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.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
Levels of Life | [Julian Barnes]

Levels of Life

'You put together two things that have not been put together before. And the world is changed...' Julian Barnes's new book is about ballooning, photography, love and grief; about putting two things, and two people, together, and about tearing them apart. One of the judges who awarded him the 2011 Man Booker Prize described him as 'an unparalleled magus of the heart'. This book confirms that opinion.
Regular Price:$14.71
  • 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 -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

”You put together two things that have not been put together before. And the world is changed…”

Julian Barnes's new book is about ballooning, photography, love and grief; about putting two things, and two people, together, and about tearing them apart.

One of the judges who awarded him the 2011 Man Booker Prize described him as “an unparalleled magus of the heart”. This book confirms that opinion.

©2013 AudioGO Ltd (P)2013 AudioGO Ltd

More from the same

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.8 (40 )
5 star
 (15)
4 star
 (11)
3 star
 (9)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (3)
Overall
3.9 (34 )
5 star
 (10)
4 star
 (16)
3 star
 (4)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (3)
Story
4.1 (34 )
5 star
 (16)
4 star
 (13)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (2)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Rochelle Dunedin, New Zealand 04-18-14
    Rochelle Dunedin, New Zealand 04-18-14 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    48
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    138
    55
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Stunning essay on grief"

    A beautifully written tribute to the grief Julian Barnes feels over the death of his wife. The thoughts he shares are keen. He is eloquent on the loss we fear most.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ruthanne Davis Abilene, Texas USA 03-02-14
    Ruthanne Davis Abilene, Texas USA 03-02-14 Member Since 2013

    The Bookworm

    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    18
    16
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not what I expected."
    If you could sum up Levels of Life in three words, what would they be?

    Too much ballooning!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The latter part of this book finally got to the part about love and loss and that was what I purchased it for. I could have done without ballooning and Sarah Bernhart, thank you.


    Which character – as performed by Julian Barnes – was your favorite?

    Julian himself and his exquisite narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Barnes is a brilliant writer and I have read three of his books and will continue to do so in the future. This book was a bit frustrating in the beginning because it just didn't get to the point until the latter half of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-2 of 2 results
Sort by:
  • Susan
    Woking, United Kingdom
    12/5/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Truthful and painful"
    What did you like most about Levels of Life?

    The link between the ballooning and living after a death, and the very truthful and thoughtless things people say and do to a bereaved person. Sounds quite a confessional report from the author, and is sometimes painful to hear, but it is absolutely how it feels (bereavement, not ballooning). Made me think carefully about what I would say, and what I would feel most supported by in such circumstances.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is not a story but a disguised autobiography.


    Have you listened to any of Julian Barnes’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    This is more thoughtful and considered, with a great depth of feeling.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The reading made me think very hard about the situation, and was sobered by his courage in reading his own experience.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paul S. Turner
    birmingham ,england
    7/20/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The tropics of grief"
    Would you listen to Levels of Life again? Why?

    Totally and utterly heartbreaking.His exploration of his own grief of losing his wife of 30 years is detailed and totally honest


    What did you like best about this story?

    his honesty and total love of his wife


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    It hurts as much as it's worth,so in a way one relishes the pain. if it didn't matter,it wouldn't matter


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    i was in flood of tears


    Any additional comments?

    the most beautiful book i have read in years

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leya
    London, United Kingdom
    10/19/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The heights and depths- exquisite"

    So very, very well written! Well crafted in three parts. The first two parts are facinating. The third part is one of the most honest and powerful I have ever read.

    A surprising and powerful novel, and I plan to read it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lenka
    London, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "Levels of Life Julian Barnes"

    Currently listening to this book on a way to tube station in the morning and I could not ask for a better way to fill this time if I looked for it. The fact that the author covers the books makes it very special. Great plot, era and very technical knowledge. Highly recommend.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-4 of 4 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

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.