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3.42 out of 53.42 out of 53.42 out of 53.42 out of 53.42 out of 5 3.42 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Auster Narrator: Paul Auster Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2005 ISBN: 9780060878252
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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 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 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 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 Tim | 1/22/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik | 1/17/2014

    " I recently knocked out two Auster books within two weeks. Definitely a sign of finding a writer who resonates with you. The protagonist within this story experiences a lot of sad and beautiful things. His sickness, his instability, his endless love for his wife, etc. All of it really hit home with me. This one of those books that has many downer moments, but ultimately hones in on the individual and an overall sense of redemption. That theme never tires with me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Pittman | 1/13/2014

    " I love Paul Auster - there was only one part in this that I didn't absolutely love - but the rest of it was brilliant "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fariba | 12/9/2013

    " This is an amusing story with an unpredictable ending. It's a little boring at the beginning but becomes better and better through the end... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emmis | 9/16/2013

    " an original story with a few surprises....and it takes place in cobble hill "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessye Cohen-Filipic | 6/19/2013

    " A poor showing by Auster. A novel within a novel within a novel. Simpering protagonist. Big disappointment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 3/31/2013

    " As I read this book I started off as interested, then REALLY became interested when he was writing his story, and then I got plain bored when he was talking about his life, but then became interested again at the end. I didn't see that coming. A lot of ups and downs, but overall a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nadia | 10/19/2012

    " The the best use of footnotes I have ever read. Some people might complain that nothing happens, the nothing is tragic and terrifying. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Merrill | 8/13/2012

    " More like a few interrelated short stories than a comprehensive novel. Hard to follow, not a very satisfying plot. There was some mention of time travel on the jacket which persuaded me to read it, but it never materialized. Disappointing overall. Guess I'm just not a Paul Auster fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Lombardi | 7/19/2012

    " I remember being really into this book while I was reading it...but now...I can't even rememebr what it's about so I guess it wasn't that good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke | 7/18/2012

    " my favorite book of 2006 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Shirley | 5/18/2012

    " Fantastic. It felt like being told a deeply interesting confession by a drunken stranger at a dinner party. Profoundly intimate. I was going to lend this to a friend but it has earned pride of place in my permanent collection. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dann Fierro | 11/8/2011

    " Complex, cynical and minimalistic; mixed and spiral-psychological stories about himself's (?) job, but in that decadent northamerican middle class. A story into another story. Great! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hati | 9/17/2011

    " not the best auster unfortunately. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 4/27/2011

    " Great story within a story about a writer in NYC and what does writing mean, anyway? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine | 4/23/2011

    " I liked this -- it was entertaining and easy to read. But I didn't like the end -- and it was a bit too 'meta' for me. I don't know, it was clever and entertaining but somehow didn't give me that 'oomph' or woo me... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lemar | 3/24/2011

    " Great and natural storyteller. I breezed through this book and enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerard | 3/21/2011

    " The first half of the book was so amazing that it was hard to stop reading and not thinking about it all them time. The second half was then predictive but as always the ending was brilliant. I loved it, every single page. I just love Paul Auster. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ivo | 3/3/2011

    " brilliantly layered plot, page turner. paul auster at his usual standard "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Agent Zero | 11/15/2010

    " Grande scrittura, alcune trovate geniali, un finale leggermente al di sotto delle mie aspettative, ma, in definitiva, un romanzo che attrae e cattura fin dalla prima pagina, questo libretto di Haruki Aust... oops, Paul Muraka... pardon, Paul Auster! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 11/13/2010

    " Similar uncanniness to his other (better) novels the Music of Chance and NY Stories, but the elements here are barely hanging on to the thread that loosely weaves them together.

    Doesn't "end," it just kind of stops. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 9/21/2010

    " Interestingly clever weirdness from Auster, a master of questioning identity, truth, reality, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valeriap | 9/19/2010

    " I love the idea of a story within the story within the story. You get hooked right from the start. Auster does know his job. I would recommend it to aspiring writers for the insight it gives into the writing process. "

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About the Author
Author Paul Auster

Paul Auster is the bestselling author of The New York Trilogy and many other critically acclaimed novels. He was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize in 2006. His work has been translated into more than forty languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.