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Extended Audio Sample Thalia Book Club: Claire Messuds The Emperors Children Audiobook, by Claire Messud
2.33 out of 52.33 out of 52.33 out of 52.33 out of 52.33 out of 5 2.33 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Claire Messud Narrator: Valerie Martin, Hope Davis Publisher: Symphony Space Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2008 ISBN:
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Claire Messud discusses her New York Times Best Book of 2006 with fellow novelist Valerie Martin. The Emperor's Children is a brilliant contemporary novel of manners that puts under a magnifying glass the flawed ambitions of three college friends on the verge of their 30s, trying to make a place for themselves in New York. To set the tone for this enticing discussion, actress Hope Davis reads an excerpt from the book.

This special event was recorded live as part of the Thalia Book Club series at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City. Download and start listening now!


Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jena | 6/22/2011

    " I really did not enjoy this book as much as I had hoped. The storyline was not at all what I thought it was going to be, and in the end I really did not enjoy the book. It had a sorrowful storyline, and although the interaction of the characters was interesting, I would not recommend this work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 6/16/2011

    " I can't believe a book so full of illicit sex was so dissatisfying. That is a problem, Claire Messud. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mei | 6/14/2011

    " The next time someone tells me I should read a book because it's on the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year, I'll say "Oh yeah, remember The Emperor's Children? Now be quiet." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 5/31/2011

    " I really liked this book! Very surprised at the low average rating. Some of the characters annoyed me (Bootie, sometimes Marina, and Ludo), but I loved the writing and finished it within a week. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathie | 5/18/2011

    " Not sure so far. Seems disjointed and hard keeping track of who's who.
    6/11/11. Had to stop and try to find something more interesting. Have now finished 1.5 books and find that I am thinking about it, so I'll probably pick it up after I finish what I am currently reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lila | 5/2/2011

    " I finished this book last night and went to sleep before the announcement of Bin Laden's death--strange to be reading about 9/11 just before that happened. I liked the first third or so of the novel but was disappointed in the rest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alicia | 4/26/2011

    " Some interesting characters, but they never really came to life - I felt very detached from the storyline. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gami | 4/15/2011

    " Extremely pretentious and not that interesting, except for the affair "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stefany | 4/15/2011

    " This book was weird. That is the best word to describe it. I did finish it though because I was compelled to find out what happened with the characters. That being said I was kind of disappointed by the ended. "

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About the Author
Author Claire Messud

CLAIRE MESSUD's last novel, The Emperor's Children, was a New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post Best Book of the Year, and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. Her first novel, When the World Was Steady, and her book of novellas, The Hunters, were finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her second novel, The Last Life, won Britain's Encore Award. Her short fiction has been included in the Penguin Book of Canadian Short Stories, edited by Jane Urquhart. Raised in Sydney, Australia and Toronto, where she attended the Toronto French School and UTS, Messud was a judge for the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize. She lives in Cambridge, MA with her family.