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Author: George Saunders Narrator: Don Cheadle, George Saunders, Kirby Heyborne, Susan Sarandon, Various , Bill Hader, Lena Dunham, Carrie Brownstein, Megan Mullally, Julianne Moore, Keegan-Michael Key, Ben Stiller, David Sedaris, Nick Offerman, a full cast Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780553397581

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***WINNER OF THE 2018 AUDIE AWARD FOR AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR*** The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. “My poor boy, he was too good for this earth,” the president says at the time. “God has called him home.” Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy’s body. From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state—called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo—a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie’s soul. Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction’s ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end? The 166-person full cast features award-winning actors and musicians, as well as a number of Saunders’ family, friends, and members of his publishing team, including, in order of their appearance:   Nick Offerman as HANS VOLLMAN David Sedaris as ROGER BEVINS III Carrie Brownstein as ISABELLE PERKINS George Saunders as THE REVEREND EVERLY THOMAS Miranda July as MRS. ELIZABETH CRAWFORD Lena Dunham as ELISE TRAYNOR Ben Stiller as JACK MANDERS Julianne Moore as JANE ELLIS Susan Sarandon as MRS. ABIGAIL BLASS Bradley Whitford as LT. CECIL STONE Bill Hader as EDDIE BARON Megan Mullally as BETSY BARON Rainn Wilson as PERCIVAL “DASH” COLLIER Jeff Tweedy as CAPTAIN WILLIAM PRINCE Kat Dennings as MISS TAMARA DOOLITTLE Jeffrey Tambor as PROFESSOR EDMUND BLOOMER Mike O’Brien as LAWRENCE T. DECROIX Keegan-Michael Key as ELSON FARWELL Don Cheadle as THOMAS HAVENS and Patrick Wilson as STANLEY “PERFESSER” LIPPERT with Kirby Heyborne as WILLIE LINCOLN, Mary Karr as MRS. ROSE MILLAND, and Cassandra Campbell as Your Narrator Praise for the audiobook “Lincoln in the Bardo" sets a new standard for cast recordings in its structure, in its performances, and in its boldness. Now, let's see who answers the challenge.” – Chicago Tribune   “Like the novel, the audiobook breaks new ground in what can be accomplished through a story. It helps that there’s not a single bad note in the cast of a whopping 166 people. It’s also the rare phenomenon of an audiobook being a completely different experience compared to the novel. Even if you’ve read the novel, the audiobook is worth a listen (and vice versa). The whole project pushes the narrative form forward.” – A.V. Club   “The result is an auditory experience unlike any other, where the awareness of individual voices disappears while the carefully calibrated soundscape summons a metaphysical masterpiece. This is a tour de force of audiobook production, and a dazzling realization of Saunders’ unique authorial structure.”—Booklist    “The finished audiobook’s tapestry of voices perfectly mirrors the novel.”—Entertainment Weekly Praise for George Saunders   “No one writes more powerfully than George Saunders about the lost, the unlucky, the disenfranchised.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times   “Saunders makes you feel as though you are reading fiction for the first time.”—Khaled Hosseini “Few people cut as hard or deep as Saunders does.”—Junot Díaz   “George Saunders is a complete original. There is no one better, no one more essential to our national sense of self and sanity.”—Dave Eggers   “Not since Twain has America produced a satirist this funny.”—Zadie Smith   “There is no one like him. He is an original—but everyone knows that.”—Lorrie Moore “George Saunders makes the all-but-impossible look effortless. We’re lucky to have him.”—Jonathan Franzen   “An astoundingly tuned voice—graceful, dark, authentic, and funny—telling just the kinds of stories we need to get us through these times.”—Thomas Pynchon

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  • “There’s an undeniable appeal in hearing this impressive cast of narrators…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    - AudioFile
  • “The finished audiobook’s tapestry of voices perfectly mirrors the novel.”

    - Entertainment Weekly (audio review)
  • “A wild but remarkable audio treat, as rich and unexpected as its plot.”

    - Elle (audio review)
  • “Sets a new standard for cast recordings in its structure, in its performances, and in its boldness.”

    - Chicago Tribune (audio review)
  • “Feels more like a movie than an audiobook.”

    - Wired.com (audio review)
  • “The prospect of reading Saunders’ Booker prize-winning novel may seem daunting, so investing in this seven-hour audio version, read by a starry 166-person cast, is a great alternative—and perfectly suits Saunders’ inventive take on the novel.”

    - The Guardian (London)
  • “Like the novel, the audiobook breaks new ground in what can be accomplished through a story. It helps that there’s not a single bad note in the cast of a whopping 166 people.”

    - A. V. Club (audio review)
  • “The audio presentation brings a chorus of voices to raucous, guilty, fearful, and complicated life.”

    - Library Journal (starred audio review)
  • “An auditory experience unlike any other, where the awareness of individual voices disappears while the carefully calibrated soundscape summons a metaphysical masterpiece. This is a tour de force of audiobook production.”

