The Latecomer Audiobook, by Jean Hanff Korelitz Play Audiobook Sample

The Latecomer Audiobook

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Read By: Julia Whelan Publisher: Macmillan Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 10.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 8.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: May 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781250839244

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Longest Chapter Length:

54:17 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

26 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

24:29 minutes

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Publisher Description

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Plot, Jean Hanff Korelitz’s The Latecomer is a layered and immersive literary novel about three siblings, desperate to escape one another, and the upending of their family by the late arrival of a fourth.

The Latecomer follows the story of the wealthy, New York City-based Oppenheimer family, from the first meeting of parents Salo and Johanna, under tragic circumstances, to their triplets born during the early days of IVF.

As children, the three siblings – Harrison, Lewyn, and Sally – feel no strong familial bond and cannot wait to go their separate ways, even as their father becomes more distanced and their mother more desperate. When the triplets leave for college, Johanna, faced with being truly alone, makes the decision to have a fourth child. What role will the “latecomer” play in this fractured family?

A complex novel that builds slowly and deliberately, The Latecomer touches on the topics of grief and guilt, generational trauma, privilege and race, traditions and religion, and family dynamics. It is a profound and witty family story from an accomplished author, known for the depth of her character studies, expertly woven storylines, and plot twists.

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“Golden Voice Julia Whelan expertly narrates the unhappy story of the wealthy Oppenheimer family…She paints the background detail as vividly as she does the characters. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

— AudioFile 


  • “An ingenious family epic."

    — Oprah Daily
  • “An irresistible dramedy of errors about a singularly unhappy family. This is a sizzler.”

    — Publishers Weekly (starred review)


  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week
  • A Good Morning America Selection of the Month

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About Jean Hanff Korelitz

Jean Hanff Korelitz is the author of several novels, including the New York Times bestseller You Should Have Known and two novels adapted to film and television, The Plot and Admission.

About Julia Whelan

Julia Whelan is a novelist, screenwriter, lifelong actor, and multiple award-winning audiobook narrator. She graduated with a degree in English and creative writing from Middlebury College and Oxford University. She is a former child actor who has appeared in multiple films and television shows.