Leviathan

Narrated by: Peter Ganim
Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (99 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When his closest friend, Benjamin Sachs, accidentally blows himself up on a Wisconsin road, Peter Aaron attempts to piece together the life that led to Sach's tragic demise and determine the reason for his death.

As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of Paul Auster's book, you'll also get an exclusive Jim Atlas interview that begins when the audiobook ends.

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Critic Reviews

"Rich and complex...with fully fleshed characters, a fast-paced plot, thematic sophistication, and narrative cunning." ( The Boston Globe)
"Auster’s most accessible, engaging book. He treats us to his best clear-eyed prose." ( New York Times Magazine)
"Brisk and compelling...Auster’s powerful narrative engine keeps us reading and rushing toward a breathless conclusion." ( Los Angeles Times)

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Better than the "trilogy"

This is the best book by Paul Auster that I have read. I read the famous "New York trilogy" first but that one is very conceptual and abstract. This one is more a book of flesh and blood. Very interesting plot. I'm at 3/4 of the book and I hesitate to read further, because I've become quite attached to the main character and I'm afraid all will not end well ...

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It absolutely caught me

This book absolutely caught me from page 1. A small masterpiece. Perfectly written...an amazing story with deep and interesting characters, full of suspense and seduction. I absolutely loved it.

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The strange world of unlikely justifications

The characters of the story are authors and they as the real author create their own realities. My problem was that I was constantly lost in their realities and sometimes was forgetting which reality supposed to be the book's reality.

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  • Julian Hughes
  • 08-08-20

Stilted dialogue

The narrator is good. The story is implausible but quite interesting. The characters are beyond eccentric or odd and not much like actual human beings. They talk in incredibly stilted ways like characters from an Arthur Miller play. I suspect that Paul Auster wishes he had written Death of a Salesman and this is his version. I have thoroughly enjoyed others of his novels such as Mr Vertigo, but this one was a struggle to complete. If you feel at home with people who are utterly self absorbed and like to talk about it at length then Leviathan is for you.

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  • FXD
  • 01-05-19

Excellent story

This book starts with details of an explosion which killed a man and then goes back and draws you into the story which led to that event. It’s a captivating story by Paul Auster and also is read so well by Peter Ganim.

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