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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,404 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Cunningham Narrator: Colin Farrell, Dallas Roberts, Blair Brown, Jennifer Van Dyck Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2004 ISBN: 9781593973919
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For the first time, an audio production is available of Michael Cunningham's critically acclaimed novel—published to coincide with the release of the feature film starring Colin Farrell and Dallas Roberts
M ichael Cunningham's celebrated novel is the story of two boyhood friends: Jonathan, lonely, introspective, and unsure of himself; and Bobby, hip, dark, and inarticulate. In New York after college, Bobby moves in with Jonathan and his roommate, Clare, a veteran of the city's erotic wars. Bobby and Clare fall in love, scuttling the plans of Jonathan, who is gay, to father Clare's child. Then, when Clare and Bobby have a baby, the three move to a small house upstate to raise "their" child together and create a new kind of family. A Home at the End of the World masterfully depicts the charged, fragile relationships of urban life today.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The story of Jonathan, Clare, Bobby, and Alice is also the story of the 70's and 80's in America--and vice versa. It is destined to last. David Leavitt, author of The Marble Quilt
  • Cunningham has written a novel that all but reads itself. The Washington Post Book World
  • Once in a great while, there appears a novel so spellbinding in its beauty and sensitivity that the reader devours it nearly whole, in great greedy gulps, and feels stretched sore afterwards, having been expanded and filled. Such a book is [this one]. Sherry Rosenthal, San Diego Tribune
  • Luminous with the wonders and anxieties that make childhood mysterious . . . A Home at the End of the World is a remarkable accomplishment. Laura Frost, San Francisco Review
  • Brilliant and satisfying . . . As good as anything I've read in years . . . Hope in the midst of tragedy is a fragile thing, and Cunningham carries it with masterful care. Gayle Kidder, San Diego Union
  • Exquisitely written . . . Lyrical . . . An important book. Charleston Sunday News and Courier
  • Cunningham writes with power and delicacy . . . We come to feel that we know Jonathan, Bobby, and Clare as if we lived with them; yet each one retains the mystery that in people is called soul, and in fiction is called art. Richard Eder, The Los Angeles Times

  • “Lyrical . . . Memorable and accomplished. The New York Times Book Review

  • Novels don't come more deeply felt than Cunningham's extraordinary four-character study . . . The writing [is] a constant pleasure, flowing and yet dense with incisive images and psychological nuance. Matthew Gilbert, The Boston Globe

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin Wright Gunn | 2/20/2014

    " About 2/3 finished. Cunningham gave a lecture here in Savannah this past Tuesday, it was great. Love the scenario of this novel, and the writing. Wow. In the last few pages it got suddenly hilarious, which I didn't expect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Lundrigan | 2/17/2014

    " A story about complicated relationships and family dynamics. Writing was beautiful, imagery gorgeous, and I marvelled at how deeply I came to know the characters. Cunningham offers insight in such subtle ways. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susannah | 2/16/2014

    " I cried at the end. I haven't done that in a while. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 2/12/2014

    " One of the most complicated and yet most beautiful love stories I have ever read. (if you saw the movie, try to move on and put that far from your memory and if you didn't see it, don't) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dustin Sherman | 1/29/2014

    " I could read this twisted love story over and over again! The writing is amazing, the plot was great. Overall, great novel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matteo | 1/27/2014

    " Even though the story is utterly devastating and leaving no hope the style is simply unique, plain and extremely touching. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 1/25/2014

    " I love Michael Cunningham and the complex characters and relationships he creates. This story was a thoroughly modern relationship between 3 individuals that truly love each other - for the time it was written, kind of racy. Unfortunately, I didn't love any of the characters, but their story definitely kept my interest. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Merredith | 1/23/2014

    " This book was a fast read, but not terribly good. I didn't like any of the characters in this book. They just were not people I would like in real life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thuy | 1/13/2014

    " Bobby n Jonathan are best friends as teenagers who love each other as partners. J eventually moves to NYC and B joins him years later. They try and raise a family together, their child's mother being B's gf and J's bff. She eventually leaves and takes the child with her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fiona Wren | 1/3/2014

