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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,577 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julian Barnes Narrator: Julian Barnes Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN:
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I don't believe in God, but I miss Him. This book is, among many things, a family memoir, an exchange with Barnes' brother (a philosopher), a meditation on mortality and the fear of death, a celebration of art, an argument with and about God, and a homage to the French writer Jules Renard. Though he warns us that this is not my autobiography, the result is a tour of the mind of one of our most brilliant writers.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 2/9/2014

    " I'm not quite sure what to make of this memoir (long essay?). Novelist Julian Barnes writes about his thoughts, and those of other writers, theologians, scientists, etc., about confronting the end of life. He writes with humor, and the book is best when he is talking about himself. Barnes certainly has a breadth of knowledge and acquaintenceship with other writers, philosophers, etc. He raises enough questions that I suspect almost any reader can find something personally meaningful in this short work. But I'm not sure he truly has anything new to say about facing death. Still, he writes well and is willing to put himself in print on this topic. I'd be curious what others think about this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 1/19/2014

    " I might have rated it higher, but somehow, being in a Depression and all, I was a little less excited about reading about Schopenhauer, atheism, and death. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 1/13/2014

    " After a slow, clunky start (resist the urge to stop within the first thirty pages) this is an amazing read for anyone who has ever wondered what, if anything, lies beyond death. Atheist, agnostic, wavering-Barnes writes beautifully about his own thoughts of mortality shaped by the experiences of his family, ancestors, and other (dead) writers. This isn't a book for those fortunate enough to have a rock solid faith. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ejcarter | 1/9/2014

    " A hilarious but also frightening meditation on death. It is also a partial autobiography and a reflection on writing as well. Filled with great lines from what he calls his "non-blood relatives"--mostly French writers and Russian composers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/7/2014

    " The subject matter is not for everyone, that is, thanatology ("death-studies"), however the writing is vibrant and personal, and it reads more like a great collection of essays stitched together than a memoir-ish novel. I love Barnes' writing, but there is the occassional British slang word I am totally out of the loop of understanding. Also, JB references all the great essayists on the subject, and quite a few 'famous' deaths among writers, artists, musicians, as far as that goes.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MN | 12/20/2013

    " Borrowed this from the library; got halfway through and bought my own copy; finished it; then didn't put it down but started it again. It's this good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brandi | 11/29/2013

    " i'm starting to wish he would die just so i wouldn't have to listen to him talk about it anymore. death seems so much more interesting when i'm the one thinking about it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Justin Bell | 11/29/2013

    " I found it boring. I guess I'm just not that interested in death. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms211 | 11/28/2013

    " It is an interesting read about writers in history on the topic of death. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Howard | 11/24/2013

    " A pleasingly unfocussed ramble on death from 2008. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margo | 9/4/2013

    " Witty, thought-provoking, surprisingly humorous discussion of the end of life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shari | 9/4/2013

    " Better, I think, than his Booker winner "The Sense of an Ending." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tj | 7/14/2013

    " Books are all about opinions but if you don't find Julian Barnes compelling to read, you may need to check yourself for a soul. He writes with spectacular clarity without compromising complexity of thought "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louanne | 11/23/2012

    " One of the most intelligent, thought-provoking and interesting books I have read in years. I am now reading his other books. So far, I like them all. Great author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Simon | 11/16/2012

    " The lion in Winter. Contemplations of family and mortality. Well done, and honest...even when it hurts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard Janzen | 5/20/2012

    " Another strange read. A philosophical memoir discussing death and especially the fear of death. I found so many tidbits, clever thoughts and things to enjoy. However, I struggled to get through this book...seemed so rambling and formless. A bit hard to recommend, unfortunately. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 2/20/2012

    " Best book I read last year. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin | 11/23/2011

    " The two stars just means that I couldn't finish it--not that it's bad. It's just too smart for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tommy | 8/17/2011

    " It was interesting to hear his thoughts on death and how they compared to other writers in history, but it ran a bit long. The first 200 pages are good but the last 50 are repetitive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharen | 7/7/2011

    " Incredible - reading it is like sitting across the table and sharing a glass of wine with Barnes as he talks about is family, his life and his view of what happens when.... His wit, intelligence and human vulnerability are deeply touching. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 5/1/2011

    " Best nonfiction book I read in 2008. A book-length essay as a mediation on death - on the fact that I am going to die, no matter what, that it sucks, and that there are no real good consolations for this banal fact. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William | 4/6/2011

    " The prose of Julian Barnes is like a smooth pint of Guinness. His introspection and observations of life and death are illuminating and in the end, inspirational. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bev | 3/6/2011

    " Who ever thought death could be so funny? I love this book by Barnes. And his wit reminds me of someone I know & whose humor I love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 2/5/2011

    " a clever memoir of a sort -- memoir and meditation, i guess, but a meditation with a clever and sophisticated sense of humour... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 10/9/2010

    " Interesting premise, but a bit too academic for my taste. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kazzy | 9/9/2010

    " Obsessive philosophical musing about death and dying, just my kind of quirkiness! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vivencio | 9/2/2010

    " the compleat thanatophobe kit. wry, wise and engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 je-ne-sais-kat | 8/15/2010

    " Been wanting to read this for a long time and finally caught up with it via Powell's (<3) in Portland. A rollicking, literate memoir on mortality - I still have death-phobia after reading, but at least I felt better about it for a little while. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 6/18/2010

    " Death is final, but literature is not. Until you reach your last reader. When Barnes calls his last reader a 'bastard' my heart sang. If you want to know why, read the book. "

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