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This Is Where I Leave You Audiobook

This Is Where I Leave You

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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)

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    Alicia 01-28-15
    Alicia 01-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing!"

    I picked this book up in an Audible BOGO event and I absolutely loved it!

    The recap goes as such; 4 siblings come together to sit Shiva for 7 days. They aren't quite sure how to deal in such close proximity for that long and of course some family drama ensues.

    There were several parts of the book that I found myself literally laughing out loud! There were some very descriptive scenes and some vulgarity, but it didn't bother me. Highly recommended!!

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    jklppng 01-28-15
    jklppng 01-28-15
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    "Good Story"

    I enjoyed listening to this book and getting to know the characters. Just wish that it was a bit longer, I didn't want of to end. :)

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    Kay broken arrow, OK, United States 01-21-15
    Kay broken arrow, OK, United States 01-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining."

    Judd walks in on his wife having sex with his boss and his father has died. This is his story of grief for both as well as for his life. Good narration, good story.

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    shawn 12-10-14
    shawn 12-10-14
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    "That is were you leave me??......"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The ending......


    Any additional comments?

    I had listened to this book for two days to finish it. In that I will say that I enjoyed the book until you realize that you will get no answer in the end.. Was happy with the book, Laughed, listened intently and felt like crying ( had a similar situation to the book ) but in the end I felt that I had just read two thirds of the book to not hear the last of it..

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    Krcbdavis 12-07-14
    Krcbdavis 12-07-14 Member Since 2014

    I love audible, because honestly I don't have the time or the attention span to sit and read! I love true crime, and romantic comedies most

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    "Hilarious!"
    Where does This Is Where I Leave You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my favorite so far!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of This Is Where I Leave You?

    The mother is pretty funny in this story!


    Have you listened to any of Ramon de Ocampo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    There is a movie now, I can't wait yo see it!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Teri Wildt 11-24-14
    Teri Wildt 11-24-14 Member Since 2014

    Avid reader since I could figure out the funny papers in late '50's. Taken me awhile to appreciate audible books.

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    "Truly From a Man's Perspective"
    Would you listen to This Is Where I Leave You again? Why?

    No. Story was very much from a man's perspective...in all manner of thinking!


    Any additional comments?

    Decent road trip book.

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    Aurora 10-22-14
    Aurora 10-22-14 Member Since 2016
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    "High expectations of this, considering the cast"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not exactly, the book was fine. I like books with dry humor and unexpected twists.


    Did Ramon de Ocampo do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Ramon de Ocampo did a great job of differentiating the characters. Even if my mind may have wandered for a second, I would know who was speaking without him saying. He even did female voices well - it didn't sound stupid when he did it. The only thing is that sometimes his narrating voice seemed TOO dry and it made me not like the story very much. It was almost depressing.


    Could you see This Is Where I Leave You being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Already made into a movie. I haven't seen it yet, but I can already pick out who is who by the movie poster and it looks like the casting fits well.


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    Maika Leibbrandt 10-14-14
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    "Compelling Story Expertly Narrated"
    Where does This Is Where I Leave You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I took a break from nonfiction to listen to this while completing a home improvement project. Loved it so much I painted 2 extra coats onto the new room.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dark humor can be hard to pull off, especially when laced with sarcasm, but this story and narrator get it right.


    Any additional comments?

    Haven't yet seen the movie, but the book is memorable, touching and delightful.

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    Pattie MARINA DEL REY, CA, United States 08-10-14
    Pattie MARINA DEL REY, CA, United States 08-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Funny and Fresh Story line."

    Very funny and a great story. Did not see the couple twists and turns. New and fresh story. Really loved this book.

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    Dubi New York, NY 08-05-14
    Dubi New York, NY 08-05-14

    People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.

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    "This Is Where I Come Back"

    This is the book that turned me on to Jonathan Tropper several years ago. I've since read all of his work in print, re-read several on Audible. With the movie version due in September, and with This Is Where I Leave You showing up in a recent BOGO sale, I leaped at the chance to re-read one of my all time favorites in audio. So it is now one my all time favorites in audio.

    Judd Foxman recently caught his wife sleeping with his boss, so he is loveless, homeless, jobless, broke, and on the verge of divorce (cuckolded, as he says repeatedly). Then his father dies. He and his family have to sit shiva in his parents' suburban home, receiving visitors while revisiting every aspect of their past and determining the course of their future. Similar structure to all of Tropper's books, but each one somehow remains fresh, and this is one of the funniest of them all.

    The cast of the upcoming movie is killer. Jason Bateman as Judd, Tina Fey as his sister, Jane Fonda as his mother, Adam Driver from Girls as his funnier brother, Corey Stoll from House of Cards as his serious brother, Dax Shephard from Parenthood as his donkey-hole boss, Connie Britton from Friday Night Lights, Ben Schwartz from House of Lies and Parks & Rec, Abigail Spencer from Suits, Tim Olyphant from Justified, and the underrated Kathryn Hahn who was hilarious in We're the Millers. Although Ramon de Ocampo doesn't do voices, he nails the passive aggressiveness of the Foxmans with his deadpan reading, and I could hear each of the actors delivering these lines in the movie.

    Whether you've read it already or not, read it in advance of the movie, or read it afterwards, you will not be disappointed.

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