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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Nicholls Narrator: David Haig Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2014 ISBN: 9780062368492
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Douglas Petersen may be mild mannered, but behind his reserve lies a sense of humor that seduces beautiful Connie into a second date and eventually into marriage. Now, almost three decades later, they live more or less happily in the London suburbs with their moody seventeen-year-old son Albie. Then Connie tells Douglas she thinks she wants a divorce.

The timing couldn’t be worse. Connie has planned a month-long tour of European capitals—a chance to experience the world’s greatest works of art as a family—and she can’t bring herself to cancel. Perhaps going ahead with it is for the best. Douglas is privately convinced that this landmark trip will rekindle the romance in the marriage and might even help him bond with Albie.

Narrated from Douglas’ endearingly honest, slyly witty, and at times achingly optimistic point of view, Us is the story of a man trying to rescue his relationship with the woman he loves while learning how to get closer to a son who’s always felt like a stranger.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I loved this book. Funny, sad, tender: for anyone who wants to know what happens after the Happy Ever After.”

    Jojo Moyes, New York Times bestselling author of One Plus One

  • “Wonderful. A novel that manages to be both truly hilarious and deeply affecting. I loved it.”

    S. J. Watson, New York Times bestselling author of Before I Go to Sleep

  • “The bestselling author of One Day…is back with another crowd pleaser, this time about a man trying to save his collapsing marriage and connect with his teenage son during a family tour of Europe.”


  • “Nicholls is a deft craftsman, a skilled storyteller, and a keen observer of contemporary mores.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A thoughtful, funny, authentic story…[with] pitch-perfect dialogue and seamless action…This is the kind of book that reminds us what it means to be alive. How often does a reader get to feel that?”

    Good Housekeeping

  • “A smartly optimistic romantic comedy that uses angst and humor to illuminate the resilience of the human heart… Part requiem, part reboot, Douglas’s…efforts to preserve his disintegrating family take him on another kind of journey, too, from despair to unexpected joy.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “It’s a great combination of laughs and heart.”


  • “A great novel…Nicholls is a master of nuanced relationships. He’s also a pro at delivering a tight, clever structural narrative.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Nicholls is a delightfully funny writer…and this over-planned vacation makes ripe material for comedy…Us evolves into a poignant consideration of how a marriage ages, how parents mess up, and what survives despite all those challenges.”

    Washington Post

  • “British actor David Haig perfectly portrays the bumbling, good-hearted Douglas Petersen…Haig’s spot-on timing makes the humor pop, and his sympathetic performance connects listeners to Douglas’ moments of despair and frustration, especially when he’s trying to communicate with his son. Haig’s portrayal of a straitlaced middle-aged scientist who is trying to fit in with his artistic, laid-back family is flawless, and listeners will be impressed with his ability to seamlessly transition among the characters, capturing each one’s personality. This bittersweet comedy of errors and self-discovery is destined to be one of the most talked about audiobooks of the year. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award. A finalist for the 2015 Audie Award.”


  • A Library Journal Best Book of 2014
  • A BookPage Top Pick for Fiction in November 2014
  • A BookPage Best Book of 2014
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for November 2014
  • A People Pick of the Week
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A November 2014 LibraryReads Pick
  • Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize
  • Finalist for the 2015 Audie Award for Best Fiction Narration
  • An Entertainment Weekly “Must Read” for Fall 2014
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About the Author
Author David Nicholls

David Nicholls is one of England’s most highly respected and praised television writers. His credits include Bravo’s Cold Feet, I Saw You, and Rescue Me, which he also created. In addition, he cowrote the film Simpatico.

About the Narrator

David Haig is an Oliver Award-winning actor and a FIPA Award-winning writer. His film credits include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Two Weeks Notice, and My Boy Jack, among numerous others. In 2013  he was awarded the title of Member of the Order of the British Empire for his services to drama.