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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (41 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Louis Begley Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The third book in the darkly comic series following the travails of American anti-hero, Warren Schmidt, SCHMIDT STEPS BACK takes a more somber tone, covering “the most difficult things – the loss of a child, and the terrible things that have happened to our country in the last 14 years”, according to author Louis Begley. In the new novel, Schmidt will watch the Twin Towers collapse from his office in New York. “Unless one looks at the dark side, one shouldn’t be bothering to write,” said Begley. His protagonist was played by Jack Nicholson in a lauded 2002 film adaptation of the first novel in the series, ABOUT SCHMIDT. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Schmidt, as he considers, worries, wonders, speculates, calculates, plans, and reconsiders, is engaging company…One of the victories in this novel is how candid he is. Begley gets as close to Schmidt as a diarist, inhabiting this man who has been seasoned by a long life and yet somehow seems new this morning…Schmidt can cavil with the best of them, but he has a code. He’s capable of a sobering empathy, has a withering understanding of the recent Bush regime, knows how to prepare a martini. We get so close to him in this intimately written book.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A page-turner…While Schmidt is stepping back—onto the stage of life, rather than into the fray—he is also reflecting, often sharply and intelligently.” 

    Washington Times

  • “Intelligent, literate, and moving novel of late middle age…Begley has created complex human beings who have reached middle and late age with a full load of baggage, yet they are, on the whole, more good than bad, more giving than receiving.” 

    Washington Independent Review of Books 

  • “The enterprising and original Begley has given us…Schmidt’s sardonic formulations [that] always have pertinent and pointed vigor…The most lively pages are ones where his animus against the trendy, the petty, and the self-righteous are given full rein. His irascibility, at times directed against himself, represents the other side of an embrace of positive things—like imagination, love, irony, the occasional double bourbon, and the novels of Trollope. One feels these are qualities and pleasures that, like his protagonist, Louis Begley finds sustaining and around which he has woven an appealing novel.” 

    Boston Globe

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ron | 12/7/2013

    " A very satisfying conclusion to the Schmidt trilogy. Long sentences, but they are well-crafted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sandy | 9/30/2013

    " Great book for the Boomer Generation from an American writer on par with John Irving, Saul Bellow and Philip Roth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cheryl | 7/29/2012

    " Long sentences indeed. For a few I had to take a breath and read slower. But I liked this book. A nice ending to the Schmidt story. I'm going to read more Louis Begley in the future! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lisa | 6/1/2012

    " I liked the narrative.... Well written. "

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About the Author
Author Louis Begley

Louis Begley lives in New York City. His previous novels are The Man Who Was Late, As Max Saw It, About Schimdt, Mistler’s Exit, Schmidt Delivered, and Shipwreck.