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Then We Came to the End | [Joshua Ferris]

Then We Came to the End

No one knows us quite the same way as the men and women who sit beside us in department meetings and crowd the office refrigerator with their labeled yogurts. Every office is a family of sorts, and the Chicago ad agency Joshua Ferris brilliantly depicts in his debut novel is family at its strangest and best. The characters in Then We Came to an End cope with a business downturn in the time-honored way: through gossip, secret romance, elaborate pranks, and increasingly frequent coffee breaks.
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Publisher's Summary

An astounding debut novel, wickedly funny and big-hearted, about life in the office, signals the arrival of a gloriously talented new writer.

No one knows us quite the same way as the men and women who sit beside us in department meetings and crowd the office refrigerator with their labeled yogurts. Every office is a family of sorts, and the Chicago ad agency Joshua Ferris brilliantly depicts in his debut novel is family at its strangest and best.

The characters in Then We Came to an End cope with a business downturn in the time-honored way: through gossip, secret romance, elaborate pranks, and increasingly frequent coffee breaks. As one colleague after another is seen "walking Spanish down the hall" (office shorthand for being fired), the survivors obsessively parse their bosses' decisions - when they're not competing for the best office furniture left behind or trying to make sense of the mysterious pro-bono ad campaign that is their only remaining "work".

Joshua Ferris has a demon's eye for the details and emotions that make up our lives, and he has written a hilarious and moving novel about the strange selves we become when we walk through the office doors each day.

©2007 Joshua Ferris; (P)2007 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Heartfelt and delivered in solemn deadpan. It may even be, in its own modest way, a great American novel." (Darcy Cosper, Los Angeles Times)

"Wildly funny....At once delightfully freakish and entirely credible, Ferris' cast makes a real impression." (Publishers Weekly)

"It's hilarious in a Catch-22 way, but with an undercurrent of sadness that works counterpoint to all the absurdity." (Stephen King)

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    Steve Lake Elmo, MN, USA 12-30-07
    Steve Lake Elmo, MN, USA 12-30-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Abridged Reading"

    We were eager to read this, after listening together to Joshua Ferris being interviewed on the NYT book review podcast, so we downloaded the Audible version and enjoyed it quite a lot. Between listening sessions we talked about the characters and shared our thoughts about the book's narrators. We did not realize until it was over that we were listening to an abridged version. As a rule, we don't read (or listen to) abridgements. So we don't feel qualified to review the book when we're really only read part of it! However, it is clever and entertaining and any former or current cube-dwellers will almost certainly find much to appreciate. The composite narrator (much of the story is told from the perspective of "us") feels as fresh and novel as the first time we read Jay McInerney's "Bright Lights, Big City" 23 years ago. We only wish the Audible version were not an abridgement. We felt, in the end, as if someone were missing.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Amy San Mateo, CA, USA 01-07-09
    Amy San Mateo, CA, USA 01-07-09
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    "Hilarious in book form, not so much for audio..."

    I wondered what all the hoopla was about after I had finished listening to the audiobook version of this. I don't have anything against the reader---she was OK. But the book content is a real slice-and-dice job of the original book. This abridged version cuts out a lot of the fun, quirky stuff and you don't get a sense of how funny the book really is. My advice: don't get this version.
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    Audible: please try to request an unabridged version!



    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy Cole 01-06-09
    Cathy Cole 01-06-09
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    "Reader poor on this one"

    I really wanted to enjoy this book, but had a very hard time getting into it and gave up after an hour or so. Realized that I would have preferred a male reader - more appropriate to the text - and one with more enthusiasm about the project. Will probably give it another chance, because I really wanted to like the book. Also didn't realize was abridged. Like the previous reviewer, I prefer the whole book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Riverton, UT, USA 02-08-10
    David Riverton, UT, USA 02-08-10
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    "The Title Is An Aspirational Goal"

    Having heard good things about this book and the author's second I picked this up. While there was one LOL moment and a few where I chucked to myself it is by and large not very funny nor interesting. Honestly, the best thing I have to say about it is that it is quite short so I actually finished it instead of giving up.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Visalia, CA, United States 01-02-08
    Sue Visalia, CA, United States 01-02-08 Member Since 2011
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    "Unsatisfying"

    After hearing good things about this book I was VERY disappointed. It was filled with the natterings of clueless office people and a long and uninteresting first person commentary by a work-obsessed lonely woman facing a mastectomy.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    BeijInga Norway 07-09-15
    BeijInga Norway 07-09-15 Member Since 2013

    Reader in Norway.

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    "Didn't realize it was abridged"
    What would have made Then We Came to the End better?

    I guess it's my own mistake for not paying enough attention when buying the audiobook, but I didnt realize this was an abridged book until I went to see the reviews from other readers. Feel like I've wasted this credit now. I wanted to read other people's comments to see how they had reacted to the annoying first person plural narrative. I like to know who the storyteller is, so this anonymous "we" didn't really work for me. I recognize that it's a literary method though, and that it's part of what makes the book feel modern.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narrator does a good job. It's also fast paced and feels very modern and fresh, inventive.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Dumuhosky 03-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Worthless"

    If I could have given it zero stars, I would have. There was no character development at all. I think the author expected that because the main character was sick we would have an empathy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gretchen SLP sacramento, CA United States 02-27-15
    Gretchen SLP sacramento, CA United States 02-27-15 Member Since 2014

    Sort reviews by "Most Recent" instead of "Most Helpful"!

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    "LOVE the book; HATE this abridged audiobook"

    I had no idea this was not the full book until I sent searching for the funniest chapters, only to discover they'd been cut out! What a disappointment!! I will be returning this; what an utter waste of time and money for fans of the actual book!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Maris lansdale, pa United States 02-20-15
    Jessica Maris lansdale, pa United States 02-20-15

    I love movies and I am trying to translate that into reading. Humor, action, adventure....With an infant constantly attatched to me, audio books are my saving grace!

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    "a waste"

    The story is good, the narrator ..... i couldn't get past her computer-like drab tone and flat narration. I returned this book, very unhappily.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie E Leland 10-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Book is *Significantly* Abridged"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Should have purchased an unabridged version. The book is excellent. Felt somewhat cheated since it wasn't clear how much of the original book was missing until I read the paperback version.


    What was most disappointing about Joshua Ferris’s story?

    It is a superb story from a talented writer. It's just this Audible version isn't worth purchasing due to the way the book was edited.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Deanna Hurst’s performances?

    Yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The heavy-handed editing made me angry. The book itself is poignant, funny, surprising and truly worth reading UNABRIDGED.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible should really give some indication as to how much a book is altered from the original.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Nigel Nicholson
    London England
    2/8/13
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    "light and funny"

    This is a charming little diversion into the life of an American office - witty, sardonic, ironic and ultimately a comic confection. Don't expect too much, but it will put a smile on your face.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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