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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kendare Blake, Etgar Keret, Nathan Englander, Miriam Shlesinger Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9781427222527
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Read by an all-star cast and featuring a bonus story special to the audio edition, Suddenly, a Knock on the Door is a one-of-a-kind audiobook program._x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ Bringing up a child, lying to the boss, placing an order in a fast-food restaurant: in Etgar Keret’s new collection, daily life is complicated, dangerous, and full of yearning. In his most playful and most mature work yet, the living and the dead, silent children and talking animals, dreams and waking life coexist in an uneasy world. Overflowing with absurdity, humor, sadness, and compassion, the tales in Suddenly, a Knock on the Door establish Etgar Keret—declared a “genius” by The New York Times—as one of the most original writers of his generation._x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ _x000D_ Audio Track listing:_x000D_ _x000D_ Suddenly, a Knock on the Door: Read by Ira Glass_x000D_ _x000D_ Lieland: Read by Adam Thirlwell_x000D_ _x000D_ Cheesus Christ: Read by Dave Eggers_x000D_ _x000D_ Simyon: Read by Nicole Krauss_x000D_ _x000D_ Shut: Read by George Saunders_x000D_ _x000D_ Healthy Start: Read by Ben Foster_x000D_ _x000D_ Teamwork: Read by Mathieu Amalric_x000D_ _x000D_ Pudding: Read by Aimee Bender_x000D_ _x000D_ Unzipping: Read by Miranda July_x000D_ _x000D_ The Polite Little Boy: Read by Ben Marcus_x000D_ _x000D_ Mystique: Read by Willem Dafoe_x000D_ _x000D_ Creative Writing: Read by Stanley Tucci_x000D_ _x000D_ Snot: Read by John Sayles_x000D_ _x000D_ Grab the Cuckoo by the Tail: Read by Gary Shteyngart_x000D_ _x000D_ Pick a Color: Read by Robert Wisdom_x000D_ _x000D_ Black and Blue: Read by Stella Schnabel_x000D_ _x000D_ What Do We Have in Our Pockets?: Read by Michael Chabon_x000D_ _x000D_ Bad Karma: Read by Lorin Stein_x000D_ _x000D_ Ari: Read by Rick Moody_x000D_ _x000D_ Bitch: Read by Nathan Englander_x000D_ _x000D_ The Story, Victorious: Read by Scott Shepherd_x000D_ _x000D_ A Good One: Read by David Rakoff_x000D_ _x000D_ What, of This Goldfish, Would You Wish?: Read by Gary Shteyngart_x000D_ _x000D_ Not Completely Alone: Read by Michael Chernus_x000D_ _x000D_ One Step Beyond: Read by Shea Wigham_x000D_ _x000D_ Big Blue Bus: Read by Josh Charles_x000D_ _x000D_ Hemorrhoid: Read by Michael Buscemi_x000D_ _x000D_ September All Year Long: Read by Neal Stephenson_x000D_ _x000D_ Joseph: Read by Mark Duplass_x000D_ _x000D_ Mourners Meal: Read by Shalom Auslander_x000D_ _x000D_ Parallel Universes: Read by Todd Hasak-Lowy_x000D_ _x000D_ Upgrade: Read by Josh Radnor_x000D_ _x000D_ Guava: Read by Ira Glass_x000D_ _x000D_ Surprise Party: Read by Scott Shepherd_x000D_ _x000D_ What Animal Are You?: Read by Jonathan Safran Foer_x000D_ _x000D_ Asthma Attack: Read by Etgar Keret Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “To call Keret apolitical would be to miss a seminal moment in the history of Jewish literature. Indeed, it would be like pigeonholing Isaac Bashevis Singer—at whose knee Keret seems to have learned the art of magic realism, only to use it with more discipline than his master…Keret is a cynic who can’t manage to shake off his hopefulness—the most reliable kind of narrator there is. His true ancestor may not be Singer but Woody Allen, who, in his earlier years, summoned the gods of fantasy to help argue his most famous philosophical insights. And Keret is exhibiting Annie Hall—era talent here, churning out gem after gem.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “These stories exude a force and zing that some readers will find life-changing.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Keret writes with alternating Singeresque magical realism and Kafkaesque absurdity.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This collection of short stories brims with invention…Etgar Keret is a great short story writer whose work is all the greater because it’s funny…[He] most becomes himself in comedy shorts, telling tales of the absurd and the surreal…To complain about Keret being Keret is like complaining about Chekhov being Chekhov.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “A brilliant writer…Completely unlike any writer I know. The voice of the next generation.”

    Salman Rushdie

  • “His pieces elicit comparison to sources as diverse as Franz Kafka, Kurt Vonnegut and Woody Allen…[Keret is] a writer who is often very funny and inventive, and occasionally profound.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Keret’s greatest book yet—the most funny, dark, and poignant. It’s tempting to say these stories are his most Kafkaesque, but in fact they are his most Keretesque.”

    Jonathan Safran Foer

  • “Etgar Keret’s stories are funny, with tons of feeling, driving towards destinations you never see coming. They’re written in the most unpretentious, chatty voice possible, but they’re also weirdly poetic. They stick in your gut. You think about them for days.”

    Ira Glass, host and producer of This American Life

  • “Strangeness abounds. Keret fits so much psychological and social complexity and metaphysical mystery into these quick, wry, jolting, funny, off-handedly fabulist miniatures, they’re like literary magic tricks: no matter how closely you read, you can’t figure out how he does it.”


  • A 2013 Audie Award Finalist for Multi-Voiced Performance
  • A 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Fiction
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About the Author

Kendare Blake holds an MA in creative writing from Middlesex University in northern London. She is the author of Anna Dressed in Blood, a Cybils Awards finalist; Girl of Nightmares; Antigoddess; Mortal Gods; and Ungodly. Her books have been featured on multiple best-of-year lists, and have received many regional and librarian awards. Kendare lives and writes in Kent, Washington.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.