Extended Audio Sample

Download The Borrower Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Borrower Audiobook, by Rebecca Makkai Click for printable size audiobook cover
3.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 5 3.47 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rebecca Makkai Narrator: Emily Bauer Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781611744477
Regular Price: $24.47 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

Lucy Hull, a young children's librarian, finds herself both kidnapper and kidnapped when her favorite patron, ten-year-old Ian, runs away from home. The odd pair embarks on a crazy road trip from Missouri to Vermont, with ferrets, an inconvenient boyfrien Download and start listening now!

BK_HIGH_000580

Quotes & Awards

  • “An appealing, nonromantic love story about an unexpected pairing—and a surprisingly moving one.”

    New York Times

  • “In the hilariously off-kilter world Makkai creates, it makes perfect sense that 26-year-old children’s librarian Lucy Hull and her favorite reading-obsessed patron, 10-year-old Ian Drake, should ‘kidnap’ each other and take a loopy road trip. Clever riffs on classic kid lit pepper the sparkling prose, making this first novel a captivating read.”

    Parade Magazine

  • “A lively, lovely read that delicately weaves together social activism, literary culture, and the quintessential road trip motif into a single solid adventure tale…Reading The Borrower is like taking a blissfully nostalgic journey into the bookshelves of American childhood.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Poignant…Every conflicted word Lucy utters in Makkai’s probing novel reminds us that literature matters because it helps us discover ourselves while exploring the worlds of others.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “This comical and touching book strikes a nice balance between literary artistry and gripping storytelling and offers a contemporary take on the classic ‘journey of discovery’…Right up to the book’s satisfying and well-plotted ending, Makkai shows us that even though the stories we are told as children are often fount to betray us as mere fantasy, there might still be some wisdom in the one of their most common and simple morals: Be true to yourself.”

    Daily Beast

  • “Makkai is clearly a lover of the public book-lending institution. Her careful, attentive approach seamlessly weaves literary lore into her unusual and touching story of a librarian fighting for social liberty and freedom of expression.”

    Washington Post

  • “A splendid first novel that cleverly weaves telling references to children’s books into her whimsically patchwork plot. Larger-than-life characters and an element of the picaresque add to the delights.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “How could any [one] of any age resist Rebecca Makkai’s charming The Borrower?”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Smart, literate, and refreshingly unsentimental.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Selected for the June 2011 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara Higgins | 2/15/2014

    " I just didn't like this book. I appreciated Makkai's writing (hence 2 stars instead of 1), and I got the humorous improbability of the situation. However, I just found the the circumstances of a 26-year-old librarian going on a road trip with a 10-year-old boy without his parents' knowledge unsettling. I was also put off by the preachiness--I'm fine with a novelist's expressing a particular point of view, but I prefer a little subtlety. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martie Nees Record | 2/12/2014

    " Simultaneously sweet, sad and uproariously funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 The Styling Librarian | 2/7/2014

    " I enjoyed the witty characters and the connections to kid lit. Reminded me a little of a John Green novel with the road trip adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Wolfe | 1/29/2014

    " This is a quirky story with many references to children's literature and contemporary politics. The word play is clever and funny. I thought the road trip unrealistic as well as slightly tedious toward the end of the book. However, the author's point about the perilous path for a young boy who is a homosexual is touching and well made. The novel is yet another comment on the power of story and books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 1/28/2014

    " I was a little slow to warm up to this book, but by the end I was cooking dinner with one hand and holding it in the other so I could see how it turned out. (Lucy, one of the main characters, kind of alludes to how it turns out throughout the book, but I just couldn't figure out HOW!) I particularly loved the descriptions of how a ten-year-old does certain things, like "How Ian Says Goodbye." Or at one point, Ian begins talking like a robot out of nowhere and I thought, "Yep, that's a 10-year-old boy." The children's lit references throughout were clever and I felt frustrated when I knew it was a lit reference and I didn't get it! I also liked the underlying, "You are okay just the way you are" message. Overall, delightful! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel Ayers | 1/15/2014

