Apeirogon: A Novel: A Novel Audiobook, by Colum McCann Play Audiobook Sample

Apeirogon: A Novel: A Novel Audiobook

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Read By: Colum McCann Publisher: Random House Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 10.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 7.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: February 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780307878052

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Longest Chapter Length:

35:02 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

04 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

19:34 minutes

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A quite extraordinary novel. Colum McCann has found the form and voice to tell the most complex of stories, with an unexpected friendship between two men at its powerfully beating heart.”—Kamila Shamsie, author of Home Fire   FINALIST FOR THE DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD • LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE • WINNER OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Independent • The New York Public Library • Library Journal From the National Book Award–winning and bestselling author of Let the Great World Spin comes an epic novel rooted in the unlikely real-life friendship between two fathers.   Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. Rami Elhanan is Israeli. They inhabit a world of conflict that colors every aspect of their lives, from the roads they are allowed to drive on to the schools their children attend to the checkpoints, both physical and emotional, they must negotiate.   But their lives, however circumscribed, are upended one after the other: first, Rami’s thirteen-year-old daughter, Smadar, becomes the victim of suicide bombers; a decade later, Bassam’s ten-year-old daughter, Abir, is killed by a rubber bullet. Rami and Bassam had been raised to hate one another. And yet, when they learn of each other’s stories, they recognize the loss that connects them. Together they attempt to use their grief as a weapon for peace—and with their one small act, start to permeate what has for generations seemed an impermeable conflict.   This extraordinary novel is the fruit of a seed planted when the novelist Colum McCann met the real Bassam and Rami on a trip with the non-profit organization Narrative 4. McCann was moved by their willingness to share their stories with the world, by their hope that if they could see themselves in one another, perhaps others could too.   With their blessing, and unprecedented access to their families, lives, and personal recollections, McCann began to craft Apeirogon, which uses their real-life stories to begin another—one that crosses centuries and continents, stitching together time, art, history, nature, and politics in a tale both heartbreaking and hopeful. The result is an ambitious novel, crafted out of a universe of fictional and nonfictional material, with these fathers’ moving story at its heart.

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“McCann adds flawless pacing and a poignant edge to the account…McCann tells this complex and heartbreaking story with compassion and empathy…Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award.”

— AudioFile 


  • “Brilliant…powerful and prismatic…It does far more than make an argument for peace; it is, itself, an agent of change.”

    — New York Times Book Review (cover review)
  • “A profound prayer for peace…Apeirogon reminds us that such incandescent art evokes humility and light in the face of oppression and loss.”

    — O, The Oprah Magazine
  • “Exceptional.”

    — Pittsburgh Post Gazette


  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
  • New York Times bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Shortlisted for the Dublin Literary Award
  • Longlisted for the Booker Prize
  • Winner of the National Jewish Book Award
  • The Independent (UK) Best Books of the Year selection
  • A Library Journal Best Books of the Year pick
  • A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year
  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick

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About Colum McCann

Colum McCann is the author of several books, including This Side of BrightnessZoliSongdogs and Let the Great World Spin. He has received the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, a Pushcart Prize, and was named the first winner of the Grace Kelly Memorial Foundation Award and the Princess Grace Memorial Literary Award.