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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,639 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walker Percy Narrator: Christopher Hurt Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A winner of the National Book Award, The Moviegoer established Walker Percy as an insightful and grimly humorous storyteller. It is the tale of Binx Bolling, a small-time stockbroker who lives quietly in suburban New Orleans, pursuing an interest in the movies, affairs with his secretaries, and living out his days. But soon he finds himself on a “search” for something more important, some spiritual truth to anchor him.

Binx’s life floats casually along until one fateful Mardi Gras week, when a bizarre series of events leads him to his unlikely salvation. In his half brother Lonnie, who is confined to a wheelchair and soon to die, and his stepcousin Kate, whose predicament is even more ominous, Binx begins to find the sort of “certified reality” that had eluded him everywhere but at the movies.

Wry and wrenching, rich in irony and romance, The Moviegoer is a genuine American classic.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mr. Percy is a breathtakingly brilliant writer.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Clothed in originality, intelligence, and a fierce regard for man's fate…Percy has a rare talent for making his people look and sound as though they were being seen and heard for the first time by anyone.”


  • “A brilliant novel...Percy touches the rim of so many human mysteries.”


  • “In a gentle Southern accent narrator Christopher Hurt delivers the story with a slow, lazy lilt which suits the text and evokes a pervading spiritual emptiness.” 


  • Winner of the 1962 National Book Award for Fiction
  • One of Modern Library's 100 Best English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century
  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005
  • A Wall Street Journal Pick for 5 Best Novels of Despair

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Stefanie | 2/18/2014

    " This must touted novel, winner of prizes and accolades eluded me. The shortness of the book did not make it any easier to get through. I guess you had to be there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Benjamin Sloan | 2/7/2014

    " Reads like it's old. I guess because it is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Charlie Flannelly | 2/3/2014

    " This was a very boring book, and I couldn't connect to the characters at all, but every now and then someone would say something absolutely brilliant and knock my socks off. So I'm giving it a star more than it probably deserves for those occasional flashes of thought-provocation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Werebot | 1/24/2014

    " This is a book for neurotic, depressed romantics. It's sad and bittersweet and oddly hopeful for an existentialist novel. Also, it makes hooking up with your cousin seem cool, which was a relief for me personally. "

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