• Dear Mr. M

  • By: Herman Koch
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-06-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.6 (105 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The tour-de-force, hair-raising new novel from Herman Koch, New York Times bestselling author of The Dinner and Summer House with Swimming Pool.
Once a celebrated writer, M's greatest success came with a suspense novel based on a real-life, unsolved disappearance. It told the story of a history teacher who went missing one winter after his brief affair with a stunning pupil. Upon publication, M.'s novel was a bestseller, one that marked his international breakthrough.
That was years ago, and now M.'s career is almost over as he fades increasingly into obscurity. But not when it comes to his bizarre, seemingly timid neighbor who keeps a close eye on him. Why?
From various perspectives, Herman Koch tells the dark tale of a writer in decline, a teenage couple in love, a missing teacher, and a single book that entwines all of their fates. Thanks to M's novel, supposedly a work of fiction, everyone seems to be linked forever, until something unexpected spins the "story" off its rails.
With racing tension, sardonic wit, and a world-renowned sharp eye for human failings, Herman Koch once again spares nothing and no one in his gripping new novel, a barbed tour de force suspending listeners in the mysterious literary gray space between fact and fiction.
©2014 Herman Koch. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Originally published in Dutch in the Netherlands as Geachte heer M. by Ambo Anthos, Amsterdam, in 2014. Translation © 2016 Sam Garrett. Grateful acknowledgment is made to Charlie MacPherson for permission to reprint an excerpt from The Black Box by Malcolm MacPherson, © 1998 by Malcolm MacPherson. Used by permission.
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5 out of 5 stars
By ilene on 09-16-16

Great book

Enjoyed every minute of this story- (almost)- hoping for a slightly better ending but still amazing with endless twists and surprises . I don't think I've listened to a better narrator - his performance brought every character to life . Don't miss it!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bill on 12-31-17

Koch pulls this one out!

I like me some Koch.

Stories within stories wrapped around alternating narrators and timelines. Holy crap. Wtf is going on around here. I didn’t even know what happening until I was well over half way in and then I only had a hint of what was really happening. Oh yeah. And then I was wrong.

The storytelling perspectives were jarring at first and took me a while to get into the groove, but the strong writing kept me moving on. Even when there was (seemingly) nothing going on I was still glued to the pages.

I don’t know how Koch pulled this one out. It should have been a complete cluster.

Yes, it could have used a minor haircut here and there. Yes, I got confused more than once. Yes, it was all over the place at times. And…Yes, it all came together and was a very good (what was this?) thriller, mystery, satire, suspense…all of the above? Doesn’t matter. It’s good. Real good.

If you haven’t had some Koch lately, I suggest you get on it. Go get you some Koch.

4.5+ Stars!

P.S. I did not mention the narrator who was brilliant. The tone, pacing, cadence. Everything. It was all spot on and after a while of listening I was so into the story I forgot I was listening to it and was 100% into the story. I don't think there is a better compliment for a narrator than that. Luke Daniels nails this one for sure.

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