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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,312 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Cameron Narrator: Lincoln Hoppe Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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James Sveck, 18-year-old New Yorker, charming, precocious, confused, doesn't quite fit in (doesn't really want to)....

If his future (i.e., college) seems completely meaningless, not to mention terrifying....

Then: he'll start anew (move to the Midwest?).

James Sveck is misunderstood by a capricious mother, a self-absorbed father, a mordant older sister, his Teutonic therapist, his D-list celebrity grandmother, his unnervingly attractive art gallery colleague....

If: What one wants is enigmatic....

Then: Life can be hell.

But: as the summer gets hotter, James comes to recognize the wrenching truth of his emotions.

James archly comic bravado fuels this sharply observed novel of a teen adrift in an adult world, struggling to make sense of the problems of love and of lack. The engaging voice of our idiosyncratic antihero is deftly captured by the adroit prose of Peter Cameron. Often hilarious, deeply compassionate, smart, and lyrical, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You is every bit as sui generis as James Sveck himself. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tim DeFrange | 2/16/2014

    " James has a weird life but he is willing to take risks to find more meaning in it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carey | 2/15/2014

    " A compelling Bildungsroman narrative about the social disorders that often run concurrent with the extremely intelligent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Manel Olano | 1/30/2014

    " Una joia maliciosament divertida sobre Nova York. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 1/11/2014

    " I would really give it 3.5 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Chong | 1/6/2014

    " I don't know why but this books makes me want to reread Jay McInerney's Bright Lights, Big City. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan | 12/31/2013

    " A pleasure to read. Cameron's take on teenage angst and isolation is funny, smart, and cringe-inducingly accurate "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 lmkbigsky | 12/21/2013

    " While this story captured my attention, I kept waiting for James to come to some sort of realization about his actions and thoughts and how they affect others. He never quite "got it." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Waters | 12/14/2013

    " Such a quirky and interesting story, more of a book for young adults then adults. Wonderfully written and thought provoking. It captures a moment in time, a period of life we have all been through. Some what annoying at stages but worth a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5  | 12/5/2013

    " Commovente. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elyssa | 12/2/2013

    " I have been a Peter Cameron fan since high school and enjoyed revisiting his writing in this coming-of-age novel. Typically, teenagers are not my favorite protagonists, but this book was different. I saw some similarities to Catcher in the Rye, but overall this novel feels fresh and original. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 9/2/2013

    " Meet James... And that's about all, because as interesting as James is, the book about him has no particular point. It's a snapshot of an 18 year old kid's life between high school and college. There is no plot, just a few weeks of time while we see what James is doing. Mostly therapy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mirna | 6/26/2013

    " Recommended by one of my students dealing with very similar issues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne Kadet | 3/13/2013

    " Really nails something. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 5/29/2012

    " Loved it! Picked it up b/c the title spoke to me. Loved the main character, his relationship with his grandmother and his sense of humor. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sam Martin | 5/16/2012

    " I really didn't like this book at all. It was boring and it was hard to bring myself to finish it. The way Peter Cameron wrote this book didn't interest me at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kory | 10/5/2011

    " Fabulous. The perspective of allowing others to beat to their own march...even if it is to be alone. "

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

    " You know, I think this might actually be one of my very favorite books.
    And it's too bad James is gay because I really think I could fall in love with him, even though I'm sure I'd make him very uncomfortable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kandy | 4/22/2011

    " Complete uter waste of time. I kept waiting for something, anything to happen to warrant the great title to this book. Very disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miranda | 4/6/2011

    " I found this book from seeing the quote page of in a photo on Tumblr. Peter Cameron is very good at making his characters interesting, relateable, and realistic. Their personalities are well developed. I really related to the main character and enjoyed his perspective on life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wanda | 4/3/2011

    " James Sveck, an introverted eighteen year-old from a dysfunctional family, confused about who he is and afraid of becoming an adult, must decide whether to go to college. The prose and voice of this beautifully written book pulled me into this young man’s emotionally painful coming-of-age story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 4/2/2011

    " Good, not sure what kid I'd recommend it to though. "

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

    " This book was very cool, if not hilarious, if not for the main character. I know, I know, why so much hate for the mc's? Well, this one is a must criticize. I mean first of all, he's giving up Brown to go live in old-timely Kansas. What? 'Nuff said.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 3/24/2011

    " The perfect description of life! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 3/21/2011

    " Heartbrakingly beautiful, I wish I would have had this novel at 15. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherrie | 3/17/2011

    " There were parts of this story that made me laugh out loud. The main character was wonderfully drawn, but the plotting could have been stronger. "

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About the Author
Author Peter Cameron

Peter Cameron is the author of several novels, including Andorra and The City of Your Final Destination and his work has appeared in the New Yorker. He lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Lincoln Hoppe is an accomplished actor of stage and screen with several films, plays, television shows, and numerous audiobooks to his credit. His audiobook narrations have earned him nine AudioFile Earphones Awards. His diverse voice characterizations can be heard on animated films, video games, and commercials across the globe. He is a member of the Lost Angeles Comedy Sportz Improv Company.