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Publisher's Summary

Michael Cunningham's celebrated novel is the story of two boyhood friends: Jonathan, lonely, introspective, and unsure of himself; and Bobby, hip, dark, and inarticulate. In New York after college, Bobby moves in with Jonathan and his roommate, Clare, a veteran of the city's erotic wars. Bobby and Clare fall in love, scuttling the plans of Jonathan, who is gay, to father Clare's child. Then, when Clare and Bobby have a baby, the three move to a small house upstate to raise "their" child together and create a new kind of family. A Home at the End of the World masterfully depicts the charged, fragile relationships of urban life today.
©1990 Michael Cunningham (P)2004 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Although some listeners will wish they could soak up this absorbing story all in one sitting, the narrators' well-paced readings force the listener to sit back and appreciate the intricacy and skill of Cunningham's exquisite prose." (Publishers Weekly)
"Lyrical...memorable and accomplished" (The New York Times Book Review)

What listeners say about A Home at the End of the World

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This book did stuff to my heart.

There are books you don’t like, books you like, books you love & then there are the books you fall completely in love with. The latter is where I’d place this book for me. Never have I come across a book so realistic yet captivating. I can see these characters so clearly in my mind. I can believe everything that’s happening. Jonathan, Bobby, & Claire present an unconventional way of living that just felt so real to me. This book will not be for everyone but, you know, I kind of love that about it. The story stays strong from it’s beginning to it’s beautiful ending.
The audiobook itself is amazing. Read so perfectly by the four narrators.

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Writing well is not enough...

I got almost annoyed with author of the book. He writes beautifully, but the plot is unconvincing and the three main characters are excessively self-absorbed in contemplating their unhappiness and , more generally, the unavoidable misery of the human condition. There is no room for real passion, hope, and engagement. It is all grey and hopeless.
My last book of Michael Cunningham !

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Great book, excellent recording.

I was happily surprised to see that Colin Farrell and Dallas Roberts (from the cast of the movie version) were tapped to read the parts of Bobby and Jonathan. I think Farrell was great, but Dallas Roberts was exceptional. This is one of the first audio books I have purchased from this website, and I have enjoyed it so much that I have gone back to it three times, even before some other books that I have purchased.

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ended too soon

I loved these characters. They draw the listener in and they become real. Cunningham received raves for The Hours, but this story and these characters are much more accessible and endearing.

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Flaw in the recording?

A bit more than two and a half hours in, something odd happens. Every time before that, when the narrator changes there is a heading telling us the new narrator's name. But then, suddenly, the narration shifts from the mother to one of the boys, and we seem to have jumped ahead ten or so years. It's as though the recording is missing one of the CD's. I've noticed this problem before with Audible versions, and when I complain, they give me a refund, but they don't fix the recording. It's very frustrating, since what I want is a correct recording of the book in question.

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Beautifully written

A little slow starting but you become very invested in the characters. The story is really well written.

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A common affliction - story fades at the end

This book suffers from a problem I'm noticing more and more in books - it starts out strong and then peters out towards the end. I can only assume this comes from authors having a good idea, but not knowing how to wrap the story up. I found the first 3/4 to 5/6 of the book to be very engaging and the characters to be sympathetic and well-developed personalities. Unfortunately, near the end most of the characters became cloying and unlikable and the storyline stalled. Perhaps this was the sentiment the author was going for - I can imagine that the author might have been creating a metaphor for the real world: your friends are sometimes irritating and life sometimes feels meaningless. I have read, however, books that communicated the same meaning in a more meaningful and fulfilling way than this book.

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Author’s brilliance is blinding

I have long since read everything by M Cunningham that is in print, as far as I know. Thirsting for a genius writer — so difficult to find these days— , I dug through Wikipedia and found there was still one Cunningham book I had not read. Apparently his very first.

Astonished to discover— he was as brilliant 30 + years ago as he is today. His story, character, writing finesse, reflections and observations take my breath away about 2-3x/page.

The narration was uneven. Some narrators better than others. None of them measures up to the mastery needed for his writing.

And on a somewhat less important note… but maybe important?- your narrators damn sure ought to know how to pronounce Layers Nyro’s name correctly. Shame on all of the Audible team for letting this embarrassing gaffe get through.

Please Mr. Cunningham write more. No one is in your class any more.

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Great Book

I loved the narration and story. The characters of Jonathan and Bobby are well formed and fully fleshed out. The character of Claire is a bit of a predator, spoiled and abrasive. The central core of unconditional love is the ultimate success of this novel and the theme of being able to expand your heart to include someone else without jealousy is unique and important

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a beautiful book, audiobook, and movie

I loved reading this book long ago, I then watched the movie and the actors Colin, Dallas, Robin, and Sissy did a perfect job in their roles. I wanted to know if this was an audiobook and what an awesome thing for Dallas and Colin to do the narration. Awesome job. Beautiful story, you can almost see it through your own eyes. feel it. five stars guys. good job.