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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (931 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julian Barnes Narrator: Timothy West, Prunella Scales Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN:
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In a collection that is wise, funny, clever and moving, Julian Barnes has created characters whose passions and longings are made all the stronger by the knowledge that, for them, time is almost at an end.

The stories included are:

  • 'A Short History of Hairdressing'
  • 'The Story of Mats Israelson'
  • 'The Things You Know'
  • 'Hygiene'
  • 'The Revival'
  • 'Vigilance'
  • 'Bark'
  • 'Knowing French'
  • 'Appetite'
  • 'The Fruit Cage'
  • 'The Silence.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 2/20/2014

    " Getting older and dying are the themes in this collection of 11 short stories. Although many of these stories are veyr much British, they are very enjoyable. In reading these reviews, some of my favorite stories were "Things You Know" in which a pair of rival widows continue their friendship despite the fact that they likely know a bit too much about each other; and "Revival" about the life of successful playwrght with a younger woman, Ivan Turgenev. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 2/12/2014

    " Made it about halfway through this and was not at all motivated to keep going. Not the book for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yalan | 2/6/2014

    " A collection of short stories about aging, dying, and how age is a state of mind. The last story in particular is amazingly well-written. He tells great truths about humanity that I find greatly inspiring and meaningful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 2/4/2014

    " A very nice collection of short stories loosely tied together by theme - getting older and dying. Depressing as this sounds (and some of the stories are depressing), it was an enjoyable read. While there were a few lemons in the bunch, most of the stories were gems. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Siskoid Siskoid | 1/18/2014

    " I was hungry for some quality short stories, and I hadn't read a Julian Barnes book in a while (used to be my favorite contemporary writer) and so I picked up The Lemon Table, a collection of 11 stories about the bitterness of growing old. I wasn't disappointed. What struck me is how good Barnes is at crafting different "voices", and he never pulls the same stylistic trick twice. If I had to name a favorite, I guess it would be Hygiene, in which a regular visit to the out-of-town hooker is met with disappointment, but if you're a fan of Barnes' more postmodern work, like Flaubert's Parrot, check out Knowing French, which is written as correspondence to the author. "

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

    " This is a collection of short stories of those approaching old age and death. What a bummer, right? Not so. It's certainly not laugh out loud funny, but there were a couple times when I would see human nature as it really is. For example, in one story about two older women who have breakfast once a month (and order the same thing) they are as polite as can be yet they know things about the other that makes each feel superior. The title comes from the last story, where Chinese tradition is to put a lemon in the hand of the dearly deceased. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wolfgang | 1/10/2014

    " As ever 2/3 amazing, 1/3 very middling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri Jacobson | 1/6/2014

    " A fine collection of short stories by this British author. The stories are unified by a theme of growing old and the aging process. I very much like this author's style of writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cyril | 1/5/2014

    " So far I have read only one of these short stories, "Vigilance" ad enjoyed it immensely. Very, very funny, almost believable, excellent character portrayal. Shall be reading more of these intermittently. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kimberly | 12/30/2013

    " After reading about a third, I decided it was far too English to suit my mood. And boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 12/25/2013

    " This book of short stories definitely had some 4 star stories. The theme is aging and relationships--don't read if infidelity scares you. And I was impressed by the author's ability to create so many different and unique voices. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 12/24/2013

    " Great stories of older generation. Listened to it on tape while driving and was very anxious to hop in the car to hear more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oliver | 12/12/2013

    " Quite a variety of styles, and a couple of really good compact short stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 H.N. | 12/8/2013

    " There were a few gems in here, but a somewhat uneven collection. Still, I love the way Julian Barnes writes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby Sominski | 9/3/2013

    " For some reason only one of the stories in this collection comes to mind and it is one I really liked ... this is one of the first Julian Barnes books I read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan | 8/25/2013

    " Stunning insight on character, a slow-burn to realization that it's all about mortality, even the first one, about the haircut. Masterful stories, masterfully anthologized. I think I've found a new favorite writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josephine | 7/22/2013

    " A collection of short memoirs that people tell looking back on their lives from their deathbeds. I liked it, but I'm unclear as to whether or not it was about anything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Timothy Munro | 7/5/2013

    " This bloke can write concise, stylish prose! I found this an often touching and thought-provoking book about characters at the ends of their lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 6/13/2013

    " Barnes writes a good short story - but he also writes some that shouldn't have seen the light of day. More good than bad though "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Abernathy | 5/23/2013

    " A gorgeous collection of short stories. Julian Barnes reads into the soul. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 4/29/2013

    " Some stories amazing, some not, but worth a read for just this one line: "Geese would be beautiful if cranes did not exist." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 emmalee c | 4/10/2013

    " funny and full of truthiness. a pleasant surprise for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 12/10/2012

    " I love Julian Barnes's slightly acerbic wit and penetrating insight into character. These short stories do not disappoint - this time about growing old. They do not always make comfortable reading! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shez Lee | 6/3/2012

    " Good read; a very "Men's World" book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 2/26/2012

    " practically perfect in every way. a must if you want to understand and appreciate life at every age. i wish i had read it at an earlier age. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aniela | 7/29/2011

    " The title translated into my language is "Sadness of the taste of lemons" which perfectly captures the atmosphere of these short stories. I have always loved Barnes' mild irony and his understanding of delicate misfits of this world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 4/3/2011

    " Barnes is a master of the short story and this collection about people getting old is a gem. Each story has his wit, his elegant language and great tales make each one a treat and put together, a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 3/17/2011

    " Quite well-written stories of aging and mortality. I didn't care for the historical fiction entries, but that's a personal preference. Timothy West (most of the stories have male protagonists) and Prunella Scales (for the three featuring female characters) do outstanding jobs with the narration! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 S. | 3/1/2011

    " This is not my favourite of Barnes work I think that distinction still belongs to Metroland or possibly Arthur & George, but there were some really beautiful stories in the collection. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcelo | 2/9/2011

    " Not the best from Barnes - some stories are very well handled, some are really not all that great. I like either A history of the world in 10 1/2 chapters, Talking it over or Flaubert's Parrot much better than this book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aniela | 12/24/2010

    " The title translated into my language is "Sadness of the taste of lemons" which perfectly captures the atmosphere of these short stories. I have always loved Barnes' mild irony and his understanding of delicate misfits of this world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Timothy | 12/11/2010

    " This bloke can write concise, stylish prose! I found this an often touching and thought-provoking book about characters at the ends of their lives. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane | 2/3/2010

    " for some reason, just couldn't get into this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 10/5/2009

    " This book of short stories definitely had some 4 star stories. The theme is aging and relationships--don't read if infidelity scares you. And I was impressed by the author's ability to create so many different and unique voices. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josephine | 4/6/2009

    " A collection of short memoirs that people tell looking back on their lives from their deathbeds. I liked it, but I'm unclear as to whether or not it was about anything. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 3/24/2009

    " practically perfect in every way. a must if you want to understand and appreciate life at every age. i wish i had read it at an earlier age. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wolfgang | 3/5/2009

    " As ever 2/3 amazing, 1/3 very middling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oliver | 1/27/2009

    " Quite a variety of styles, and a couple of really good compact short stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rory | 11/28/2008

    " Julian Barnes is just so very, very good. I want to be his girlfriend. Then, he could read what he was working on outloud to me in bed, and I could assure him, "Darling that is just so very, very good." "

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