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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 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. 

More praise for Call Me By Your Name:

"Hammer’s soft, velvety voice lends itself perfectly to the story and its Italian setting. While you might think this one isn’t worth a listen if you’ve already seen the movie or read the book, many reviewers say it is still worth taking in even if you know the story - some even say it’s worth listening to more than once." (AskMen)

©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)

Editorial Review

Plunge headfirst into this enthralling story of love, intimacy, and above all, passion. Call Me By Your Name is a true coming of age tour de force that will have you riveted from the opening lines until the very end.

Elio is 17, living in Italy, and trying to find his footing in the world. Then, Oliver, a 24-year-old graduate student, comes to board at his parents’ home for the summer. Before long, the two young men are caught in a tangle of tension, cautious flirtation, friendship, and intimacy. As the summer progresses, Elio and Oliver weave a complicated dance of passion and tenderness that is both beautiful and doomed. At once a coming of age story and a tale of romance, Call Me By Your Name is touching, tragic, and truly magical.

Author Andre Aciman sets the tone and mood of the story beautifully. His rich descriptions, delicate nuances, and believable characters will leave a lasting impression on listeners. The audiobook is narrated by Armie Hammer, who has a strong connection to the work, having played Oliver in the 2017 major motion picture adaptation. He steps easily into the narrative role of Elio, bringing the same depth and passion to the reading as he did to his on-screen portrayal of Oliver. Hammer has a lithe and melodic tone that is enchanting and engrossing. His emotive voice expertly captures the feel of the story and pulls the listener in. His performance of this superbly written and deeply moving story is a true must-listen experience.

Both critically acclaimed and vastly popular worldwide, Call Me By Your Name is a tale of fleeting love that you will find difficult to pause and impossible to forget.

What listeners say about Call Me by Your Name

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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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Beautiful!

Aciman's words are beautiful and perfectly capture yearning, and nostalgia, and passion. Armie Hammer does an incredible job of reading the book and I really wish every audio book was read by him!

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You can't put this book down!

Only a few pages in and you know you're in it to the end. I love how Armie narrates Elios character, giving him almost a Joe Golberg vibe (from you) which keeps you listening and wondering what he will do next. Love it! I'm going to watch the movie next and see how it compares!

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Armie Hammer’s voice 🥰😍😜

After watching the movie, I just knew I needed to read the book so I went to Amazon and saw I could listen to it for freee. Honestly this book was amazing and the fact that Armie Hammer narrated it was even better. Usually I’m not a fan of reading books after watching the film adaptation but this one is definitely worth it.

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Armie Hammer

I have already read this book 3 times and watched the movie, and the only person who is ever allowed to read this book is Armie Hammer and no one else!

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Sensational!

Oh wow what just happened?
Do yourself a favour and dive into this romance. you won’t regret it.

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Love

I'm absolutely in love with this book.
it's so poetic and it was beautifully read.

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Wow, powerful, romantic, heartwrenching

Like a fool I had watched the movie before I read/listened to the book, and WOW I'm kind of glad I did. Beautiful story of lovers and friendships, heartbreak and time passed, a real summer of love story.

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One of my favorite books ever

The descriptive nature of this book is beautiful, it brings you into their world and makes you feel what they feel.

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  • Liv
  • 2020-08-21

Loved It🤩

The writing in this book is absolutely beautiful. Aciman tugs on your heartstrings and really makes you feel how each character feels, as if you were part of the story. Armie Hammer narrates the story perfectly, bringing Aciman’s words to life, adding dimension and depth to them.

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  • D.K.
  • 2017-11-20

Stunning and deep dive into infatuation

This story has Virginia Woolf's stream of consciousness and Walt Whitman's sensuality combined in what is probably the most beautiful book I've read this year.

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  • Michael S.
  • 2017-11-10

Absolutely spectacular!

My goodness. A simple story beautifully told. I found myself often rewinding to the start of a chapter or passage to hear Armie Hammer read André Aciman’s glorious writing once again so I could savor the words and phrasing. I really didn’t want it to end.

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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
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Javier
  • 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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  • Ella girl
  • 2019-10-10

sooooo boring

I only got it because of the great reviews, and I've had such a hard time staying with it. I had to rewind the first 30 minutes over 10x. it honestly even got me in a bad mood how slow this book is. the first 30 minutes are ridiculous like get to the point already!!! it almost put me to sleep several times. after about 3 hours I officially give up and only wish I can take my credit back! and it has nothing to do with the gay guys. I'm gay myself but jesus this book is horrible! the amount of good reviews is very surprising!!!

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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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  • Ines
  • 2021-02-14

Rip my heart out, why don't you?

Reviewing books is always tricky because I always ask myself "where do I begin" and "how do I translate my emotions into words after so many words anyway?" I'm ashamed it took me so long to start "Call Me By Your Name" and now that I've finished it I want to listen to it again immediatly. On the other hand, I'm really not sure my heart could handle being shattered by all of the gorgeous evocative sentences one more time. I don't think the story needs much introducing by now, so all I'll say is that this is one of the most beautiful books I've read in my entire life. Armie Hammer's voice couldn't have been more magnetic if it could, and he served André Aciman's poetic prose beautifully. "You'll kill me if you stop." Don't stop. Or do. Yup, that's exactly it.

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  • Forestier Mathieu
  • 2020-12-27

Livre très émouvant portée par la voix de lecteur

une histoire pleine d'émotion et qui retranscrit parfaitement la confusion des émotions et la force des pulsions sexuelles à l'adolescence. Une histoire sans tabou et très touchante. Un voyage dans l'Italie de l'été, des odeurs et des saveurs.

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  • Anne Hagen
  • 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.