Farther Away Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The new book of essays from Jonathan Franzen, author of Freedom. Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom was the runaway most-discussed novel of 2010, an ambitious and searching engagement with life in America in the 21st century. Now, a new collection of Franzen’s non-fiction brings fresh demonstrations of his vivid, moral intelligence, confirming his status not only as a great American novelist but also as a master noticer, social critic, and self-investigator. In Farther Away, which gathers together essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years, the writer returns with renewed vigour to the themes, both human and literary, that have long preoccupied him. Whether recounting his violent encounter with bird poachers in Cyprus, examining his mixed feelings about the suicide of his friend and rival David Foster Wallace, or offering a moving and witty take on the ways that technology has changed how people express their love; these pieces deliver on Franzen’s implicit promise to conceal nothing from the reader.
Taken together, these essays trace the progress of unique and mature mind wrestling with itself, with literature, and with some of the most important issues of our day. Farther Away is remarkable, provocative, and necessary.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 40 minutes|
|Narrator||Jonathan Franzen, Scott Shepherd|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||07 June 2012|
|Publisher||HarperCollins Publishers Limited|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 111,187 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
235 in Literary Essays
1,436 in Essays
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His writing is excellent, outspoken, humorous, educated and skilled in every sense.
He may not be offering answers to many of the questions he posses, but this is how answers are found. By asking the right questions, which I think he is doing.
He also offers many interesting insights worthy of being read.
A thoroughly good read.
Sergiu Pobereznic (author)
Top reviews from other countries
From time to time however the essays do lose their steam a little, and there are a few reviews included, plus some of the content does feel a little rant-like, where he voices his opinions on technology and the like. For me his "How To Be Alone" collection was better than this, and his novels are light years ahead.