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2.9 out of 52.9 out of 52.9 out of 52.9 out of 52.9 out of 5 2.90 (10 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nicole Krauss Narrator: Richard Poe, Celeste Ciulla Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2002 ISBN: 9781461804086
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Nicole Krauss’ Great House was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Man Walks into a Room follows Samson Greene, who, during the removal of a brain tumor, loses his adult memories. Feeling lost as an outsider in his own life, Samson agrees to participate in a scientific experiment in which memories are grafted from one brain to another. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Great nuance and sophisticated prose that seduces you with its cadences…You’ll savor the [end]—and be hungry for future work from this talented author.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Mysterious and compelling…Krauss brings to her work a poet’s gift for seizing upon small but potent details…A novel that…is hard to forget.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “A deft comedy of unfamiliarity…A lucid consideration of the metaphysics of mind-shuffling…Krauss celebrates the anything-but-simple art of human connection.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A meditative debut novel about the pleasures and dangers of forgetting…A chilling addition to the annals of amnesia lit.”

    Village Voice

  • “A deeply philosophical novel, one that strikes upon the nagging paradoxes of modern life…With the character of Samson Greene, Nicole Krauss puts a human face on these concerns, and—in prose that shimmers with intelligence—tells us his potent and memorable story.”


  • “A provocative first novel…Beautifully written, intellectually engaging…Krauss has a remarkable feel for what is ultimately unfathomable.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Memory and the ramifications of losing it are explored with all the precision of a CAT scan…Charges bravely into a tangle of difficult questions.”

    San Diego Union-Tribune

  • “Unique…Intriguing…It is impossible to read this book without wondering what you would do in the same situation; that reason alone is enough to pick it up.”

    Denver Post

  • “Ambitious, cohesive, intelligent, precise, and accomplished…Remarkably fresh…Everything in this novel works.”

    Raleigh News and Observer

  • “An incisive novel of self-invention.”


  • A 2002 Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Prize for First Fiction Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deb | 10/8/2011

    " i think my disappointment was in i was expecting something different "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taryn | 8/28/2011

    " The story of a Columbia professor who is found wandering in Nevada without a memory. Beautiful writing, intriguing story. Very interesting questions to ponder: do our memories make us who we are? Where is our “self” located in our bodies? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrey | 8/18/2011

    " Not as captivating as her later one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 8/18/2011

    " Loved the writing all the way through... enjoyed the plot of the first half and then it lost steam "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anjaly | 8/17/2011

    " It started out so promising with a hint of a memory loss romance and science fiction but the story turned confusing and became this cry for sanity as he suffered through his loss. His journey is quite remarkable and interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Spencer | 8/17/2011

    " Took a bit to get into. Was immaculately written, but not near as compelling or moving as some of her other work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martine | 8/9/2011

    " Excellent. Thought-provoking. If you were to lose all your memories from the age of 12, all your experiences and thoughts and knowledge, who would you be - the same person? or a different person? What makes us who we are? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathleen | 8/5/2011

    " Kraus' book has such an interesting beginning, but I just got lost in the middle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chiara | 8/2/2011

    " Here, Krauss is searching for her soul. Then came The History of Love and she found it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lara | 7/29/2011

    " Although I quite enjoyed this book, it didn't grab me. I found myself reading it intermittently. I prefered The history of Love to be honest. "

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About the Author
Author Nicole Krauss

Nicole Krauss has been hailed by the New York Times as “one of America’s most important novelists.” She is the author of the international bestseller Great House, a finalist for the National Book Award, The History of Love, and Man Walks into a Room, among others.

About the Narrators

Richard Poe has worked extensively in movies, television, and on Broadway. He is best known for his portrayal of Gul Evek in three different Star Trek series: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager. He is a well-known and prolific audiobook narration who has won twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Celeste Ciulla is an accomplished actress and voice-over artist based in New York City. For her stage performances, she has received the 2010 Lunt–Fontanne Fellowship and the Callaway Award. She is also an Earphones Award–winning narrator.