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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,130 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Muriel Spark Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Unforgettably astounding and a joy to read, Memento Mori is considered by many to be the greatest novel by the wizardly Dame Muriel Spark.

In late 1950s London, a group of aging eccentrics is brought together by a series of uncanny events. Lettie Colston is the first to receive an anonymous phone call from an insinuating voice reminding her that she must die. Soon, ten of Lettie’s friends also receive the call. In the flurry that results from these seemingly supernatural messages, a bizarre investigation is launched that reveals a network of deception binding the group, including such dark secrets as blackmail and adultery.

As spooky as it is witty, poignant, and wickedly hilarious, Memento Mori may ostensibly concern death, but it is a book which leaves one relishing life all the more.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A complex, beautiful, and terrifyingly insightful novel about old age.”

    New Yorker

  • “I find Miss Spark’s novels beautifully executed—funny, moving, and like nobody else’s.”

    W. H. Auden

  • “Her best, I think…Chillingly brilliant.”

    Tennessee Williams

  • “Funny and macabre…Has delighted me as much as any novel I have read.”

    Graham Greene

  • “There is a Waugh-like brilliance to this novel…This last is the most remarkable of Miss Spark’s achievements. Nothing is forced, least of all the humor.”

    New Statesman

  • “Acidly funny tale of aging and death…A marvelously crafted, tautly written novel.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Good, not-so-clean fun.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Galen | 2/15/2014

    " Written in 1958, very interesting style of writing. A bit on the depressing side as it deals with a lot of elderly people and what happens to them (they die). A nice quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Des | 1/31/2014

    " I hear the UK TV program had great actors and made it more than the book. The book has good characterisations but not the most riveting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stephan Frank | 1/24/2014

    " Ouch - old age does not always come with being benign. Fun idea. Horrible (in the best sense of the word !) characters. May take the thorn out of growing older, hehehehe..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mommalibrarian | 1/21/2014

    " I was initially very intrigued by the age of the characters in this book. That wore off as for the most part their actions were not unlike those of people 10, 20, even 30 years younger. There are some more descriptive reviews available so I won't bother with that. The conclusion was a bit abrupt but there really is a limit to the 'future' possible for this set as for us all. That is the point of the book. "

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