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Publisher's Summary

The Catcher in the Rye is a 1951 novel by J. D. Salinger. A controversial novel originally published for adults, it has since become popular with adolescents for its themes of teenage angst and alienation. It has been translated into almost all of the world's major languages. Around one million copies are sold each year with total sales of more than 65 million books. The novel's protagonist Holden Caulfield has become an icon for teenage rebellion. The novel also deals with complex issues of innocence, identity, belonging, loss, and connection.

The novel was included on Time's 2005 list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923 and it was named by Modern Library and its audience as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. In 2003, it was listed at number 15 on the BBC's survey The Big Read.

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What listeners say about The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - Summary & Analysis

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wrong book

Not what i wanted! i got the wrong book. can i get another book. Please.

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waste

I wasted my credit with this summary. I was in a rush and assumed that it was the novel.

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A monologue of youth that also ended an erra.

I think this was a great summary of J.D Salinger's work. Although it was originally intended for adults Caulfield's alienated, angst filled, immature character struck a cord with the youth who could empathize with the dating, bullying, and school drama. It's an in depth overview of growing up in an adult world that seems so phony to Holden. As a first time listener, I can't imagine how this classic book misguided Chapman into killing the young and talented John Lennon. I guess everyone's interpretation of literature is different. The narrator did a really good job in narrating this book.
I was given a free copy of this book and have decided to voluntarily leave this review.

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not what I wanted

I was looking for the actually audible book. this is no it. Audible books does not have it.

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WTF Audible?!

Audible must make a decent profit offering this instead of the actual book. I almost bought it. It was the low rating that stood out, thats why I'm leaving a review for something I didn't buy.

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Not the Book

I mistakenly thought this was the book, it's not. The summary and analysis is so high-level that it loses the impact of the novel. Don't purchase this.
Disappointing the novel is not available.

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Not the book.

I needed the book for my teen on audible. Only thing I can find is the summary and cliff notes!!! This is a classic and it’s not on audible?!? What is wrong with the world?!

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This is not the book!

I didn't know this was the summary. It could definitely be more clear that this is not the actual book. Really disappointing.

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Summary Only - Not the Book!!!

Be careful- They got me thinking it was the actual book. ONLY A Summary. Wasted my money and i wont even bother to listen.

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Wrong book

Not what I wanted. My fault I suppose. I'll read the description more carefully next time.

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  • Roberto D.
  • 10-30-20

Atention!

I thought it were the real book. But it's a summary and review! My first audio book is a waste of money.

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  • Jason Rogers
  • 07-22-21

JR

This is not the book you are looking for after paying for this book I started to listen to it just to find out that it is basically cliff notes of the actual book

also on a side note

I am unable to find the actual book here

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-17-19

happy to have a summary rather that the book

Quick and succinct. The catcher in the Rye although a must to be well read is better consumed this way.

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  • Steve H
  • 09-10-21

Narration boring and analysis lacked depth.

iI was a summary of the book more than an in depth analysis. the narrator lacked all emotion in the telling of this book.