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Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an inventor, amateur entomologist, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, natural historian, percussionist, romantic, great explorer, jeweller, detective, vegan, and collector of butterflies, Beatles memorabilia, miniature cacti and coral. When his father is killed in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centre, his inward journey towards some kind of peace takes him on an odyssey through the five boroughs of New York, as he attempts to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father's closet....
©2005 Jonathan Safran Foer (P)2005 Recorded Books LLC
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By Elisabeth on 02-20-12

Amazing narration and story but massive techerror

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There is a massive technical error in one of the last chapters which resulted in, that I actually was unable to hear a part of this chapter. I would like my money back!

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By Ewa on 04-17-13

I just finished it and am falling apart.wonderful

Brilliant, wise, emotional, funny and increadibly sad at the same time. Perfect narrators made it very vivid.

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By Cheryl on 07-20-12

breaks your heart and strengthens your soul

Like many people, 9-11 was a watershed for me and still causes me pain to think about that terrible day and the way it changed the world. So I hesitated watch the movie based on this book. I did see it and later decided to listen to the audible book. I am so glad that I did. The book is far richer and deeper than the movie. It tells how families can wish for the best things but still get things terribly wrong - it talks about guilt but it also talks about courage. Oscar is a super hero in my mind. He is so brave yet so vulnerable - and he brings such poignant joy to the people he meets on his journey towards his dad and his family. His mom has a small but crucial role in how she gave Oscar space to deal with the loss of his father while she had her own devils. I want to read the book again - and again - and again -- I believe that each time this book is read is another revelation - and an affirmation of life and love - even beyond the grave

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By Creative Butterfly on 09-09-13

You can smile through the sad parts

It took me a while to get into this book as it jumps a bit, but once you understand it is going to do that you can relax into the story. It is about a young boy, Oskar, who is trying to cope with the loss of his father and starts a journey. In the background we hear from other family members and from people he meets. It is weird as you can smile though some sad parts, definitively worth a listen or a read.

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By Michelle Falzon on 03-27-16

Incredibly hard to read but ultimately rewarding.

It is never defined or discussed but I assumed the main character Oscar is autistic or perhaps has Aspergers disease. I found this condition made relating to his world and ultimately the story challenging, in his profound grief we are subjected to his unfiltered, often repetitive thoughts, which for me stopped the flow of the narrative. This made the book very hard to get into as a majority of the story is in the first person. I also couldn't stop thinking how completely unrealistic it was to let a very young boy travel around a post 9/11 New York, no matter how therapeutic or lightly chaperoned.
I felt the author should have introduced his other characters and their perspectives earlier as I imagine many people would have given up before their importance is realised. Once these parallel stories start filtering through, the full scope really begins to develop and you can appreciate how cleverly he has woven all the threads of past and present culminating in this time and place. His writing is very evocative so if you can drown out the loud and extremely close sections you are left with wonderful concepts like history repeating its self and the ripple effect of our actions flowing outwards .. all of which became apparent towards the end of the book.

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By askjohn on 08-01-15

Couldn't stop listening.

A great story told very well. I was completely taken away for the duration. Be prepared to lose sleep as you listen

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