To Be a Man: Stories Audiobook, by Nicole Krauss Play Audiobook Sample

To Be a Man: Stories Audiobook

To Be a Man: Stories Audiobook, by Nicole Krauss Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Nicole Krauss Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.50 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: November 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780063050679

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Longest Chapter Length:

70:10 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

05 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

32:29 minutes

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O, The Oprah Magazine's 20 Best Titles of the Year

Time Magazine's 100 Books to Read in 2020 

Financial Times' Best Books of 2020

Esquire's Best Books of 2020

New York Times Editors' Choice

Lit Hub's Best Books of 2020

Bustle's Best Short Story Collections of 2020

Electric Literature's Favorite Short Story Collections of 2020

Library Journal's Best Short Stories of 2020

“Superb. . . . Krauss’s depictions of the nuances of sex and love, intimacy and dependence, call to mind the work of Natalia Ginzburg in their psychological profundity, their intellectual rigor. . . . Krauss’s stories capture characters at moments in their lives when they’re hungry for experience and open to possibilities, and that openness extends to the stories themselves: narratives too urgent and alive for neat plotlines, simplistic resolutions or easy answers.”  —Molly Antopol, New York Times Book Review

 “From a contemporary master, an astounding collection of ten globetrotting stories, each one a powerful dissection of the thorny connections between men and women. . . . Each story is masterfully crafted and deeply contemplative, barreling toward a shimmering, inevitable conclusion, proving once again that Krauss is one of our most formidable talents in fiction.” —Esquire

In one of her strongest works of fiction yet, Nicole Krauss plunges fearlessly into the struggle to understand what it is to be a man and what it is to be a woman, and the arising tensions that have existed from the very beginning of time. Set in our contemporary moment, and moving across the globe from Switzerland, Japan, and New York City to Tel Aviv, Los Angeles, and South America, the stories in To Be a Man feature male characters as fathers, lovers, friends, children, seducers, and even a lost husband who may never have been a husband at all. 

The way these stories mirror one other and resonate is beautiful, with a balance so finely tuned that the book almost feels like a novel. Echoes ring through stages of life: aging parents and new-born babies; young women’s coming of age and the newfound, somewhat bewildering sexual power that accompanies it; generational gaps and unexpected deliveries of strange new leases on life; mystery and wonder at a life lived or a future waiting to unfold. To Be a Man illuminates with a fierce, unwavering light the forces driving human existence: sex, power, violence, passion, self-discovery, growing older. Profound, poignant, and brilliant, Krauss’s stories are at once startling and deeply moving, but always revealing of all-too-human weakness and strength. 

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“In To Be a Man, Krauss’s short fic­tion proves as ele­gant­ly craft­ed as her nov­els, brim­ming with pen­e­trat­ing under­stand­ing of the com­plex dynam­ics of mod­ern fam­i­lies, and char­ac­ters whose strug­gles with dif­fi­cult truths ulti­mate­ly chal­lenge and enrich the reader’s own world.”

— Jewish Book Council 


  • “Joy and woe are woven fine in this extraordinary book.”

    — Boston Globe
  • “An astounding collection of ten globetrotting stories, each one a powerful dissection of the thorny connections between men and women…Each story is masterfully crafted and deeply contemplative.”

    — Esquire
  • “Small gems, large ideas, highly recommended.”

    — Library Journal (starred review)
  • “Triumphant…This is a spectacular book.”

    — Publishers Weekly (starred review)


  • An Best Books of the Year
  • A Time Magazine Best Book of 2020
  • An Esquire Magazine Best Book of the Year
  • A London Financial Times Books of the Year
  • A Bustle Pick of Best Books

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About Nicole Krauss

Nicole Krauss has been hailed by the New York Times as “one of America’s most important novelists.” She is the author of the international bestseller Great House, a finalist for the National Book Award, The History of Love, and Man Walks into a Room, among others.