The Great Believers Audiobook, by Rebecca Makkai Play Audiobook Sample

The Great Believers Audiobook

The Great Believers Audiobook, by Rebecca Makkai Play Audiobook Sample
FlexPass™ Price: $21.95
$9.95 for new members!(Includes UNLIMITED podcast listening) Add to Cart learn more
Regular Price: $27.50 Add to Cart
Read By: Michael Crouch Publisher: Penguin Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 12.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 9.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: June 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780525630814

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:


Longest Chapter Length:

66:58 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

11 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

21:56 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:


Other Audiobooks Written by Rebecca Makkai: > View All...

Publisher Description

PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST NEW YORK TIMES TOP 10 BOOK OF 2018 LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE WINNER ALA CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER THE STONEWALL BOOK AWARD WINNER Soon to Be a Major Television Event, optioned by Amy Poehler “A page turner . . . An absorbing and emotionally riveting story about what it’s like to live during times of crisis.” —The New York Times Book Review   A dazzling novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying and after his friend Nico’s funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico’s little sister. Thirty years later, Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter who disappeared into a cult. While staying with an old friend, a famous photographer who documented the Chicago crisis, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways AIDS affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. The two intertwining stories take us through the heartbreak of the eighties and the chaos of the modern world, as both Yale and Fiona struggle to find goodness in the midst of disaster. Named a Best Book of 2018 by The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, NPR, San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, The Seattle Times, Bustle, Newsday, AM New YorkBookPageSt. Louis Post-Dispatch, Lit HubPublishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, New York Public Library and Chicago Public Library 

Download and start listening now!

“Makkai knits themes of loss, betrayal, friendship, and survival into a powerful story of people struggling to keep their humanity in dire circumstances.”

— People magazine 


  • A BookPage Top Pick of the Month
  • Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
  • An Oprah Book of the Summer
  • Finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction
  • A New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year
  • Winner of the 2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction
  • Finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

The Great Believers Listener Reviews

Be the first to write a review about this audiobook!

About Rebecca Makkai

Rebecca Makkai is the author of several acclaimed novels, including The Great Believers, which was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and winner of the ALA Carnegie Medal, the Stonewall Book Award, the Clark Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and it was chosen as one of the Ten Best Books of 2018 by the New York Times. She is a 2022 Guggenheim Fellow and is on the MFA faculties of the University of Nevada—Reno at Lake Tahoe and Northwestern University. She is artistic director of StoryStudio Chicago.

About Michael Crouch

Michael Crouch is an actor based in New York City. His audiobook narration has won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration, numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, and Best of the Year accolades from Booklist, School Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly. He can also be heard on national commercials, cartoons, video games, and the animé series Pokémon XY and Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V.