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The Morning Star

Written by: Karl Ove Knausgaard
Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan,Edoardo Ballerini,Elisabeth Rodgers,Graham Winton,Hannah Cabell,Leah Horowitz,Mia Barron,Michael Braun,Michael Crouch
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A major new work from the author of the renowned My Struggle series, Morning Star is an astonishing, ambitious, and rich novel about what we don't understand, and our attempts to make sense of our world nonetheless.

It's a normal night in August. Literature professor Arne and artist Tove are with their children at the resort in Sørlandet. Their friend, Egil, a driver by day, is staying in a cabin nearby. Kathrine, a priest, is on her way home from a seminar; the journalist Jostein is out on the town; and his wife, Turid, who is an assistant nurse, has a night shift. Above them all, a huge star suddenly appears in the sky. No one, not even the astronomers, knows for sure what kind of phenomenon it is. Is there a star burning itself out? Why then has no one seen it before? Or is it a brand new star? Slowly the interest in the news subsides, and life goes on, but not quite as before, for unusual phenomena begin to occur on the fringes of human existence. Over these days in August, the characters the novel follows will each understand what is happening differently, and all face new struggles in their own lives. 

The Morning Star is a novel about what we do not understand, about great drama seen through the limited lens of little lives. But first and foremost, it is a novel about what happens when the dark forces in the world are set free.

©2020 Karl Ove Knausgaard (P)2021 Recorded Books

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  • matt m
  • 2022-01-13

Great read for religious scholars

The human condition, I get it. Death is impending, yes. But still…

Perhaps I was mistaken but I thought this was a fictional book about new star and its ramifications. Instead I was faced with a combination of Bible study and a treatise on death, at a snail’s pace.

The writing is good - even if there were some weird translations it seemed - but the storyline ends up falling apart and it becomes a somewhat dry thesis on death etc.

And don’t even get me started on the ending…

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  • Robin
  • 2021-12-25

Twisted, philosophical

Not entirely satisfying, I got involved with each character but then each gets dropped as the story moves on, leaving each story unresolved, as is the overarching story of the morning star itself. This was an interesting intellectual exercise but not a satisfying literary experience for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-10-06

He said, she said

I really love this book. The only thing that bothered me was the constant “she said” “he said” after every sentence uttered by a character.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-12-27

Would have made a great short story!

I guess he didn't work with an editor? This could have been much, much shorter

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  • Thomas Mierzwinski
  • 2022-01-23

Abandoned at chapter 20

Story is boring, narrator is a monotone drone, and characters are flat. Stephen King wannabe.

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  • Ellen F.
  • 2022-01-28

please be over

I didn't need my brain to have to work so hard. ughhh. Couldn't finish.

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  • George Lister
  • 2021-12-24

I really wanted to love this book

Phew! That was a slog. Just enough to keep me going to the end. It was unfortunate the characters didn't mesh. I think that could have added to the story. Instead, they were a bunch of individuals living the same external experience, fitting it into their diverse lives. Might have been better organized as a series of short stories, beginning and end, move on to the next. what was that star, anyway?

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  • Steve Duesing
  • 2021-12-05

Can I get my money back?

I understand that there is a new novel format being explored by some authors, but this was a waste of my time. Three days in the lives of various individuals that lead nowhere and then a droning dissertation on religion, death and the afterlife (with which I happen to disagree.) I finished hoping there would be insight that would make the authors point. If there was one, I missed it completely.

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  • Delphine C. Lucas
  • 2021-12-22

Outstanding!

This is truly one of the best books I have ever listened to on Audibles. It was so deep, intelligent and engaging. I did not want it to end. It was so real, almost like the early 20th century masters of literary realism. The characters were so personally relatable to me and I felt sympathy for their pathos and our collective human condition.

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  • barbara
  • 2021-11-13

Compelling and addictive

I binge-listened to this amazing book, and can't wait for the next installment. I read that this is the first of a trilogy. I am a sucker for Knausgaard's writing, and found the characters to be sympathetic and real. Their struggles in today's world were believable and beautifully described. I found the spiritual treatise at the end of the book fascinating. I just love the depth of Knausgaard's mind.

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