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Find Me

A Novel
Written by: André Aciman
Narrated by: Michael Stuhlbarg
Series: Call Me By Your Name, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
4 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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2019 Vogue Magazine Best Books of the Year
2019 Amazon.com Best Books of the Year

"[Narrator Michael Stuhlbarg's] elegant performance and Aciman's sensitive writing keep things touching without ever being sentimental. Wonderful listening." (AudioFile magazine, Earphones Award winner)

This program is read by Michael Stuhlbarg, the actor who played Professor Samuel Perlman in Luca Guadagnino's critically acclaimed film Call Me by Your Name.

A bonus conversation between Michael Stuhlbarg and André Aciman is included at the end of the program.

In this spellbinding exploration of the varieties of love, the author of the worldwide best seller Call Me by Your Name revisits its complex and beguiling characters decades after their first meeting. 

No novel in recent memory has spoken more movingly to contemporary listeners about the nature of love than André Aciman’s haunting Call Me by Your Name. First published in 2007, it was hailed as “a love letter, an invocation...an exceptionally beautiful book” (Stacey D’Erasmo, The New York Times Book Review). Nearly three quarters of a million copies have been sold, and the book became a much-loved, Academy Award-winning film starring Timothée Chalamet as the young Elio and Armie Hammer as Oliver, the graduate student with whom he falls in love.  

In Find Me, Aciman shows us Elio’s father, Samuel, on a trip from Florence to Rome to visit Elio, who has become a gifted classical pianist. A chance encounter on the train with a beautiful young woman upends Sami’s plans and changes his life forever.  

Elio soon moves to Paris, where he, too, has a consequential affair, while Oliver, now 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 emotional nuances that are the substance of passion. Find Me brings us back inside the magic circle of one of our greatest contemporary romances to ask if, in fact, true love ever dies.

©2019 André Aciman (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

What the critics say

"Narrator Michael Stuhlbarg's rough, raspy voice lends a whispery intimacy to this sequel to Call Me by Your Name.... Stuhlbarg's elegant performance and Aciman's sensitive writing keep things touching without ever being sentimental. Wonderful listening." (AudioFile Magazine)

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Garbage

Garbage. Utter Garbage.

Getting to Elio took 3 hours of an 8 hour Audio Book. His story is almost as bad as his fathers. NOTHING in this book is remotely realistic, you want to shake all the characters that you've loved from the first book, and ask "WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!"

Sam and Mirandas story is the longest. It's aggravating and uncomfortable. Anyone going into this book thinking they were going to get an update on Oliver and Elio and their connection is sorely mistaken, when more than a third of the book is dedicated to the heterosexual fever dream of a spoiled old man in a midlife crisis and the clearly crazy woman he's been drooling over.

Then the roles essentially get reversed when you FINALLY meet up with Elio, and his story is more exhausting than the last. The author had no idea what to do with his original characters. It seems he just made new characters, placed them in bizarre extremes of any given situation and used the same names to get people to buy this book. I'm not even going to get into the Oliver story, because at this point I didn't even care any more.

If you thought you were getting a strong LGBT themed sequel to a definitive LGBT novel, you're wrong.

If you REALLY need to know what happened to these characters and don't mind how poorly you'll think of them afterwards, listen on. Otherwise, return for a credit.

Also, the narrator keeps muddying up his accents between characters and calls Elio "Ay-Lee-oh," which is deeply distracting.

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Tender and tense, performance impeccable

The story is tender and tense, though less compelling than Call Me By Your Name. The setting is less evocative, for one, less sensual, less reflective of the psychology of the main characters. Structurally, the leap from one section to the next is abrupt, and I lost my footing each time. The middle section, featuring a grown-up Elio and his older companion, is where the tension really flags, there is little chemistry between the two men, and the longgggg historical tangent at the older man's country home distracts. In my humble opinion, said companion just isn't convincing. Further on, the opening scene of the third section, Oliver's leaving party in NYC, feels forced, his "epiphany" and subsequent decision just too convenient, his character, in general, flat. Though I'm willing to entertain the idea that this is the point?

All of this said, the writing is deft, poetic, striking and heartbreaking, without being sentimental, and Elio and his father are written wonderfully, their vulnerability and depth of perceptions compelling, as are the characters' contemplations of Time, melancholy and uplifting at once. As with Call Me, these two characters will stay with me for a very long time. I adore Aciman's writing.

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Simply delightful

An absolute pleasure to listen to Michael Stuhlbarg read the words of the elegant Andre Aciman!

