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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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  • Christoph Fischer
    2/19/17
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    "Only half what man is"

    This is a mapping out of the stages of life, illustrated by 9 (?) parts focusing on different men of different ages. We start off with the young and careless, travelling and sexually motivated men and end up with the lonely and ill oll man who spends his time in the hospital.
    I enjoyed many of the stories, found them well written and not to be faulted. Much is shrewdly observed, well put and, for this middle-aged man, fascinating as reflection and mirror.
    Yet, my biggest problem with this is that it seems to focus only on the negative side. These are all anti-heroes, devoid of morals, meaning in their life and without purpose. For me it's missing some of the better parts that man is. The men here only seem happy when achieving sexual conquests or business success - even if this is hurting others.
    In that the novel paints a bad picture of men and a bleak, depressing outlook, despite some fabulous writing and characterisation. It's easy to point out flaws but much harder to show how to be a better man. One or two more inspiring stories might have made a difference for me.
    Having said all that, the novel definitely engaged me throughout and stayed with me for days after.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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
  • 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
  • Si
    UK
    2/9/17
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    "Good, with reservations"

    The narratives are linked tenuously by theme, not by plot, and the book is essentially a compilation of individual short stories. The author writes exceptionally well, lacking pretension and with clarity, although little actually happens for the duration of the book. You get the impression that, for whatever reason, the author has presented us with some of the less interesting events of the characters' lives and whilst this approach goes some way to illustrating the overarching motif, it left me feeling cheated after each transition.

    I've often thought it's a pity the review ratings don't separate narrative and literary ability, never more so than for this particular book.

    Still, I did enjoy listening to such an accomplished presentation and the impressive narration together with the author's linguistic skills made it a four star for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • m
    2/2/17
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    "Compelling and sad"

    A most excellent listen that I am.profpundly glad I listened to and will listen to again. Sad, disturbing insightful and original look at the changing face of manhood through the various stages of life. I am moved by it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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