    " Strange story about a librarian who gets kidnapped by a 10 year old boy who is running away from home. Lots of literary references. I found this to be a very slow read but in the end it was satisfactory. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Dardani | 1/14/2014

    " I really liked this story. Moving and interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas Moore | 12/31/2013

    " This was kind of a weird story. The librarian runs away with a 10 year old boy because the boy has run away from home and does not return. Why she does it is never quite clear. From that point it is the story of their journey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pei Omidi | 12/28/2013

    " Very unique book, well written, and exciting. Kept me engaged the entire time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JulieK | 12/26/2013

    " This sucked me in even though the plot was kind of implausible and the mousy librarian thing was overdone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne | 11/30/2013

    " A librarian becomes tangled in the life of a 10 year old avid reader and find herself no longer in control of a road trip. Very interesting, hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candice | 11/17/2013

    " Enjoyed this road trip with a children's librarian and her favorite patron. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Cirone | 11/16/2013

    " Utterly delightful and whimsical. Not in the least bit plausible, but that's okay. Love the trip down memory lane of children's books, and it means a whole lot more now that I'm a teacher. We need more kids like Ian! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Buechler | 9/13/2013

    " I love the authentic voice of the child in this novel, and also appreciated Makkai's many allusions to various works of literature. Fun and charming read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 j | 8/18/2013

    " Farfetched but clever and engaging, nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loren | 8/3/2013

    " quirky & fun! I like all the references to well known titles, passages and classic fave books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nomie | 7/21/2013

    " A bit strange but I did finish it, maybe because it was quirky and I was interested in the Library setting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 3/12/2013

    " Didn't like it as much as I thought I would though I did enjoy the references to children books and book characters... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marnie | 9/30/2012

    " Loved it! I want to be the narrator. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elena | 6/21/2012

    " Good first book from this writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna | 3/25/2012

    " A librarian is kidnapped by one of her young charges (or is it the other way around?) and forced into going on an enlightening road trip. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan Chang | 3/7/2012

    " What a boring book...half of it was just blah blah blah having to do nothing with the story. Don't waste your time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terri | 12/29/2011

    " I was never terribly impressed with this book and it stretched my bands of reality. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mamarose49 | 10/14/2011

    " Struggled thru to finish it...depressingly interesting in a bland kind of way...Had to finish it, but the journey was not enjoyable... "

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

    " I would have to, hands down, say that this was probably one of the most "delightful" books I've read in a long time. Part fantasy, fairy tale, reality, mystery all rolled into one. Easy reading. Quite enjoyed it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tasha | 6/24/2011

    " I wanted to like this more. The first chunk was very enjoyable, funny and well-written. Then it got improbable, but I finished it because the author is a Bread Loafer and because it's vacation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 6/20/2011

    " Amazing!!! If you only read one book this summer, this is it. A beautifully written, sensitive novel of an 'accidental' kidnaping and road trip with one of the most endearing kids you will ever encounter. Read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 kim | 6/20/2011

    " cute quirky book written specifically for it seems, young female library staff. hey, i'm not going to argue with that :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 6/18/2011

    " Very engaging book. Librarians-what do you think? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat | 6/13/2011

    " I love, love, love this book, and everything about it. Read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 6/9/2011

    " Great idea, great beginning but slow mid-way. Great for any YA/Children's librarians! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 6/4/2011

    " I have mixed feelings about this one. I absolutely LOVED the way Ian and Lucy were written, but certain plot elements were so forced. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Rebecca MakkaiRebecca Makkai’s first novel, The Borrower, was a Booklist Top Ten Debut, an Indie Next pick, and an O Magazine selection. Her short fiction has appeared in Harper’sTin HousePloughshares, and New England Review, and has been selected four times for The Best American Short Stories. The recipient of a 2014 NEA Fellowship, she lives in Chicago and Vermont.
About the Narrator

Emily Bauer is an accomplished actor and voice-over artist who has narrated hundreds of audiobooks. Her film credits include Mona Lisa Smile and Long Distance and her theater credits include the thirty-fifth anniversary production of Hair and Almost Heaven: John Denver’s America.