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3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5 3.50 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Safran Foer Narrator: Jeff Woodman, Scott Shina Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781436101066
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With only a yellowing photograph in hand, a young man—also named Jonathan Safran Foer—sets out to find the woman who may or may not have saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Accompanied by an old man haunted by memories of the war; an amorous dog named Sammy Davis, Junior, Junior; and the unforgettable Alex, a young Ukrainian translator who speaks in a sublimely butchered English, Jonathan is led on a quixotic journey over a devastated landscape and into an unexpected past.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christa | 2/12/2014

    " ...one of the rarer times I can say I enjoyed the movie much more... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shucheta | 2/6/2014

    " This is the best book I've read in a while. I liked it from the beginning because it was so funny. But then it went from funny to sweet to sad to devastating to hopeful(?). Actually, I don't know if it was hopeful in the end. But borrowing words from Alex, this was a "premium" novel, and Jonathan Safran Foer is indeed an "ingenious Jew". "

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

    " I might be the only one who thought this book was just okay. I found it a little difficult to follow. I did enjoy the connection to Ukraine and found humor in parts of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Elkins | 2/2/2014

    " well that sure was...a thing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 1/29/2014

    " Hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph | 1/12/2014

    " I've never read anything like this. Sometimes I had no idea what I was reading, and then... Everything was illuminated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett Ellingson | 1/10/2014

    " Good story, entertaining characters. I found myself reading a lot of the funnier lines aloud to others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fiona Robson | 1/10/2014

    " This was one of the books from the "1001 Books you Need to Read fore you Die" list where I thought "why is this on the list?!" I mean ... it didn't take me very long to read, and it was pretty inoffensive, but ...it didn't really make an impression on me at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 12/26/2013

    " Loved it. Jealous a 24 year old wrote it. Genius. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colleen Shaw | 12/22/2013

    " I didn't finish this book. I give the author credit for the creative characters and "voice" but I didn't enjoy wading through it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 En | 12/3/2013

    " If DFW were a Jew with feelings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria Stanko | 8/10/2013

    " One of those can't put down books. Sad and funny and one of my all time favourites. I didn't rate the book five stars only because I had trouble keeping some of the history straight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nichola | 6/23/2013

    " One of the best books I have EVER encountered in my reading career. A sublime read with a perfect mixture of poetic lyricism and modern vulgarity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 6/13/2013

    " Victims of war twice removed generationally... Magical realism, history, humor, drama, tragedy. What would you like? Enjoyed this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Greggmccormac | 5/1/2013

    " Ugh. Couldn't finish it. Awful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Landjonker | 3/1/2013

    " Very nice, very original "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 6/22/2012

    " This book is in your face about many social issues. The language can be a bit over the top at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 5/25/2011

    " GOD, that was good. Made me cry, made me laugh, made me think. Lovely. Wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marah | 5/24/2011

    " very interesting narrative form, stunning (but semi-impractical) ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Moshe | 5/23/2011

    " Colorful narration and weaving narrative carries some heavy concepts. A thoroughly entertaining and meaningful book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paula | 5/23/2011

    " Can't decide if the author is just absolutely putting us on!?! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lazer | 5/20/2011

    " favorite parts are the letters from/to Ukraine, village stuff is harder to follow, but hilarious and depressing, too. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sheeba | 5/16/2011

    " pretty weird, hard to follow at times... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy | 5/13/2011

    " Funny + beautiful + sad = my kind of book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marikka | 5/12/2011

    " I did like it though not as much as some cool people I know. Saw the movie first and I LOVE the movie, so I might have been expecting something else. I do know the book and movie have different endings - perhaps I like the movie ending a bit better? Want to read more of his stuff for sure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Art | 5/11/2011

    " Overrated. First half good, becomes tripe "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Okraglyv | 5/9/2011

    " I started Guernsey way early. I'm starting Everything is Illuminated way late. I hope June I shall find a balance! "

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

    " Lots of amazing moments, but because it is so close to being a better book, yet just misses its goal, it leaves you unsatisfied. "

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About the Author
Author Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. His books have been translated into thirty-six languages. Everything Is Illuminated received a National Jewish Book Award and a Guardian First Book Award and was made into a film by Liev Schreiber. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close was also made into a film and nominated for two Oscars. Foer lives in Brooklyn.

About the Narrators

Scott Shina is the narrator of such audiobooks as The Kid Who Became President by Dan Gutman and Finding Caruso by Kim Barnes.

Jeff Woodman is an actor and narrator. He is a winner of the prestigious Audie Award and a six-time finalist. He has received seventeen Earphones Awards and was named one of the Fifty Greatest Voices of the Century by AudioFile magazine. As an actor, he originated the title role in Tennessee Williams’ The Notebook of Trigorin and won the S.F. Critics’ Circle Award for his performance in An Ideal Husband. In addition to numerous theater credits on and off Broadway, his television work includes Sex and the City, Law & Order, and Cosby.