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2.57 out of 52.57 out of 52.57 out of 52.57 out of 52.57 out of 5 2.57 (14 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian McEwan Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781402581892
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New York Times best-selling author, Ian McEwan has won the Booker Prize, Whitbread Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award for his masterfully accomplished fiction. The Comfort of Strangers is an exquisitely crafted gothic novella. On holiday, Colin and Maria wander the ancient streets of Venice and frequently lose their way. When they are accosted by a man with a strange and alluring story to tell, they soon become entwined in a fantasy of violence and erotic obsession.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As always, McEwan manages his own idiom with remarkable grace and inventiveness; his characters are at home in their dreams, and so is he.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Haunting and compelling.”

    The Times (London)

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lindsey | 5/1/2011

    " I read this while waiting for nail polish to dry, it probably would've been better time spent watching my nails dry. Well-written up until the last few chapters, the last few pages....ew. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zaki | 4/21/2011

    " This was brilliantly... excellently written! McEwan has the talent of taking you out of wherever you are and putting you right in the moment of his stories. However, the ending felt a bit muddled. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marianne | 3/29/2011

    " I had such high hopes for this book - I like Ian McEwan, I like mysteries... I did not like this! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 3/28/2011

    " Very creepy but very good, loved the length. My first McEwan read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 3/16/2011

    " I found this perhaps the most shocking of McEwans books read so far. As usual, the characters are so wonderfully drawn and are totally convincible - this could really happen!

    I loved the setting - perfect for the storyline! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leah | 3/4/2011

    " Are you kidding? If this guy lived within 20 miles of me I would move. What a creep. The back cover synopsis gave no warning. Last I'll ever consider this author. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shannan | 3/3/2011

    " I hadn't read any of Ian McEwans early work...this was his first book. A gothic "mystery" that felt less like a novel and more like a Law and Order Special Victims Unit episode. Skip it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte | 2/22/2011

    " A great book! I never thought it would end like this... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susanna | 2/22/2011

    " Creepy and I have to tell I didn't get all the implications about the ending, just too strange and umotivated.... "

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

    " Paul Bowles did this better in "Up Above the World." "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Zoran | 2/7/2011

    " Mary and Colin are too naive, the story is morbid, slow and sick. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 2/3/2011

    " This book is crazy. The author packs a lot of imagery into 120+odd pages. Having an idea of what Venice is like, I was able to illustrate the story in my mind fairly well. Definitely a Gothic romance/murder novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Spring | 1/31/2011

    " Very disturbing... in a way that stays with you. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hairy Chord | 1/19/2011

    " This story left me unmoved. I didn't care what happened to the characters due to the senseless decisions that they had made. It reminded me of "Don't Look Now". "

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About the Author
Author Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan is a critically acclaimed author of short stories and novels for adults, as well as the children’s novel illustrated by Anthony Browne, The Daydreamer. His first published work, a collection of short stories, First Love, Last Rites, won the Somerset Maugham Award. Some of his other award-winning novels include The Child in Time, Amsterdam, and Atonement—which became a popular film.

About the Narrator

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received over twenty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.