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Live a Little

Narrated by: David Sibley
Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
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Penguin presents the audio edition of Live a Little by Howard Jacobson, read by David Sibley.

A wickedly observed novel about falling in love at the end of your life, by the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Finkler Question.

At the age of 90-something, Beryl Dusinbery is forgetting everything - including her own children. She spends her days stitching morbid samplers and tormenting her two long-suffering carers, Nastya and Euphoria, with tangled stories of her husbands and love affairs. 

Shimi Carmelli can do up his own buttons, walks without the aid of a frame and speaks without spitting. Among the widows of North London, he’s whispered about as the last of the eligible bachelors. Unlike Beryl, he forgets nothing - especially not the shame of a childhood incident that has hung over him like an oppressive cloud ever since.

There’s very little life remaining for either of them, but perhaps just enough to heal some of the hurt inflicted along the way and find new meaning in what’s left. Told with Jacobson’s trademark wit and style, Live a Little is in equal parts funny, irreverent and tender - a novel to make you consider all the paths not taken, and whether you could still change course.

©2019 Howard Jacobson (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Deep and amusing insight into lives of the elderly

Loved looking into the thoughts of the elderly. Witty and moving. We need more stories involving the over 70s

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A very moving and funny book

I wasn’t too sure in the beginning. I didn’t think I would warm to the main character. Suddenly she reminded me of my mother- in -law .

Then myself.

I would recommend this book for every parent and grandparent.... and their children. A great story.h

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Just the wrong voice

It’s a good book but needs a different voice.
Many words were pronounced incorrectly which ends up being very annoying when it’s a character’s name that’s often repeated like Ephraim. Should be ‘Eff-rah-yim’ not Eff-raiii-yeeeem’
The prayer is ‘kaddish’ not ‘kadeeesh’ - best to check these things. Plus the old fashioned actor voice was all wrong. Shame. Spoiled it a bit for me.
Usually love the Readers too!

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A must read

stunning language ,moving story that makes old age seem strangely appealing. Highly recommend. Excellent narration.