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Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
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Dec 02, 07

bookshelves: audiobook, fiction, library-book, mystery
Recommended for: audio book fans, noir mystery fans, NYC fans
Read in November, 2007

Narrated by Frank Muller. Some people on the audiobooks group recommended this book as an example of superb narration. They were right. The protagonist has Tourette's Syndrome, which makes for an interesting narrative challenge, and Muller handles the job superbly. Other characters come alive too, especially Frank Minna (the protagonist's mentor). The story is set mostly in Brooklyn, which is a character in its own right. The plot is kind of silly; the payoff is in the emotional complexity of some of the characters' interactions with each other, and the way details of the environment come alive as seen through the protagonist's obsessive focus on details.
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