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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: June 2005 ISBN: 9781455179756
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gordon | 1/11/2014

    " Observant, funny and sad... not because of the theme (death) but because most of the characters seem to have ruined their lives well before entering the old age the author so well describes "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hilary | 1/1/2014

    " Muriel Spark is hysterical, a community of senior citizens dealing with their own demises, and not dealing very well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Baz | 12/26/2013

    " My second novel by Spark, and another charming experience. Love her light touch, intelligence, wry humor, deft handling and sharp writing. I am now officially a big fan. Which way to go for my third helping? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 11/27/2013

    " Characters are caught by their own unique selves in their own particular circumstances. We create our lives. Things get resolved, or not. We die. A fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda | 9/22/2013

    " I read this book as a sort of celebration of my 40th birthday. It's dark, twisted, and infused with the inevitability of degeneration and demise-- and I laughed my ass off. There's also an intrieguing cameo by the Almighty, which just took the whole thing to an unexpected level. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Leith | 8/15/2013

    " Another brilliant short novel by the inimitable Muriel Spark. These are books to read by anyone who wants to know how to write lively fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine Kington | 7/29/2013

    " Wittily written and a set up I've never read about before (old people and their vicious rivalries, wills and power play)which makes for an entertaining read. I don't think I got the best from this as I had a break (too long) in the middle so spent some time trying to figure things out again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susie | 7/9/2013

    " Surprisingly pedestrian. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivienne Strauss | 1/22/2013

    " A good read but it felt long and slow in parts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 5/30/2012

    " Wonderful satire of a set of upper-class elderly people in London in the 1950s. Definitely the best book about aging I have ever read. It's sad, touching, meaningful, and laugh out loud funny. I am in awe of Muriel Spark's wit and must now read everything she ever wrote! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Virginia Albanese | 12/5/2011

    " Quirky book about aging and death, told with humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brent Legault | 10/17/2011

    " I love the English but this might have been just a bit too the English for my taste. Good fun, however. Humour at once dry and madcap. And more oldsters than you'll find in any other novel, I'd bet. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 4/25/2011

    " so far even worse than the last book club book.
    characters all very confusing
    all very depressing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonia | 2/1/2011

    " Sharp wit and intelligence abide in this lovely small book about aging and the loss of practical things like hearing. :) This is a slow methodical lovely book about people and their interactions under circumstances beyond their control. A lovely laugh-out-loud book. Own it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 kasia | 1/1/2011

    " 4.5 stars. Not perfect, but an absolute delight nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 11/10/2010

    " Beautifully written black comedy about aging Britons after the war, but it did not quite live up to my expectations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brent | 9/29/2010

    " I love the English but this might have been just a bit too the English for my taste. Good fun, however. Humour at once dry and madcap. And more oldsters than you'll find in any other novel, I'd bet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 8/26/2010

    " another excellent Muriel Spark book. the characters were quirky, the idea was original... on the whole it was a pretty light read. "

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About the Author
Author Muriel Spark

Muriel Spark (1918–2006) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. She was the author of over twenty novels, including The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, as well as critical biographies, radio plays, children’s books, poetry, and short-story collections. She was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1993 and a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres in 1996.

About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.