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3.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 5 3.72 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julian Barnes Narrator: Alex Jennings Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2007 ISBN:
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This is one of the defining novels of English writer Julian Barnes. An entertaining melange of stories, starting with a contemporary account of the launch of Noah's Ark, takes us into unexpected areas of human foibles, activities, and tendencies.

After success with the main novels of Haruki Murakami, Naxos AudioBooks turns its attention to other major literary works of recent times.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/18/2014

    " The chapters are not interrelated and as a result a bad chapter does not affect another one. I'd say half the book's chapters are gold (very original some of them, such as a new version of heaven and the story of Noah and the ark as told by a termite). Worth a read but take my advice and if you don't like a chapter, skip it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clandie Chen | 2/15/2014

    " I knew from the beginning that Julian Barnes is going to be one of my favorite writers. His sense of humor and skepticism towards human civilization and the history kind of overturn my stereotyped views on the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rheba Smith | 2/9/2014

    " I was pretty disappointed in this. It's a story of short stories, loosely held together by variations on a theme. Some of the chapters/short stories were really interesting and some were incredibly slow. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cort | 2/6/2014

    " I honestly don't remember much about this book. I do remember parts seemed tedious, clunky, and slow moving. I don't think I was in the right mindset to be reading it at the time. I still have it sitting on my bookshelf and may revisit it again in the future to give it more of a fair shot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 2/6/2014

    " One of my all-time favorites. Yay Julian Barnes! I particularly love the "half-chapter." This was a re-read in 05. I have no idea how many times I've read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terra Mayer | 2/1/2014

    " Hilarious and insightful view of various constructions of the origins of history and our own methods for constructing a Self-history. Highly recommend! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Voracious | 1/28/2014

    " I enjoyed most of the stories. But I ended up feeling vaguely unsatisfied. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mollie | 1/7/2014

    " Another favorite, first introduced to me by a high school teacher, Rob Peck. This book represents funtimes with post-modernism. Barnes is a master of narrative, in all various forms taken throughout this novel. An interesting read for its treatment of history and religion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 12/17/2013

    " This was a funny one; and I particularly liked the 1/2 chapter, which tries to make some meaning of our lives. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daniela | 12/16/2013

    " Im reading this now- Its a collection of short story type things. Some I like better than others. Interesting enough to keep me reading! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nigel | 12/1/2013

    " One of the only books I can reread. Read it now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ken | 11/29/2013

    " These are tales that tell of how history is gleaned from evidence and of the choices historians and the rest of us make in interpreting history, world and personal. The tone ranges from snarky funny to Sebald arid, but always engaging. I look forward to reading his Flaubert's Parrot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evie Rabeck | 11/26/2013

    " Genius! A great book club read. A group of short stories which seem initially to be unrelated...but put your thinking cap on and keep reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vivencio | 11/26/2013

    " can't decide if i like this better than flaubert's parrot. uneven as in most good reads but the take on noah's ark is a hoot. the uninvited passenger ruminating over the ignoble purposes for which the unicorn's horn was used by the wife of noah's wife is a laugh out loud vignette. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberlyluisi | 10/31/2013

    " Cute, Clever. But really a history of religion. Great for people who like short stories "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becka | 3/26/2013

    " Amazingly intelligent and witty read so far! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kymberly | 3/12/2013

    " Fantastic. One that I love to read over and over again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bev Hankins | 1/27/2013

    " Julian Barnes excels at the short story. Best collection of short stories I've read in a long time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Daphne | 11/9/2012

    " I think I missed the point. Completely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 6/23/2012

    " A little like Jonathan Swift initially. First I've read of this author, some of the essays - chapters I liked others not so much. I will read something else by him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 9/12/2011

    " Loved it. Starts off with Noah's Ark and finishes up in Heaven. Lots of creativity. Good humour. Could be read as short stories, but they interlink to form a satisfying whole. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ainsley | 7/24/2011

    " I used to love this book (first read as a uni student), but upon revisiting am not quite sure what I think of it. It does make me think, though, and that's always a plus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Serafina Sands | 6/26/2010

    " This was the first book I read by Barnes, and it blew me out of the water. Utterly fascinating, funny, beatutifully written. Twenty years later I am still recommending it to everyone! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 2/12/2008

    " Another wonderful book by Julian Barnes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh | 2/4/2008

    " Another example of why his book have so many readers "

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