Suddenly, a Knock on the Door

  • by Etgar Keret, Nathan Englander (translator), Miriam Shlesinger (translator), Sondra Silverston (translator)
  • Narrated by Ira Glass, Willem Dafoe, Ben Marcus, Gary Shteyngart, Michael Chabon, Neal Stephenson, Nicole Krauss, Josh Radnor
  • 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Multi-voiced Performance, 2013
Read by an all-star cast and featuring a bonus story special to the audio edition, Suddenly, a Knock on the Door is a one-of-a-kind audiobook.
Bringing up a child, lying to the boss, placing an order in a fast-food restaurant: in Etgar Keret’s new collection, daily life is complicated, dangerous, and full of yearning. In his most playful and most mature work yet, the living and the dead, silent children and talking animals, dreams and waking life coexist in an uneasy world. Overflowing with absurdity, humor, sadness, and compassion, the tales in Suddenly, a Knock on the Door establish Etgar Keret—declared a "genius" by The New York Times—as one of the most original writers of his generation.
Audio Track listing: "Suddenly, a Knock on the Door", read by Ira Glass; "Lieland", read by Adam Thirlwell; "Cheesus Christ", read by Dave Eggers; "Simyon", read by Nicole Krauss; "Shut", read by George Saunders; "Healthy Start"; read by Ben Foster; "Teamwork", read by Mathieu Amalric; "Pudding", read by Aimee Bender; "Unzipping", read by Miranda July; "The Polite Little Boy", read by Ben Marcus; "Mystique", read by Willem Dafoe; "Creative Writing", read by Stanley Tucci; "Snot", read by John Sayles; "Grab the Cuckoo by the Tail", read by Gary Shteyngart; "Pick a Color", read by Robert Wisdom; "Black and Blue", read by Stella Schnabel; "What Do We Have in Our Pockets?" read by Michael Chabon; "Bad Karma", read by Lorin Stein; "Ari", read by Rick Moody; "Bitch", read by Nathan Englander; "The Story, Victorious", read by Scott Shepherd; "A Good One", read by David Rakoff; "What, of This Goldfish, Would You Wish?" read by Gary Shteyngart; "Not Completely Alone", read by Michael Chernus; "One Step Beyond", read by Shea Wigham; "Big Blue Bus", read by Josh Charles; "Hemorrhoid", read by Michael Buscemi; "September All Year Long", read by Neal Stephenson; "Joseph", read by Mark Duplass; "Mourners Meal", read by Shalom Auslander; "Parallel Universes", read by Todd Hasak-Lowy; "Upgrade", read by Josh Radnor; "Guava", read by Ira Glass; "Surprise Party", read by Scott Shepherd; "What Animal Are You?" read by Jonathan Safran Foer; and "Asthma Attack", read by Etgar Keret.


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Spices of imagination behind the door...

If you could sum up Suddenly, a Knock on the Door in three words, what would they be?

Imagination, idealistic, wonderland.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Suddenly, a Knock on the Door?

I was really surprised by the Ari story. I loved the details and the crazy turn that the story took. Really Really loved it!

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I loved the different variations of tones and the accents that each narrator brought to each story. It was easier to imagine with the different voices.

Who was the most memorable character of Suddenly, a Knock on the Door and why?

I would say the characters of Ziki and Urgon. People are always battling inside with the person of who they would like to be versus who they actually are. This story artistically shows the difference between the personalities and how a person can try to hide it, but someone will be there to unveil it at one point in your life.

Any additional comments?

Really great book! Loved that the stories were so imaginative and challenged me to think about how things end and how we portray ourselves to others.

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- Belinda

bizzare, ironic, and excellent

What made the experience of listening to Suddenly, a Knock on the Door the most enjoyable?

loved the short stories and all the different narrators

What was one of the most memorable moments of Suddenly, a Knock on the Door?

the irony of the stories

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

ira glass, jonothan safran foer

If you could take any character from Suddenly, a Knock on the Door out to dinner, who would it be and why?

the author

Any additional comments?

excellent, check it out if you are looking for something different

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- michelle "mish"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-16-2012
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio