Under the Volcano

  • by Malcolm Lowry
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On the Day of the Dead, in 1938, Geoffrey Firmin, an alcoholic and ruined man, is fatefully living out his last day, drowning himself in mescal while his former wife and half-brother look on, powerless to help him. The events of this one day unfold against a backdrop unforgettable for its evocation of a Mexico at once magical and diabolical.


What the Critics Say

"The book obviously belongs with the most original and creative novels of our time." (Alfred Kazin)
"One of the towering novels of [the twentieth] century." (New York Times)
"[Lowry's] masterpiece...has a claim to being regarded as one of the ten most consequential works of fiction produced in this century...." (Los Angeles Times)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Excellent...but not for everyone

I loved this story of a day-long drunken binge told from 3 different viewpoints, but I know that not everyone liked it (ask my book club)...but I thought it was classic. It gets tough in some places, but I found Under the Volcano to be a wonderful tale in a vast desert of somewhat underwhelming books. 5 stars for writing and 5 stars for narration.
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- Melinda


I'm sure this book is a classic but it sure didn't feel like one when listening to it. The narration was droopy, inarticulate and lacked variety between the characters. The storytelling itself is best absorbed when reading the novel.

It was very apparent one chapter into this book that it was going to be confusing, troubling and overall not that enjoyable.

Save yourself the listen. Buy the book instead.
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- Adam Aseraf

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-14-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.