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Call Me by Your Name

A Novel
Narrated by: Armie Hammer
Series: Call Me By Your Name, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,787 ratings)

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Editor reviews

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

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

Critic reviews

"...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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Beautiful and bittersweet

A beautifully haunting and bittersweet love story that makes you ache and wish you could experience a love like it.

The narration by Armie is perfect. His smooth voice takes the story to a deeper level and makes you feel like it is playing out around you.

The movie should definitely be watched as well!

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A homage to true love

Bold, honest, passionate, sensual and longing love and friendship story. A true homage to those who could not and still cannot lives their live showing true love.

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Breathtaking and evocative.

I was fully enchanted by this text - Armie Hammer was convincing in his portrayal of Elio.

Beautifully written - filled me with joy and heartbreak in equal measure.

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Not what I expected!

A disclaimer may be needed, I had no idea what the content would be and I wasn't expecting this! The narration was very very good. I could listen to his voice all day long.

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loved it

watched the film but the book is way better

really sad but good story x

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An instant classic!

This book really grabbed me and I couldn't put it down until I was finished. Amazingly written and beautifully read!

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Great highs and boring lows.

The book has some incredible moments but it gets too caught up in side story particularly Elio's bisexuality and the polygamy of the relationship. it makes the story feel less intimate between them and although Elio's bisexuality isn't a problem in itself it really detracts from the story as his love for Marzia seems jarring and out of nowhere. Some of the background of the story (like italian art) is explored a little too deeply and it leaves you more confused than intrigued. The ending is very real and personally not what im sure anyone reading wanted but thats not the books job, it has a heartwrenching ending that denies the reader everything and nothing at once. Worth the listen but at times can be very infuriating to hear.

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Full of beautiful quotes but some boring passages

Maybe if I had read this when I was a bit older and knew the keen sting of love, unrequited, forgotten, or simply lost by time, I would have loved this more. Maybe if I’d been in love with the scenery of Italy and it’s language, I would have been swept in more. But I couldn’t, because of large amounts that felt like filler for those who love both of the above.
Sometimes I couldn’t tell when Elio or Oliver had spoken because there was no “said...” or difference in voice by Armie which I in no way hold against him. Maybe if I’d had it in its physical form, I would have been able to visualise who was speaking but I struggled. Overall, lovely words and passages of love and wisdom of the world and its creations but towards the end, I wasn’t really feeling it. I did however, enjoy the reunion.

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Wonderful

A beautiful account, raw and honest, of love. First love and heartbreak. I felt every pain point throughout.

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Beautiful

Really beautiful book. Read with so much sumptuous emotion and compelling reading-I really never wanted this book to end!

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  • 07-10-17

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
  • 07-10-17

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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  • D.K.
  • 20-11-17

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.
  • 10-11-17

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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  • dnd
  • 10-10-17

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
  • 06-10-17

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
  • 13-10-17

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.
  • 05-10-17

Iconic

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-10-17

5/5 *****

love it ! very beautiful book and Good performance by armie hammer. can't wait for the cmbyn film :)

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  • Javier
  • 11-11-17

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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