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3.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 5 3.77 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Milan Kundera Narrator: Richmond Hoxie Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Autumn Hausman | 1/6/2014

    " Did not especially like until the very end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Renata Suerth | 1/2/2014

    " The best of Kundera's works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven Beales | 12/23/2013

    " Excellent title ... it was cool and chic in the 90s to think that this was a sexy, political, philosophical and deep look at the shallowness of human experience that would join the canon of great literature ... Worth reading but hasn't quite stood the test of time for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caleb | 12/17/2013

    " Great work and perfect ending "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Apoorva | 12/10/2013

    " Poetic stuff. Utterly original. And every word would mean something new upon subsequent readings. One of my favourite magical realists, right alongside Marquez and Borges. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ralph Cassar | 10/3/2013

    " The unbearable boredom of trying to read this book... stopped after the first 80 pages... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqueline Hager-Bodnar | 9/16/2013

    " I thought this was an interesting read. It's different in the way it is written, which is thought-provoking. I liked the philosophy, the unique writing style, and that the story was interesting enough to keep me reading on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 7/26/2013

    " Couldn't get trough this. Maybe I should try in english next time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie Rose | 6/20/2013

    " Not as bad as the woman who loaned it to me said it was.I was amazed...at her stupidity.lol. A thought provoking book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 6/10/2013

    " The writing in this book was incredibly beautiful. Some really amazing quotes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kindra | 6/1/2013

    " Awesome read with an almost unbearable grasp of the human condition and the complexity of marriage, infidelity and overall human relationships. Love the different perspectives of each character in this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 4/11/2013

    " Pretentious drivel disguised as philosophy. I found the movie to be less ridiculous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 3/5/2013

    " I meant to read this before the movie came out (yes, in the 80's). I finally got around to it now even though I always get annoyed with the "powerless" female characters, there was so much more to like in this book. It was definitely worth the wait (weight). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Layla Ashour | 1/1/2013

    " He is a good writer, but I expected it to be a bit better. It was a bit of a bore for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekah | 11/28/2012

    " This book was deep. I loved the philosophical musings and the way characters' decisions were explained. The essay writing style was unique, too. While this wasn't an amazing book, it was still pretty good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Uma | 10/29/2012

    " Brutally honest yet compassionate, profound and funny...the book lives up to the promise of the title. Kundera steers clear of all unessential details. I'd have better enjoyed the narrative if I had sufficient background in western philosophy-there are numerous allusions. Overall a delightful read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natl | 10/13/2012

    " Having already loved the film years ago, I'm now thoroughly enjoying this, though I feel it less intensly than I did back then. This is no doubt due to the fact that my life is much better now. This said I wished I'd read the book first, as always. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/29/2012

    " Really enjoyed this book - profound and thought provoking. Multiple perspectives of the same situation and intersecting story lines make the book more compelling. Definitely one of the best books I've read in awhile! "

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About the Author

The Franco-Czech novelist Milan Kundera was born in Brno and has lived in France, his second homeland, since 1975. He is the author of the novels The Joke, Life Is Elsewhere, Farewell Waltz, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and Immortality, and the short-story collection Laughable Love—all originally in Czech. His more recent novels, Slowness, Identity, and Ignorance, as well as his nonfiction works, The Art of the Novel, Testaments Betrayed, The Curtain, and Encounter, were originally written in French.

About the Narrator

Richmond Hoxie has performed on Broadway in I’m Not Rappaport and off-Broadway in The Dining Room, Vienna: Lusthaus (Revisited), To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, and Landscape with Waitress. On television, he appears frequently in all of the incarnations of Law and Order. His film work includes JFK, Still of the Night, Without a Trace, and For Love or Money.