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All That Man Is Audiobook

All That Man Is

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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016
An ingenious book from the exceptional Granta Best Young British Novelist

Nine men: each of them at a different stage of life, away from home, and striving - in the suburbs of Prague, in a cheap Cypriot hotel - to understand just what it means to be alive here and now.

Tracing an arc from the spring of youth to the winter of old age, All That Man Is brings these separate lives together to show us men as they are - ludicrous and inarticulate, shocking and despicable; vital, pitiable, hilarious, and full of heartfelt longing.

©2016 David Szalay (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"This feels like a great novel driven by its overarching theme: what is my life, here and now, all about? Rarely has it been so brilliantly and chillingly spelled out." (John Harding, Daily Mail)

"There is everything to relish about this intelligent, moving, thoroughly European search for the meaning of life.... It's hard to imagine listening a better audiobook this year." (Melissa Katsoulis, The Times)

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  • joanjava
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    11/8/16
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    "Woeful men on the edge of a nervous breakdown"

    Makes you realise how few books you know where guys are relentlessly flawed and frail. Each story is like stepping into a nightmare in motion. With each main character imprisoned.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • ANNABEL
    10/11/17
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    "Boring, predictable"

    When I read the summary of his book, I thought it might be interesting. It was not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss S T Chapman
    London England
    9/2/17
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    "Dull"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you aren't looking for much plot or anything that moves at a pace, you may like this.


    What was most disappointing about David Szalay’s story?

    It was boring.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    The narrator did an OK job, he just does' t have much to work with.


    What character would you cut from All That Man Is?

    It has left me cold. No character is a better description.


    Any additional comments?

    I am confused as to how it got such a high rating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joakim Hermansson
    Falun, Sweden
    8/26/17
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    "writing for the end"

    much like the main character I mostly waited for the End but was kept by the long line of promising incidents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lauenna
    Somerset
    8/13/17
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    "Good in a different way"

    I struggle with short stories and always feel disappointed when they end as I want depth! But somehow these stories about different men aren't really separate. It's more like looking at a series of paintings. It's very good. I find the change of narrators a little distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anders
    Denmark
    6/14/17
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    "boring, predictable and boring"

    Gave up after 2/3. All stories is about people having problems dealing with sex but the stories are not adding any new understanding or even interesting development. After few paragraphs you know the short-story to the end and do not get any surprise at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ddodson
    5/29/17
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    "The most depressing book ever"

    I have given up on this book after 5 chapters which is very unlike me, I will usually keep going. However this has got to be the most boring book I have ever read. It is so depressing. I felt so fed up after listening to this. All it did was focus on all the negatives of the men. The stories were boring will sadness interjected into them. The endings were as though the author just got bored.
    Also the narrator didn't help I felt as his voice was very flat and level.
    Maybe I am missing the point as it's an award willing book but I just found it utterly depressing and cannot recommend to anyone I am afraid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    4/27/17
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    "Unimpressed "

    I was looking forward to reading this book but was disappointed. The individual stories are good enough but often end suddenly and I can't find any of the promised interrelatedness. They seem random and confusing.
    This was not an absorbing or enlightening read and I did not finish it all it was too boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Person
    3/29/17
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    "Full of empathy"

    Wonderful writing full of empathy for the flawed and unglamorous protagonists and their friends, colleagues and acquaintances. Often very moving and occasionally very funny. Acutely observant of the human condition.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • AD
    3/6/17
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    "Dismal, dreary and disjointed"

    I find it difficult to identify any insights I have gained by listening to this book, though the last chapters were slightly better than the early ones

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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