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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,458 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walker Percy Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The auto age is defunct. Buicks, Chryslers, and Pontiacs disfigure the landscape. Vines sprout in Manhattan. Wolves are seen in downtown Cleveland. And psychiatrist, mental hospital outpatient, and inventor Dr. Tom More has created a miraculous instrument: the ontological lapsometer, a kind of stethoscope of the human spirit. With it, he plans to cure mankind’s spiritual flu. But first he must survive Moira, Lola, and Ellen—and discover why so many living people are actually dead.

Attempting to save the world from completely destroying itself, Tom ultimately begins to understand the quality and caprices of life and the uncontrollable vagaries of time and chance.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A comedy of love against a field of anarchy…Percy is easily one of the finest writers we have.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A great adventure…So outrageous and so real, one is left speechless.”

    Chicago Sun-Times 

  • “Immensely readable, vividly entertaining.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Profoundly moving…One of the major novels of our time.”

    Milwaukee Journal

  • “Brilliant and hilarious…Some of the most fascinating characters you’ll ever encounter.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “[Gardner] is a smooth narrator who handles dialect in context to the novel’s tone, giving just the right amount of emphasis. Production quality is excellent.”


  • “[Grover Gardner] is the perfect vehicle for both the bemused Dr. More and the satirical author himself. Hats off to Blackstone Audio for finding the perfect reader to match Percy’s timeless satire.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by TJ | 2/17/2014

    " One of the best novels I have read in a long time - sharply satirical, witty, funny, and tragic all at the same time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Scott Hutchins | 2/11/2014

    " I sometimes feel a little abashed to say how much I love this book, because if you're a serious literary person you can *only* like the Moviegoer. But Love in the Ruins is the first book I ever read by Percy, and I thought it was the smartest, funniest, oddest book--all dressed up in this hilarious country-club Southern accent. The world (the late 60s) is divided into Knotheads (conservatives in a delusional rage) and the Leftpapasanes (ineffective, muddied liberals). There's a great line: "The center did not hold. However, the Gross National Product continues to rise." Sounds familiar... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andre | 2/5/2014

    " An immensely philosophical novel set in Louisiana, Love in the Ruins comments on the inherent imperfection of life and life's purpose. It is equal parts satirical and dramatic -- beautifully written and cerebral. Percy sculpts his characters with renaissance focus, illuminating the subtle colors and tones a person can show by a twitch of the eye, a subtle movement, the strength or the fragility of their anatomy, and their habits and dialects. Dr. Tom More, the protagonist, is driven by lust, drinking, morning terrors, depression, and an "abstraction" from himself. He considers himself a catholic, but a bad catholic that rates his belief in god of least importance compared to his base desires and habits. Since this is a novel about the evident end of the world on July 4th 1985, one can see this as a novel that both humorously and seriously illuminates a second kind of independence day for the United States: its separation from itself. Whereas independence day celebrates the colonist's separation from Great Britain, the end of the world as it happens in this novel is the United States falling into ruin and separating into independent factions. This is a novel that ponders the separation of the self from itself as a metaphor for the United States' war with its self -- a satire of the polarization of politics, conflicts between religious denominations, and the concept of utopia. The human condition is not a perfect machine; instead, it is a civil war between systems of binary opposites. Ultimately, without spoiling much at all, the novel affirms the potential for life's beauty and serenity, but primarily when it is not in a state of imbalance. Indeed, there can be "love IN the ruins": there can be life after death, and there can be peace within conflict. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kim | 2/5/2014

    " fiction:south mid 1900s-----------drunken man searches his soul "

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