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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,367 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Saul Bellow Narrator: Wolfram Kandinsky Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Mr. Artur Sammler is, above all, a man who has lasted, from the civilized pleasures of English life in the 1920s and 30s through the war and death camps in Poland. Moving now through the chaotic and dangerous streets of New York’s Upper West Side, Mr. Sammler is attentive to everything, and appalled by nothing. He brings the same dispassionate curiosity to the activities of a black pickpocket on an uptown bus, the details of his niece Angela’s sex life, and his daughter’s lunacy as he does to the extraordinary theories of one Dr. V. Govinda Lal on the use we are to make of the moon now that we have reached it.

Beneath this novel’s comedy, sadness, shocking action, and superb character-drawing there runs a strain of speculation, both daring and serene, on the future of life on this planet—Mr. Sammler’s planet—and any other planets for which we may be destined.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Listening to Wolfram Kandinsky’s outstanding reading of the novel makes you realize that you should not confuse Bellow with Sammler…Kandinsky’s energetic recording of this provocative novel is full of variety in tone and rhythm; he renders the different voices of the characters so skillfully that one forgets that there is only one reader performing.” 

    Allan Chavkin, Southwest Texas State University 

  • “Kandinsky's voice is the perfect complement to Bellow's carefully polished words and phrases. He deliciously savors and expands upon every nuance…Brilliant in print, this audio production will entice a new generation to experience the wit and intelligence of a work that has matured like fine wine since its introduction in 1970.” 


  • “[A] welcome addition in audio format. Wolfram Kandinsky reads in a clear, appropriate voice without lapsing into excessive dramatization.” 

    Library Journal

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Winner of the National Book Award in 1971

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bakul | 2/16/2014

    " A compelling book. I could relate to the way Mr. Sammler looks inside from outside very well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Catherine | 2/7/2014

    " Given that it won a Nobel prize for literature, I'm sure there's something redeeming about this book, but I couldn't see past the sexist and racist elements to find it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Herzog | 2/5/2014

    " This book just didn't coalesce very well for me. It's populated (over populated?) with characters that never form a very coherent whole. A let down compared to Herzog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dave Moyer | 2/4/2014

    " This is a classic. How Bellow can tell such compelling stories with so little dialogue, over such a short period of time and hold the reader is amazing. This is one of the best. "

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