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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,117 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Auster Narrator: Paul Auster Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Several months into his recovery from a near-fatal illness, thirty-four-year-old novelist Sidney Orr enters a stationery shop in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn and buys a blue notebook. It is September 18, 1982, and for the next nine days Orr will live under the spell of this blank book, trapped inside a world of eerie premonitions and bewildering events that threaten to destroy his marriage and undermine his faith in reality.

Why does his wife suddenly break down in tears in the backseat of a taxi just hours after Sidney begins writing in the notebook? Why does M.R. Chang, the owner of the stationery shop, precipitously shut down his business the next day? What are the connections between a 1938 Warsaw telephone directory and a lost novel in which the hero can predict the future? At what point does animosity explode into violence? To what degree is forgiveness the ultimate expression of love?

Paul Auster's mesmerizing eleventh novel reads like an old-fashioned ghost story. But there are no ghosts in this book -- only flesh-and-blood human beings, wandering through the haunted realms of everyday life. At once a meditation on the nature of time and a journey through the labyrinth of one man's imagination, Oracle Night is a narrative tour de force that confirms Auster's reputation as one of the boldest, most original writers at work in America today.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Auster…shines as a fabulist and tale-teller, putting a high-modernist gloss on noir.”

    New Yorker

  • “Compulsively readable yet wonderfully complex and unsettling. The book is both a babushka doll of stories within stories and a literary Rubik’s Cube, the solution of which, if there is one, is the very nature of reality.”

    Boston Globe

  • Oracle Night is a triumph for novelist Auster. It cements his growing reputation as one of America’s most inventive and original writers.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Artful, ingenious…The plot of this bizarrely fascinating novel strains credibility, but Auster’s unique genius is to make the absurd coherent; his stories have a dreamlike, hallucinatory logic.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • New York Times Bestselling Author

Listener Opinions

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

    " I really liked this book. The premise is very clever, a book about a book. I was wondering if anyone has noticed the similarities to Murakami's "Wind Up Bird Chronicles"? I love the magical realism and the open-endedness of the story, leaving your imagination to go where it will. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Meghan Chiampa | 2/13/2014

    " i found this book in the trash and hadn't heard of auster. i liked the cover. i thought it was stupid at first but i ended up reading the whole thing in a few days and at the end, i was like yeah, thats a good book. its cute and light like a cloud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by mim | 1/30/2014

    " Noah lent me this book with a statement about it that I can't remember, but maybe something not so positive about it. I liked it, it was intense, taking a turn I didn't expect. I think I've read other Paul Auster books but can't remember which ones. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tim | 1/22/2014

    " Probably the beginning of the slide for Paul Auster. SO GREAT in the early novels. "

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