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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Book of Longing by Leonard Cohen.   

Book of Longing is Leonard Cohen's first book of new poetry since Book of Mercy was published two decades ago. It collects Cohen's poetry written between the 1980s and the present. Book of Longing demonstrates the range and depth of Cohen's work, revealing an extraordinary gift of language that speaks with rare clarity, passion and timelessness. 

©2018 Leonard Cohen (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Awe-inspiring...Cohen emerges as the wry, sensual mystic his champions have always known he was." (Sunday Telegraph)

"Exceptional. Clear yet steamy, cosmic yet private, both playful and profound...as soulful a credo as he has ever put on paper." (New York Times)

 "Cohen maps this wasteland of the heart with humour, and sometimes anger." (Independent)

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dream come true

this is a must have for any Leonard Cohen fan worth their salt. His words, recited in his beautifully measured voice

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  • Meerke from SA
  • 24-01-19

a Precious gift from above

You got me singing Leonard Cohen, thank you for the peep into your soul! AND in your own voice. The paperback is useless in comparison to your own voice. Im forever thankful that there is no limit on how many times I can listen to this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-02-20

rediscovering Leonard Cohen

I've always found myself coming back to Cohen's music after years in between; there's something there that pulls me back time and time again for more deep immersion.
I've never known Cohen's poetry so this was an absolute treat, especially due to the man himself reciting his work. glad I made the purchase and how unfortunate that the man himself isn't with us no more.

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  • Falco
  • 17-12-18

Three Hours of Peak Cohen

Leonard Cohen was a kind of archetype for the type of hippy poetry people think is dreadful. That's because people IMITATING Cohen usually end up in dreadful territory. The man himself? Transcendent.

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  • Michael D. Fitzgerald
  • 02-08-21

Thank you, thank you. The man at his best.

Loved it, a thousand kisses deep i s here, it really couldn't be better.

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  • tamara
  • 18-07-21

Late night lullabies from a hearthen voice

This collection of musings, rhetorics, meanderings and prose give the reader an elaborate nuance into the experience that was Leonard Cohen - a man of moods that soothe and provoke and alter the consciousness of human happenings on an internal and external route to the heart.

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  • ells
  • 19-06-21

totally amazing

A gift for all Mr.Cohen followers. Enjoyed every moment of the Book of Longing
Most highly recommended.