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Author: Jonathan Safran Foer Narrator: Richard Ferrone, Jeff Woodman, Barbara Caruso Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781436101639
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Jonathan Safran Foer emerged as one of the most original writers of his generation with his best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated. Now, with humor, tenderness, and awe, he confronts the traumas of our recent history. Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11. This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhilarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Foer takes a dark subject and works in offbeat humor with puns and wordplay. But Extremely Loud pushes further with the inclusion of photographs, illustrations, and mild experiments in typography reminiscent of Kurt Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions."

    School Library Journal

  • “The parallel story lines, beautifully narrated by Ferrone and Caruso, add variety to the imaginative and captivating plot.”

    Publishers Weekly

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Corine | 2/19/2014

    " Having 2 boys aged 8 and 11 I really struggled to connect to the boy. Even going through such a tremendous loss, he seemed alien to me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 2/3/2014

    " I read this for book club. I think I'm the only one who liked it. I think I identified with the main character somehow, though I'm not sure why. The main character could be quite irritating at times, but I think that's a sign of a well written character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 2/1/2014

    " Very interesting, a bit confusing to follow at times. Although i think that might have been my vacation brain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristan | 1/25/2014

    " I found parts of the story really interesting, some funny, some heart warming. Some sections dragged on much longer than felt necessary. The characters were well drawn, had unique voices and perspectives which I really enjoyed. In the end I'm not totally satisfied, left feeling like too much was left unresolved. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jane | 1/9/2014

    " Hated it, sorry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kasey | 1/1/2014

    " This is an incredible story. I cannot express how well written it is. Its a tough story to swallow. I just finished the book in the middle of class and had to explain to my students why I was crying like a baby. No matter how messed up our families are, we need to remember everything happens for a reason. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 12/27/2013

    " Wow. Remarkable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 12/27/2013

    " Starts out a bit slow but definitely worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Enid | 12/15/2013

    " I think I really liked this novel. Very creative, kind of sad. Is this to be taken at face value or is there lots of deeper meaning? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lexington | 12/7/2013

    " kept me captivated the whole way through. One one my favorites by JSF "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hanan | 11/8/2013

    " My ultimate favorite book. I don't even have words about how much I enjoyed this. Oscar Wilde. I honestly wish I meet a person like him in my life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 11/8/2013

    " Maybe four stars. I was confused. Then over come with awareness. Then Huh? Then Oh I get it. may have to rent the movie to understand the book. What's with that?! I might just have to read the book again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evan | 5/9/2013

    " very good book; depressing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 4/16/2013

    " I read half of it - "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danelle | 2/15/2013

    " I'm interested to see the movie now, but I really didn't like the book that much. The kid bothered me within the first 1/2 hr and pretty much was annoying all the way through the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jade | 12/11/2012

    " Extremely sad and incredibly beautiful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sampras | 9/18/2012

    " Interesting but never fully got into it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 7/16/2012

    " Creatively written, sad, inspiring, quirky and enjoyable to read. Much better than the film (which wasn't bad). All of the factors that annoyed me in the film were absent from the book. 4.5 stars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/17/2012

    " I am sad to say that I could not get into this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathleen | 8/24/2011

    " Man, everyone else gave this 5 stars. Am I a grumpy anti-american? The characters just didn't do it for me. Didn't really catch my interest until the story started wrapping up towards the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shon | 7/12/2011

    " Extremely annoying and incredibly off-putting is more like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 5/24/2011

    " This book hit me like a ton of bricks. I can't count the number of times it made me weep while I was reading, but the real testament is how long it stayed with me after I had finished it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leanne | 5/23/2011

    " Your heart breaks when you read about the impact of 9/11 on this little boy and his mother. The grandparent's story is no less heartbreaking after having survived the bombing of Dresden. Reminded me that life needs to be lived to the fullest everyday. Beautifully told. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 carly | 5/22/2011

    " i freaking adore this book. i think i enjoyed it so much because it caught me off guard. safran foer takes an unconventional approach to this novel, and the narrator he creates couldn't possibly be more lovable. read this! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 5/20/2011

    " Post modern-starts out great then gets VERY WEIRD. Post 9/11. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 5/20/2011

    " I loved this book! The boy in the story is very touching, as are all the other characters. The boy is dealing with the death of his father from the Twin Towers attack in NYC. It becomes a sort of mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 5/19/2011

    " Sept 11 through the eyes of a child...sad and funny at the same time, I loved it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 5/17/2011

    " Absolutely not.

    I feel like I need to read this book many more times to get it all but I don't know if I can. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas | 5/17/2011

    " I read the abridged version. The story is not very meaty, but that doesn't take away from the overall experience. Worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 5/16/2011

    " The characters were eccentric, and yet easy to relate to...the story jumped around and yet kept me engaged. Overall...loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cam | 5/16/2011

    " I feel like I just read something that could kill a cat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 5/16/2011

    " an extremely interesting writing style, a fascinating read, probably need to read it again to get the most out of it, loved the 9 year olds thought processes, the grandparents were more challenging, all characters interesting & damaged in their own ways, a beautiful book, very moving "

About the Author

Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of the novels Everything Is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Here I Am and of the nonfiction books Eating Animals and We Are the Weather. Everything Is Illuminated won several literary prizes, including the National Jewish Book Award and the Guardian First Book Award. His work has been translated into thirty-six languages.

About the Narrators

Richard Ferrone has recorded over 150 audiobooks including thrillers, romances, science fiction, and inspirational novels. He has earned numerous Audie Awards for narration, as well as Audie nominations. He was also recognized as an AudioFile “Voice of the Last Century” and a “Rising and Shining Star.” A science fiction fan, he narrated Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy. He has also narrated works by James Patterson, Dashiell Hammett, Walter Mosley, John Sandford, Eric Van Lustbader, and Stuart Woods.

Jeff Woodman is an actor and narrator. He is a winner of the prestigious Audie Award and a six-time finalist. He has received twenty Earphones Awards and was named the 2008 Best Voice in Fiction & Classics, as well as 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.

Barbara Caruso, winner of numerous Earphones Awards for narration, is an accomplished actress. A graduate of London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she was a featured player in the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has played starring roles on Broadway and in theaters across the country. She won the Alexander Scourby Reader of the Year Award for her performances of young adult fiction and has more than one hundred audiobook narrations to her credit.