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

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

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