A Horse Walks into a Bar

  • by David Grossman, Jessica Cohen
  • Narrated by Joe Barrett
  • 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In a little dive in a small Israeli city, Dov Greenstein, a comedian a bit past his prime, is doing a night of stand-up. In the audience is a district court justice, Avishai Lazar, whom Dov knew as a boy, along with a few others who remember Dov as the awkward, scrawny kid who walked on his hands to confound the neighborhood bullies. Gradually, teetering between hilarity and hysteria, Dov's patter becomes a kind of memoir, taking us back into the terrors of his childhood - his beautiful flower of a mother, a Holocaust survivor in need of constant monitoring; his punishing father, a striver who had little understanding of his creative son. Finally, recalling his week at a military camp for youth - where Lazar witnessed what became the central event of Dov's childhood - Dov describes the indescribable while Lazar wrestles with his own part in the comedian's story of loss and survival. A beautiful performance by Grossman (jokes in questionable taste included).

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Grossman is a genius/performance is excellent

Would you listen to A Horse Walks into a Bar again? Why?

I'm certainly keeping this one--Grossman writes with attention to the moment-to-moment details of dialogue and plot--no flab here. Joe Barrett tackles a difficult work--a lot of movement in and out of different narrative voices--with ease.


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- Corby Kelly

A story that touches you to your core

This story takes place in one evening of stand-up comedy in a bar in the dull coastal suburb Netanya. Dov G. (Dov'aleh) is an aging stand-up comedian who slowly unravels a life of dissonance between his professional career and his personal life by turning his act into a personal reflection, which is anything but funny, about one a day in his life when her was a child.

This story will likely touch anyone who reads it. It will also touch very deeply those who have lived through our witnessed the pathos of the second generation to the Holocaust survivors.
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- Elik Cohen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-21-2017
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books