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A Tale for the Time Being Audiobook

A Tale for the Time Being

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Publisher's Summary

A brilliant, unforgettable, and long-awaited novel from best-selling author Ruth Ozeki

"A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be."

In Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century. A diary is Nao's only solace - and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine.

Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox - possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao's drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future.

Full of Ozeki's signature humor and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and listener, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home.

©2013 Ruth Ozeki (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    Kristan 05-07-16
    Kristan 05-07-16
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    "Awesome performance"

    This is a very thoughtful work with many themes including existentialism, bullying, revisionist history, suicide, philosophy, living life in the present, memory loss, and life beyond death through the medium of books.

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    hannah 05-03-16
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    "Wonderful Book"

    Loved this book. Vividly written story with very well developed characters. I will definitely be reading more books by the author, Ruth Ozeki.

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    SS 04-21-16
    SS 04-21-16
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    "Most unusual"

    I am so glad I picked up 'A tale for the time being' as an audio book. I think the voice of the narrator added so much to it. The book talks about difficult issues- like bullying, suicide, depression etc, but has a magical quality to it. A fascinating read. You will want to to know 'what's next' till the very end. I also loved the way it spun a range of 'times' and 'places' into one 'time being'.

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    Bequia 04-20-16
    Bequia 04-20-16

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    "Multi layered story with time as a main character."

    Partially memoir, quantum physics, and magical realism. An interesting blend. Read by the author which gives it a special advantage. The author can pronounce each Japanese or French word correctly and gives voice to the characters she imagined.

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    Jaimi Douthit 04-18-16
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    "great story"

    I started "reading"... listening to... this for school but finished it because the story really takes you away. This story is worth your time.

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    Rileigh 04-01-16
    Rileigh 04-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Another Time being."

    Beautiful.
    Enlightening.
    Enthralling.
    The journey that Ruth and Nao took to get this novel into being was clearly a long one. The pain, suffering, and frustration pent up within the pages is beautiful, transcending into a deeper peace and serenity. This story deserved to be heard. Ruth and Nao are worth it.

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    mary corbett 03-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Incredible Story"

    This is an incredible book with many layers to it. Ruth Ozeki's characters are very well developedas well.

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    D.P. 02-12-16
    D.P. 02-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "True to Modern Japan"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, well-written and well-read. I lived in Tokyo for 13 years and the descriptions and insight into the city and culture were spot-on perfect. To the reviewer who commented on the graphic nature of the bullying described - THIS HAPPENS. Bullying is a horrific part of an otherwise safe culture. It was not overstated or dishonest.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Tale for the Time Being?

    The magical aspect of the story was unexpected and at first left me questioning the choice of the book. But it is reality subtle and the ending solidly brings it all together


    What does Ruth Ozeki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Welll read and truthful.


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

    Everything about Tokyo was so exactly described, I couldn't believe how accurate it was.


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    Judy Norman Fort Collins, CO United States 02-06-16
    Judy Norman Fort Collins, CO United States 02-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book"

    So many interesting twists and turns. Kept my attention from the very beginning. I loved how it switched back and forth between time periods.

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    Erin 01-19-16
    Erin 01-19-16
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    "A joy to listen to"

    I will keep this short and sweet as I'm typing on my phone but I LOVED this book. It had a complex story line that was layered, as you read you peeled off layer by layer until you felt extremely close to the characters. Her story was captivating, I loved the voice, I laughed, I cried. It was just an awesome listening experience. The summary of the book doesn't do it justice.

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