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The Unbearable Lightness of Being Audiobook

The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel

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A young woman is in love with a successful surgeon, a man torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing. His mistress, a free-spirited artist, lives her life as a series of betrayals - while her other lover, earnest, faithful, and good, stands to lose everything because of his noble qualities. In a world where lives are shaped by irrevocable choices and fortuitous events, and everything occurs but once, existence seems to lose its substance, its weight. Hence we feel “the unbearable lightness of being.”

A major achievement from one of the world’s truly great writers, Milan Kundera’s magnificent novel of passion and politics, infidelity and ideas, encompasses the extremes of comedy and tragedy, illuminating all aspects of human existence.

©1984; 1984 Milan Kundera; English translation © Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc. (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Roswatheist Dexter, New Mexico, United States 10-21-12
    Roswatheist Dexter, New Mexico, United States 10-21-12 Member Since 2014
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    "I'm content with my weighty life."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have and will. Americans are too prudish and shallow. I was very excited then the audiobook was finally released because I've treasured this book for a long time now-2003.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Unbearable Lightness of Being?

    I'll have to go with the second because the first is a tad X-rated. It was Kunera's comparison between Karenina/Vronsky and Tereza/Tomas. It was lovely and poetic and was entered into my poetic memory about nine years ago.


    Have you listened to any of Richmond Hoxie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't, so I can't compare. Sorry.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Better than Phillip Kaufman's adaptation.


    Any additional comments?

    Read or listen to this book. Highlight your copy.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 07-27-17
    Jennifer 07-27-17

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    "Weird"

    The brief summary sounded interesting but it didn't warn me of how weird it would be or how much sex there was in the book. The promiscuity was very off putting.

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    Mai Silver Spring, MD USA 06-08-17
    Mai Silver Spring, MD USA 06-08-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful performance enhances the story"

    I can't say I'm the greatest lover of fiction, but this was one of the better purchases I've made on Audible.

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    elise Toronto, ON, Canada 05-20-17
    elise Toronto, ON, Canada 05-20-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A classic; I'm a repeat reader"

    I've been reading this book every few years got the last twenty years. It is delightful.

    Every time I do I learn something new.

    I like the learned pieces, the elegant comparative linguistics. I love the historical components, which remind me of our luck to be living in a free society. I delight in the non-traditional relationships that are shared here, which let you imagine worlds of possibilities.

    Both men and women are complex characters living contradictory emotions, but their portrayal is respectful and endearing.

    Un chef d'oeuvre !

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    Amazon Customer 05-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Not my sort of taste"

    This book was overly sexual and I found it unpleasant to listen to. It was difficult to relate to the character.

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    April Waters 03-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A classic"

    Great listen. I love the style of this writer. Sabina was so intriguing, so free, so light.

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    Borlash 03-02-16
    Borlash 03-02-16
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    "probably better on paper"

    I love audiobooks but I think his is one that might be better read. I found myself having to rewind often to ensure I understood what was being said. Very good though, and the narrator is excellent.

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    Basque505 New Mexico 10-24-15
    Basque505 New Mexico 10-24-15 Member Since 2012

    Driving long miles across Wyoming can be soooo boring , but ever since I founds Audible my wife and I love to travel !

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    "A woman in search of knowledge"

    A friend recommended this book to me. It's completely outside my normal reading realm, but I've fallen in love with it. I highly recommend listening to it. However, do not listen then set it aside for a while, you will be lost if you wait too long. I believe both men and women would love this book.

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    LavenderFields Shelby Township, MI 10-21-15
    LavenderFields Shelby Township, MI 10-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book!"

    Not a love story in the conventional form, but a story within a story, intertwined with a littlw bit of history.

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    desiree 07-03-15
    desiree 07-03-15 Member Since 2017
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    "for deep thinking not entertainment"

    Hoxie has a soothing voice and the narrative is consistently existential. German phrases and cultural references come up every once in a while. Philosophy references come up often in the theme of lightness and absurdism. Overall it was interesting just not thrilling enough. More of something to be expected with reality and less entertaining. Can be difficult to
    follow because of time skips and references to the past throughout. Recommended for conceptual understanding not so much for excitement.

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