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This Is Where I Leave You Audiobook

This Is Where I Leave You

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Judd Foxman has not had a good year. Shortly after catching his wife in bed with his boss (a Howard Stern-like DJ whom he works for as a producer), he learns that his father has died. Not only must Judd attend the funeral, he then has to honor his dad's dying request — sitting shiva for seven days with the rest of his eccentric family, including his sex therapist mom, older brother Paul (who's married to Judd's high school sweetheart), sister Wendy, and youngest brother Phillip, who leads a carefree life of hedonism. While a few of the storylines ring cliché (namely catching your wife with your boss), this book is anything but. The dialogue between the family members is realistic, witty, and caustic. And just when you're hysterically laughing at a scene, the next one sucker punches you with the vulnerability and authenticity of Judd's emotions.

Narrator Ramon de Ocampo delivers the right tone for this novel written from Foxman's point of view — dry and defeated — but the nasal quality of his voice is sometimes distracting and can even border on effeminate. Besides that, his pace is perfect, as well as his voice changes for the dialogue of different characters — he really shines as Judd's mother and some of the older Jewish men that drop by to pay their respects.

While This Is Where I Leave You is very funny, the truly laugh-out-loud scenes are few and far between, with the heart of the book being the very real, and very emotional trials of Judd Foxman and the relatable love/hate relationship he shares with his family members. —Colleen Oakley

Publisher's Summary

The death of Judd Foxman's father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family - including Judd's mother, brothers, and sister - have been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd's wife, Jen, whose 14-month affair with Judd's radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public.

Simultaneously mourning the death of his father and the demise of his marriage, Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarch's dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together. In the same house. Like a family.

As the week quickly spins out of control, longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed, and old passions reawakened. For Judd, it's a weeklong attempt to make sense of the mess his life has become while trying in vain not to get sucked into the regressive battles of his madly dysfunctional family.

©2009 Jonathan Tropper; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"The affectionate, warts-and-all portrayal of the Foxmans will have fans wishing for a sequel (and clamoring for all things Tropper)." (Amazon.com review)
"Tropper strikes an excellent balance between the family history and its present-day fallout, proving his ability to create touchingly human characters and a deliciously page-turning story." (Publishers Weekly)

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    "Love is not always graceful"

    Ah, And I thought nothing could outdo my family on Christmas! This story about a family coming together after the father's death provided characters and a tablou that continually made me smile in my head. I do not usually like books that are described as witty, but the characters, dialogue between them, and the unfolding of the story, I thoroughly enjoyed.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 10-04-11
    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 10-04-11 Member Since 2016

    Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.

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    "Funny, witty, Enjoyable"
    Any additional comments?

    Mort Foxman’s dying wish is that his 4 children along with his wife sit Shiva for him. Shiva is a process of mourning in Judaism where the immediate family of the deceased sit together for seven days to mourn. None of them including Mort was ever religious, but they could not disobey their atheist father’s dying wish.

    Judd, the 2nd youngest son who is separated because his wife is having an affair with his shock-jock boss, narrates the book. All the other spouses are present as well. To say the family is dysfunctional would be an understatement and to expect seven days of Shiva to pass easily would be ridiculous. As a matter of fact, the book takes you on an hour-by-hour journey of the Shiva, through all the visits of well meaning friends and neighbours to the off times when the family is forced to deal with each other. The book is full of comical scenes, an abundance of wisecracks, sex and bar room type brawls which is a little unusual for most Shiva’s. One of my favorite wisecracks was A Porsche is like a model, it looks better than it feels.

    Between Mort’s kids, their spouses and children, there are a lot of characters to get to know. Tropper does a great job at developing each unique personality, but it’s when he puts these personalities together in a room for seven days that the humor and action emerges. Even the Rabbi is part of the gang from their childhood, inappropriately named Boner, he fits right in. There is a lot of cutting, witty, real and believable dialogue. It’s like reading a long x-rated Seinfeld episode.

