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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,233 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Handler Narrator: Oliver Wyman Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2006 ISBN:
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Hello.

I am Daniel Handler, the author of this book. Did you know that authors often write the summaries that appear on their book's dust jacket? You might want to think about that the next time you read something like, A dazzling page-turner, this novel shows an internationally acclaimed storyteller at the height of his astonishing powers.

Adverbs is a novel about love, a bunch of different people, in and out of different kinds of love. At the start of the novel, Andrea is in love with David, or maybe it's Joe, who instead falls in love with Peter in a taxi. At the end of the novel, it's Joe who's in the taxi, falling in love with Andrea, although it might not be Andrea, or in any case it might not be the same Andrea, as Andrea is a very common name. So is Allison, who is married to Adrian in the middle of the novel, although in the middle of the ocean she considers a fling with Keith and also with Steve, whom she meets in an automobile, unless it's not the same Allison who meets the Snow Queen in a casino, or the same Steve who meets Eddie in the middle of the forest.

It might sound confusing, but that's love, and as the author, me, says, It is not the nouns. The miracle is the adverbs, the way things are done. This novel is about people trying to find love in the ways it is done before the volcano erupts and the miracle ends. Yes, there's a volcano in the novel. In my opinion a volcano automatically makes a story more interesting.

A dazzling page-turner, this novel shows an internationally acclaimed storyteller at the height of his astonishing powers. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

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

    " I became interested in this book after reading a rave review by a user on this very website (Hey! It works!). I picked the book up yesterday and have already finished it. That never happens with me. Generally there at least 20 naps taken between covers. As you will see if you read any other reviews this "novel" is more a series of intertwined vignettes. All stories about love framed in chapters named after various adverbs: Immediately, Briefly, Obviously, Clearly, Naturally, etc. Also, if you've read other reviews, you'll see that there are people who have a problem with this. The sequences of events don't follow any sort of order, and characters who pop back into different chapters may or may not be recurring--they could just share the same name as a previous character. So it can get confusing and confusion, rightly so, frustrates some readers. I just chose to believe that if there weren't other obvious references to a previously mentioned character, than this was somebody new with the same name. Most experience, after all, is universal. And in the end, it doesn't matter, as Handler says in the book it's not about the people's names, or various recurring themes (like cocktails, magpies, volcanoes, and the Ice Queen)--it's about love and all the various shapes and forms that love takes in our lives. It's not cheesy, there are no tears to be shed (although it's not without its touching moments). It's clever, original, and Handler certainly (clearly, obviously, surely, blatantly,undoubtedly, and definitely--badump bump) has a way with words. Here's one of my favorite passages: This is love, saltwater taffy. Pretty much everybody has had some. Somebody offers it on a day when you have nothing to do, and most likely you'll take it and put it in your mouth. It unites us, saltwater taffy, but whose favorite is it? Who likes it best? Just about nobody. So why do we eat it? This love story is about this style of love, this sweet thing that exists unasked for, that everybody eats out of the same bag. But also it is about what it says on the shack. I was there myself, and the large sign said: COME IN AND WATCH US MAKE IT. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric Butler | 2/10/2014

    " Entertaining vignettes that discuss the the many varieties and approaches we all have to Love. Very underline-able and perceptive, while also very funny and casually conversational. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob Walter | 2/9/2014

    " Life is not a progression from the beginning of a story to the end, it's a mess of contradictory ideas and occurences. This book reflects that fact with wit and a brilliantly, honestly chaotic style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maxe Maze | 2/6/2014

    " Frustratingly unconnected. Genius writing and concept but it was infuriating. I loved it. Holy shit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jon | 2/5/2014

    " Here is a collection of short stories not worth reading, though it has several delightful paragraphs and three or two clever plot points. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elena | 1/4/2014

    " i thought it was alll riiight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lang Tang | 12/30/2013

    " This is one of the coolest books I've ever read. The author is the guy who wrote "The Series of Unfortunate Events" books. Plus, it's a quick and easy read and you should be able to finish in no time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benjamin Plume | 11/3/2013

    " Different in a profound way. Captures the varied and variable nature of relationships of all kinds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 10/22/2013

    " Very interesting writing style... non-linear plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 9/18/2013

    " Brilliantly and uniquely funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaethe | 8/19/2013

    " I've read all of Handler's novels and liked them well enough to keep reading them, but not so well that I can remember anything afterwards. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kit | 5/4/2013

    " Still by far my favorite book about love. So quotable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenn | 3/29/2013

    " My favorite book this year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 3/3/2013

    " Loved the bizarre stories that were slightly connected to one another. The subject matter was kind of depressing, and I didn't have time to finish the book. Handler's strange asides did remind me of Nabokov though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elvina Barclay | 1/10/2013

    " This book had an interesting progression, each chapter a different story but tying characters together but I found Handlers writing difficult. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 elissa | 11/18/2012

    " i cannot tell you how much i enjoy handler's prose. inventive and off the wall, but with emotional content that is completely relatable. just talking about it makes me think it's about time for a re-reading... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alex | 11/9/2012

    " Not a good one. But I wonder if I would have liked it if I'd read it instead of listened to it on audiobook. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gregory Conway | 9/22/2012

    " This book was lemony shit; a series of uninteresting short stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara Daly | 9/18/2012

    " Not sure. I thought this was going to be great but two chapters in I'm not that sure...definitely unique writing perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tyler | 6/7/2012

    " It was like bits of David Sedaris, Kurt Vonnegut, and some of Bret Easton Ellis all mixed together. Not wonderful, but entertaining at times, with the exception of "Soundly" which was beautiful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pedxing | 11/25/2011

    " just ok. sort of frustratingly disjointed... like all of the short stories were sort of vaguely connected and overlapping, but not enough so that i ever felt like i knew what was going on... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 5/29/2011

    " I think my tastes are too traditional to appreciate this book. It had moments, some brilliant sentences and some pretty good chapters (vignettes?) but it was hard for me to get through. I could understand why some people might love it, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin | 5/2/2011

    " Glib and full of sentences that are fun to read. The rest of it made little impression on me. I'm sorry. I wanted to be bowled over and fall in love with Handler as a writer for grown ups. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rose | 4/30/2011

    " The structure of this story is just too scattered for me - it really feels nothing like a novel. Individual turns of phrase were interesting, but overall I just could not sink into the narrative. Not my cup of tea. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Remy | 3/27/2011

    " I really only read about five chapters. I need plot, sorry. This is like a collection of unconnected . . . I don't know what it is. No plot. More of an intellectual exercise. Sad, since I'm such a big Snicket fan. Am I too immature for this? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lorna | 3/3/2011

    " It was too offbeat, off-kilter, and confusing for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 KC | 2/21/2011

    " It's fun. Adverbs really feels more like a short story collection than a novel, but that's not a bad thing. I really enjoyed bits and pieces; I believe my favorite chapter was "Not Particularly." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Magy | 12/18/2010

    " Beautiful, and well written, I fell in love with the characters even if knowing who was who was extremely confusing. The theme of the book is what most intrigued me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 12/3/2010

    " As always, I loved Daniel Handler's whimsical style of writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 11/23/2010

    " This is my favorite book. The end. "

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About the Narrator

Oliver Wyman is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator. His first full-length audiobook, It’s Not about the Bike, won an Audie Award. Quickly renowned for his versatility, he went on to win several Audie Awards and eighteen AudioFile Earphones Awards in genres ranging from drama and humor to nonfiction and children’s stories.