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 .
 >   > 
This Is Where I Leave You Audiobook

This Is Where I Leave You

Regular Price:$29.99
  • 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 -

Audible Editor Reviews

Judd Foxman has not had a good year. Shortly after catching his wife in bed with his boss (a Howard Stern-like DJ whom he works for as a producer), he learns that his father has died. Not only must Judd attend the funeral, he then has to honor his dad's dying request — sitting shiva for seven days with the rest of his eccentric family, including his sex therapist mom, older brother Paul (who's married to Judd's high school sweetheart), sister Wendy, and youngest brother Phillip, who leads a carefree life of hedonism. While a few of the storylines ring cliché (namely catching your wife with your boss), this book is anything but. The dialogue between the family members is realistic, witty, and caustic. And just when you're hysterically laughing at a scene, the next one sucker punches you with the vulnerability and authenticity of Judd's emotions.

Narrator Ramon de Ocampo delivers the right tone for this novel written from Foxman's point of view — dry and defeated — but the nasal quality of his voice is sometimes distracting and can even border on effeminate. Besides that, his pace is perfect, as well as his voice changes for the dialogue of different characters — he really shines as Judd's mother and some of the older Jewish men that drop by to pay their respects.

While This Is Where I Leave You is very funny, the truly laugh-out-loud scenes are few and far between, with the heart of the book being the very real, and very emotional trials of Judd Foxman and the relatable love/hate relationship he shares with his family members. —Colleen Oakley

Publisher's Summary

The death of Judd Foxman's father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family - including Judd's mother, brothers, and sister - have been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd's wife, Jen, whose 14-month affair with Judd's radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public.

Simultaneously mourning the death of his father and the demise of his marriage, Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarch's dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together. In the same house. Like a family.

As the week quickly spins out of control, longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed, and old passions reawakened. For Judd, it's a weeklong attempt to make sense of the mess his life has become while trying in vain not to get sucked into the regressive battles of his madly dysfunctional family.

©2009 Jonathan Tropper; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"The affectionate, warts-and-all portrayal of the Foxmans will have fans wishing for a sequel (and clamoring for all things Tropper)." (Amazon.com review)
"Tropper strikes an excellent balance between the family history and its present-day fallout, proving his ability to create touchingly human characters and a deliciously page-turning story." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.0 (2207 )
5 star
 (822)
4 star
 (842)
3 star
 (370)
2 star
 (107)
1 star
 (66)
Overall
4.0 (1743 )
5 star
 (690)
4 star
 (604)
3 star
 (315)
2 star
 (83)
1 star
 (51)
Story
4.2 (1733 )
5 star
 (804)
4 star
 (639)
3 star
 (213)
2 star
 (52)
1 star
 (25)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Shelby Jean Thornton 06-02-15 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    5
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "catches you from the beginning"
    Would you consider the audio edition of This Is Where I Leave You to be better than the print version?

    I wasn't prepared for the language or sexual description, but fairly new to audible books. The further I listened I actually started enjoying how he had a quite a sense of humor in those descriptions.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kimberly 05-14-15
    Kimberly 05-14-15 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    "Not worth the hype"

    I had high expectations for this book and both the movie and book were depressing. I would not recommend reading this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Edwin Farber MIAMI, FL, US 04-19-15
    Edwin Farber MIAMI, FL, US 04-19-15 Member Since 2011
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Review"

    It's fun and some good laughs. Absurd situations that are like Larry David. Good way to spend time when driving and not interested in concentrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Michelle Hannum 04-15-15 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    33
    8
    Overall
    "Better late than never!"

    The character development was a little slow for my taste but once it got going, it was good. The reader had some challenges with lack of inflection and one or two pronunciation gaffs but he got a bit better as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kat Laural Southern California 03-25-15
    Kat Laural Southern California 03-25-15 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Amazing. You must read this!"

    This is an amazing book. Hilarious, sad, and sweet. You should definitely read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Chris Gehrke 03-24-15 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great read!"

    The reader keeps the listener engaged nicely and the story is both interesting and familiar in ways that make it humorous and too interesting to ignore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Diana 03-23-15
    Diana 03-23-15 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    48
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    47
    31
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Dysfunctional family at its best!"

    This book describes a family in mourning around the patriarch's death, so the tone isn't exactly uplifting. Nevertheless, it tells an honest story of this family as they spend 7 days together and work through some of their past. Even though it has a dark tone, it is still very well written & clever. I found myself laughing at some of the sharper points of how true the story was in relation to the issues that affect all families. It was a nice well told journey that kept me interested all the way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    S FRAMINGHAM, MA, United States 03-22-15
    S FRAMINGHAM, MA, United States 03-22-15 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    40
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    198
    43
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Hard to finish"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would start over.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jonathan Tropper? Why or why not?

    Probably not. While the idea was good, it didn't deliver. Maybe it was the performance, or maybe it would be funnier if I was more acquainted with the jewish culture. I just didn't get the humor and will not watch the movie.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ramon De Ocampo’s performances?

    No, not really.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It is a movie and no, I won't go.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    KS.Bainbridge 02-23-15 Member Since 2014

    round reader

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    21
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good story but expectations were too high"

    Unfortunately I saw and enjoyed the movie first. The book didn't meet my expectations. I think the narrators timing was off and he could have created a more comedic flair.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Shelby 02-11-15
    Shelby 02-11-15 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    61
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Chapters"

    The audio chapters should be split according to the chapters in the book instead of 9 long chapters aha aha

    0 of 0 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.