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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nicole Krauss Narrator: George Guidall, Celeste Ciulla, Robert Ian MacKenzie, Alma Cuervo, Paul Hecht Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9781449840211
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From the internationally bestselling author of The History of Love comes this stunning novel. Great House follows the multiple owners of one writing desk and how the desk shapes their lives. A young novelist inherited the desk from a poet taken by Pinochet’s police. Then the desk is stolen from her by the poet’s supposed daughter. In its drawers, another man discovers a long-kept secret about his wife. And a Jerusalem antiques dealer uses the desk in his family’s study, which was devastated by the Nazis in 1944. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Krauss is able, despite the formidable remove of the central characters and the mournfulness of their telling, to ground Great House in the shock of immediacy…It is a high-wire performance, only the wire has been replaced by an exposed nerve, and you hold your breath, and she does not fall.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Great House is an eloquent dramatization of the need to find that missing piece that will give life its meaning.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Flowing, musical…Krauss’ pross brings gifts on every page…And this gifted writer understands the powerful way that certain things—a desk, a book, a red suit with black buttons—can give us comfort, and brings us home.”

    Seattle Times

  • “An ambitious, disturbing, brave, provocative work…Every page vibrates with the tension of something unsolvable insisting on being solved. The novel’s world is dense, dreamlike, with a dream’s half-seductive, half-horrifying internal logic—made sensuous and textured by paintings, music, furniture.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Powerful…Great House is a smart, serious, sharply written novel of great care and yearning.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Stunning…The sharply etched characters seem at first arbitrarily linked across time and space, but Krauss pulls together the disparate elements, settings, characters, and fragile connective tissue to form a formidable and haunting mosaic of loss and profound sorrow.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Robert Ian McKenzie…demonstrates that he can do wonders with material he can sink his teeth into. His performance as a British professor married to a reclusive writer is a marvel, and Alma Cuervo’s evocation of a lonely author haunted by her relationship to a previous owner of the desk is affecting and nuanced. Listeners who enjoy lingering over a top-notch novel will be intellectually nourished by this audio.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)

  • “Beautifully read and artfully written, Krauss’ every sentence wraps itself around the heart. Prepare to be mesmerized.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the October 2010 Indie Next List
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, October 2010
  • Winner of the 2011 Anisfield-Wolf Book Prize for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2011 Indies Choice Award
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Fiction
  • Shortlisted for the 2011 Orange Prize
  • A 2010 National Book Award Finalist
  • A 2010 New York Times Book Review Notable Book
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About the Author
Author Nicole Krauss

Nicole Krauss has been hailed by the New York Times as “one of America’s most important novelists.” She is the author of the international bestseller Great House, a finalist for the National Book Award, and Man Walks into a Room.

About the Narrators

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.

Celeste Ciulla is an accomplished actress and voice-over artist based in New York City. For her stage performances, she has received the 2010 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship and the Callaway Award. As an audiobook narrator, she earned an AudioFile Earphones Award for her reading of Great House by Nicole Krauss.

Robert Ian Mackenzie became an actor after holding a wide variety of other jobs, including everything from London policeman to water ski instructor in Greece. Since then, his acting career has encompassed straight theater, musicals, opera, films, television, voice-overs, commercials, and recorded books.

Alma Cuervo is a stage actress and singer, who has also performed in film and television. She holds an MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama, from which she graduated in 1976 alongside Meryl Streep. She starred in the role of Madame Morrible in the first national tour of Wicked. Her audiobook narrations include Colum McCann’s Let the Great World Spin and Francine Rivers’ The Scarlet Thread, among many others.

Paul Hecht’s long career in audio books spans dozens of titles and authors as varied as Ray Bradbury and Gore Vidal, Jack Finney and Thomas Mann. He has recorded such books as Bob Dole’s One Soldier’s Story and Alexander McCall Smith’s Portuguese Irregular Verbs and At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances. Hecht’s theater career in New York includes many Broadway and television credits.