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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Louis Begley Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781456124021
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Louis Begley’s perceptive novel hums with emotional energy and shimmers with haunting images. A National Book Critics’ Circle Award finalist, About Schmidt is a powerful meditation on loneliness, desire, and transformation. Old-school lawyer Albert Schmidt has spent years carefully climbing the ladder of success. But now, at what should be the pinnacle of his career, his life is in chaos. Within months, he is widowed and forcibly retired from his firm. He harbors painfully mixed feelings about his ambitious daughter’s impending marriage. Suddenly, in the midst of this turmoil, a seductive young woman asks Smitty what he wants. Far from being a time of satisfaction and complacency, the middle age encountered by Begley’s hero is the beginning of a new journey tantalizing, yet unnerving. From the first step, Begley draws the reader deeply into a man’s quest for new ways to understand an unstable world.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 4/7/2011

    " Awesome story about what happens when you're old and you've been left behind. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bobby | 1/14/2011

    " Enjoyed the movie, so tried the book. Not as impressed. It was just "OK" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wolfgang | 2/5/2010

    " I am looking forward to getting old. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geralyn | 11/1/2009

    " a good read, nothing earth shattering, somewhat heartfelt "ing" from a man's perspective............. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christi | 10/9/2009

    " Sooo much better than the movie! Nothing like the movie.
    Lois Begley is a cool, calm elegant writer.
    Readin him is like drinking a dry martini! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 9/11/2009

    " This book has little resemblance to the movie (Thank God). I loved it so much, I read just about everything available by Begley at my local library. Begley is a master. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pam | 1/1/2009

    " Creepy, and not in a good way. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ginny | 10/10/2008

    " Gak. Began wishing that Schmidt had died instead of his wife. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cyndi | 6/21/2008

    " Nothing really like the movie, which was weird. Good book, but I think having seen the movie first ruined it with expectations. "

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About the Author
Author Louis Begley

Louis Begley lives in New York City. His previous novels are The Man Who Was Late, As Max Saw It, About Schimdt, Mistler’s Exit, Schmidt Delivered, and Shipwreck.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.