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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,650 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:
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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!


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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Leslie | 1/10/2014

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

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