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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (6,364 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Howard Jacobson Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN:
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The Finkler Question is a scorching story of friendship and loss and of the wisdom and humanity of maturity. Funny, furious, unflinching, this extraordinary novel shows one of our finest writers at his brilliant best. Julian Treslove and Sam Finkler are old school friends. Despite a prickly relationship and very different lives, they've never quite lost touch with each other - or with their former teacher, Libor Sevick. Now all three are recently widowed, in their own way, and spend sweetly painful evenings together reminiscing. Until an unexpected violent attack brings everything they thought they knew into question.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/20/2014

    " It started out well, but didn't seem to know how to end. "

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

    " The book was supposed to be well written and funny. I found it to be neither. An occasional joke pops up along the way but it is hard to maintain much interest in Julian Treslove, the main character. Although his friend Sam Finkler's activities cause the reader to cringe, he does seem to go through some development. Julian's love interest Hephzibah is well drawn. The writing is neither taut nor elegant. The book is written at the level of an uncle who tells stories at family gatherings. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kay Lavery | 2/17/2014

    " Oh my goodness, painful to finish and not in any emotional sense. Time spent reading this is time I can't get back. Not for me at all! "

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

    " I am embarassed to admit it: I gave up. I haven't given up on a book in a while not since Wally Lamb's "The hour I first believed". I don't like giving up but it just was not happening. I did not like any of the characters, nothing much happened. I am probably not clever enough to "get" the humor or the meaning of the book for that matter. All I know is that life is too short to read tedious books. Still it does not feel right I might pick it up again later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody | 1/19/2014

    " Can we really know our friends? Is what we imagine even close to the truth? It's a beautiful book. It's billed as comic, and there are funny bits, but it left me wanting to weep. In a good way. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Debby Teplin | 1/6/2014

    " Just couldn't get through this; never really was able to get into the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Beauchemin | 1/4/2014

    " Enjoyed it. very much. Set in contemporary London, winner of the Man Booker Prize 2011. Characters are well described,unique and interesting. Very funny and insightful novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Prasad GR | 12/28/2013

    " Amazing writer - this book has made me want to read his earlier books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 11/12/2013

    " I had a really hard time getting into this book and in fact, never actually finished it. I usually enjoy Man Booker choices but I couldn't relate to anything in this book. My mother read it and enjoyed it considerably more so maybe it's written for an older audience. "

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

    " About the angst of a non-Jew who wants to be a Jew. Strange but relatively enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 6/21/2013

    " June Topanga Book Club selection "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa Williams | 5/15/2013

    " Not my cup of tea. Finished it but struggled. Depressing and slow. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gerard Collins | 3/10/2013

    " I stayed with this book to the bitter end, hoping for some redemption for it, for some compensation for my wasted time. There was none. Some beautiful writing. Some pedantic thinking. Some brilliant thoughts. But not much of a story and very repetitive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bev | 12/1/2012

    " Very clever and amusing and disturbing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arleen | 8/3/2012

    " (hardcopy) The book started out by making me mad (jewish stereotypes), had lots of funny spots, and at the end, I was wondering why I had spent the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lone | 5/11/2012

    " A very good writer and a new take on an interesting topic. The book is funny in an intelligent way and a great contrast or addition to the many many American novels about being jewish. A really delightful read - and some great characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lex Bijlsma | 4/29/2012

    " Ik ben niet dol op het elaboreren van etnische stereotypen. Wij Limburgse Friezen hebben daar iets tegen. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Diana | 11/19/2011

    " Hated it. Dragged on and on and on and he wouldn't stop whining and whining. Finally gave up about 85% in and stopped reading because someone I met said that it never gets better and there is no payoff at the end for all that you had to slog through. Blech. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jo | 11/5/2011

    " Repetitive ramblings of an old man. I didn't find it at all funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sbberns | 5/13/2011

    " This book is a little strange. I think it questions in a unique way what it means to be Jewish and the role of relationships in today's world. The important relationships in it are the men's, not the male female ones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lone | 5/12/2011

    " A very good writer and a new take on an interesting topic. The book is funny in an intelligent way and a great contrast or addition to the many many American novels about being jewish. A really delightful read - and some great characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lynne | 5/8/2011

    " Self-indulgent rubbish. I can't believe it won a prize! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sari | 5/4/2011

    " The book kept me reading although I found most of the characters annoying. Another book where the author needed to wind up the ending and it was not satisfying. "

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About the Author
Author Howard JacobsonHOWARD JACOBSON has written fourteen novels and five works of non-fiction. In 2010 he won the Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question and was also shortlisted for the prize in 2014 for his most recent novel, J. Howard Jacobson’s first book, Shakespeare’s Magnanimity, written with the scholar Wilbur Sanders, was a study of four Shakespearean heroes. Now he has returned to the Bard with a contemporary interpretation of The Merchant of Venice.
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.