    " I'm a huge Michael Cunningham fan, and after I read the short story that inspired this book I felt compelled to read the novel. I saw the movie again on television over the weekend and, as usual, it doesn't do the book justice, particularly when it comes to Bobby's inner life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lea Mola | 12/11/2013

    " unnerveing and depressing the ending left me empty "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Courtney Milford | 11/10/2013

    " Awful, weird characters. Can't even remember what prompted me to order it from the library - I think it might have been listed as a good book about comning out as a gay person in wsj.com. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meri | 10/29/2013

    " Good book, great movie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 9/4/2013

    " I loves me some Michael Cunningham. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marc Gelinas | 7/12/2013

    " just one of the best books I have ever read... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara Lamers | 5/26/2013

    " Author of _The Hours_ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelly | 1/17/2013

    " Pretty good read, but disappointed with the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 5/24/2012

    " I don't think I'll ever like anything of his the way I like THE HOURS, but this is a beautiful sad story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana Delamar | 1/16/2012

    " One of the most heartbreaking and well-written books I've ever read. Went on my keeper shelf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcia | 12/25/2011

    " Family is non-traditional and love is not typical. Be prepared to open your mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 10/7/2011

    " beautiful, insightful, heartbreaking, life-affirming "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 4/28/2011

    " I don't think I'll ever like anything of his the way I like THE HOURS, but this is a beautiful sad story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Taylor | 4/28/2011

    " This began extremely promisingly: I was half in love with the opening. However, once Clare entered the equation, I lost most of my interest, since I truly dislike her character. I've seen the film, I know what happens, there really was no reason for me to continue once reading became a chore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shane | 4/25/2011

    " Controversial subject matter - but one of the most touching books I've ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 3/27/2011

    " another version of what makes a family. Says alot about people who think too much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 3/20/2011

    " Incredible book! If you saw the movie and liked it, read the book and you'll love it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody | 3/11/2011

    " I am loving this book! The characters are interesting and I want them to stay with me a long time! I really liked this book- the characters, the story and the writing style! I recommend it highly! I will remember it for a long time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicek | 3/5/2011

    " This is an engaging book about some characters who find each other in odd ways and come together like family but also as lovers. I rated 4 of 5 stars because I found it a bit slow at times. But it is a good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liza | 2/25/2011

    " I love Cunningham's honest voice, fluent prose, and punctuated truths about life, love and the passing of time. A fast, good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 2/2/2011

    " Moving and unique, a good read. Really makes you think, though some of it stretches reality beyond what this type of fiction is meant to do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 1/28/2011

    " This book is incredible. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Cunningham

Michael Cunningham is the author of the novels A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours (winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize), Specimen Days, and By Nightfall, as well as the nonfiction book, Land’s End: A Walk in Provincetown. He teaches at Yale University.

About the Narrators

Dallas Roberts, who attended Juilliard, has lived in New York City for fourteen years. He was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his role in the Off-Broadway play Nocturne by Adam Rapp. He is married to Christine Jones, who is the Set Designer for Spring Awakening and a professor at NYU. They have two sons, one of whom is named Ever Reverend Jones.

Blair Brown is a Tony Award–winning actor. Her best known role is Nina Sharp from the television series Fringe. She prepares for recording audiobooks the same way she does for her other roles: by reading the text three times. Brown has won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Jennifer Van Dyck has appeared on Broadway in Hedda Gabler, Dancing at Lughnasa, Two Shakespearean Actors, and The Secret Rapture. She has been in new plays by Keith Bunin, Ellen McLaughlin, Catherine Filloux, Douglas Post, A. R. Gurney, and Albert Innaurato. Her film and television credits include Series 7, States of Control, Bullets over Broadway, numerous Law & Order episodes, Ed, Spin City, and The Education of Max Bickford. Her audiobook narrations have won her three AudioFile Earphones Awards.