Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

  • by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Narrated by Kerry Shale
  • 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an inventor, amateur entomologist, computer consultant, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, amateur astronomer, natural historian, percussionist, romantic, Great Explorer, jeweller, origamist, detective, vegan and collector of butterflies.When his father is killed in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, Oskar sets out to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father's closet. It is a search which leads him into the lives of strangers, through the five boroughs of New York, into history, to the bombings of Dresden and Hiroshima, and on an inward journey which brings him ever closer to some kind of peace.

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What the Critics Say

"Piercing and so funny." (The Bookseller)
"[Oskar's] first-person narration of his journey is arrestingly beautiful, and readers won't soon forget him." (Booklist)
"Jonathan Safran Foer's second novel is everything one hoped it would be: ambitious, pyrotechnic, riddling, and above all...extremely moving. An exceptional achievement." (Salman Rushdie)
"Brilliant....Unafraid to show his traumatized characters' constant groping for emotional catharsis, Foer demonstrates once again that he is one of the few contemporary writers willing to risk sentimentalism in order to address great questions of truth, love, and beauty." (Publishers Weekly)

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Good book on 9/11 impact on a kid's life

Jonathan Safran Foer has done an excellent job getting "into the mind" of a 9 year old boy that lost his father at the WTC on 9/11. The story is moving and intense, thanks to the first person viewpoint. The narrator has done a good job getting the intensity and confusedness of the book across to the listener.

During the story, it becomes clear that main character Oskar is not the only one dealing with demons from the past. The book provides a solid insight into the ways in which people deal with large unexpected losses in their lives.

The strength as well as the weakness of the book, is the excessive amount of symbolism. While it is often beautiful, it tends to get on your nerves at some points.

All in all, a very worthwhile read in a refreshing style.
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- Philip

Great performance but too abriged.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would. the reader did a quite facinating job.


Any additional comments?

Too abriged. It skipped too much paragraphs.

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- Jun

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-22-2005
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited