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The Dinner Audiobook

The Dinner: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a 15-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families.

As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children. As civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple shows just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.

Tautly written, incredibly gripping, and told by an unforgettable narrator, The Dinner promises to be the topic of countless dinner party debates. Skewering everything from parenting values to pretentious menus to political convictions, this novel reveals the dark side of genteel society and asks what each of us would do in the face of unimaginable tragedy.

©2009 Herman Koch; Translation © 2012 by Sam Garrett (P)2013 AudioGO

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    Amazon Customer 05-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good Performance and Story; but mediocre overall"

    In parts, the author writes too much in tangents. a 2 hour abridged version would be better.

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    Liz 05-02-17
    Liz 05-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The Dinner was Palatable, But Not Delicious"

    I found this book to be very unique: it's the first time I've read/listened to a story where I disliked *all* of the characters, but was eager to find out what happened next. I think the author (and translator) did a great job slowly revealing the true nature of the characters. It's dark and grim, but also fascinating.
    The narrator got on my nerves: I found his voice very abrasive. For this reason, I don't think this will be a book I'll re-listen to.

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    Susan OLNEY, IL, United States 02-23-17
    Susan OLNEY, IL, United States 02-23-17 Member Since 2017

    bargain hunter

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    "Couldn't finish listening. Boring"

    I want to like this story, but it just drags on and on. I keep thinking something will change and it will become interesting, but I am on the 9th chapter and I remember the book is called The Dinner, then I realize the whole book probably takes place at this restaurant with these boring characters. I do not recommend this book.

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    Maymay Asheville, NC, US 02-17-17
    Maymay Asheville, NC, US 02-17-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A bit dark, a lot slow!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The storyline is dark and the book is slowly paced


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Humor


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The accent although sinister


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Dinner?

    Much of the background about the restaurant


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    Kristen H. 02-08-17
    Kristen H. 02-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Kinda Slow and Not My Style"
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    I am sure this book is great but it was just not my style and I could not get into the story.

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    Becky 01-04-17
    Becky 01-04-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Hard to wrap your head around."

    The narrator does an excellent job of keeping you listening to this novel. The plot has enough suspense to get you through it, but the overall concept and story of this book is awful. While similar to Defending Jacob, the outcome is hard to wrap your head around. Not worth your time.

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    Amazon Customer New York 12-18-16
    Amazon Customer New York 12-18-16 Member Since 2017
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    "The Dinner, couldn't stop listening."

    I loved The Dinner. I couldn't stop listening to it as it cleverly unfolded a story of family and what constitutes a "happy" family. I couldn't stop listening to it. It held my interest cover to cover.

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    Penny Kavanagh Toronto 10-09-16
    Penny Kavanagh Toronto 10-09-16 Member Since 2014

    I started learning to listen to books while travelling to and from work. Now I am addicted! I have become an avid reader through audible.

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    "A BIT SLOW BUT UNDERLYING MEANING IS POWERFUL"
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    You have to force yourself to wonder what this novel is all about. Keep going as it unwinds and there is an interesting meaning to the dinner and why the guests are there in fact. I liked it but almost gave up. A bit unusual but for those looking for something different, this is it!

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    Sharon 08-08-16
    Sharon 08-08-16 Member Since 2012

    Social Worker in upstate New York. Love Mystery and Suspense. Enjoy time travel novels.

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    struggled to keep up with plot line as well as difficulties with transitioning with generarations

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    Lindie 08-08-16
    Lindie 08-08-16
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    "So much beneath the veneer."

    The story unfolds slowly, but then twists into unexpected and disturbing layers that stay with you long after. This is something exceptional and surprising, and it is deepened by an equally exceptional narrator.

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