the young housekeeper.

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    Paul 05-13-16
    Paul 05-13-16

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    "I Remember You"

    What a sweet, engaging story. I have read of this memory affliction, but have never seen it handled so well, both by the central figure and by his/her immediate circle of family and caregivers. The narrator is perfect for this book.

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    "A quiet gem."
    Would you listen to The Housekeeper and the Professor again? Why?

    No. It is pretty much a one-trick pony; but it was a great character study.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fascinating relationships between the professor, the housekeeper and her young son. How does one have an ongoing relationship that ends each day? Quite a concept.


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    Totally in keeping with the demeanor of the housekeper.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many. The ball game, perhaps.


    Any additional comments?

    Not being a mathematical type, I suspect I missed a lot of significance; but I didn't miss much in the gentle dance between these lovely beings.

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    k Grafton, VA, United States 08-18-16
    k Grafton, VA, United States 08-18-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Charming exploration of math, memory and love"

    This is a lovely little story. It made number theory seem appealing with discussions of amicable, perfect and prime numbers. It surprised me by revealing a baseball culture in Japan that is so similar to US culture. It made me muse on how much my memories impact my daily living and what it would be like to remember only the last 80 minutes. I was most impressed by the exploration of love between an aged professor, a young mother and her son.

    It was definitely worth the credit.

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