The Last Days of Roger Federer: And Other Endings Audiobook, by Geoff Dyer Play Audiobook Sample

The Last Days of Roger Federer: And Other Endings Audiobook

The Last Days of Roger Federer: And Other Endings Audiobook, by Geoff Dyer Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Richard Burnip Publisher: Macmillan Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.75 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: May 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781250860477

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18:46 minutes

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23 seconds

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03:49 minutes

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An extended meditation on late style and last works from “one of our greatest living critics” (New York magazine)

When artists and athletes age, what happens to their work? Does it ripen or rot? Achieve a new serenity or succumb to an escalating torment? As our bodies decay, how do we keep on?

In this beguiling meditation, Geoff Dyer sets his own encounter with late middle age against the last days and last works of writers, painters, footballers, musicians, and tennis stars who have mattered to him throughout his life.

With a playful charm and penetrating intelligence, he recounts Friedrich Nietzsche’s breakdown in Turin, Bob Dylan’s reinventions of old songs, J. M. W. Turner’s paintings of abstracted light, John Coltrane’s cosmic melodies, Bjorn Borg’s defeats, and Beethoven’s final quartets—and considers the intensifications and modifications of experience that come when an ending is within sight.

Throughout, he stresses the accomplishments of uncouth geniuses who defied convention, and went on doing so even when their beautiful youths were over.

Ranging from Burning Man and the Doors to the nineteenth-century Alps and back, Dyer’s book on last things is also a book about how to go on living with art and beauty—and on the entrancing effect and sudden illumination that an Art Pepper solo or Annie Dillard reflection can engender in even the most jaded and ironic sensibilities

Praised by Steve Martin for his “hilarious tics” and by Tom Bissell as “perhaps the most bafflingly great prose writer at work in the English language today,” Dyer has now blended criticism, memoir, and humorous banter of the most serious kind into something entirely new. The Last Days of Roger Federer is a summation of Dyer’s passions, and the perfect introduction to his sly and joyous work.

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“Affirming and moving…[Dyer’s] wit, a distinctive and delicious blend of salty, sweet, and snarky is on frequent display in his wonderful book.”

— Washington Post 


  • “[A] powerful and funny mind…telling us what things are like when time is shortening.”

    — Los Angeles Times
  • “[Dyer] has a joyous appreciation of the transcendent and the triumphant.”

    — The Guardian (London)


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About Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer is the award-winning author of many books, including the essay collection Otherwise Known as the Human Condition, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences,. He is writer-in-residence at the University of Southern California.

About Richard Burnip

Richard Burnip is an actor, writer, and historian whose work includes theater, documentaries, audiobooks, and lectures. He has recorded more than seventy audiobooks, including thrillers, histories, biographies, and children’s books. His voice-over work includes documentaries, computer games, multimedia installations, and websites.