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3.24 out of 53.24 out of 53.24 out of 53.24 out of 53.24 out of 5 3.24 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Rachman Narrator: Sree Sreenivasan Publisher: Symphony Space Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN:
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The nimble and funny novelist discusses his unputdownable book with Sree Sreenivasan (Dean of Students at Columbia Journalism School). Performance playlist: Reading by David Furr, conversation between Tom Rachman and Sree Sreenivasan, and a discussion with the audience.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dubs | 2/8/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. Good pacing, good sentences, good characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave Schumacher | 2/3/2014

    " A good storyline and setting, but I found the writing style to be a bit disjointed at times, resulting in a distraction from the story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 2/3/2014

    " This isn't a bad example of the novel-in-short-story-form. It's got a good depiction of this English language newspaper in Rome and the individual side of the people involved. Some of it seems a little predictable. I mean, you really know from the start (or respective starts) what's going to end up happening to the people and the newspaper itself. Still, it was a nice read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna Susanna | 2/1/2014

    " A very well written and fascinating story about the editors and journalists of an international newspaper in Rome, who all have their individual story. I liked it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 1/31/2014

    " I hated this book. I just couldn't get into the characters--didn't care about any of them. And the book kept jumping back and forth between 1957 and 1974 or so. Each chapter told from the viewpoint of yet another chaotic angst ridden staff member of the newspaper. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittany | 1/27/2014

    " It was alright. I've never read anything fact or fiction about the world of journalism so I think that's what intrigued me but I'm not sure I'd really recommend it necessarily. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/27/2014

    " A quick read - sad and funny. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlotte | 1/22/2014

    " This book is set in Rome and I was hoping to be reminded of the city while I read... but there is not much in the book about the city, and the characters are all so awful to one another! I found it to be depressing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Torsten | 1/22/2014

    " Fine, but a bit bland. Well-written but don't see what all the fuss is about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Veronica | 1/14/2014

    " only some chapters were good, most of them I found a waste of time really... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kandy | 1/6/2014

    " Loved the stories, but often lost my connection to the whole. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Lauher | 1/4/2014

    " Improbable love and irrational behavior against a backdrop of mediocre international news reporting. A great refreshing take on the stupid things we all can do for love. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leona Ennis | 12/16/2013

    " I did not like this book. I found it to be too depressing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Serena Williams | 11/27/2013

    " This was like a long, tedious root canal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 10/1/2013

    " Read this for book club. It was slow to start, but the characters were mostly vivid and interesting. I loved to hate them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanette (jema) | 9/13/2013

    " De imperfekta, I am reading it in swedish. A few of these people really struck a chord and I carry their stories with me for days. And then some I was glad to get rid of as soon as their chapter ended. Lovely book though, recommended! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy | 8/1/2013

    " Meh. Readable, but I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it to someone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alisa | 5/9/2013

    " An adequate book about a pretty pitiful group of people. I'm getting tired of the interconnected short story format. I want a novel, with a handful of characters that develops over the course of a book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robyn | 4/28/2013

    " Despite by 2 stars, it was a decent book, but it is not a book that I would recommend or say you should read this one. Story about the intertwining lives of people working at an English paper published in Italy. Is almost a bunch of mini stories combined to tell one big one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristine | 4/20/2013

    " Pointless vignettes about unlikable people associated with an English language newspaper in Rome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 3/2/2013

    " All journalists and journalism students should read this! Deeply empathetic, sometimes funny, mostly sad in a realistic kind of way, always detailed and clever. Highly recommended! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peter Lavetsky | 10/1/2012

    " The first couple chapters were excellent and propelling towards a notion that this would be a really good book. In the end there wasn't much to it. If the idea for this book had come later in Rachman's career maybe a more mature, complicated storyline would have risen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cristi | 6/13/2012

    " Amazing writing pulling together a unique and moving story. Beautiful! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shirlee | 5/22/2012

    " A well-written view of the people behind an international English-language newspaper. So why only 3 stars? It just didn't grab me, which likely says more about my taste than the quality of the book. I still prefer thrillers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 4/11/2012

    " Pretty much every chapter combines playfulness with some sort of heart-breaking revelation. Thoroughly enjoyed, especially the chapters about Burko, Gopal and Cohen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey C | 1/23/2012

    " This wasn't a challenging read, just a delightful one. I know I'm interested in a story when I have to flip back between pages to keep my characters in line. I especially enjoy reading stories set in cities that I've visited. It makes me feel like I'm walking through the streets again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammie | 1/13/2012

    " favorite of the year. i'm still clinging on to every word, including the interview with the author at the end. very much worth reading and highly recommended. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrea Digiammarino | 8/31/2011

    " I have been stuck in the middle of this book for quite awhile. I can't bring myself to finish it. I am not entertained or "into" it at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Casey | 7/26/2011

    " Very interesting tale on publishing told from several different characters. Well written, always a plus and takes place across Europe - characters come and go, which can be blessing and a curse as the story evolves into a history of a publishing company "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 5/25/2011

    " Reminded me of Olive Kitteridge. The writing and the construction of the book are good, and the stories definitely achieved the goal set forth by the title. But I was frustrated with many of the characters. It's a book I appreciated, but didn't exactly enjoy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 5/24/2011

    " Thought @ 1st this was a short story collection.......it is a collection of viewpoints from staff/others connected to an Italian newspaper. Rachman managed to make you understand each character even when the person was not particularly likeable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 5/23/2011

    " The writing is wonderful and the structure clever and overall the novel is very readable. The structure of individual vignettes based on different characters creates a situation where no one character leaves any kind of lasting impression. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harriet | 5/22/2011

    " I am enjoying this book. Worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 5/22/2011

    " Each chapter reads like a short story about one of the employees at a failing international English language paper. As the paper folds, each of the character's lives also fall apart. So, the book was pretty dreary in a lot of places. It was well written, though, with a few poignant scenes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 lynn | 5/21/2011

    " It took me a few chapters to get into this, but the story of the personalities behind the life and demise of a small American newspaper in Rome really built into a great collage of personalities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeska | 5/19/2011

    " Lovely book, rich and often surprising characters. Almost wish each character had their own spin off book, because I was in the delightful state of wanting to learn more, more, more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 5/19/2011

    " Didn't get the point of this one. Was there one? A couple of interesting characters though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ilya | 5/16/2011

    " Reads more like a collection of short stories than a novel, but mostly works. "

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About the Author

Tom Rachman was born in London in 1974 and raised in Vancouver. He attended the University of Toronto and Columbia Journalism School then worked as a journalist for the Associated Press in New York and Rome and for the International Herald Tribune in Paris. His first novel, The Imperfectionists, was an international bestseller, translated into twenty-five languages. He lives in London.