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Call Me by Your Name

A Novel
Written by: André Aciman
Narrated by: Armie Hammer
Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
5 out of 5 stars (435 ratings)

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Editors Select, October 2017

Andre Aciman's critically acclaimed novel may finally be stepping into modern classic status, having recently emerged from relative obscurity due to the upcoming movie release starring Armie Hammer. And its place in the literary canon is well deserved, depicting perfectly the infatuated experience of first love (I won't say "feeling" because the picture Aciman paints is not a singular "thing" - it's very much a journey through obsession). The story is beautiful, erotic, and feels firmly rooted in human truths (and will make you blush). But what makes it truly worthy of listening to - and why it's my pick for October - is THAT voice. Armie Hammer's narration is among the best I've ever experienced. —Emily, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

Now a major motion picture from director Luca Guadagnino, starring Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet. Winner of the 2018 Academy Award for Adapted Screenplay

Celebrate André Aciman's sensational novel with a dynamic new audiobook read by Armie Hammer

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year 

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year 

A Washington Post Best Fiction Book of the Year 

A New York magazine "Future Canon" Selection 

A Chicago Tribune Favorite Book of the Year 

One of The Seattle Times' Michael Upchurch's Favorite Books of the Year 

Call Me by Your Name first swept across the world in 2007. It is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. During the restless summer weeks, unrelenting but buried currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them and verge toward the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy. André Aciman's critically acclaimed debut novel is a frank, unsentimental, heartrending elegy to human passion. 

©2017 André Aciman (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

What the critics say

"...Hammer's voice is brimming with such melody that, if you listen to it long enough, you can probably get drunk off it." (Vulture.com)

"...Armie Hammer (who plays Oliver in the movie) steps effortlessly into Elio's interior world. The result is staggering." (BookRiot)

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absolutely amazing

I started reading the book immediately after I saw the movie. when I finished the book, I downloaded the audio book... absolutely in love with Armie Hammer narrating this book.

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Melodramatic, tragic, beautiful, inspiring

Brought me back to my highschool years, the loneliness and the cringeworthy moments of trying way too hard not to feel something. This book does have a tendency to jerk off it's own intellectual, melancholic, angsty apricock, it takes itself way too seriously. Still, I enjoyed it the more I tried to open myself up to it without criticism or defense. Overall, pretty good stuff!

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A beautifully haunting story

This is such a raw, emotional story. It stays with you long after it's finished. Aciman captured the protagonist's angst perfectly. I highly recommend.

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By any other name...

Quite simply the best audiobook I have ever listened to. Army Hammer's performance is superb, the story incredible and the writing like poetry. Gorgeous on every level.

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Sensual Italian Summer

I have read the book multiple times, so I knew every twist and turn of the story. I have seen the movie multiple times, so I was prepared for Armie Hammer's line-readings. The audio book is another creature; Armie Hammer's voice brings new life to familiar passages. He did a very, very good job, though I will always lament that Timothee Chalamet didn't lend his voice to a character that he has already made iconic. The author's words drew me to the Italian Riviera a couple summers ago, in anticipation of the movie, and determined to re-read the book in the locations where the original story is set. Mr. Aciman's words and Armie Hammer's delivery took me back on that holiday, one that I'll never regret ended in tears.

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Perfect narrator

I’ve read the book already but experiencing it with Armie Hammer’s voice made it all that more enjoyable.

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Charming voice Great story

I bought this audible book since the voice is so charming but I harvested more than that. This heart-broken novel made me cry several times. I can't figure out how Andre could describe the thoughts of lover so in detail. Great book!

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Could not get into it

I wanted to love this. I loved the movie and I love Armie Hammer but this was so boring to listen to. I was expecting relevations of Elio inner workings, maybe emotional rollcoasters within and other things that the movie failed to capture.

Instead, even halfway through the book, all I got was the most detailed description of mundane life in Italy in the 1980s, down to the type of shirts they were wearing. The narrative is just a nochalant recounting of life in Italy, the plot is so slow and unexciting.

Maybe my expectations were too high or maybe I can't appreciate daily life non-fictions like these. Needless to say, despite my efforts, this book has put me to sleep more than a few times. A unfortunate return for me.

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If you’ve seen the film. Even if you’ve read the book. You must listen to this!!!

Armie Hammer has killed me in the most beautiful way with this reading.
Hearing our Oliver read as Elio is just amazing.
It is a true treasure that this has been made for us. It is truly extraordinary. I can’t praise this enough. A must must listen!!

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I am in love with this book

This was a truly heartbreaking love story. Aciman made me feel so many emotions with this beautifully written piece. Hammer did an amazingly job narrating as well. I would absolutely recommend you listen to this.

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  • Nico L.
  • 2017-10-07

Amazing.

I am blown away by this book and the performance. Everything was absolutely gorgeous. I am now an emotional wreck. I will never recover from this. I am amazed

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  • Maggie Pahndeepah
  • Texas
  • 2017-10-07

Crying in public

That’s what the ending of this book had me doing. Crying in the middle of a restaurant, and immediately on the last words as read by Armie Hammer, rewinding to hear the last few minutes all over again. Then I wrote a love poem to my husband. Great book! Great performance.

