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Author: Howard Jacobson Narrator: Adjoa Andoh, Colin Mace Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2014 ISBN: 9781490656212
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A profound, darkly comedic parable set in a future where collective memory has vanished following a historic catastrophe, and one young couple's love affair could have shattering consequences for the human race. In a world where the past is a dangerous country, not to be talked about or visited, J is a love story of incomparable strangeness, both tender and terrifying. After the devastation of WHAT HAPPENED, IF IT HAPPENED, all that should remain is peace and prosperity. Everyone knows his or her place; all actions are out in the open. But Esme Nussbaum has seen the distorted realities, the fissures that have only widened in the twenty-plus years since she was forced to resign from her position at the monitor of the Public Mood. Now, Esme finds something strange and special developing in a romance between Ailinn Solomons and Kevern Cohen. As this unusual pair's actions draw them into ever-increasing danger, Esme realizes she must do everything in her power to keep them together--whatever the cost. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A fascinating cautionary tale about the paradoxical dangers of assimilation and tranquility.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A masterwork of imagination flavored with grief.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Jacobson…goes from strength to strength. This is a new departure: futuristic, dystopian, not, it seems, the world as we know it. But as we peer through the haze we see something take shape. It’s horrible. It’s monstrous. Read this for yourself and you’ll see what it is.”

    Evening Standard (London)

  • “Contemporary literature is overloaded with millenarian visions of destroyed landscapes and societies in flames, but Jacobson has produced one that feels frighteningly new by turning the focus within: the ruins here are the ruins of language, imagination, love itself.”

    Telegraph (London)

  • J is a dystopia that invites comparison with George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Remarkable…Comparisons do not do full justice to Jacobson’s achievement in what may well come to be seen as the dystopian British novel of its times.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “J is a snarling, effervescent, and ambitious philosophical work of fiction that poses unsettling questions about our sense of history, and our self-satisfied orthodoxies. Jacobson’s triumph is to craft a novel that is poignant as well as troubling from the debris.”

    Independent (London)

  • “[J]’s success owes much to the fine texture of its dystopia… As a conspiracy yarn examining the manipulation of collective memory, J has legs, and it’s well worth its place on this year’s Man Booker longlist… Jacobson has crafted an immersive, complex experience with care and guile.”

    Observer (London)

  • “Readers…will find plenty to think and talk about in Jacobson’s remarkable, disturbing book.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A pleasure, as reading Jacobson always is.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Jacobson’s fusion of village comedy and dystopian sci-fi is a tour de force.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice

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About the Author

Howard Jacobson, PhD, is an online marketing consultant, health educator, and ecological gardener from Durham, North Carolina. He earned Masters of Public Health and Doctor of Health Studies degrees from Temple University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Princeton. Howard cofounded VitruvianWay.com, an online marketing agency, and is a coauthor of Google AdWords for Dummies. When Howard is not chasing groundhogs away from blueberry bushes or wrestling with Google, he relaxes by playing Ultimate Frisbee and campfire songs from the 1960s. His current life goal is to turn the world into a giant food forest.

About the Narrators

Adjoa Andoh is an Audie Award and Earphones Award–winning narrator and an actress of British film, television, stage, and radio. She is known on the UK stage for lead roles at the RSC, the National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre, and the Almeida Theatre, and she is a familiar face on British television. She made her Hollywood debut starring as Nelson Mandela’s chief of staff, Brenda Mazikubo, alongside Morgan Freeman as Mandela in Clint Eastwood’s Invictus.

Colin Mace is an actor recently seen in the National Theatre’s One Man, Two Guvnors. He starred in the critically acclaimed drama The Night Watch for the BBC, Shirley for BBC2, as well as several episodes of Eastenders. His theater credits include “Ted Narracott” in War Horse at the National Theatre and West End, as well as Cash at WYP, and The 39 Steps and The Odysee at the Lyric Hammersmith. Other television credits includes Peep ShowAbolitionThe BillDown to Earth, and The Project.