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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (120,128 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Milan Kundera Narrator: Richmond Hoxie Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A young woman is in love with a successful surgeon, a man torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing. His mistress, a free-spirited artist, lives her life as a series of betrayals - while her other lover, earnest, faithful, and good, stands to lose everything because of his noble qualities. In a world where lives are shaped by irrevocable choices and fortuitous events, and everything occurs but once, existence seems to lose its substance, its weight. Hence we feel the unbearable lightness of being.

A major achievement from one of the world's truly great writers, Milan Kundera's magnificent novel of passion and politics, infidelity and ideas, encompasses the extremes of comedy and tragedy, illuminating all aspects of human existence.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Rachelle Lee | 2/13/2014

    " I liked this book to the extent of wanting to finish it, to see where the story goes. I found it hard to connect with any of the characters, or care about what happens to any of them. The characters seemed to be unreal and lacking in personality. This book is full of ridiculous instances that make no sense. Kundera portrays all the women as weak sexual objects not worthy of any kind of real relationships. However the men, such as Thomas (who compulsively cheats on his wife), we are supposed to believe to be profoundly desirable for no real reason at all. This book is full of sexual encounters, but not one of them I found to be appealing in any way, much the opposite actually. I thought it disruptive to the story, how the author frequently gives explanations for why characters feel or act a certain way. There are definitely some interesting concepts in the book, but still I found myself to be very detached from the story. This book is extremely overrated, in my opinion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nancy Iniguez | 2/11/2014

    " One of my absolutely favourites. Every single time I re-read it I find something completely new. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lÿdia | 1/30/2014

    " I think this book will continue to guide me each time I read it. And I'm sure it'll give me powerful insights over and over again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by مناف زيتون | 1/18/2014

    " It was a strange way of telling a story, he fell sometimes in teaching lessons... but still an amazing novel "

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About the Author

Milan Kundera, the Franco-Czech novelist, was born in Brno and has lived in France, his second homeland, for more than twenty years. He is the author of the novels The Joke, Life Is Elsewhere, The Farewell Party, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and Immortality, as well as the short story collection Laughable Loves—all originally written in Czech. Like Slowness, his two earlier nonfiction works, The Art of the Novel and Testaments Betrayed, were originally written in French.