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Inside Mr Enderby

Narrated by: John Sessions
Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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Inside Mr. Enderby introduced to a captivated audience Burgess's dyspeptic poet, whose uniquely idiosyncratic, scatological brand of verse even won the genuine approval of T. S. Eliot.

In his first clash with the outside world, Enderby is extracted from his lavatorial sanctuary by the professional widow Vesta Bainbridge in a most peculiar romance.

©1963 Anthony Burgess (P)2014 Audible Studios

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  • Michael
  • Walnut Creek, CA, United States
  • 07-11-19

If you liked A Confederacy of Dunces...

I really liked A Clockwork Orange and got a recommendation for the Enderby series of four novels. This is very different from A Clockwork Orange but excellent in a different way. This novel has been called "the most undervalued English novel of our era." It reminded me a lot of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel "A Confederacy of Dunces" which I also loved. Interestingly both novels were written about the same time (early 60's) and it seems without either author knowing about the other.

The novels follow Enderby, an obsurd, yet interesting poet. I found this both funny and oddly touching. The novel is mostly about the character and the writing and not the story

The narration is good, but has a few rough bits.

I have added the rest of the series to my reading list.

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  • Nicholas P.
  • 11-08-16

exceptional reading of an outstanding book

Would you consider the audio edition of Inside Mr Enderby to be better than the print version?

John Sessions creates a visual picture that enhances the story. Splendid

What does John Sessions bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Outstanding creation of the characters

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  • David
  • 05-07-19

Funny but thoughtful

This is one of the best books I've listened to for a long time. In places this is laugh out loud funny and several times I had to rewind as I'd been laughing so much I'd missed what was happening. However, the book is also very thought-provoking and after a hilarious introduction to the main characters, it takes a much more serious turn. The eponymous main character is a poet who is socially isolated and has problems interacting with the real world, despite being highly intelligent. The book chronicles his disastrous attempt to become more 'normal' and integrate into society. The book really draws you into the life of this initially unappealing character.
I particularly enjoyed the detailed and humorous portrayal of the creative process. At many points during the book Enderby is struck by inspiration for a poem, and it details the painstaking process by which he creates the poem from initial fleeting thoughts. The book is very well-read with effective use of different tones and accents for the different characters and Enderby's interior monologue.
I'm really looking forward to the rest of the Enderby series.