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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,941 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Isherwood Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2009 ISBN: 9781615730599
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A gay man copes with his partner's death in this classic novel. George, an Englishman and professor living in Southern California, is an outsider in every way. Yet his internal reflections reveal a man who loves being alive, despite everyday injustices an Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimi04 | 2/16/2014

    " Wow, though I had a few problems with this ass long sentences, the book was even better than the movie <3 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 2/15/2014

    " A bit disappointing. Gay man in mourning for his dead partner. Self indulgent and quite depressing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 2/13/2014

    " An unusual instance where I saw the movie before reading the book. Honestly, the movie captured the mood and emotion of the book better than the book itself, is that possible? Recommended for reading, especially for its time, but the film is really excellent as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jamie | 1/26/2014

    " Not at all what I expected. Some really nice prose but the narrative is sort of oddly bland. I didn't need for something more to happen, per se, but I wasn't particularly emotionally moved as I'd anticipated. Strikingly contemporary-feeling for when it was written. "

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

    " The saving grace of this book is Isherwood's luminous prose, which shines dazzlingly through the cracks of what is an otherwise rather dim and clunky Mrs. Dalloway knockoff centered on a pretentious, vaguely racist character. Sorry Chris, but Michael Cunningham's The Hours is still the tops in gay riffs on Virginia Woolf. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mickey (I'm A Book Shark) | 1/16/2014

    " Although the book jacket claims it, I did not find this book to be constantly funny. I did, however, find it to be surprisingly sad. George's partner suddenly dies and he wishes to live life through the simple, every day things. Then one of his students surprises him. The end is awful. I did not fully engage with this one. I didn't connect like I wanted to so I may read it again. I do have the movie so I want to watch it now that I have an idea of what it's about from reading the book. We'll see. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phillippa Holmes | 1/10/2014

    " I'm not really sure about this one. I definitely enjoyed it (after i had got past the first few pages and got used to the slightly awkward-to-read style - i am more of a fan of first person narrative than the detached third person...but that detachment is sort of the point here). It also made me think, which is always a good thing for a book to do. I suppose the reason i'm not giving ringing its praises is because it left me feeling uncomfortable...but then again, i think that's the point. I'm not sure i would recommend it to any of my friends, merely because it's quite depressing, but it's certainly an interesting read for those who are open to, and looking for, a good think, rather than just a straight forward narrative. "

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

    " Wonderful - the best book I've read since "The Remains of the Day". Funny, sometimes sad, and totally life-affirming. It was a struggle not to pick it up and read it all over again immediately! Truly, truly brilliant, a new favourite of mine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 1/5/2014

    " #2 Favorite Book. Favorite modern novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 12/22/2013

    " This book, set in 1962, accurately portrays the secret world of a gay man of the period. It is interesting and profoundly sad. The dialogue is very appropriate for the era. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 12/4/2013

    " A quick read... had good writing but I felt so sorry for the main character... an aging gay professor whose partner died. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobby | 11/5/2013

    " A novel I will definitely pick up to read again... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kira Lussier | 9/18/2013

    " beautifully written and melancholy "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naomi | 7/27/2013

    " One of the best books I have ever read. So atmospheric and haunting. The protagonist is incredibly flawed but you feel so much for him. His loneliness is so touching and it is so subtle, it just creeps into your mind and stays there. I didn't want to stop reading this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 7/8/2013

    " Pithy, sad, a real 'page-turner.' Read in almost one sitting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Manel Olano | 5/21/2013

    " An absolutely devastating, unnerving, brilliant book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam Baber | 4/24/2013

    " The novel's relevance and timelessness is stunning; its simplicity is inspiring and a little bit heartbreaking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esmira Serova | 4/17/2013

    " Tom Ford made a beautiful sad film of it. I rewatched it last night and today I opened the book and fell in love from the first page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sylvia | 2/13/2013

    " At least as good as the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clarissa | 2/26/2012

    " the ending made me sob. I just don't handle death so well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tinuviel | 6/28/2011

    " Read the book AND watch the movie. Both were equally good! One of my current favorite books/movies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 6/25/2011

    " My god this is amazing. Pair with Chris & Don (documentary). Novel of academe, novel of gay rights, novel of life/death, youth/experience, the contemplation of loss, of existence/self/portrayals. Great work to teach VOICE. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 6/17/2011

    " This was recommended to me by my girlfriend. It's not the normal subject matter that I'm into - but the story (a day in the life of a gay man whose partner died, and how he copes) is a good listen. You're always wondering what's going to happen next... "

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

    " Probably my favorite part of this book was the way that Isherwood plays with stream of consciousness - it's not fully streaming, but there's definitely a loose quality to the narrative. You're directly in the head of George, and that alone makes for a riveting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 5/10/2011

    " A beautiful novella that will touch your soul. A classic to be sure, and one you must read to fill that little void in your heart. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dennis | 5/3/2011

    " This book had the most dryest language and many times I just wanted to quit and read something else. Just dry and boring to me. Skip the book and watch the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 5/1/2011

    " Loved the film based on this book. The book is quite good, although, it is perhaps enhanced by having already seeing the film ... and that RARELY happens. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Manel | 4/22/2011

    " An absolutely devastating, unnerving, brilliant book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clarissa | 4/16/2011

    " the ending made me sob. I just don't handle death so well. "

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About the Author
Author Christopher Isherwood

Christopher Isherwood (1902–1986) lived in Berlin from 1928 to 1933 and immigrated to the United States in 1939. A major figure in twentieth-century fiction and the gay rights movement, he wrote more than twenty books including A Single Man, which was adapted into a film of the same name in 2009, and a series of short stories that inspired the musical Cabaret. In 2010 his autobiography, Christopher and His Kind, was adapted into a television film by the BBC.

About the Narrator

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received thirty-seven Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.