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The Mezzanine Audiobook
The Mezzanine
Written by: 
Nicholson Baker
Narrated by: 
David LeDoux
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The Mezzanine Audiobook

The Mezzanine

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Publisher's Summary

In his startling, witty, and inexhaustibly inventive first novel, first published in 1986, the author of Vox and The Fermata uses a one-story escalator ride as the occasion for a dazzling reappraisal of everyday objects and rituals. From the humble milk carton to the act of tying one's shoes, The Mezzanine at once defamiliarizes the familiar world and endows it with loopy and euphoric poetry. Nicholson Baker's accounts of the ordinary become extraordinary through his sharp storytelling and his unconventional, conversational style.

At first glance, The Mezzanine appears to be a book about nothing. In reality, it is a brilliant celebration of things, simultaneously demonstrating the value of reflection and the importance of everyday human human experiences.

©2010 Nicholson Baker (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[A[ cheerfully original novel." (Publishers Weekly)

"A very funny, enjoyable novel by a writer whose work frequently appears in The New Yorker." (Library Journal)

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    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 07-17-16
    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 07-17-16 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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    "Like William Carlos Williams Wrote A Novel..."

    You will never look at the every object or task the same way ever again! Wonderfully written book of nostalgia and insight into the things that make our lives easier, bearable and civilized.

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    "What a wonderful surprise!"

    I read this on the recommendation of podcast and what a pleasure it was. Funny, thoughtful and nostalgic--Baker's character grew up in many of the venues I did in Rochester, N.Y. and not much later in time. I occasionally had to stop to engage with a memory brought up by his detailed description of places I'd almost forgotten. Now they're fresh in my mind again.

    David LeDoux's narration is wonderful. As soon as I finish this paragraph, I'll be clicking his name to see what other work is available on Audible.

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    Perhaps I just don't like this writing style, but it was so inane I just couldn't go past one hour.

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