Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem – Audiobooks , MP3
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+ Author : Jonathan Lethem (Author), Geoffrey Cantor (Narrator)
+ Format : MP3 ( without DRM – You can listen on many Other Devices )
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+ Listening Length : 10 hours and 9 minutes
+ Language : English
National Book Critics Circle, Fiction, 2000
From America’s most inventive novelist, Jonathan Lethem, comes this compelling and compulsive riff on the classic detective novel.
Lionel Essrog is Brooklyn’s very own Human Freakshow, an orphan whose Tourettic impulses drive him to bark, count, and rip apart language in startling and original ways. Together with three veterans of the St. Vincent’s Home for Boys, he works for small-time mobster Frank Minna’s limo service cum detective agency. Life without Frank, the charismatic King of Brooklyn, would be unimaginable. When Frank is fatally stabbed, Lionel’s world is suddenly turned upside-down, and this outcast who has trouble even conversing attempts to untangle the threads of the case, while trying to keep the words straight in his head. A compulsively involving and totally captivating homage to the classic detective tale.
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Lethem's take on the hard-boiled genre and his finest novel by far, Motherless Brooklyn is an ambivalent love letter-cum-polemic of the borough that provides it's setting, attitude, and narrative core. His choice of a Tourettic narrator, which could easily descend into the gimmicky and lazy, resists every easy out and provides a fascinating insight on a syndrome, a vanished culture and world, and, above all, the mind of a fascinating and fully-realized man. The verbal tics that pepper Lionel's dialogue are convincingly and evocatively read in Cantor's performance, adding to the internal music and logic that emerges from them over the course of the novel.
This is not a mystery to read for its plot, beyond the broadest generalities. Rather, it is a novel of line-by-line rewards that both ennoble and mock the body of mystery from which they draw, in much the same way that the story treats Brooklyn itself.
Having read this book both before and after Chandler and other classic noir writers, I can attest that there is great enjoyment here both with and without familiarity with the literary background.
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This was a great story with a very good narrator. Accents and voices were by and large believable (including a couple of not-terrible Maine accents, which as a Mainer I find extremely rare and a great relief). The one weak spot is in women's voices which all sound weirdly breathy and a little dumb. I've yet to find an audio book with a male reader that does this well, though, and this wasn't as disruptive as others. All in all, an excellent listen
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