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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (221 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Keith Donohue Narrator: Mark Bramhall Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Set in the bathroom of an old house just before dawn on a night in June, Centuries of June is a black comedy about a man attempting to tell the story of how he ended up on the floor with a hole in his head. But he keeps getting interrupted by a series of suspects—eight women lying in the bedroom just down the hall. Each woman tells a story drawn from five centuries of American myth and legend in a wild medley of styles and voices.

Keith Donohue has been praised for his vivid imagination and for evoking “the otherworldly with humor and the ordinary with wonder” (Audrey Niffenegger). Centuries of June is a romp through history, a madcap murder mystery, an existential ghost story, and a stunning tour de force at once ingenious, sexy, inspiring, and ultimately deeply moving.

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  • "Part ghost story, part psychological mystery and part vaudeville show. Think Scheherazade by way of “Tristram Shandy” by way of “The Sixth Sense. Washington Post

  • A tour de force in its mastery of styles, the book also has moments of high silliness—though toward the end Donohue weaves the threads of plot together in a surprising and affecting way. Kirkus Reviews
  • "Donohue's faultless eye for character and keen sense of humor keeps what could easily become a muddled mess pristine, with members of his quorum shining individually but also acting as cogs in the larger story's machinery. There are moments when the reader is left to wonder how things can possibly come together, but it's worthwhile to trust Donohue's narrators as they lead this puzzling and greatly satisfying trip. Publishers Weekly
  • “Donohue’s polished prose holds the story together and offers a more than satisfying ending. Booklist
  • “VERDICT: Donohue’s tour de force blends aspects of time travel and reincarnation genres into a witty whole. With a touch of David Mitchell and Audrey Niffenegger, but a witty style uniquely the author’s own, this novel about a clueless man, who may in some future life get it right, is a pleasure to read. Library Journal
  • “[T]he product here is uniquely Donohue, and the craft seamless in the spinning of an absorbing skein of yarns in a marvelous display of voice weaving together to form a single tapestry: a “parti-colored utterance” (to quote Annie Dillard) unfolding about love, mortality, men and women, memory, family, and the fundamental force of storytelling. Buffalo News

  • “Donohue’s faultless eye for character and keen sense of humor keeps what could easily become a muddled mess pristine, with members of his quorum shining individually but also acting as cogs in the larger story’s machinery. There are moments when the reader is left to wonder how things can possibly come together, but it’s worthwhile to trust Donohue’s narrators as they lead this puzzling and greatly satisfying trip.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Donohue’s polished prose holds the story together and offers a more than satisfying ending.”

    Booklist

  • “A tour de force in its mastery of styles, the book also has moments of high silliness—though toward the end Donohue weaves the threads of plot together in a surprising and affecting way.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jules | 2/12/2014

    " This aptly titled novel, Centuries of June, is an ambitious and surreal dreamscape of adventures through time. In a style that resembles bedtime stories for grown ups this historical fiction spans over 500 years and is filled with wonderfully colorful characters you will fear, loath, admire and love. Remarkably, the story takes place all across America yet somehow never actually leaves the bathroom of the main character's house. The author has an impressively visual writing style that makes the story come to life as if you were watching it all happen before you. He takes the unbelievable and makes you a believer and will keeping you guessing up until the very twisted end. This book is a fun read that I would highly recommend to any reader with an adventurous mind. Most appropriately this book is to be released just in time for June. Happily, I was able to read an advanced copy through the First Reads program. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Nicole | 2/1/2014

    " This is really more of a 2.5. There were parts that I really enjoyed, but I was just not interested in other parts. I was expecting something different, based on the description. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jane | 1/23/2014

    " Interesting concept, really underwhelming ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jessica Moore | 1/14/2014

    " very interesting, I enjoyed the womens stories, but I thought the end was a bit disappointing "

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