Let Me Explain You Audiobook, by Annie Liontas Play Audiobook Sample

Let Me Explain You Audiobook

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Read By: Robertson Dean Publisher: Highbridge Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: July 2015 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781622317646

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Longest Chapter Length:

42:28 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

03:13 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

17:32 minutes

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Publisher Description

A “big rollicking, tender novel with a truly original comic voice at its center” (George Saunders), Let Me Explain You is about a Greek American family and its patriarch - - part Zorba, part King Lear- - and announces the arrival of a significant new voice in contemporary literature.

Let Me Explain You begins with a letter: Stavros Stavros Mavrakis, Greek immigrant and proud owner of the Gala Diner in New Jersey, believes he has just ten days left to live. He sends a scathing email to the estranged ex-wife and three grown daughters, outlining his wishes for how they each might better their lives. He then prepares for his final hours and wonders why he is alone. With varying degrees of laughter and scorn, his family and friends have dismissed his behavior as nothing more than a predictable plea for attention, but when Stavros really does disappear, those closest to him are forced to confront the possibility of his death and the realities of their loss.

A vibrant tour de force told from multiple perspectives and driving to a surprising conclusion, Let Me Explain You eulogizes Stavros Stavros,  turning in part of his realization that “a man spends his whole life trying to say it better,” while giving necessary voice to the women in his life. This multigenerational  novel explores our origins and family myths, reinvention and forgiveness, hunger and what feeds us. Let Me Explain You is a beautifully told, heartfelt story, and its meditations on the communal power of story telling and family-- most notably the relationship between fathers and daughters, but also the complex bond of sisterhood – are at turns and deeply moving. 

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“Narrator Robertson Dean…faithfully delivers Stavros’ infuriating behaviors, patriarchal tyranny, and biting comments and shines when expressing Stavros’ wry outsider’s observations. He deftly creates Stavros’ second-generation-Greek-American daughters, late wife, and black mistress with the slightest shifts in voice and attitude. The story is engaging…but it’s Dean’s sensitive performance that keeps the novel from slipping into caricature. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

— AudioFile 


  • “Darkly comic…Liontas shows compassion for her characters even as she plumbs their dysfunction. Seeded with family anecdotes, the novel’s true heart is one filled with love and forgiveness.”

    — Minneapolis Star-Tribune
  • “Liontas adds tremendously to the novel’s ambiance through Stavros’ idiomatic language, expertly reveals the layers of her characters’ lives, and perfectly captures their emotional temperatures in an unputdownable read.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “A lively portrait…this simultaneously sad and funny story of a first-generation immigrant and his rocky family relationships will resonate with a broad range of readers.”

    — Booklist
  • “Liontas’ multigenerational tale of miscommunications and mistakes is a delectable, provocative achievement.”

    — Library Journal
  • “A tale of an immigrant family rendered with unusual care.”

    — Kirkus Reviews


  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About Robertson Dean

Robertson Dean has played leading roles on and off Broadway and at dozens of regional theaters throughout the country. He has a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from Yale. His audiobook narration has garnered ten AudioFile Earphones Awards. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in film and television in addition to narrating.