Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Written by:
Jonathan Safran Foer
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Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2014
10 hours 59 minutes
Jonathan Safran Foer emerged as one of the most original writers of his generation with his best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated. Now, with humor, tenderness, and awe, he confronts the traumas of our recent history. Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11. This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhilarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey.
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Melissa C

The narration of this was incredible. I'm so glad I listened to it! I also recommend having a physical copy of the book because somethings are fun and useful to see, such as the photographs throughout the book - but I am so glad I listened to this. It really enhanced the experience. Very moving story, very heartfelt but not overdone. Excellent father-son and overall family story.

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Cristina R.

I read this book a long time ago and remembered loving it but I couldn’t fully remember why. Listening to it truly explained why. The depth and complexity of emotion is stunning and the narration helps give the story justice. Definitely worth the listen.

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Cyn K.

It was the narration of this book that drew me in and held me. The tangle of lives and the history that unfolds out of their stories is compelling and so very artfully done. I love the way Foer is able to capture the perspectives of a 9 year old, an elderly gentleman and an aging grandmother equally well. Remarkable book.

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Paul S.

I haven't seen the movie of this book which I'm glad about now that I've listened to it since I'm pretty sure Hollywood found a way to screw it up. Really, this is one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to. The story is very good, and the three main character perspectives are so adeptly told that it compels you to keep listening. The narrators for each part are top notch. Each could probably have done the whole book by themselves, but instead you get all three. The world through the eyes of a nine year old boy right after 9/11 is told with absolute clarity and truth, and is funny and sad and takes me back to those days like almost nothing else has. I was eleven and I didn't lose anyone, but I remember coming to grips with life because of the attacks. I think this book would effect you very deeply if you are anything like Oscar and had to go through what he did on 9/11 so, in that since, beware. But the story has such good intentions and doesnt get bogged down with the typical ebbs and flows and ups and downs you normally have to endure in say a Hallmark melodrama. Instead, Oscar is growing like any other kid. He's damaged and angry but also kind and funny. He's anxious and terrified but also tough and inquisitive. He's got problems but he's growing. He's got a life to live and something left to discover, not only about the world, but about himself and about what love means when separated by death. I thought this was a very mature book told with innocence and compassion for the subject matter. Definitely well worth the time.

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At first I wasn’t sure about this story or where it was going, but as it continued I started to really enjoy it. The writing style was interesting, and the back and forth between characters was a little confusing at first. Overall it was a beautiful story about several people and their loves and losses.

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