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The New York Trilogy

Written by: Paul Auster
Narrated by: Joe Barrett
Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Paul Auster's brilliant debut novels, City of Glass, Ghosts, and The Locked Room brought him international acclaim for his creation of a new genre, mixing elements of the standard detective fiction and postmodern fiction.

City of Glass combines dark, Kafka-like humor with all the suspense of a Hitchcock film as a writer of detective stories becomes embroiled in a complex and puzzling series of events, beginning with a call from a stranger in the middle of the night asking for the author - Paul Auster - himself. Ghosts, the second volume of this interconnected trilogy, introduces Blue, a private detective hired to watch a man named Black, who, as he becomes intermeshed into a haunting and claustrophobic game of hide-and-seek, is lured into the very trap he has created.

The final volume, The Locked Room, also begins with a mystery, told this time in first-person narrative. The nameless hero journeys into the unknown as he attempts to reconstruct the past, which he has experienced almost as a dream. Together these three fictions lead the reader on adventures that expand the mind as they entertain.

As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of Paul Auster's book, you'll also get an exclusive Jim Atlas interview that begins when the audiobook ends.

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Critic Reviews

"Auster harnesses the inquiring spirit any reader brings to a mystery, redirecting it from the grubby search for a wrongdoer to the more rarified search for the self." ( New York Times Book Review)
"Eminently readable and mysterious.... Auster has added some new dimensions to modern literature and - more importantly even - to our perspectives on the planet." ( Boston Globe)
"By turning the mystery novel inside out, Auster may have initiated a whole new round of storytelling." ( The Village Voice)

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  • Bluesview
  • 25-05-14

Wonderful!

Why has no one else reviewed this; it is really wonderful, both Paul Auster's writing and Joe Barrett's reading - I found it totally absorbing and enchanting.

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  • Maria
  • 17-02-11

Simply remarkable

This is probably one of the hardest text to read, yet it is superbly done as an audio book! Paul Auster's brilliant writing is coming alive thanks to this fantastic rendition.
Well done, thank you!

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  • Grace
  • 17-05-10

Not very enjoyable

I found the stories in this trilogy to be muddled hodgepodges of different genres, all pushed together to 'explore' the character' (or author's) angsty need to find themselves. I know this is supposed to be a literary classic, and possible the allusions just went over my head, but I found it boring and could not care about any of the characters, all of whom seemed self-obsessed, whiny, and slightly unhinged. The reader was okay, although I got worried during the long passage where Peter Stillman has a monologue, as it was delivered in a really strange voice. This did seem to fit with the description of the voice though, so I suppose he was just trying to do the text justice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-11-19

Great stories. Not great narrator.

The writing is wonderful and the stories intriguing. The narrator is fine for straightforward 3rd person narrative but the dialogues grate and sound unconvincing.

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  • Ms T
  • 30-12-18

Old school private investigation

I really like Paul Auster’s writing style - detail heavy and full of intricacies and nuance - and this book of three stories is no exception. The three tales are loosely connected which adds another dimension to the overall complexities. Unusual and highly engaging, I really enjoyed these old school private investigation stories.

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  • Secret leader
  • 22-05-18

Stylish, and superbly crafted.

Really great read, complex but not to challenging. The plots are delicately interwoven and can pleasantly catch you by surprise, a very accomplished trilogy. Will read more Paul Auster.

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  • Sam Roebuck
  • 29-05-14

Well read, well written, but very, very slow

If I'm honest, Joe Barret's is a safe pair of hands, and his reliable narrative carries this novel. Paul Auster's use of language is sound, and most of the plotting is acceptable, even a little clever in places, but the overall novel itself falls an awful long way short of living up to those aspects.

I would expect the three short stories involved to cleverly intertwine, the actions in one causing unexpected effects in the others. They don't do this to any significant degree, if at all They stand alone, and none are particularly engaging. But the worse thing is the pace. It seems to have been drawn out, sometimes a little painfully, to fit into the page count. I was waiting for it to end, and never really felt it did. It just sort of stopped.

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