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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017
Narrated by the award-winning author himself, this epic tale invites you into a world where the fate of a single person takes four different turns. Graceful and eloquent, it's a touching story of how a life can be dramatically altered by the choices you make.
Paul Auster's first novel in seven years. His greatest, most provocative, most heartbreaking, most satisfying work. A sweeping story of birthright and possibility, of love and the fullness of life itself. A masterpiece.
This audiobook contains exclusive bonus material in the form of an interview with the author.
On March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson's life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Four Fergusons made of the same genetic material, four boys who are the same boy, will go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives. Family fortunes diverge. Loves and friendships and intellectual passions contrast. Chapter by chapter, the rotating narratives evolve into an elaborate dance of inner worlds enfolded within the outer forces of history as, one by one, the intimate plot of each Ferguson's story rushes on across the tumultuous and fractured terrain of mid twentieth-century America. A boy grows up - again and again and again.
As inventive and dexterously constructed as anything Paul Auster has ever written, 4 3 2 1 is an unforgettable tour de force, the crowning work of this masterful writer's extraordinary career.
Paul Auster is the best-selling author of Winter Journal, Sunset Park, Man in the Dark, The Brooklyn Follies, The Book of Illusions and The New York Trilogy, among many other works. In 2006 he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Among his other honours are the Independent Spirit Award for the screenplay of Smoke and the Prix Medicis Etranger for Leviathan. He has also been short-listed for both the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (The Book of Illusions) and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (The Music of Chance). His work has been translated into more than 30 languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
©2017 Paul Auster (P)2017 Macmillan Audio
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"One of the great writers of our time." (San Francisco Chronicle)
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By Ms on 05-19-17

Brilliant book. genius Auster as usual!

i loved this complex novel once I worked out how to follow the different versions of the same boy.

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By Badger on 02-01-17

Gold, pure Auster gold.

37 hours of Paul Auster's voice and text! This really is a dream come true. It's a rare treat to hear Auster narrate his fiction. His perfectly paced delivery is every bit as brilliant as his prose. I've listened to a few hours and know that I'll be listening again and again ... and again. And again ...

On a bit of a side note, if you're using an Apple device and it refuses to download - you might need to go into settings and download in parts, rather than the large single file.



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By The Blue Reviewer on 05-03-17

Arduous reading, some great but brief moments

What disappointed you about 4 3 2 1?

Not easy to follow. Probably requires a second read to fully absorb. Saying this, I feel no desire to read it again: The book might be more interesting for someone who is interested in writing literature as the bulk of the story is about the main character tying to "make it" in the field. His personal endeavours on the other hand, were a bit more exciting.Sadly, this is no Moon Palace, and I so wanted it to be.

Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Auster’s performances?

Tentatively yes.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

It was disappointing and depressing in equal measure.

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By Lara on 09-12-17

I got there in the end!

I really liked the premise for the story as well as the narrators voice. I only listen in my car and I started listening to this on my uni break when I was driving less, so it took me about 2 months to finish it!!! I am a bit sad that it's over now... Archie has been my companion for a while.

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By Gillian on 08-26-17

Ok story but long and dreary narration

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I usually like a good saga and the idea of decisions changing a life's direction was interesting. I ploughed through the book but would not read again.

What was one of the most memorable moments of 4 3 2 1?

None. Maybe not being American did not help. Lots of references to American sports people and very localised subjects I did not fully understand

What didn’t you like about Paul Auster’s performance?

Mono.tone. Dull. Would have been much better served by a decent narrator

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