1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $13.97

Buy for $13.97

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Internationally celebrated for his writing and his music, Leonard Cohen is revered as one of the great writers, performers, and most consistently daring artists of our time. Now available on audio for the first time, the poems in Book of Mercy brim with praise, despair, anger, doubt, and trust. 

Speaking from the heart of the modern world, yet in tones that resonate with an older devotional tradition, these verses give voice to our deepest, most powerful intuitions.

©2018 Leonard Cohen (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What listeners say about Book of Mercy

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    32
  • 4 Stars
    12
  • 3 Stars
    14
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    2
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    38
  • 4 Stars
    12
  • 3 Stars
    5
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    31
  • 4 Stars
    11
  • 3 Stars
    9
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    3

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Love Leonard but I zoned out

I love Leonard Cohen’s albums, “Songs of Love and Hate” and “New Skin for the Old Ceremony,” but this lost me. While I’m sure this is deep in content, and sound in structure, I’ll be damned if I didn’t completely zone out in the throes of its second-person religiosity and start thinking about tomorrow’s laundry.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Narrator doesn’t do it justice

Oh, I wish it would have been recorded with the author reading it. His reading of Book of Longing weaves it’s way into your soul. The content is pure Cohen. The words create pictures, feelings, emotions.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

As expected, Cohen is magnificent

As usual, Leonard Cohen masters with poetic skill. both a voice of epic stories and powerful moments. Cohen shows what a complex subject in the proper hands can do.
hats off to you maestro.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Disappointing

Poetry has the potential to enlighten, praise, celebrate, and so much more. Too often, though, it is impenetrable and obscure. Sadly, that is the case with this collection. Whatever meaning Cohen was trying to impart escaped me.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Good modernization of Biblical Prayers.

A sincere outpouring of love and prayer in the Ancient Hebrew Tradition. “Study on a World without Me” says his Yahweh. I have and found it to be a satisfying, though challenging place. I’m happy to face the highs and lows of Life in this World without Him.