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  • A Little Life

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  • Written by: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (126 ratings)

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A Little Life

Written by: Hanya Yanagihara
Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
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Publisher's Summary

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A stunning “portrait of the enduring grace of friendship” (NPR) about the families we are born into, and those that we make for ourselves. A masterful depiction of love in the twenty-first century.

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • MAN BOOKER PRIZE FINALIST • WINNER OF THE KIRKUS PRIZE

A Little Life follows four college classmates—broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition—as they move to New York in search of fame and fortune. While their relationships, which are tinged by addiction, success, and pride, deepen over the decades, the men are held together by their devotion to the brilliant, enigmatic Jude, a man scarred by an unspeakable childhood trauma. A hymn to brotherly bonds and a masterful depiction of love in the twenty-first century, Hanya Yanagihara’s stunning novel is about the families we are born into, and those that we make for ourselves.

Look for Hanya Yanagihara’s latest bestselling novel, To Paradise.

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Editorial Review

A Little Life will leave you speechless with a beautifully moving and heartbreaking look at the evolution of brotherly love and friendship.

It’s been touted by critics as “all-consuming” and “maddeningly thought-provoking” and described by listeners as “life-altering.” In A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara crafted a masterpiece of literary fiction. Following the lives of four college friends struggling to make it in the concrete jungle that is New York City, this story is a testament to the limits of human endurance. The profound effects of the unspeakable childhood trauma suffered by Jude, the main character, will shape them all and challenge each one in ways only deep love can. Performed impeccably by narrator Oliver Wyman, this Audible audiobook original is best appreciated with as few spoilers as possible.

A Little Life has amassed a following for its transcendent look at the heart-rendering relationships forged and sustained among its quartet of characters across a lifetime. Yanagihara’s ability to delve deep into the abyss of human emotion is hauntingly moving. But what keeps people raving is how the writer captures the nuances and plight of the human experience. Listeners will find themselves and their singular struggles reflected in every single character in this book in one way or another. A Man Booker Prize finalist and a candidate for the National Book Award for Fiction, A Little Life is a stirring novel and essential addition to the listening library of everyone who appreciates superbly told stories of suffering, resilience, and the power of friendship.

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11/10 crying

So raw. So true. So painful. So beautiful. Would read 100 times again. This book is truly a masterpiece.

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Impeccable writing

I loved the character development. The writing was captivating. 10/10. Don’t forget the Kleenex

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Amazing Book!

Such a moving and powerful read. Although the content was hard to hear at times, the under current of triumph rooted in the power of relationships was amazingly reassuring. This book is one that I hung on every word and feared them at the same time. The character development is fantastic and you become so attached to them. Definitely recommended

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Powerful

This is a must read. Enough said. Wow. The emotions I felt while reading this were so powerful.

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Devastating and Beautiful

Ha ya is a master storyteller. This book will haunt me for a long time.

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Heartbreakingly beautiful

After 35 hours of listening time, I’d didn’t want the story to end. A little life captures the tragedy and triumphant’s of the human experience expertly. A beautiful story of friendship and enduring love.

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I won’t get over it

I read this months ago now - and I still think about it. I got so drawn into the characters like I never have before. At times the trauma was a bit too much, but I can see why the author included all of it. Gut wrenching, heart breaking, emotional. I will never get over this book and will probably read it multiple times.

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Intense. Profound. Emotional. Spellbinding.

Every emotion under the sun poured out of me as I listened to this story, I’m not even sure I can summarize honestly. I can say I laughed out loud, I raged, I cried, I reflected, I felt hopelessly sad and outrageously angry. I felt touched deep into my core. I loved these characters profoundly and I feared the end as it neared. I will absolutely read this again. It’s brilliant, beautiful, tormented and also somehow uplifting. 10 out of 5, highly recommend. Keep a box of tissues handy.

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A really good story though tough at times.

I enjoyed this story. The friendships and relationships each character have with each other. Through good times and bad. Supporting and loving each other. Sometimes it was hard to listen to and I’d need a break. I loved every player in this story.

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Such a heart wrenching story

I really enjoyed this book. It was a hard read but I thoroughly enjoyed each character and their development throughout the story.

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