Akin by Emma Donoghue audiobook


By Emma Donoghue
Read by Jason Culp

Little, Brown & Company, Little, Brown 9780316491990


Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • $109.99

    ISBN: 9781549100130

Runtime: 11.51 Hours
Category: Fiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English



A Town & Country Magazine Pick of Must-Read Books for Fall

An O Magazine Pick of Must-Read Books for Fall

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A Literary Hub Pick of  Anticipated Books of 2019

A Millions.com Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2019

A BookPage Book of the Day

A retired New York professor’s life is thrown into chaos when he takes a young great-nephew to the French Riviera, in hopes of uncovering his own mother’s wartime secrets.

Noah Selvaggio is a retired chemistry professor and widower now living on the Upper West Side but born in the south of France. He is days away from his first visit back to Nice since he was a child, bringing with him a handful of puzzling photos he has discovered from his mother’s wartime years. But he receives a call from social services: Noah is the closest available relative of an eleven-year-old great-nephew he’s never met, who urgently needs someone to look after him. Out of a feeling of obligation, Noah agrees to take Michael along on his trip.

Much has changed in this famously charming seaside mecca, still haunted by memories of the Nazi occupation. The unlikely duo, suffering from jet lag and culture shock, bicker about everything from steak-frites to screen time. But Noah gradually comes to appreciate the boy’s truculent wit, and Michael’s ease with tech and sharp eye help Noah unearth troubling details about their family’s past. Both come to grasp the risks people in all eras have run for their loved ones, and find they are more akin than they knew.

Written with all the tenderness and psychological intensity that made Room an international bestseller, Akin is a funny, heart-wrenching tale of an old man and a boy, born two generations apart, who unpick their painful story and start to write a new one together.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Parenting, Donoghue reminds us, is a common experience of uncommon intensity. Donoghue has returned to this subject again and again to superb effect…[and] remixes this dynamic yet again with a contemporary story about an improvised family of two.” New York Times
“Jason Culp’s near-perfect narration of the new literary drama from the author of Room matches its emotional intensity…Donoghue plucks heartstrings with just the right song, and Culp orchestrates the character studies like a maestro with a baton. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Donoghue’s realistic portrait of Michael includes enough rudeness and defiance to make the pair’s progress toward détente bumpy and believable.” Kirkus Reviews
“Donoghue nestles a quiet mystery in the growing relationship between two different family members as Noah sees through Michael’s tough kid act and Michael (and readers) learn what the French in Nazi-occupied Nice had to endure. Readers interested in World War II or family drama will find this a fascinating read.” Library Journal
“The two characters at the heart of Akin grapple with the effects of difficult upbringings, and inner demons and the desire to understand them drive the present-day narrative.” BookPage



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Author Bio: Emma Donoghue

Author Bio: Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue, born in Dublin, is a playwright, literary historian, novelist, and screenwriter. Her works of contemporary and historical fiction include the New York Times bestsellers Room and Frog Music. Her books have also been finalists for the Man Booker, Commonwealth Prize, the Orange Prize, and the Women’s Prize for Ficton. She also writes story collections, literary history, and plays for stage and radio.

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Available Formats : Library CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 11.51
Audience: Adult
Language: English