I Thought My Father Was God

  • by Edited by Paul Auster
  • Narrated by Paul Auster
  • 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Paul Auster was asked to join NPR's Weekend All Things Considered program to tell stories, he turned the proposition on its head: he would let the stories come to him. He invited listeners to submit brief, true-life anecdotes about events that touched their lives.And so the National Story Project was born. Just over a year old, it's one of NPR's most popular features. The response has been so overwhelming, with more than 4,000 stories submitted so far, that Auster decided to cull the top works and make them available in a book, and now this audio. His selections, hilarious blunders, wrenching coincidences, brushes with death, miraculous encounters, improbable ironies, come from people of all ages and walks of life.This one-of-a-kind collection is a testament to the power of storytelling that offers a glimpse into the American soul. By turns poignant, nostalgic, funny, and strange, it is an audiobook to be treasured and shared for years to come.


What the Critics Say

"Improbable, hilarious, miraculous: these stories are the stuff of life." (AudioFile)
"A moving collection of stories that realizes the audio format's best possibilities." (Publishers Weekly)
"A powerful book, one in which strangers share with you their darkest secrets, their happiest memories, their fears, their regrets. To read these essays is to look into hearts, to see life from other viewpoints, to live vicariously." (The Boston Globe)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Simply Great

Paul Auster reads this book with all the right emotional accents, even though the work is a compilation of concise, true stories solicited from people from around the country. There are a lot of stories about mom and dad and growing up in ages gone by. Plenty of humor, sorrow, sadness and just plain interesting histories of ordinary people. With the diversity of content, I feel sure at least one story will resonate within everyone. Don't miss the chance to connect with people on a unique level. And I hope, above all, there is a volume two. Mr. Auster was born to read.
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- Glenn A. Miller "Programmer/Architect"

So many stories not enough endings.

This audio book is full of stories. They range in length from very short (1-2 minutes) to short (maybe 10 minutes). The problem is they almost always felt fragmented to me, I found myself wanting to keep going deeper into the story, but that would be it, and then we were off to the next one.The first couple of times this was tolerable but after about an hour it became absolutely maddening, to the point that I couldn't stand to listen to the second part of the book. If you are the type that is interested in the rest of the story... move on!
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- Joshua

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-11-2005
  • Publisher: HarperAudio