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Everything Is Illuminated Audiobook

Everything Is Illuminated

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Publisher's Summary

Humor and pathos are deftly woven together in this remarkable New York Times best seller that has won sweeping critical acclaim. USA Today calls Everything Is Illuminated "a hilarious yet heartbreaking tale of family and discovery".

Jonathan is a Jewish college student searching Europe for the one person he believes can explain his roots. Alex, a lover of all things American and unsurpassed butcher of the English language, is his lovable Ukrainian guide. On their quixotic quest, the two young men look for Augustine, a woman who might have saved Jonathan's grandfather from the Nazis. As past and present merge, hysterically funny moments collide with great tragedy, and an unforgettable story of one family's extraordinary history unfolds.

Don't miss Jonathan Safran Foer and Martin Amis at The New Yorker Festival.

©2002 Jonathan Safran Foer; (P)2002 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"An impressive, original debut." (Publishers Weekly)

"Nearly everything about this remarkable book is illuminated....Although there's plenty of lyrical acrobatics here, with exquisite magic realism intermingling with Alex's uproarious narration, it's the emotional depth of the characters that stands out." (Booklist)

"Read it, and you'll feel altered, chastened -- seared in the fire of something new." (The Washington Post)

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    Amazon Customer san juan bautista, California, United States 05-19-13
    Amazon Customer san juan bautista, California, United States 05-19-13
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    "Interesting and powerful story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I had trouble putting this book down. The storyline is powerful and the narration carries you right along.


    What other book might you compare Everything Is Illuminated to and why?

    I have not read any book similar to this one unless it compares to some true stories of survival from the Nazis during WWII.
    It is a sort of mystery too. However I find it hard to categorize this book. It stands alone.


    What about Jeff Woodman and Scott Shina ’s performance did you like?

    The narrators are absolutely remarkable. Their voices draw you deeper and deeper into the story.


    If you could rename Everything Is Illuminated, what would you call it?

    A Tale of Generations


    Any additional comments?

    I came to care for the characters so much that the ending was truly disappointing for me.

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    Maria 04-09-13
    Maria 04-09-13 Member Since 2017
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    "I love Foer's writtings, and this is no exception"
    What did you love best about Everything Is Illuminated?

    I love it's luminescence.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The rendering of the realization that time, and individual history is an illusion.


    What about Jeff Woodman and Scott Shina ’s performance did you like?

    The most pleasurable listens are those from which you get a feeling that the performer understood the story exactly the way you are learning to understand it yourself, and the experience becomes symbiotic in that sense. That's the feeling I got listening to this book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the movie as well. I am waiting for more works from Foer anxiously. He touches my heart with one hand and my brain with the other, it's an odd and addicting feeling.

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    Ryan blairstown, NJ, United States 02-25-13
    Ryan blairstown, NJ, United States 02-25-13
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    "wow - dont believe the hype"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Jonathan Safran Foer again?

    I dont know if I would ever read one of his books again, this was a painfully amateurish book.


    What character would you cut from Everything Is Illuminated?


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    Ellen COLCHESTER, CT, United States 09-17-12
    Ellen COLCHESTER, CT, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "funny and heartwarming story"

    I loved this book. Everything about it was great! I liked the way the current day events were interwoven with a story one of the main characters is writing about events in the past. It is a very funny book and it is also a touching and many times sad story about events in WW2. The "current day" story is based on real events from the author's recent past. The narrator was really great too. I don't know if the accent is accurate or not but it really does not matter. I think you will really enjoy thie book. I just downloaded one of his other books, Extememly Loud and Incredibly Close and I am loving that one too.

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    Sarah Findlay, OH, United States 06-25-12
    Sarah Findlay, OH, United States 06-25-12
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    "Beautiful Story Made Better By The Telling"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Everything Is Illuminated to be better than the print version?

    The audio version of the story, actually listening to Alex speak, is part of what makes it so captivating


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    Jamie 05-24-12
    Jamie 05-24-12
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    "I'm not sure I can do it justice"

    Such a simple idea...looking for ones ancestors, making a family tree. It never occurred to me that for families of the victims of the holocaust, there is probably no website to look up ones great uncle or library to fill in the family Bible. That thought alone is so deep and sad and poignant that to make it the subject of a novel would seem a deliberate effort to write darkly unpalatable prose that wallows in grief and threatens to drown the reader in the futile efforts of man to reconcile the past. However, the clownish somewhat slapstick buffoonery of our authors second protagonist, and his grammar errors especially, are so unexpected that, I for one, repeatedly laughed out loud, making perfect strangers stare and or ask what I was listening to. There is more here than sadness and loss and hilarity. This book contains a perfect love story or two.

    Its the authors style I cannot do justice to. Its just...unusual, its fun. I cant tell if the book is written like a Yiddish narrative, passed from grandmother to child, or if the story's disjointed skips from time to time, emotion to opposite emotion, story line to alternate story line, is just the authors way of writing. Either way, it was pure art.

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    Dorothy Rosepine, LA, United States 01-14-12
    Dorothy Rosepine, LA, United States 01-14-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Missed the illumination"
    What disappointed you about Everything Is Illuminated?

    The complete story was lacking. Somehow I missed the intended concept. I felt that I was supposed to like it because of the weighty subject matter. Failed to illuminate me at all.


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    heather San Mateo, CA, United States 10-14-11
    heather San Mateo, CA, United States 10-14-11 Member Since 2015
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    "A Wild Ride"

    Not your average book by any means. A rather odd story, but read in a fantastic interpretation that defies any real comparison to reading it in paper form. I don't think i would have enjoyed this story nearly as much if left to my own 'voices'. An incredible reading performance which created a listening experience closer to theater than just reading a book.

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    Donna jefferson, LA, USA 10-03-06
    Donna jefferson, LA, USA 10-03-06
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    "Everything Is Illuminated"

    I thought this book was amazing. I CANNOT imagine someone reading/listening to this book and to not being moved ( to tears at times). I am huge fan of audiobooks and it does not get much better than this. It is a perfect example of how amazing a spoken story can sound. It is complicated story with complex characters and emotions. I too miss the characters.

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    Laurie Van Horn 11-07-05 Listener Since 2004
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    "I am illuminated!"

    This was one of my very favorite listens. In fact, I can't stop talking about this story. The book offers many life lessons in a heart-felt and funny manner. I hated for it to end -- I miss the characters!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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