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  • Wojciech Dwornik
  • 2017-10-13

Head over heels fell in love with this book!

You’ll loose yourself to the nostalgia of your own first love as you listen to Armie Hammer narrate this fantastic and so often poetic book.

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  • Stephen Thrush
  • Berkeley, CA USA
  • 2017-10-05

mesmerizing...

briefly...few books have pulled me in so deeply, challenged me so thoroughly and touched parts of me i had forgotten were there.

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  • Luke D.
  • 2017-10-05

Iconic

A story I honestly will never forget. A must read AND listen to. Couldn't have been better.

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  • dnd
  • 2017-10-10

Profound sensuality~

An absolutely beautiful, daring and complex novel! Aciman's economy of style is at once direct and poetic. He handles a controversial subject with such sensitivity, frankness and unabashed romanticism that swoons at every turn. Armie Hammer's rich baritone, and elegant reading is superb. I will return to this again and again.

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  • Chad
  • 2017-10-06

Equal parts beautiful and heartbreaking

This story is both beautiful and heartbreaking. “Call Me By Your Name” is one of the most incredible novels to have ever written. This love story about Elio and Oliver will touch your heart and then break it into a million pieces. This is one of those novels and stories that will stay with you for the rest of your life. “Call Me By Your Name” is not only a brilliant masterpiece of LGBT literature, but it is also one of the greatest romance and coming of age stories to ever be written.

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  • Javier
  • Dayton, Ohio
  • 2017-11-11

Masterful!

André Aciman has written a masterpiece in Call Me By Your Name. The ease of voice and the effortless flow of words through Elio’s point of view is exquisite. The exploration and journey of finding yourself and of sexual awakening, together with a sort of lust, makes this story even more relatable as we’ve all had unattainable crushes we wish would become something more. Now onto Armie Hammer’s magnificent performance. He nails the narration in CMBY and really encamptures the listener’s attention all throughout the story. Armie has a sort of non-chalantness to his voice that almost feels like he was born to read this story. All in all, with the masterful writing of Aciman and the beautiful narration by Hammer, this book deserves all of the praise and more.

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  • NYCChelseaBoy
  • NEW YORK, NY, United States
  • 2017-11-25

Call me by your name: first love in paradise

call me by your name is aheartbreaking, evoking, brilliant love story. It is anxiety-provoking. From the first pages whip Elio’s longing, one can guess where the story is going and most likely where it will and. Still, it is full of surprises and turns. You will be happy and heartbroken for Oliver’s and Elio’s experience at the same time. You will be jealous for what they had and perhaps, the story will evoke something you’ve experience too. A must read!

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  • Andrea Velazquez
  • 2017-11-11

Call Me By Your Name: easily the most raw and emotionally truthful book I’ve ever read

Nothing has ever changed me the way this book did... I’m a fucking wreck after the end

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  • Kapétanovic
  • 2018-03-01

A touch of summer

It’s beautiful how Armie Hammer’s voice as it reads these beautiful words can make time flies and bring you to Italy, to sunlight, into the sort of evocative transe only beautiful stories can conjure up. I have read this book but to hear it is something else. I understood it better, it touched me, all its subtleties laid bare in sounds for my ear to find. It was so, so beautiful!

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  • Romain Autret
  • 2018-02-23

Unique and beautiful novel

This story teared me apart. It was so relatebale and so far from what I ever experienced at the same time. The narration by Amir Hammer is delightful and help to get fully into this feeling storm.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-01-22

Truly beautiful

Such a beautiful story that is somehow made even better by Armie Hammer's rythmic reading.

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  • Anne Lagaisse
  • 2019-02-05

Just a wonderful time

I read the book last summer and I already fell in love with it. But listening to Armie Hammer's voice is like a sweet dream. He gives so much emotions to the story, that you could spend the day listening to him. It is superb.

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  • Pierre Gauthier
  • 2019-01-20

A Very Relevant Complement to the Movie

Though certainly not earth-shattering, this novel is incomparably superior to the movie made in 2017.

This, for many reasons:

- the novel is entirely narrated from Elio’s point of view, what provides coherence to the plot while maintaining mystery around Oliver;
- the epilogue is much more detailed, and the very essence of the conclusion is different from the movie’s, the novel ending with the work’s title and giving it true meaning;
- what Elio describes as the « best night in his life » in the novel is completely absent from the movie!
- there is no mumble-jumble of languages in the written work and although the novel was written in English, everyone is understood to be habitually speaking Italian.

Given the author’s biography and the fact he identifies the novel’s location only with the initial B, it can be interpreted as autobiographical. No doubt, with embellishments were made as many details appear highly unrealistic.

Those who have seen the movie will benefit greatly from the novel. Those who have not may abstain without great loss.

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  • Nguyen
  • 2018-10-12

Now one of my favourites novels

Aciman plays with words so naturally it is a pleasure to read him. And listening to Hammer's voice is like drinking a good warm chai tea latte.