House of Holes

  • by Nicholson Baker
  • Narrated by Jeff Woodman
  • 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Shandee finds a friendly arm at a granite quarry. Ned drops down a hole in a golf course. Luna meets a man made of light bulbs at a tanning parlor. So begins Nicholson Baker's fuse-blowing, sex-positive escapade, House of Holes. Baker, the best-selling author of The Mezzanine, Vox, and The Fermata, who "writes like no one else in America" (Newsweek), returns to erotic territory with a gleefully over-the-top novel set in a pleasure resort, where normal rules don't apply. Visitors, pulled in via their drinking straws or the dryers in laundromats, can undergo crotchal transfers... make love to trees... visit the Groanrooms and the 12-screen Porndecahedron... or pussy-surf the White Lake. It's very expensive, of course, but there are work-study programs. In charge of day-to-day operations is Lila, a former hospital administrator whose breast milk has unusual regenerative properties.
Brimful of good-nature, wit, and surreal sexual vocabulary, House of Holes is a modern-day Hieronymous Boschian bacchanal that is sure to surprise, amuse, and arouse.


What the Critics Say

"Wild and hallucinatory.... Every page offers something smart and amusing.... Full of fearlessness, cheerfulness, wit and brio." (The Washington Post)
"Truly uproarious.... Baker is one of the most consistently enticing writers of our time.... Readers with a fondness for richly ridiculous diction, witty provocation and graphic sexual prose that celebrates desire, frailty and the comedy of life will not be disappointed." (The New York Times Book Review)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A fantastic performance of a very funny book

Would you consider the audio edition of House of Holes to be better than the print version?

I read this in print first and loved it, but Jeff Woodman's performance makes it twice as much fun.

What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

Jeff Woodman is a genius at quickly characterizing the many, many people who make appearances in this book. He brings out the comedy in ways I'd never imagined when I was reading the book in print.

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- Jeffrey

good literate porn

Would you consider the audio edition of House of Holes to be better than the print version?

handier for me. Easier to listen while running or driving than to sit down and read.

What other book might you compare House of Holes to and why?

Ann Rice's Beauty trilogy, another example of literate porn. Both authors know how to write standard English, and know how to write raunch without sexist or approaches taking me out of the mood. Also, listen to Susie Bright's interview with Nicholson Baker in her In Bed series for a good idea of the tone and approach of the book.

What about Jeff Woodman???s performance did you like?

Clear and easy to understand. A good professional reader.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no. It is a collection of related short stories.

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- pat in longview wa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-29-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios