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3.27 out of 53.27 out of 53.27 out of 53.27 out of 53.27 out of 5 3.27 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dave Eggers Narrator: Dion Graham Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2000 ISBN: 9781440791444
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The literary sensation of the year, a book that redefines both family and narrative for the twenty-first century. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is the moving memoir of a college senior who, in the space of five weeks, loses both of his parents to cancer and inherits his eight-year-old brother. Here is an exhilarating debut that manages to be simultaneously hilarious and wildly inventive as well as a deeply heartfelt story of the love that holds a family together.

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is an instant classic that will be read in paperback for decades to come. The Vintage edition includes a new appendix by the author.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A 2000 Guardian First Book Award Finalist
  • A 2001 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for General Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannine | 2/18/2014

    " It took me a long time to finish the book, sometimes because it was annoying and sometimes for fear of what would come next and a lot of times because I had very little empathy with the narrator. But now that I'm done with it, I'm impressed at Eggers' ability to reveal the workings of his own tortured twenty-something mind, and I'm also impressed by the volume of love he reveals, behind many layers, in this memoir. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carrie Schmeck | 2/2/2014

    " Sad tale but self-indulgent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Derek Baldwin | 1/27/2014

    " both hilariously funny and very poignant, and pretentious but in a good way "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thilardiel | 1/20/2014

    " I loved the beginning of this book. I absolutely hated the rest. By the end I was just kind of mad at Eggers for the life he's lived and his perspective. I do, at least, appreciate his honesty about being a manipulative jerk. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie Michelle | 1/1/2014

    " lots of hype, it was good... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug Stewart | 1/1/2014

    " Always heartbreaking. The first real chapter and the last couple pages always leave me speechless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 12/29/2013

    " Intensely and obsessively self-absorbed prose. Beautiful and acutely painful passages about the awkwardness of social interaction in your 20s. Perfect encapsulation of the "Reality Bites" generation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca Loo | 11/29/2013

    " staggeringly sad at first, after awhile he plays that tragedy card too much. oh but the end is such a sweet jumbled rush. eggers has moments of hilarious paranoia and his cautiousness is almost insecure but it's fitting. the preface and 'mistakes we knew we were making' are so much more personal, which is what everyone wants after reading a story like this. eggers is a true human. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Byron | 11/23/2013

    " Best memoir ever. The title truly says it all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 11/19/2013

    " It took me several tries to get into it but once I took the plunge, I was totally hooked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 11/14/2013

    " "Do it you fuckers" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 11/10/2013

    " This is easily the best thing by Eggers that I've ever read. It's emotional, playful, and a great deal of fun to read. Personally, I don't care what is fiction and what is real. I just treated as a novel and I had a ball. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alia Richards | 9/18/2013

    " I almost gave him that second star out of pity...almost. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mimi Olive | 8/13/2013

    " Loved this book! One of my all time favorite autobiographies. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Malia Fincher | 8/1/2013

    " I know people that loved this book, but I really did not enjoy it. It seemed overly self-conscious and pretentious. Blech. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise Mundier | 6/7/2013

    " I thought the portrayal of the turmoil and incoherent thought patterns that can accompany death was both touching and realistic, without being maudlin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julieb | 9/3/2012

    " For book lovers with open minds to many genres, this is not to be missed. Creative, outside-the-box writing that's real and the stuff of life. He has the gift and it is there for you and me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 7/19/2012

    " Actually lives up to its name. A funny, moving, weird, angry, upsetting, philosophical, not-quite-all-true memoir of a super-smart Gen X orphan, who can really write, and will probably make you laugh, but probably also piss you off too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Azabu | 6/14/2012

    " Yes to all three: heartbreaking, staggering and genius. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/2/2012

    " A lot of narcissism and a little humor. I think I chuckled out loud only once. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mei Ling | 4/16/2012

    " One of the few books I couldn't finish, maybe I'll try it again "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 1/8/2012

    " I loved the "side note" writing style. A bit difficult to work through, but overall an excellent book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tim Hyland | 11/1/2011

    " Pretentious bloviating (bloviated?) drivel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisa | 7/31/2011

    " Wonderful, both hysterically funny, manic and at times hard to take...but well worth it. I cared about the people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oceansofie | 6/29/2011

    " it gets a little bogged down in the middle but the first third of this book is mesmerizing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 6/28/2011

    " A bit much sometimes, but full of raw emotion, good, engaging writing and humor (especially the bit about Adam Rich). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chandra | 6/24/2011

    " I hate it with a passion "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 6/21/2011

    " Eggers is absolutely brilliant. The book was even better because I grew up in SF... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melina | 6/21/2011

    " I rarely come across a book I can't finish, so I was surprised when I got 1/4 of the way through this thing and wanted to throw it at the wall. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marylp | 6/20/2011

    " A little too manic for me "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 6/17/2011

    " An interesting look at Mr. Eggers's life as he coped with the death of his parents, and the new responsibility of raising his younger brother, Toph. I really liked the self awareness that was apparent throughout his prose, and the unorthodox styles of writing encountered in this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeff | 6/15/2011

    " It was okay, not sure what I can write that hasn't already been written in reviews on this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie | 6/15/2011

    " Ug. Only finished it because it was for my book club. Otherwise would have bagged after 50 pages. This is just not the kind of chaotic mind that I want or need to experience. "

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About the Author
Author Dave EggersDAVE EGGERS is the author of ten books, including the national best sellers The Circle and A Hologram for the King, which was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award. He is the founder of McSweeney's, an independent publishing company based in San Francisco. Eggers is the cofounder of 826 National, a network of eight tutoring centers around the country, and ScholarMatch, a nonprofit organization designed to connect students with resources, schools, and donors to make college possible. He lives in Northern California with his family.
About the Narrator

Dion Graham, from HBO’s The Wire, also narrates The First 48 on A&E. Winner of dozens of Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, he has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. His performances have been praised as thoughtful and compelling, vivid and full of life.