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Malone Dies is the first person monologue of Malone, an old man lying in bed and waiting to die. The tone is fiercely ironic, highly quotable, and because of its extravagance, also very comic. It catches the reality of old age in a way that is grimly convincing, cruel as humor so often is, and memorable because of Beckett's way with words. A master dramatist, Beckett's novels can be even more effective when heard, and especially when read by such a Beckett specialist as Sean Barrett.

Malone Dies was written as a separate novel, but is often regarded as the second part of The Beckett Trilogy, preceded by Molloy and followed by The Unnamable

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  • Susan
  • BaulmesSwitzerland
  • 05-28-05

Living Beckett

Hearing these books ( i read them several years ago) brought them to life and gave them a whole other dimension. Personally i think they are marvelous, full of humor and philosophy. I wish Audible had more Beckett- MORE, MORE please.

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  • Scott
  • Smyrna, GA, United States
  • 06-25-18

non-linear storytelling

Very odd, but from the same guy who wrote "Waiting for Godot" I expected it. One long stream of consciousness book, somehow he falls into story-telling about people he's known. Not sure if they were real people, fictional, or himself.

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I could not wait until he died.

This novel was boring. I kept waiting for something to happen. I found myself wishing that he would die already. Pretty sad, huh?

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  • S
  • 05-03-18

Brilliant!

The narration was pitch perfect. A world in putrid atrophy rendered in brutal, yet tender, sparkling prose. The meandering reports betray a sharpness of observation that is vulnerable but witty. A listening experience that takes you within your own recesses and opens out into a growing familiarity with your own becoming.

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  • Suswati
  • 04-19-17

A realistic, witty, dark outlook into death

Samuel Beckett's classic tale of a man on his death bed is darkly humorous at the same time as being tragic.

Attempting his last shot at writing tales, poor Malone tries his best not to get jumbled with his thoughts but instead ends up on various tangents and rents about previous grudges.

The dramatic pauses are brilliant, usually entailing the storyteller dropping his pencil and general confusion of his mind. The reader does a fantastic job at this.