    This book had me smiling all the time, sometimes even laughing out loud. An enjoyable read I would recommend to anyone.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    madsgram 12-27-16
    madsgram 12-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Not such a good read."

    The story wasn't bad but the writer needs to find more creative ways to describe what is happening. I never enjoy a book in which the word "fuck" is the most used verb and adjective. It gives the story a juvenile tone.

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    Sharey 12-26-16
    Sharey 12-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    Excellent story and narration. The writing was fast-paced, clever, and entertaining. I might even listen to this one again!

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    S FRAMINGHAM, MA, United States 03-22-15
    S FRAMINGHAM, MA, United States 03-22-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Hard to finish"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would start over.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jonathan Tropper? Why or why not?

    Probably not. While the idea was good, it didn't deliver. Maybe it was the performance, or maybe it would be funnier if I was more acquainted with the jewish culture. I just didn't get the humor and will not watch the movie.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ramon De Ocampo’s performances?

    No, not really.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It is a movie and no, I won't go.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jesmh4 North Little Rock, AR, United States 01-09-15
    Jesmh4 North Little Rock, AR, United States 01-09-15 Member Since 2017

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    "Hated!"

    Not funny, not interesting, not a realistic family dynamic, just plain not good. Wish I'd just watched the movie instead of wasting so many hours of my life listening to this hoping it would redeem itself in the end. Spoiler alert, it doesn't.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kendall United States Minor Outlying Islands 01-05-15
    Kendall United States Minor Outlying Islands 01-05-15 Member Since 2014

    Reading is a great source for an old guy trying to reinvent himself

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    "Much ado about nihilism"

    This book had to be good, right? I mean a major motion picture, bestseller list,competent writer with an ear for striking metaphors; how could we go wrong?but In the end there is nothing. The characters go their dysfunctional ways, wallow in their disloyalties, practice their incompetencies; and learn, from all appearances, nothing.

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    A. Hardy D.C, 12-31-14
    A. Hardy D.C, 12-31-14 Member Since 2013

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    "This Where I Leave You"
    What would have made This Is Where I Leave You better?

    Better story, interesting charaters


    Has This Is Where I Leave You turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not the genre but definitely the author.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I hated the narrator. He whines.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from This Is Where I Leave You?

    Too many to list.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd like to get my money back for this book. A total waste of a book credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Anne Philadelphia, PA, United States 05-05-13
    Beth Anne Philadelphia, PA, United States 05-05-13 Member Since 2012

    i like to read. i like to listen.

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    "Full of Great One Liners and Amusing Insights"

    this was my first jonathan tropper book..not sure where i've been. but now i know what i've been missing. there were some great great one liners in this book. so many that i found myself bookmarking an over abundance of pages...with multiple marks on each page. by the time i got 1/3 of the way in, i stopped bothering...realizing that the entire novel was basically mark worthy.

    judd, the narrator, was relatable in a depressing sort of way. self depricating, lost, sorry and sad...and speaking the voice of my generation. ramon de ocampo had the perfect voice to display the inner workings of judd...snarky and sad at the same time.

    i laughed a lot, i also cringed a lot. the true-ness of the way tropper writes is at the same time eye opening and also upsetting.

    so, this family was nothing like mine...but i don't care. they are obviously all caricatures. each one more deliberately miserable, discontented, and awful to each other....then alternately sensitive and loving in a way that reminds you of relationships you wish you had. anyway, all of this just contributes to the greatness of this story. it makes for a truly interesting dynamic filled with laughable and poignant interactions...all topped off by judd's truly insightful punch lines.

    i could easily see this novel being turned into a film...hope that actually happens.

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    Lynn Fraser Watertown,WI USA 02-23-12
    Lynn Fraser Watertown,WI USA 02-23-12 Member Since 2012

    walkaway

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    "Glad I don't sit Shiva"

    This family is real and so screwed up. I enjoyed myself while I got lost in the characters. Yes, you can see so much coming in the plot but a lot will be surprised too. Give this book a spin and you too will be glad you don't have to sit shiva.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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