Under the Volcano

  • by Malcolm Lowry
  • Narrated by Nick Ullett
  • 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Beneath the twin shadows of Popocatepetl and Ixtaccihuatl in Mexico, the Consul is drunk. He staggers from bar to bar hoping to find salvation staining the bottom of the next glass. His lonely existence is disrupted when his former wife, Yvonne, returns with, Hugh, the Consul's half-brother. But the reunion turns sour when a local peasant turns up dead, beginning a series of events that will decide the Consul's fate. In the course of one day an entire life is chronicled, set against the backdrop of Europe during the Spanish Civil War.

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What the Critics Say

"One of the towering novels of this century." (The New York Times)

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Customer Reviews

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Cratering out

I was able to finish this only through determination, not enjoyment. It's tedious, overblown and downright boring. A highly repetitious account of a drunk trying not very hard to kick his habit.
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- James C.

Very Poor Quality Audio

This great novel is rendered almost unintelligible by the poor quality of the recording, or perhaps the digitalization. I had enormous difficulty understanding what the narrator was saying and gave up after about ten minutes. I admit that my hearing isn't terrific. Younger readers may fair better. What a shame.
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- Jonathan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-15-1999
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books