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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (907 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Emily St. John Mandel Narrator: Alyssa Bresnahan Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9781440761423
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In this stirring debut novel, Emily St. John Mandel crafts a story of love and obsession. Lilia Albert can’t remember many details from her childhood—she just knows she was always on the move. As an adult, she travels compulsively, leaving behind friends and lovers all over the world. But when one man refuses to let go and follows her to Montreal, Lilia is forced to come to grips with a past filled with more questions than answers. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “What carries the tale are the finely wrought characterizations of Eli and Lilia and, unexpectedly, Christopher, the detective, who becomes an essential cog in the expanding machinery of Mandel’s plot—yet the book remains far from a whodunit. What we’re made to ponder is the mystery of human connection: how it is born, how it fades and dies and revives, how love defines us or leaves us undone.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “Mandel tells an utterly absorbing story, pulling readers down the rabbit hole and keeping them racing through its long, strange warrens. The writing is vibrant, and Lilia is a haunting character…Last Night in Montreal is an exciting debut: a thriller, a love story, and a quiet ballad about life’s fleeting connections.”

    Quill & Quire (Canada)

  • “Mandel has an impressive command of the language of longing…The pages fly, and the final period leaves a palpable sense of loss.”

    Paste

  • “Beautiful, complicated…Mandel’s exquisite use of language and pacing mean that every last word counts, up to the very last sentence.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “This taut, gripping debut novel explores the lives of four people who are forever changed when a father takes his seven-year-old daughter from his estranged ex-wife…The lost souls in this elegantly compelling novel are ciphers to themselves as much as they are to others, and they will stay in readers’ minds long after the final page is turned.”

    Booklist

  • Selected for the June 2009 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/14/2014

    " The characters in this book were very different than I am, so I didn't really relate to them. But I certainly found them well-written and interesting. The ending was at once depressing and satisfying. Worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 1/31/2014

    " I can't believe I forgot to add this book until now! Emily's prose and story are just so gripping and atmospheric- I would have to emotionally prepare myself to enter her universe each time I sat down to read it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 1/23/2014

    " Entirely unexpected in so many ways and in the best possible ways. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Francesca | 1/22/2014

    " A very unique read...absorbing, arresting, amazing! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily Simnitt | 1/15/2014

    " A pleasant enough reread if you go quickly and don't pay too much attention to the plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mai | 1/14/2014

    " Captivating story that was beautifully written! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Superchick | 1/3/2014

    " Simon is the hero of this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 12/19/2013

    " One of the books that SPL recommended to me via their "Your next 5 books" service. A mesmerizing read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bernadette | 11/23/2013

    " Intriguing story about a child's abduction by her noncustodial father and the relentless detective who attempts to find them. Outstanding first novel. I enjoyed the Montreal setting and details about the old city. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chamie | 11/23/2013

    " this was an enjoyable novel that left me wondering. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 10/24/2013

    " A love story, an adventure story, a chase story, and a search for meaning all come together as three lives intersect. A fast-paced read and a well written debut novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 10/10/2013

    " This is a debut novel by Emily St. John Mandel and it is very well-written and engaging! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 9/25/2013

    " Well this was quite the book and I will definitely read another by this author. Very interesting plot. Two girls' lives intersect in a very strange way....through their fathers. Unpredictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 9/8/2013

    " Very interesting and unusual story. Definitely a page turner. The ending was a bit unsatisfying, but still worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 7/8/2013

    " The intensity and deft pacing of this novel quickly pulled into its almost dreamlike world of coming and going, of knowing and not knowing, of receiving and letting go. For a first novel by this young author I am quite impressed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Debra | 5/16/2013

    " I think this book had tons of potential, but I feel like the author let me down. The themes and ideas I wanted to explore with her, she didn't explore. And it was hard to make what WAS there matter to me. I never got emotionally invested in any of the characters or in their story. Too bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Em | 4/30/2013

    " loved it. a gem. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 2/13/2013

    " I loved this. I thought it had a wonderful unfolding, deepening around the same incidents as the story grew. And I loved the questions it raised about the presence and absence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 2/3/2013

    " obsession. For over a decade a detective neglects his own daughter while he follows a father who kidnapped a daughter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika Jaeger-smith | 6/21/2012

    " Haunting story of obsessions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deidre | 3/23/2012

    " Where did I see this recommended. Eh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 5/10/2011

    " This is a hard book to rate. I found it interesting. I wanted to know the ending. But, Lilia was never a character that fascinated me and I don't know how to feel about the conclusion. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chip | 5/4/2011

    " This writer has skill, no doubt, but this book was just interminable. The characters were so consciously quirky and damaged. The pace was just so slow and painful. I couldn't wait for this one to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 3/29/2011

    " Really good use of flashbacks and jumping timelines. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 3/5/2011

    " One of the best books I've read in a while. I always have a sense of foreboding when I think an author is going to part with a character I've come to care about in a book but almost unequivocally, the book is better for it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renee | 2/10/2011

    " I loved this. I thought it had a wonderful unfolding, deepening around the same incidents as the story grew. And I loved the questions it raised about the presence and absence. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Debra | 2/8/2011

    " I think this book had tons of potential, but I feel like the author let me down. The themes and ideas I wanted to explore with her, she didn't explore. And it was hard to make what WAS there matter to me. I never got emotionally invested in any of the characters or in their story. Too bad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 2/7/2011

    " Not particularly well written book about dysfunctional young women and men in the big city. (yawn). They do photography. They sit in coffee shops. They go dancing. They are edgy. Interesting revelation at the end but I saw it coming from early on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 1/31/2011

    " The intensity and deft pacing of this novel quickly pulled into its almost dreamlike world of coming and going, of knowing and not knowing, of receiving and letting go. For a first novel by this young author I am quite impressed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophie | 1/16/2011

    " This grew on me. Some parts are beautiful and interesting - some of the characters are tedious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Asarum | 1/14/2011

    " Eh. Tried too hard to have the characters be intriguing. "

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