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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,621 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Auster Narrator: Paul Auster Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“One of America’s greatest novelists” dazzlingly reinvents the coming-of-age story in his most passionate and surprising book to date.

Sinuously constructed in four interlocking parts, Paul Auster’s fifteenth novel opens in New York City in the spring of 1967, when twenty-year-old Adam Walker, an aspiring poet and student at Columbia University, meets the enigmatic Frenchman Rudolf Born and his silent and seductive girlfriend, Margot. Before long, Walker finds himself caught in a perverse triangle that leads to a sudden, shocking act of violence that will alter the course of his life.

Three different narrators tell the story of Invisible, a novel that travels in time from 1967 to 2007 and moves from Morningside Heights, to the Left Bank of Paris, to a remote island in the Caribbean. It is a book of youthful rage, unbridled sexual hunger, and a relentless quest for justice. With uncompromising insight, Auster takes us into the shadowy borderland between truth and memory, between authorship and identity, to produce a work of unforgettable power that confirms his reputation as “one of America’s most spectacularly inventive writers.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As soon as you finish Paul Auster’s Invisible, you want to read it again…It is the finest novel Paul Auster has ever written.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Riveting…That combination of scrupulous style, psychological depth, story value, and parable-like undertones is masterly.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Occasionally, a novel is so masterful it leaves you breathless. Paul Auster’s Invisible is such a novel.”

    Boston Globe

  • “If you’ve never read Auster, this is a great place to start and work your way backward to such classics as the City of Glass and Leviathan. If you’ve been a fan for a long time, you will not be disappointed.”

    Library Journal

  • A 2009 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction
  • A 2009 Seattle Times Best Book for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alice | 2/20/2014

    " I enjoyed this book tremendously. I was enthralled by the way the chapters were written by different characters in the story. The book addresses questions of morality, memory, truth. Highly recommended. I had never read anything by this author, but now I will read other books he has written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Luis Fernández | 2/9/2014

    " Typical Auster's book. Very detailed. Someone could be shocked by some parts of the book, so be careful. It's not the Auster's book I've liked the most but it's readable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Heather | 1/31/2014

    " To say I liked this book, or even enjoyed it, would be saying too much. But I thought it was good, which is why I'm giving it four stars. It was good, even though I found nothing and no one within the pages likable or sympathetic. Actually, a lot of it was disturbing. Thinking a book is good while at the same time disliking it is not an experience I've had often, if ever. I have no desire ever to revisit this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tess | 1/24/2014

    " Consistently shocking, often disturbing, compulsively readable. With a masterfully layered narrative device (that includes shifts in voice as well as tense), themes both psychological and existential, and effortlessly loaded prose, it reminded me of The Stranger, which I hadn't read in years. Easy to see why it was on many of last year's "best" lists. "

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