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3.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 5 3.25 (8 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Kehlmann Narrator: George Newbern Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9780307881540
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Imagine being famous. Being recognized on the street, adored by people who have never even met you, known the world over. Wouldn’t that be great?
But what if, one day, you got stuck in a country where celebrity means nothing, where no one spoke your language and you didn’t speak theirs, where no one knew your face (no book jackets, no TV) and you had no way of calling home? How would your fame help you then?
What if someone got hold of your cell phone? What if they spoke to your girlfriends, your agent, your director, and started making decisions for you? And worse, what if no one believed you were you anymore? When you saw a look-alike acting your roles for you, what would you do?
And what if one day you realized your magnum opus, like everything else you’d ever written, was a total waste of time, empty nonsense? What would you do next? Would your audience of seven million people keep you going? Or would you lose the capacity to keep on doing it?
Fame and facelessness, truth and deception, spin their way through all nine episodes of this captivating, wickedly funny, and perpetually surprising novel as paths cross and plots thicken, as characters become real people and real people morph into characters. The result is a dazzling tour de force by one of Europe’s finest young writers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • "Daniel Kehlmann's Fame is a darkly comic masterpiece, a rare and thrilling example of a philosophical novel as pleasurable as it is thought-provoking. San Francisco Chronicle

  • In Kehlmann’s wickedly clever novel of nine interconnected stories, fame is something his cast of widely disparate characters seek, avoid, flirt with, and succumb to. . . [They are] luminous creations, and the coincidental devices that link them are brilliant gambits. Kehlmann showcases a flair for devious satire. Booklist (starred) 
  • [A] darkly comic tour de force…A brazen take on the modern yearning for recognition. Kehlmann is a writer worth reading. Kirkus Reviews (starred)
  • [A] brilliant study of the fragility and interconnectedness of life. . . Layers of connection, irony, despair, and humor distinguish this masterful work. Publishers Weekly (starred)
  • Who would have thought contemporary Central European literature could be so fun and so funny?  Daniel Kehlmann is who. The young Austrian prodigy, famous everywhere but in the United States, has given us a real beauty of a book, farcical, satiric, melancholic, and humane. Modern fame may have been invented in America, but nobody has dramatized its paradoxes and heartbreaks more entertainingly than the European Kehlmann does here. Jonathan Franzen

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iva | 6/19/2011

    " Clever book with surprising ideas and really well concept for characters. I really enjoyed every single page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sergio | 5/30/2011

    " One of the best books I have the pleasure to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josette | 4/25/2011

    " There is no way to review this without ruining it for the next reader. I will say that I enjoyed the ride. It is well worth the read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 3/12/2011

    " Very strange book. German novel translated to English - very confusing but nice writing style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris | 2/21/2011

    " All about identity, this little page turner is filled with overlapping narratives and literary devices. 'Think League of Gentleman' scripted by Italio Calvino... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bea | 1/8/2011

    " The first story was pretty good, then they just got stranger, confusing, bleak and frustrating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angie | 1/6/2011

    " I'm sorry but this book bored me. I actually enjoyed the first story but after that it just didn't mesh well. The characters were a little flat or even a little too out there, and the conversations were not believable. I don't know, I didn't care for this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/26/2010

    " I liked this book very much to begin with, and then it became quite confusing. I wish the 9 stories were more connected, or maybe I just wasn't paying enough attention. This is the 6th book I've read almost nonstop since Friday. "

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About the Author
Author Daniel Kehlmann

Daniel Kehlmann’s Measuring the World was translated into more than forty languages. He has received numerous awards, including the Candide Prize, the Literature Prize of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Heimito von Doderer Literature Prize, the Kleist Prize, the WELT Literature Prize, and the Thomas Mann Prize. Kehlmann divides his time between Vienna and Berlin.

About the Narrator

George Newbern is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and a television and film actor best known for his roles as Brian MacKenzie in Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part II, as well as Danny in Friends. As a voice actor, he is notable for his role as Superman on the Cartoon Newtork series Static Shock, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited. He has guest starred on many television series, including Scandal, The Mentalist, Private Practice, CSI: Miami, and Numb3rs. He holds a BA in theater arts from Northwestern University.