Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

  • by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Narrated by Barbara Caruso, Richard Ferrone, Jeff Woodman
  • 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an inventor, amateur entomologist, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, natural historian, percussionist, romantic, great explorer, jeweller, detective, vegan, and collector of butterflies, Beatles memorabilia, miniature cacti and coral. When his father is killed in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centre, his inward journey towards some kind of peace takes him on an odyssey through the five boroughs of New York, as he attempts to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father's closet....

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Incredibly hard to read but ultimately rewarding.

It is never defined or discussed but I assumed the main character Oscar is autistic or perhaps has Aspergers disease. I found this condition made relating to his world and ultimately the story challenging, in his profound grief we are subjected to his unfiltered, often repetitive thoughts, which for me stopped the flow of the narrative. This made the book very hard to get into as a majority of the story is in the first person. I also couldn't stop thinking how completely unrealistic it was to let a very young boy travel around a post 9/11 New York, no matter how therapeutic or lightly chaperoned.
I felt the author should have introduced his other characters and their perspectives earlier as I imagine many people would have given up before their importance is realised. Once these parallel stories start filtering through, the full scope really begins to develop and you can appreciate how cleverly he has woven all the threads of past and present culminating in this time and place. His writing is very evocative so if you can drown out the loud and extremely close sections you are left with wonderful concepts like history repeating its self and the ripple effect of our actions flowing outwards .. all of which became apparent towards the end of the book.
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- Michelle Falzon

Couldn't stop listening.

A great story told very well. I was completely taken away for the duration. Be prepared to lose sleep as you listen
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- askjohn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-02-2012
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks