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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (368 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Salvatore Scibona Narrator: Jefferson Mays Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN:
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This debut novel from Salvatore Scibona has garnered widespread praise as a literary triumph and was a National Book Award finalist.

A small, incongruous man receives an excruciating piece of news. His son has died in a POW camp in Korea. It is August 15, 1953, the day of a tumultuous street carnival in Elephant Park, an Italian immigrant enclave in Ohio. The man is Rocco LaGrassa, and his many years of dogged labor, paternal devotion, and steadfast Christian faith are about to come to a crashing end. He is the first of many exquisitely drawn characters we meet that day, each of whom will come to their own conclusion.

The End follows an elderly abortionist, an enigmatic drapery seamstress, a teenage boy, a jeweler into the heart of a crime that will twist all their lives.

Against a background of immigration, broken loyalties, and racial hostility, we at last return to August 15, 1953, and see everything Rocco saw - and vastly more - through the eyes of various characters in the crowds.

The End is the unforgettable debut of a singular new American novelist. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 2/7/2014

    " At times I had no idea what was going on, but even then, the words were beautiful. "

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

    " Didn't really like it. Boring. I ended up listening to most of it just to get through... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby Howell | 1/20/2014

    " Genius! I wish I could write down the world as he sees and hears it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 1/14/2014

    " Despite the fact that this book was written in an accomplished and unique voice, I did not enjoy reading it. To me, it was frustrating and unnecessarily opaque. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 1/14/2014

    " Reminds me somewhat of Let the Great World Spin - the intersection of lives on a particular day. Higher level of complexity though because of its Modernist concerns with time and language. I have read others' comments that "The End" is reminiscent of Faulkner, Joyce, and Woolfe. I kept thinking Chekov. Certainly could be considered a Regionalist work too - place is of utmost importance. Don't plan on sleepwalking through this. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janet | 1/13/2014

    " Awful, and written by a Johnnie! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Shilling | 1/13/2014

    " Needs to be read slow. Maps the mythic weave that constructs certain American identities. No I'm not sure what that means either but it feels right to say. A WOW of a book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Winter Wren | 1/3/2014

    " Don't bother. This thing was awful. The opening page contains a one sentence paragraph that covers almost the entire page! I mean, please! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Evelyn | 12/19/2013

    " I really wanted to read this, but even after being 75 pages into it, I just couldn't figure out where it was going. :-( Guess I'm not that literate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karlan | 11/10/2013

    " Connected stories of poor Italian immigrants jump around in time so that the mostly sad characters are not easily understood. Although the book is short, it is not one to read quickly. It is a serious work and was a finalist for the National Book Award. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessi | 11/3/2013

    " Really dense, but meaty and lovely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tuck | 9/6/2013

    " national book award fiction nominee 2008 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sal | 1/21/2013

    " Terrific. Especially if you're Italian-American or an American interested in Italy. I'm in the middle of a crowd scene now and can't wait to get back to reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 12/15/2011

    " Extraordinary. Beautiful writing but requires attention. Oddly, recalls Virginia Woolfe. The payoff is gorgeous. Still, there are some really unpleasant, albiet fascinating, protagonists. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alan | 8/26/2011

    " If you are going to write about a city you ought to at least know what you are writing about. The descriptions of Cleveland are wrong, wrong, wrong....made me crazy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sabine | 5/17/2011

    " Ok, I made it about 80 pages into this book then gave up. So many have raved about this book, but overly verbose character studies are not my cup of tea. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carisa Burns | 4/28/2011

    " Worst book ever written. Most boring, unimaginative piece of garbage I have ever wasted my time trying to force into my brain. God must hate this author for making him want to write. Give it up. Wait tables. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 3/11/2011

    " Scibona's prose demands to be read as gracefully as dusklight demands somewhere to fall. The End is profoundly cathartic. Something in the elegance, beauty and grandeur of this novel feels powerfully inevitable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve | 1/26/2011

    " too convoluted -- even for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bruce | 4/15/2010

    " The first 30 to 50 pages of this book held a lot of promise. The aching lonliness of the little baker was so well rendered. But eventually, the book lost me. Full of odd phrasings, I found the story inaccessible at times. I wanted to like this book, but in the end, I just gave up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zeno's son | 11/23/2009

    " Bello e doloroso. Lo rileggerei anche subito. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 7/21/2009

    " Its virtue--beautiful, complex writing--was also its vice. I wanted to like this book, but it was too profound for my simple tastes. "

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About the Author

Salvatore Scibona is an award-winning American novelist and short story writer. He has won awards for both his novels and short stories.

About the Narrator

Jefferson Mays has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audio narrations. He is also an award-winning theater and film actor. In 2004 he won a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, an Obie Award, and a Theatre World Award for his solo Broadway performance in I Am My Own Wife, a Pulitzer Prize–winning play by Doug Wright. He holds a BA from Yale College and an MFA from University of California–San Diego.