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Find Me

Written by: André Aciman
Narrated by: Michael Stuhlbarg
Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
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In this spellbinding new exploration of the varieties of love, the author of Call Me by Your Name lets us back into his characters' lives years after their first meeting

In Find Me, Aciman shows us Elio's father, Samuel, on a trip from Florence to Rome to visit Elio, now a gifted classical pianist. A chance encounter on the train upends Sami's visit and changes his life forever.

Elio soon moves to Paris, where he, too, has a consequential affair, while Oliver, a New England college professor with a family, suddenly finds himself contemplating a return trip across the Atlantic.

Aciman is a master of sensibility, of the intimate details and the nuances of emotion that are the substance of passion. Find Me brings us back inside the world of one of our greatest contemporary romances to show us that in fact true love never dies.

©2019 André Aciman (P)2019 Faber Audio

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  • lisa griggs
  • 10-03-20

Mine is a practical romance

The "have you eaten" or "have you put on sunscreen" kind of romance. Find me has allowed me to glimpse the lives of three, in my opinion, hopeless romantics and find longing to be the same as them someday.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-11-19

Can't say it's a successful sequel to CMBYN

On one and another occasion I suspected this is the product of an old man's obscenity. Nevertheless, I would rather fail victim to this braw illusion. Hope that after years of departure you are still in each other's mind. Hope that true love never dies.

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  • Chris Thompson
  • 08-11-19

A poignant reflection on the passage of time

I can imagine there will be a lot of people who don’t appreciate ‘Find Me’. Rather than being the direct continuation of Elio and Oliver’s story that some may expect, it picks up on the lives of all the characters - starting with Elio’s father, Samuel. The narrative shifts between Samuel, Elio and Oliver to reflect the many paths our lives can take, and to demonstrate the steady passage of time that continues to pass, with or without our permission. In that way it’s a far more realistic book than one might have expected, but it’s not without hope or impossible romance ... far from it, in fact. Aciman’s prose is beautiful and lyrical - drawing the reader in to the mindset of each character we get to inhabit briefly. As joyful as it is to read, I’d also highly recommend the audio book as narrated by Michael Stuhlbarg, who played Elio’s father in the original film. The gravitas and tenderness he lends to the work is something truly special, and provides a perfect complement (or mirror) to what Andre Aciman himself has done. As I said, this won’t resonate with everyone - because some people just want Elio and Oliver to pick up where they left off - but for those who appreciate the romance of life, it’s a wonderful journey to undertake.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-03-20

Beautiful Story

Beautiful story with incredible narration.I genuinely didn't want it to end. As a call me by your name fan I was very hesitant to read/listen to the sequel as I'm so emotionally attached to Elio and Oliver's story and I was afraid that a sequel would ruin it. But I'm glad that Andre Aciman didn't try too hard to please the audience with giving them what they want; a continuation of Elio and Oliver's story, but something different and unexpected, that felt more original and not forced. I highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-02-20

I love this book

This is the best sequel I could have ever hoped for Call Me by Your Name. I had no idea what this book would contain and it surprised me in a good way. I also love the philosophical monologs and dialogs between characters. Also this book gave amazing depth to the characters.

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  • FENARETI
  • 24-01-20

I'm sad I didnt pick it up sooner

The book is extraordinary and brilliant and so beautiful. You can really see how smart the author is, how much attention he paid into everything that he put in this book. What an amazing and heartbreaking experience. The performance was good, although a bit slow, I personally heard it at 1.80-2.0 speed.

Now for some more in depth thoughts (spoilers ahead)

I am so freaking annoyed that it took me too long to read this book because I trusted all the negative reviews.
Damn was I wrong.
People who dislike this book have no valid reasons. Hoenstly.
You need to understand literature and plot and symbolism in order to appreciate this book. It asks of you to be smart.
I appreciate books that do that, books that dont talk down to you or make you feel silly.

This book is beautifully written and it flows so effortlessly and naturally.
It follows 3 narrators, Samuel, Elio and Oliver.

Samuel was a story about second chances in life. It served the purpose it set to and it had some amazing dialogues and themes. It really challenges the reader to think without prejudice.

Then we follow Elio in his adulthood when he always has to deal with the loss of Oliver and how that has shaped literally his entire life. It felt great seeing how Elio found someone who truly cared for him to numb his pain and if he had given him more time I feel like they could have been happy together if things with Oliver never worked out.

Then there is one small chapter from Oliver's point of view where for the first time we see how he felt about the whole situation. He was never as calculating as he presented himself to be, we see him vulnerable and full of regret. We see him miss Elio painfully much and we finally can forgive him for breaking his heart.

Then we have 10 wonderful pages that tell us about their lives once they get back together. People complain that 10 pages aren't enough. They fail to understand that it is 100% on purpose. The entire book keeps repeating about time being lost and about the years and years they had to be apart. The reader through this book gets to experience the pain they did, breafly, since by the end of the book they get together. But these two people had to experience 20 years apart. 20 years. 20 years.

That's why it's so brilliant. It makes you fully understand what those years felt like.


What a brilliant author. What an incredible sequel.

You cannot compare it with the first book, they are too different. The first book is a summer read about first loves. This is a winter read about soulmates and destiny and true love and pain and loneliness.

How truly wonderful. I've never read anything like it.

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  • mrs zoe roberts
  • 19-12-19

wonderful

I am so taken by Andre Aciman! It's been a long time since two books by the same author have moved me so deeply. I could relate to many parts of both stories, and I challenge anyone to find a book about the raw, heartbreaking and somewhat terrifying experience of love that depicts a real situation more beautifully. He doesnt shy away from the difficult things that's for sure! Love is love, whoever you are.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-10-19

Dull narration

The narration from Michael Stuhlbar is a bit dull. There are several times when there’s no distinction between the characters. The whole narration is, as one would say, done by someone who is extremely tired. That’s the feeling you get at first.

The story on the other hand is a good continuation to the first one

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  • Rikke Knudsen
  • 05-03-20

Not bad, just different from what i expected

It was a good story, again beautifully written, but it did not satisfy my expectations.
I had hoped for a more detailed explanation to why Oliver and Elio had not seen or called each other for so many years, but the two last chapters were too short in my mind to fulfill my curiosity.

Michael Stuhlbarg does a great job narrating the book, but it is hard to beat Armie, when you've listen to the first book ;)

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  • Sabir
  • 21-01-20

Beautiful book

Captures the heart of the listener. I hope they make a film out of it someday.

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  • Alex
  • 04-01-20

Mediocre at best

I should preface this with the fact that I wasn't exactly thrilled with the idea of a sequel to a pretty much perfect story. But I loved the writing of CMBYN and Michael Stuhlbarg narrating gave me hope...that I lost within the first few chapters. The story is lacking, the characters are vague and lack substance... and overall it feels like you've somehow found yourself trapped inside Aciman's wet dreams. The book is filled with pretentious, overreaching philosophies uttered by forgettable characters, or should I say caricatures of common clichés. What a let down to meet these characters again under these circumstances... One way I can describe it better than "mediocre"... "cringe worthy".

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  • Neil
  • 20-12-19

A very disappointing followup

I really struggled to stick with Find Me. After battling through I feel disappointed and unfulfilled - the emotional payoff I was hoping for never came.

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  • R. Caldwell
  • 26-03-20

It's not call me by your name but it is good

I loved going back into this world and seeing where these characters lives had taken them. I struggled with being able to tell which character was which and think it would have been amazing if we could have had the original actors voice their chapters.

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  • M
  • 09-11-19

Fantastic Book

Love being lost again in the story. Narration is excellent and highly recommended. I’m hoping there will be more someday.