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  • A. Paduch
  • 2019-11-10

Was hoping for more

Ok, like so many I was ready for a further continuation of Call Me By Your Name. Alas, this really isn’t it. The portion of the 200 plus page book devoted to Elio and Oliver is a mere 11 pages, that’s it. Granted I was satisfied with were we left them at this end of this book, but there was so much more than we got, that needed to be delved into. But based on the words of Mr. Aciman, this is it for our heros.
The first two thirds of the book is about Mr Perlman and a much younger he meets on the train. Mr Aciman has relayed how this sort of encounter happened to him and this is more a less of allowing himself to see how it might have played out. If he wanted to do a book about this, he should have just left Elio and Oliver our of it. We learn a bit more about Elio and Oliver’s life apart from one another in the next 2 sections before the final 11 pages.
Michael Stuhlbarg’s reading was nice but it felt odd hearing him reading the thoughts of Elio and Oliver.
I’m glad there was a happy ending of sorts but I’m now left wanting more.

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  • Pierre H. Wiegand
  • 2019-12-16

Lost Me

I am agreed with many of the other current reviews that Find Me is not a sequel to CMBYN. Although it was excellently written and narrated, for me the story line left a lot to be desired. Too many chapters were about Samuel and his new love affair with the women he met on the train. After that I had a hard time following the story and understanding who was who. In the first novel the story is written from the perspective of Elio and there is a strong connection to the story and all his emotions, and the story is easy to follow. With reading Find Me, I was often lost and confused. Had the sequel been written in the same context, from Elio's perspective, I think it would have been a much more successful sequel. I did enjoy Acman's beautiful descriptions of the settings in Rome and Paris and choice of vocabulary describing human emotion. My first review of any title on here by the way; but I felt I needed to do it.

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  • Daniel B Harrison
  • 2019-12-09

I got so lost.

quite frankly, I'm confused. what a weird book as a follow-up to call me by your name. I don't know if it was just the audio adaptation, but nothing was separated and it took me a while to find out who I was was supposed to be listening to.

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  • Jenn
  • 2019-11-09

Soothing narration//intimate story

I loved Call Me By Your Name. I guess that has to be said. I think I love Aciman’s writing for his language choices. His words leave me stunned and I find myself often going back and rereading lines over and over again because of their beauty. But I also loved these characters and wanted to see what their lives looked and felt like decades later. I was wholly pleased with the outcomes.

And I would listen to anything Michael Stuhlbarg narrates.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-11-07

Painfully Beautiful

The poignant simplicity of Andre Aciman’s words convey such an extraordinary depth of feeling. The build up to what most of the readers are looking forward to creates such tension, while at the same time satisfying other parts of our psyche. Again, Aciman gives us what we didn’t know we needed until he finally gives us what we wanted - and he does so in a way that is so painfully human and honest that we never want this story to end. Long Live Oliver and Elio.

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  • Jay
  • 2019-11-04

I'd Rather Wonder What Happened Than Read Sequel

No. I should have known when I read Aciman's oeuvre and felt that Call Me By Your Name was his only book firing on all cylinders.
It's personal, yeah, I know that. Few books touched me like Call Me By Your Name. This book, Find Me: lots of touching but I wasn't involved.
The book is like a sexually-fluid ramp among the best and brightest and most privileged. Do I identify with any of them? Nope. I had trouble identifying a personality difference or a sexual behavior difference between Oliver, Elio, and Elio's dad!
There was almost a juicy mystery...alas, it crashed and burned.
Mr. Aciman can turn a phrase, create an aphorism, and, portray the intricacies of close human interactions. Thank you for not talking down to your readers.

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  • Joey Caster
  • 2019-10-31

Not what you are hoping for

I understand sequels are a massive challenge. There are such high expectations to live up to. And maybe because of this the author was afraid to dive into the story line that so many people were wanting and decided to dance around the plot that was expected. So this was a let down.

Also the fact that every main character we know from the original becomes suddenly madly, sexually attracted to some random person they meet was very unsatisfying.

Overall I think he should have used each story line of each romance in separate unrelated books. They aren’t bad. Just not what anyone was wanting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-11-06

Good sequel

I enjoyed it!
Love the narrator's voice.
Had a hard time keeping up with who "i" was referring to at times since Andrė always write in first person for every character.
But overall great!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-10-29

Longing for it, finally had it

Memorable moments : their first time together after so long, the talk about Kavafis.... Divine

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  • Michelle M
  • 2019-11-08

Superb sequel!

Couldn't stop reading it... This flew by! Beautiful, sensitive writing that captures the sensation of deep, resonant intimacy in many situations. This book made me so grateful that I'm with my person. I related a lot to how these deep connections were written.

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