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July 29, 2014 / Leslie

Review – Audiobook: Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers

A Rapid Review

YourFathersYour Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers

Publisher: Random House Audio | June 2014
Format: Audio Download | 5½ hours | Rating: 5 stars
Audio Listening Level: Easy

The formally daring, brilliantly executed story of one man struggling to make sense of his country, seeking answers the only way he knows how.

Thomas, a young man desperate for answers, kidnaps an old acquaintance, a man who now has a successful career as an astronaut, in an attempt to understand what’s wrong with the world today. The answers he receives only create more questions and set off a cycle of more kidnappings.

Don’t be mislead by the title, this is not a story about religion, although there is a little political ranting. And don’t be put off by the format either. The book is written entirely in dialog, but it works – partly because it’s a short, entertaining book, and partly because the author does such a wonderful job conveying the characters and surroundings without the use of descriptive narrative. It’s thought-provoking, witty and brilliantly constructed; to say more about the plot would ruin the suspense of discovery as the layers of the story unfold.

Audio production:
Read by an ensemble cast: MacLeod Andrews with Mark Deakins, Michelle Gonzalez, John H. Mayer, Kate McGregor-Stewart, Rebecca Lowman, Bruce Turk, and Marc Cashman. The audio production was fantastic. One of my favorites this year. I was so engaged in the dialog that I listened for the entire five-plus hours without stopping. It was performed like a play with each narrator taking on a different character with a distinct voice and range of emotions. The audio version is highly recommended to all listeners.

Audio Sample:

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Source: Review copy provided by Random House Audio.
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  1. BermudaOnion / Jul 29 2014 11:57 am

    I read Eggers memoir after Vance’s freshman year of college – he brought it home with him that summer – and thought it was terrific. I need to look for this book.


  2. Suko / Jul 29 2014 5:52 pm

    This sounds excellent, Leslie. Terrific review!


  3. stacybuckeye / Aug 2 2014 8:18 am

    Your review intrigued and now I have the audio on hold at the library 🙂


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