    - Booklist (audio review)

Awards

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • #1 New York Times bestseller
  • A BookPage Top Pick for March 2017
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month
  • Washington Post Top 10 Book of Books That We Loved
  • Winner of the Man Booker Prize
  • An Elle Magazine Pick of Best Audiobooks
  • A BookRiot Pick of the 4 Most Perfect Audiobooks Ever
  • Finalist for the 2018 Indies Choice Book Award for Best Audiobook
  • A London Guardian Pick of Best Audiobooks
  • Shortlisted for the Golden Man Booker Prize
  • The Audie Award Winner for Audiobook of the Year
  • Finalist for the International Dublin Literary Award
  • Libro.fm Audio bestseller
  • Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
  • A Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2017
  • A Library Journal Best Audiobook of 2017
  • A 2018 Audie Award Finalist for Best Multi-Voiced Performance
  • An RUSA Notable Book for Outstanding Audiobook Narration

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " To George Saunders, As Elton and Bernie say. "I thank the Lord that there are people out there like you " "

    - Philip McCarty, 1/8/2020
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    " Brilliant. I loved it. There is not much more I can say. Saunders had a brilliant imagination. What a talent "

    - Alison , 7/13/2018
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    " I probably should have read a review or two on this book before deciding to give it a listen but being a Civil War buff I figured I’d give it a try. If I had just looked up the definition for Bardo I might have had an inkling of what was to come but I didn’t do that either. Bardo is a Buddhist word referring to a place inhabited by (dare I say) souls between their existences on earth. This book is written as a screen play rather than a novel. To me, it seems a cross between something written by Lewis Carroll and Greek Mythology with furies bringing their terrors to hapless residents of this grim Purgatory. The story centers on Willie Lincoln, the son of President Abraham Lincoln. Willie dies at a very young age and finds himself in the bardo with little understanding of what has happened to him. His father, racked with anguish, visits him in the cemetery and holds his cold, diminished body in his arms. Neither son nor father know what to make of their new circumstances. Most of the spirits living in the bardo are also ignorant of their true circumstances. Most of them refusing to believe they are actually dead. The book is powerfully written. The listener hears the thoughts of the various characters and soon realizes each has his own story to tell. A story of great pain or hurt or bewilderment. The story of a former minister who runs from his fate after a debilitating experience at, what I will call, the Pearly Gates is particularly wrenching. Although most of the story is tragic, the author injects some light moments to keep it all under control. A wonderful read/listen. "

    - Keith, 2/8/2018
  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " While the concept and story is creative, entertaining and poignant, I find the narrative near impossible to get drawn into. The reason: constant interruption of footnote references. If I ever regain interest in trying to pick up the story, I’ll try reading the book. That said, the cast of narrators is excellent and the book is a daring and genius telling of a lovely relationship between father and son. If the audio version could omit the spoken footnotes, it would earn my 5 star rating "

    - jmon, 12/8/2017

About the Author

George Saunders is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of ten books, including Lincoln in the Bardo, which won the Man Booker Prize; Tenth of December, a finalist for the National Book Award; and others. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.

About the Narrators

Don Cheadle is an acclaimed actor who is known for the scene-stealing yet understated intensity of his performances. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Rwandan hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina in the historical drama Hotel Rwanda. Cheadle is also a dedicated activist committed to humanitarian causes, and continues to appear in major films and television.

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered over twenty Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered over twenty Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered over twenty Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.

Lena Dunham is the creator and star of the critically-acclaimed HBO series Girls, for which she also serves as executive producer, writer, and director. She has been nominated for eight Emmy awards and has won two Golden Globes, including one for best actress, for her work on Girls. Lena has also written and directed two feature length films (including 2011’s Tiny Furniture), created two web series, and is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker. Lena graduated from Oberlin College in 2008.

Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman are actors, performers, and comedians. Together, they have appeared in the television shows Will & Grace, Parks & Recreation, and Children’s Hospital, the movies Somebody Up There Likes Me, Kings of Summer, Infinity Baby, and Smashed, and the comedy tour Summer of 69: No Apostrophe.

Keegan-Michael Key is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.

David Sedaris is a playwright and a regular commentator for National Public Radio. He is also the author of the bestselling Barrel Fever, Naked, Holidays on Ice, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and Me Talk Pretty One Day. He travels extensively through Europe and the United States on lecture tours and lives in England.

Nick Offerman is an actor, humorist, woodworker, and narrator who has won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration as well as numerous Earphones Awards. He has appeared in the television shows Will & Grace, Parks & Recreation, and Children’s Hospital, the movies Somebody Up There Likes Me, Kings of Summer, Infinity Baby, and Smashed, and the comedy tour Summer of 69: No Apostrophe.

Matthew Wolf has worked extensively as a voice, theater, radio, and television actor. He has appeared in many productions on the London stage, including the title role in a sell-out production of Macbeth alongside Twilight star Robert Pattinson. He is also the official voice of Thor for Mavel Studios’ animated films Hulk Vs. Thor and Thor: Tales of Asgard. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is also producing with his production company, Cool Hand International.