Matrix: A Novel Audiobook, by Lauren Groff Play Audiobook Sample

Matrix: A Novel Audiobook

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Read By: Adjoa Andoh Publisher: Penguin Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: September 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780593453742

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Longest Chapter Length:

74:23 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

12 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

31:17 minutes

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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE 2022 JOYCE CAROL OATES PRIZE FINALIST FOR THE 2021 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION One of Barack Obama's Favorite Books of 2021 Named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, NPR, The Financial Times, Good Housekeeping, Esquire, Vulture, Marie Claire, Vox, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today and more! “A relentless exhibition of Groff’s freakish talent. In just over 250 pages, she gives us a character study to rival Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell .” – USA Today “An electric reimagining . . . feminist, sensual . . . unforgettable.” – O, The Oprah Magazine “Thrilling and heartbreaking.” –Time Magazine “[A] page-by-page pleasure as we soar with her.” –New York Times One of our best American writers, Lauren Groff returns with her exhilarating first new novel since the groundbreaking Fates and Furies. Cast out of the royal court by Eleanor of Aquitaine, deemed too coarse and rough-hewn for marriage or courtly life, seventeen-year-old Marie de France is sent to England to be the new prioress of an impoverished abbey, its nuns on the brink of starvation and beset by disease. At first taken aback by the severity of her new life, Marie finds focus and love in collective life with her singular and mercurial sisters. In this crucible, Marie steadily supplants her desire for family, for her homeland, for the passions of her youth with something new to her: devotion to her sisters, and a conviction in her own divine visions. Marie, born the last in a long line of women warriors and crusaders, is determined to chart a bold new course for the women she now leads and protects. But in a world that is shifting and corroding in frightening ways, one that can never reconcile itself with her existence, will the sheer force of Marie’s vision be bulwark enough? Equally alive to the sacred and the profane, Matrix gathers currents of violence, sensuality, and religious ecstasy in a mesmerizing portrait of consuming passion, aberrant faith, and a woman that history moves both through and around. Lauren Groff’s new novel, her first since Fates and Furies, is a defiant and timely exploration of the raw power of female creativity in a corrupted world.

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“[A] masterful narration….Andoh allows listeners to fully experience the nuns’ rich personalities, using an impressive range of accents, timbres, and rhythms throughout…A truly compelling audiobook. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

— AudioFile 


  • “Thrilling and heartbreaking…An electric work of historical fiction.”

    — Time
  • “Stunning…grand, mythic.” 

    — Entertainment Weekly
  • “Passionately feminist, funny, and even a bit profane.”

    — Good Housekeepig
  • “In Lauren Groff’s hands, the tale of a medieval nunnery is must-read fiction.”

    — Washington Post
  • “The medieval nun drama you didn’t know you needed.”

    — Vulture
  • “A mesmerizing study of faith, passion and violence.”

    — Harper’s Bazaar
  • “A radiant work of imagination and accomplishment.”

    — Esquire
  • “A rousing portrait of an abbess seizing and holding power…a magisterial story.”

    — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “Transcendent prose and vividly described settings bring to life historic events, from the Crusades to the papal interdict of 1208.”

    — Publishers Weekly (starred review)


  • A New York Times bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Finalist for the National Book Award
  • An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year
  • Finalist for the Audie Award for Best Literary Fiction/ Classic Narration
  • A Washington Post Best Book of 2021
  • A Time Magazine Best Book of 2021
  • A Financial Times Best Book of the Year
  • A Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2021
  • An Esquire Magazine Best Book of the Year
  • A USA Today Best Books of the Year Pick
  • A Marie Claire Magazine Pick of the Year's Best Books
  • A Good Housekeeping Best Book of 2021
  • Finalist for the Lammy Award for Lesbian Fiction
  • Among longlisted titles for National Book Award, 2021

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About Lauren Groff

Lauren Groff is the author of several novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The Monsters of TempletonFates and Furies, and Matrix, as well as short-story collections. She has won the Story Prize and the Joyce Carol Oates Prize and has been a finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award. Her work regularly appears in the New Yorker, The Atlantic, and elsewhere.

About Adjoa Andoh

Adjoa Andoh is an Audie Award and Earphones Award–winning narrator and an actress of British film, television, stage, and radio. In 2022, she was awarded the AudioFile Golden Voice Award. She is known on the UK stage for lead roles at the RSC, the National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre, and the Almeida Theatre, and she is a familiar face on British television. She made her Hollywood debut starring as Nelson Mandela’s chief of staff, Brenda Mazikubo, alongside Morgan Freeman as Mandela in Clint Eastwood’s Invictus.