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3.35 out of 53.35 out of 53.35 out of 53.35 out of 53.35 out of 5 3.35 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Carey Narrator: Susan Lyons Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2003 ISBN: 9781436125208
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Two-time Booker Prize winner Peter Carey, author of True History of the Kelly Gang, crafts a brilliantly fictionalized take on the greatest hoax in Australia’s colorful history. In the 1950s poet Christopher Chubb composes a body of sexually charged poems. Chubb then dupes a trendy literary magazine into believing the poems were composed by a deceased genius named Bob McCorkle. The trick works, but soon the imaginary poet comes to life and begins tormenting his creator. With its breathtaking scope and limitless inventiveness, My Life as a Fake is a triumph of the imagination. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • My Life as a Fake is so confidently brilliant, so economical yet lively in its writing, so tightly fitted and continuously startling.”

    John Updike

  • “Ingenious…Carey is as diabolical as the hoaxes that his book includes.”

    New York Times

  • “A fantastic…novel that takes an eerie, questioning look at the art of storytelling.”

    People

  • “A wholly absorbing, bizarrely madcap comedy and a telling commentary on the sometimes baffling sources of art…Though fiction, the book is anything but fake. It’s truth, beauty, and comedy wrapped in one sprightly package.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Fast, furious, and fantastical stuff…Carey is Australia’s finest living novelist and nothing he writes is dull.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Carey is that rare artist brave enough to flee success, a tactic that underlies his dazzling track record. Each of his novels sets him a different challenge; in each, he excels. A triumph in its own right, My Life as a Fake leaves us wondering how he’s going to delight and disconcert us in his next book.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “Complex and masterful…A haunting story whose surreal events are as captivating and memorable as the misguided aspirations of its characters.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 2004
  • Shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award in 2004
  • Longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2005

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simon C | 2/17/2014

    " Much as I like Peter Carey I just found the central premise of this baffling and the use of magic realism unconvincing and jarring. I liked the characters but just felt like I was missing something throughout. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 1/31/2014

    " Compelling and confounding, this is a well written tale of literary intrigue with characters that seem insane and actually might be, but that are so utterly themselves, thanks to Carey's writing, that you don't really care. It has a strong undercurrent of "Frankenstein" about it and a strange story spun in short chapters and different perspectives. I don't know if the absence of conventional quotation marks to signal dialogue is an Australian thing or not, but it definitely enhanced the doubt and frenzy of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keri | 1/19/2014

    " interesting twists and turns in this book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 1/10/2014

    " An unusual story that kept me intrigued till the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Endah | 1/7/2014

    " aku nggak ngerti. Sumpah! :D "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 12/26/2013

    " Well-written and engaging, this was a fast read that sucked me in quickly. I really enjoyed the mystery as it unfolded and the flawed characters. Nothing life-changing but a good weekend diversion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 11/18/2013

    " A really challenging and fascinating read from the author of Oscar and Lucinda! Which I have yet to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randall Longmire | 11/4/2013

    " Carey is a literary master and this story left me satisfied. A mix of supernatural and realism. His creativity amazes. A great read for anyone who likes a story a bit left of centre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 10/23/2013

    " I love Peter Carey. If every artist is indeed a thief, Carey is a literary larcenist. I've read three of his novels this year and all were fantastic and all seemed to be written by an inspired ventriloquist who juggles voice to voice, scene to scene, on a tightrope of his own fancy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eleni | 8/28/2013

    " A great read! It keeps you guessing until the end and maybe well after you've read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 7/14/2013

    " The title of this book had me expecting something really insightful. While the story is somewhat compelling it really didn't make a big impression. And I'm not sure how I feel about his choice to discard quotation marks completely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alisa | 2/24/2013

    " What an odd book. Shades of Frankenstein. Even more surprised to find, after finishing, that it was based on true events. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 3/22/2012

    " This was a strange kind of book....The story involves the tale of a possible "fake" poet and involves ties with England, Australia, and Malaysia. Difficult to unravel what is really the truth here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 3/11/2012

    " Puzzling, but eminently readable--lots of meat between the lines concerning authorship, truth and desire. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucy | 11/7/2011

    " It was an interesting read, fairly gripping with a crazy, protracted story. It was well written too but I didn't relate to the characters or really love it somehow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 10/27/2011

    " A slightly goofy literary hoax caper that meanders through the tropics of South Asia and the literary world of post-war Australia. Also one of the better takes on Frankenstein I've read in a while. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Briana | 7/11/2010

    " Read this one in two days. I loved the writing style, particularly the dialogue. It wasn't anything life-altering, but it was a good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Greer | 10/23/2008

    " I love Carey and, while I've read reviews that thought the real-life story was more compelling than his, I don't know the original to compare. His worlds are bright and the action swift. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harry | 2/1/2008

    " Enjoyed the narrator and the perspective on true poetry geeks. Almost made me want to read poetry. There was tension throughout, dangling success always one step beyond. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kellie | 3/21/2007

    " I stuck with this book since I was on a long plane ride. It starts a little slow but is well written and intriguing. It left me thinking about it when I finished. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan Slaughter | 11/24/2005

    " liked this much better than Theft. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 2/2/2005

    " Pseudo-story of the Ern Malley hoax, served extra creepy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Uzzi | 12/2/2004

    " Somewhat confusing but nonetheless interesting. Not up to Jack Maggs nor Ned Kelley though. "

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About the Author
Author Peter Carey

Peter Carey is the author of ten previous novels and has twice received the Booker Prize. His other honors include the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Born in Australia, he has lived in New York City for twenty years.

About the Narrator

Susan Lyons has appeared on numerous television shows, including A Country Practice, Police Rescue, Something in the Air, and All Saints. Among her film credits are Winds of Jarrah and In a Savage Land. She is married to Tony Award–winning actor Jefferson Mays.