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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,560 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Lodge Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9781449813468
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Celebrated British novelist David Lodge is a two-time finalist for the Booker Prize and winner of the Whitbread Award. Deaf Sentence finds linguistics professor Desmond Bates forced into an early retirement by hearing loss. While at a noisy party, Bates politely says yes to a question he can’t quite hear. Soon, he learns he’s agreed to supervise a dangerously sexy undergrad on her suicide note research. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Another wise, witty look at the human condition from Lodge. Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay | 1/22/2014

    " The insights David Lodge, through Desmond's voice, provides into relationships of varying kinds, and the way he involves the reader into an understanding of encroaching deafness makes this a very interesting novel. Desmond's relationships with his wife, his father, his offspring, and his own aging, and increasing disability, are all acutely observed and described with a wry humor. The description of the two beds when Desmond and Fred are at the holiday resort as being like a "catafalque" was priceless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheryl | 1/16/2014

    " It's been slow going but interesting. I can relate to the main character because of my own hearing loss. The author's description of the character's experience is right on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 1/5/2014

    " Good David Lodge, as always, but a bit sad. Very funny in places, and I would think a must read for anyone who is hard of hearing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Megan Peak | 12/13/2013

    " A typical plot wherein older, male professor encounters young, emotionally unstable, highly promiscuous female student. The story of his passing as a "hard of hearing" person is unremarkable in comparison with the young woman's emotional and mental instability; however, she is figuratively killed-off, begging the question as to why she was put in this piece in the first place. Oh, yes, because without her the novel would be completely dull. A problematic novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 12/8/2013

    " David Lodge was on form with this one. The clever interplay between "death" and "deaf" throughout the book lent substance and depth to an otherwise comic tale. Not sure why he suddenly switched to third person here and there; not substantiated/explained (as far as I could see). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dominika Daniluk-Gluchy | 10/19/2013

    " Funny at times and boring at times.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roger Parfitt | 6/25/2013

    " Excellent teatment of the isolation of deafness as well as funny treatment of man versus hearing aid! Lodge is funny writer who usually deals in more academic settings (the protaginist is a retired professor) but this time around the scenes in academe are limited (but very funny). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 2/13/2013

    " Insightful and touching story humorously taking us into the challenges of our aging bodies giving out (incipient deafness here) long before the rest of our faculties atrophy. Good characterizations of the impatience and self-criticism in relating to and caring for a difficult elder parent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Scott | 11/12/2012

    " This is my first David Lodge read in ages, and he's even better than I remembered. He's clever, funny, and very, very smart -- all as expected. I was pleasantly surprised by the emotionally wallop of this one, which deals with the frustrations of diminishing hearing and doing right by aging parents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bookmarks Magazine | 10/5/2012

    " Deaf Sentence, structured mostly as Desmond Bates "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 3/15/2012

    " A funny book about misunderstandings and manipulation. I laughed a lot! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Henry Dixon | 3/7/2012

    " Probably my favourite Lodge novel in years. The story is told effortlessly without insulting the intelligence of the reader or degenerating into sentiment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 12/20/2011

    " Bookgroup. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 10/25/2011

    " I love all his books. I've been reading him for 25 years, I think. Erudite, laugh out loud funny, novels about academia.....British......everything I like! I wish I could go back and read them all again for the first time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 8/20/2011

    " Witty and thought-provoking. A good read, especially if you're dealing with a family member who is hard of hearing! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betty-ann | 8/8/2011

    " I just couldn't engage with the main character at all. I didn't finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 8/6/2011

    " I thought this was a really, smart funny book. Different from my usual reads but quite enjoyable anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evon | 7/30/2011

    " Verbose writing, good story. Very touching. Paints a good picture of what life if like with hearing impairment. "

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About the Narrator

Steven Crossley, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has built a career on both sides of the Atlantic as an actor and audiobook narrator, for which he has won eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. He is a member of the internationally renowned theater company Complicite and has appeared in numerous theater, television, film, and radio dramas.