The Human Comedy

  • by William Saroyan
  • Narrated by Meg Ryan
  • 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The story of The Human Comedy, poignant and richly autobiographical, is based both on author Saroyan’s fatherless life and the Greek classic Homer’s Odyssey. Beloved actress Meg Ryan shows us the boy becoming the man in a world that, even in the midst of war, appears sweeter, safer, and more livable than our own.
In World War II-era California, Homer Macauley and his mother, sister, and three brothers live out struggles and dreams that reflect those of America’s second-generation immigrants. Homer, determined to become one of the fastest telegraph messengers in the West, finds himself caught between reality and illusion as delivering his messages of wartime brings him face-to-face with human emotion at its most naked and raw.

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Poignant, inspiring, a worthy choice

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I was unfamiliar with this book, gave it a try because Ms. Ryan narrated. What a moving, surprising story and I really enjoyed Ms. Ryan's sublime performance. I'm so glad I bought this audio book!!!

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- SJ

What A Delight!

This was such a wonderful book. Having seen the movie years ago I didn't know what to expect. The movie kept to the book very closely and even though I saw the movie first it didn't ruin the audio presentation. It is a gentle story of a family living in a small town in California during WW2. The writing captured the flavor of the era amazingly well.
It was a little hard to get used to Meg Ryan as narrator but after a while I got used to her style. I am so glad I decided to select this book .Its a Classic.
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- sharon "love to read and love audio books!Favorite authors: Marcia Willett,Nevil Shute,Mary Stewart,and Jacqueline Winspear. I could go on and on but wont bore you! I belong to a book group and we often" Listen" to the books we have selected for the month while using a paper copy for the discussion notes. It really enhances the quality of the story."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-16-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios