• The Unnamable

  • By: Samuel Beckett
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 08-23-05
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (85 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Unnamable is the third novel in Beckett's trilogy, three remarkable prose works in which men of increasingly debilitating physical circumstances act, ponder, consider, and rage against impermanence and the human condition. The Unnamable is without doubt the most uncompromising text and it is read here in startling fashion by Sean Barrett.
©2005 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd. (P)2005 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.
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Critic Reviews

"Beckett is one of the most positive writers alive. Behind all his mournful blasphemies against man there is real love. And he is genuine: every sentence is written as if it had been lived." ( The New York Times Book Review)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Erez on 12-31-08

Best narration I have ever heard

This book is a long and disjointed monologue of some (unnamable) being, trying to determine what it/he really is. He is sometimes waiting to die, sometimes waiting to be born, always struggling with facts, sensations and language itself in the search of himself. Definitely not for everybody, but extremely funny in its way, and well worth the effort in my opinion.

But the narration here is simply astounding. Sean Barrett brings this incredibly difficult, almost inaccessible work to life in a way I never imagined possible. The same also goes for his work on "Molloy" and "Malone Dies", but this book is truly the hardest of the three, and Mr. Barrett reads it perfectly.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Deskspud on 11-30-10

Amazing Trilogy

These books were so full of mad sanity it can be difficult to stay "on the bycycle." Malloy was the easiest for me; he is so hysterically original. But they become more serious as they move along; the characters voices assuming a more bitter maturity. Beckett is a world class poet and I'm out of my depth without larger insights than my own to follow but I loved the adventure and will enjoy listening to them repeatedly for years to come.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Gryfynn on 03-20-17

I'll go on...

What made the experience of listening to The Unnamable the most enjoyable?

Before listening to this I would have said that Sean barrett is a very good narrator. After listening to this however, I believe he is the best. This is a very heavy going piece of literature, yet he reads this text with a huge range of emotions. One minute he seems to cry out in despair with the agony of his strange existance while the next injecting the story with a little light-hearted amusement, passing by resignation, anger and exhaustion along the way. Beckett's work is not easy to interpret, however I don't believe I have heard it better done than here.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Unnamable?

The last few lines of the text are spellbinding to listen too. It almost feels like the entire text builds up to just those last few lines. All I was able to do after hearing them was simply sit and gaze out of the window. I had no words for how I felt.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

isn't that almost the same question? well, my answer is as above, anyway. Given the nature of the text, it's impossible really to talk about it in terms of scenes or events.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me do both. I have never been so moved by an audiobook before. It really was an astounding listening experience. All three books in the Beckett trilogy were a revelation to me, but certain lines in this book simply left me stunned. It is terribly difficult to put it into words.

Any additional comments?

I almost feel that this book is much better to listen to rather than read. I don't think I would have stuck with it otherwise. Not only is it worth reading for Beckett's outlook on the human condition, but it's honestly a work of auditry art in its delivery. I would however not recommend reading it without having read the first two books in the Beckett trilogy to start with.

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