Austerlitz

  • by W. G. Sebald
  • Narrated by Richard Matthews
  • 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Austerlitz, the internationally acclaimed masterpiece by "one of the most gripping writers imaginable" (The New York Review of Books), is the story of a man's search for the answer to his life's central riddle. A small child when he comes to England on a Kindertransport in the summer of 1939, one Jacques Austerlitz is told nothing of his real family by the Welsh Methodist minister and his wife who raise him. When he is a much older man, fleeting memories return to him, and, obeying an instinct he only dimly understands, he follows their trail back to the world he left behind a half century before. There, faced with the void at the heart of 20th-century Europe, he struggles to rescue his heritage from oblivion.

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What the Critics Say

"W.G. Sebald is a monster - a gorgeous and unwaveringly assured writer, a bold formal innovator, and a man always plunging into the core of identity, singular and national. In Austerlitz, he's created his richest and most emotionally devastating story, and this book might be his finest." (Dave Eggers, "who has no right to be commenting on this man")
"With untraceable swiftness and assurance, W.G. Sebald's writing conjures from the details and sequences of daily life, and their circumstances and encounters, from apparent chance and its unsounded calculus, the dimension of dream and a sense of the depth of time that make his books, one by one, indispensable. He evokes at once the minutiae and the vastness of individual existence, the inconsolable sorrow of history and the scintillating beauty of the moment and its ground of memory. Each book seems to be something that surely was impossible, and each (upon every re-reading) is unique and astonishing." (W. S. Merwin)

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Customer Reviews

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have read this book many times. interesting listen

Where does Austerlitz rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

the book itself is #1 in my life, the voice was irritating and pompous


Who was your favorite character and why?

austerlitz: deep, observant, humble, tragic


Did the narration match the pace of the story?

yes, the story is mostly non linear, remembrances and insights


If you could rename Austerlitz, what would you call it?

travel to landscapes of soul


Any additional comments?

one of the best books written...ever

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- shotsy faust

Moving story extremely well narrated

This is a moving story of a man who was brought as a child to the UK researching the past and the fate of his parents. The novel is very well written, literal and beautiful in its details. The weakest part is the end, which is too abrupt. The narration is outstanding.
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- puma

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-07-2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audio