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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,863 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Zoe Heller Narrator: Andrea Martin Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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When radical New York lawyer Joel Litvinoff is felled by a stroke, his wife, Audrey, uncovers a secret that forces her to reexamine everything she thought she knew about their 40-year marriage. Joel's children will soon have to come to terms with this discovery themselves, but for the meantime, they are struggling with their own dilemmas and doubts.

Rosa, a disillusioned revolutionary, has found herself drawn into the world of Orthodox Judaism and is now being pressed to make a commitment to that religion. Karla, a devoted social worker hoping to adopt a child with her husband, is falling in love with the owner of a newspaper stand outside her office. Ne'er-do-well Lenny is living at home, approaching another relapse into heroin addiction.

In the course of battling their own demons - and one another - the Litvinoff clan is called upon to examine long-held articles of faith that have formed the basis of their lives together and their identities as individuals. In the end, all the family members will have to answer their own questions and decide what - if anything - they still believe in. The Believers explores big ideas with a light touch, delivering a tragic, comic family story as unsparing as it is filled with compassion. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 1/30/2014

    " wonderful. highly recommend. searing social satire with a heart. my complaint is that all the characters seemed british, but only one was supposed to be. heller's got a great narrative style, command of language, and graceful flow. keeps you reading! i LOVE how everyone reveals their utterly nasty, judgmental sides -- and most of them i could relate to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne | 1/22/2014

    " I really enjoy Zoe Heller's prose, and the storytelling. I felt like she wanted to make a point though, with this particular book, and I didn't see one. I learned a bit though, and that's always a hope of mine with everything I read, so I'm glad to have read this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosie | 1/16/2014

    " Wonderful writing, marvellous use of language "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Mcginley | 1/12/2014

    " Acerbic, not for everyone, but I really enjoyed it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy Machata | 1/10/2014

    " Not as good as Notes on a Scandal... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Len | 1/8/2014

    " I really enjoyed this novel about a family coming to grips with the sudden stroke of its patriarch and the disolutionment of the key members of the family. Excellent story and nicely written in a modern style. The questions about faith and fidelity were explored in an interesting way. Heller also wrote "Notes on a Scandal" which I have not yet read but will certainly add to my reading list now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 oriana | 1/7/2014

    " At first this reminded me of that stupid Zadie Smith book that I hated (On Beauty), then it grew on me, but by the end I just didn't care. All the characters are ultimately really unlikable, and I just can't get on board with traveling hundreds of pages with people I don't like. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Naida | 12/5/2013

    " This book was very disappointing. None of the characters were the least bit sympathetic and I"m still not sure why they put up with what they did "

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

    " This was a mordantly funny book about faith, betrayal and the dysfunctional family. A very compelling read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny Flipflops | 11/13/2013

    " Although I disliked all the main characters, the quality of Heller's writing is such that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Well portrayed irritating people battle with illness, their own problems and each other in a beautifully written and touching story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emma Williams | 11/3/2013

    " This one bored me a bit. Not entirely sure why. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 10/31/2013

    " Interesting & well written but very unlikeable characters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sylvia | 10/25/2013

    " Interesting book. Difficult to find a character that I liked--they all had such rough edges to them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi B | 4/26/2013

    " Based on the reviews, I expected this family to be more like the Bluth family in Arrested Development--I was bound to be a bit disappointed. The matriarch was a hoot, but the daughters were a bit dull. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 3/18/2013

    " I'm not sure what I think about this book. Well-written, realistic portrayal of the "perfect leftist couple" of the 60s. I remember the type. But the she of the she and he is so unlikable, and except for one other character, I don't really care what happens to these people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 2/17/2013

    " Fun, quick read, well written. You don't actually LIKE any of the characters in the book so there's little investment as a reader. But it's a snarky portrayal of a white liberal family in NYC with a neat little plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 1/19/2013

    " This book is much better than its description originally sounded to me. Highly recommend! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annie Latter | 1/11/2013

    " Bit dull. Hugely unsympathetic characters made it very hard to care. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jared Newswanger | 11/18/2012

    " I don't get the criticism of Heller's character as all being so unlikeable. To me her books are filled with very realistic characters, not necessarily good or bad. Similar to Vonnegut. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennyreadsexcessively | 12/21/2011

    " loved this, sharp dialogue and abrasive characters, the Litvinovoffs are a radical NY family who are seeking peace from their dysfunctional family, amazing author is similar to fav. Lionel Shriver "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fay K | 9/2/2011

    " I liked the way the book proceeded, but I was hoping for a better change of events an an interesting ending "

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

    " Entertaining enough, but this was a character novel without a character I could identify with or care much about. I was also disappointed with the tacked on ending, which was entirely inconsistent with rest of the novel, but sadly, I didn't care that much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 4/30/2011

    " I found this book terribly depressing. All the characters seemed so crude and pathetic to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 4/29/2011

    " Loved this novel about a dysfunctional family. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracy | 4/24/2011

    " Self-conscious writing. Inauthentic, unbelievable dialogue. Poorly crafted characters and storylines. Heller tries so hard to impress with her cleverness, but ends up with ordinary, poorly edited, boring characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terri | 3/21/2011

    " Despicable characters! It's unusual to not find ONE character to like in a book full of family members, but, there you have it. That being said, I flew through it in two sittings. Like a train wreck, I couldn't look away. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 3/19/2011

    " only read 78% so far.
    liked it to start with but now finding the characters esp. Audrey very one dimensional.
    finished it - didn't get any better "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 2/24/2011

    " Really funny. The parts about Judaism ring pretty true. Characters are larger than life and I liked them. "

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

    " I was surprised by how much I liked this book and by how much I liked and hated some of the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anabel | 1/14/2011

    " Loved this book - definitely a slight liberal bent, though. "

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