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A monumental new audiobook from the best-selling author of Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

In the book of Genesis, when God calls out, "Abraham!" before ordering him to sacrifice his son, Isaac, Abraham responds, "Here I am". Later, when Isaac calls out, "My father!" before asking him why there is no animal to slaughter, Abraham responds, "Here I am".

How do we fulfill our conflicting duties as father, husband, and son; wife and mother; child and adult? Jew and American? How can we claim our own identities when our lives are linked so closely to others'? These are the questions at the heart of Jonathan Safran Foer's first novel in 11 years - a work of extraordinary scope and heartbreaking intimacy.

Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, DC, Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia Bloch and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. At stake is the meaning of home - and the fundamental question of how much aliveness one can bear.

Showcasing the same high-energy inventiveness, hilarious irreverence, and emotional urgency that listeners and critics loved in his earlier work, Here I Am is Foer's most searching, hard-hitting, and grandly entertaining novel yet. It not only confirms Foer's stature as a dazzling literary talent but reveals a novelist who has fully come into his own as one of the most important writers in America.

©2016 Jonathan Safran Foer (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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Great book, probably best to read (not listen) it.

The narration was great, and the story is really interesting. I'm not sure this is the best book for the audio book format. The author changes place, character and time several times in critical periods of the story. in text, he uses "space" to note the changes. In the audio book format those changes are not always clear, or become clear once you already missed a point.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Fabulous, simply fabulous

Smart, funny, heartbreaking, people you will remember, fabulous, wanted it to go on and on.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Melissa
  • University City, MO, United States
  • 10-22-16

Hebrew consultant needed

This review is about the narration. While it was clear that Mr Filakos learned how to pronounce some of the Hebrew in this book (priestly blessing), it is glaring that he didn't consult anyone about how to pronounce Noam or minyan as well as others. It would have been easy to do and made the story less believable because an observant Jew who cared about a minyan wouldn't mispronounce it.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful novel marred by imperfect narration

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I am so disappointed at the narrator choice for this book, which I have long been awaiting. While he is generally a very good narrator, his mispronunciation of nearly every Hebrew or Yiddish word he encounters is so jarring and distracting, I am thinking of returning the audiobook and waiting until I have time to read in print. That the producers did not consider how important a natural flow of authentic American Jewish use of words like siddur, bris, kiddush or Israeli names like Noam or Yael (which have two syllables, not one) is surprising given that the content is Rothian in it's self-conscious Jewishness.

What did you like best about this story?

The writing is brilliant and the pacing is masterful.

Would you be willing to try another one of Ari Fliakos’s performances?

Not for a book by this author or any other book that required accents.

Any additional comments?

I hope you fix it!

20 of 22 people found this review helpful

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learned to say it "pamplemoo"

Moments of greatness, but overall... kinda like a super long Woody Allen movie with no plot & fewer women.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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How to explain

The ending brought it together and left me satisfied, but the ups and downs had me loving or hating it along the way. Yes it was deep and the dialogue and personal style of the secrets shared by the characters had almost a philosophical edge...but many points in the book I thought went on too long an others not long enough. It allowed me to reflect occasionally, but maybe I wasn't close enough to the circumstances to truly feel the love for this story.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A very beautiful book

What other book might you compare Here I Am to and why?

I suppose the author must hate this comparison, but this book is almost as beautiful as The History of Love. I was about to re-listen to that one (for the third or fourth time) when I saw that this existed, so I got and heard this instead. I really really liked it and will probably listen to it one more time at some point in the future. It's in my opinion even better than Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close and Everything is Illuminated.

What about Ari Fliakos’s performance did you like?

I really liked the performance. I read comments about the Hebrew part not being good enough for the characters but I don't speak Hebrew so I couldn't get that and I didn't really care. The only thing I didn't like was that he made the voices of the characters the same when they were young and old, with the sole exception of Jacob's and Tamir's voices in the scene at the Zoo This is not really a spoiler because I don't think anything can be spoiled in this book: the story, while important, is a background for something way more important... as is the case with all the books I've read or heard from Foer.

Any additional comments?

If you liked Foer's previous books (or The History of Love) you should try this one. It's intense and profound and very beautiful. I'm sure you'll really like it, like I did.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Touching. Funny. Moving. Clever

Enjoyed this so much that I bought the physical book as well - since I only listen to audio during the commute to work. Glad I did the combination of Audible and Physical since the Narrator did a really good job with the voices - especially that of Grandpa Irv.

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"My feelings have never once cared about what they should be."

Jonathan Safran Foer's new novel "Here I am" is breathtakingly brilliant. Probably at least 50% of my love for this book comes from growing up as a 3rd gen holocaust survivor, but still. The writing, the wisdom. It's amazing. A must read. It's somewhat relevant to the state of affairs in the world today, especially with regards to familial relationships vis a vis politics, and is definitely helping me cope.

Also, the audio version is great. (Despite some reviewers asserting that some mispronunciations of Jewish words were inauthentic, I disagree. I actually found it to be pretty appropriate for a loosely observant but secular Jewish atheist growing up in America. And the accent work was great.)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A masterpiece

A masterpiece of writing and reading. The sound of each brilliant written phrase comes alive in Fliakos' voice, each character having their own perfect sound, not once confused with another character.
Some Hebrew words were mispronounced by the reader but this was corrected in the second half. But the enormity and exceptionality of the writing and its reading were none the less for it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful