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Miss Subways

A Novel
Narrated by: David Duchovny, Tea Leoni
Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humour
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Summary

This program is read by the author and Tea Leoni, with their daughter, West Duchovny. 

New York Times best-selling author David Duchovny reimagines the Irish mythological figure of Emer in Miss Subways, a darkly comic fantasy love story set in New York City. 

Emer is just a woman living in New York City who takes the subway, buys ice cream from the bodega on the corner, has writerly aspirations, and lives with her boyfriend, Con. But is this life she lives the only path she’s on? 

Taking inspiration from the myth of Emer and Cuchulain and featuring an all-star cast of mythical figures from all over the world, David Duchovny’s darkly funny fantasy audiobook Miss Subways is one woman’s trippy, mystical journey down parallel tracks of time and love. On the way, Emer will battle natural and supernatural forces to find her true voice, power, and destiny. 

A fairy tale of love lost and regained, Miss Subways is also a love letter to the city that enchants us all: New York.

©2018 David Duchovny (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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A very good and interesting book.

I don’t pretend to understand all of this, although I would probably fare better if I had read instead of listened, but nevertheless this is a very good book. Emer and Con end up living a variety of lives as the myths, legends and beliefs of our culture are explored and used to great effect. Duchovny is an intelligent writer with an lovely turn of phrase ( I was particularly fond of the idea of myelin of youth) but maybe talks just a little too fast! This will make you think but is also highly entertaining and at times very funny. Look out for the students parents, they are very funny.

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Compulsive listening!

Honestly bought this out of curiosity but thoroughly engaged by the book once started! Listened to in car before work, during lunch, on way home and before bed! Loved Emer (Eimear?), the mythology and the reference to birdy num num which is a memory that always makes me giggle!

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  • Steve Winnett
  • 16-05-18

Irish Myth + NYC Subway = A Wonderful Book

First of all, this is a very *literary* book, make no mistake of it. The New York Times should be ashamed of themselves for discussing (rather than reviewing) this utterly original and wonderful creation in the "Style" section because it was written by an actor and is therefore considered by them to be somehow "not literary". How wrong these snobs of the elite can be! David Duchovny has created something utterly new and original out of some old Irish cloth and his own sardonic wit and his sense of humanity. This book has its origins in the play "The Only Jealousy of Emer" by W.B. Yeats but to say that may be off-putting to many and I urge them to see past this and instead savor something truly original and non-derivative. For me this book compares favorably with George Saunders' wonderful "Lincoln In The Bardo" in that we see in these two books how literature offers the creative artist the greatest freedom from the linear, spatial, and chronological constraints we must endure as residents of this temporal world. Between the covers of a book the author can invent whatever he or she wants to give birth to! Both of these books are wonderful exercises in fantasy and history which at the same time have at their core a life-affirming sense of what is possible to us in this life.
By the way, Audible - my first impulse on listening to both of these fantastic books was to give them as gifts and I find I can't do this. What is wrong with you? Have you lost your minds? People who enjoy books love sharing them with other people and you don't want us to do this? You have been "fixing" the Give As A Gift option you removed it seems like forever don't you want the business gift-giving will generate? Is this really so hard to figure out?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-05-18

wonderful storytelling at its finest!

the narration was beautiful. Amazingly smart topic. I loved it and highly recommend this. a truly engaging Tale. The story has so much history attached to it fantasy as well as reality feelings as well as thoughts.

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  • Awesomest
  • 03-05-18

He’s done it again!

Yet another gripping tale from David Duchovny! Masterful. Imaginative. Enthralling. Sexy. Highly original. Extremely deep and intelligent content.

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  • Stephanie M. Hasty
  • 09-05-18

We All Deserve to be Miss Subways

I may be in love with the book in the same way I am in love with magic, wishes and good conversations, in the same way that I am in love with the absurd and the strange, in the same way I am in love with love and courtship and friendship and the everafter, in the same way I am in love with life itself.

In this strange fairytale of myth and legend. We meet Emer and Con, two people who are perfect for each other and destined to be together. On the journey, there's a crow and a Celtic fairy little person and Duchovny addresses what it means to be a teacher, a learner, a spiritual person, a lover, a daughter, a father and, finally, what it means to live our lives to the fullest, the way that our lives are supposed to be lived.

If you've ever been to NYC, I promise you won't look at it the same way again.

I'd also suggest reading these other books: Smythology, Infinite Jest and American Gods. They are all wonderfully strange and peculiar tales of living and dying and loving and losing. They, like this book, will play with your interpretation of reality and your ideas and definitions of what makes us human. They will make you laugh and cry and gaffah.

I enjoyed this journey.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-11-19

Sleeping on the Subway

Who would have guessed that David Duchovny would be so bad at performing his own book? Perhaps it’s because the book is that bad. The story reads like a high school English assignment. By the end of the second chapter my wife and I were both beyond caring. Duchovny’s side ventures into philosophy are similarly jejune. I am so sorry I wasted an Audible credit on Miss Subways.

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  • Sarahsuemarie
  • 02-10-19

The F*#@ was that?!

From the cover and summery, I was kind of under the impression this was more of a historical fiction. Proof you can't judge a book by the cover. I liked David's other two books. Bucky Fing Dent had an over load of David's characteristic FBombs but was a cute story and one I thoroughly enjoyed. So I was expecting good things out of this. But here I am more confused than anything and grossly disappointed. Half the book, I swear, was just David rambling. He went off on tangents that just didn't need to be there and left me saying, "Just get on with the bleeping story." Then, it was modern with a half assed wanna be fantasy/science fiction twist that, I'm sorry to say, just didn't work. I'm a huge fan of both genres and to compare this abortion with the likes of a debut novel like Elantris by Brian Sanderson... there is no comparison. Just don't bother.

I did like the fact that he used his family to narrate. That was cute. However I think it should have been done solely by Tea. David's voice for her thoughts and female voice for speaking... threw me off. And I being a huge fan and follower, I did appreciate the various Easter eggs in the novel relating to David's past. That was fun. But that's all I'm going to give it. This was far in a way, among the worst novels I've had to go through. I only finished it because it was David Duchovney. I'd go so far as to say that if I, or anyone else normal, had sent this novel to be published, it would have been sent back with the publishers laughing. Sorry David. It just wasn't a home run. Still a fan but......

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  • CrazyVeganChick
  • 24-09-19

love what's here

Not all of the book is included in the reading. whole paragraphs are missing. otherwise i love it.

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  • Vanessa
  • 08-06-19

Meh

Probably more appreciated by NYers. It has some cute phrases, but mostly a boring story. This is one of those cases where the author shouldn't read own work. Performance would have been better if Tea Leoni had read whole book. It made no sense for her to just read main character's spoken words and not her thoughts. All other characters were read by author, too.

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  • Lemon
  • 26-04-19

Miss Subways, beautifully written and entertaining story

I really enjoyed this audio book immensely. The writing is excellent and a joy to listen to, with David Duchovny and Tea Leoni’s narration as an extra bonus! Hearing David expertly narrate the story brought me back to the character he played on Californication. Full of intelligent wit and charm, he weaves the story of Emer, a private school teacher in NYC who has to make a faustian bargain with a little man who comes to her in the form of her doorman in the middle of the night. The story itself is packed with magical realism - so you never really know what’s real, imagined or dreamed by the protagonist. But that doesn’t matter. The characters are fun and the story is so well written, you’ll want to stick with it to see where it goes and the ending will not disappoint you. It’s weird. But entertaining all the same.

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  • MarlaP
  • 21-04-19

Very wordy and hard to follow.

I bought this book when I heard David Duchovny talk about it on a talk show. It sounded interesting.
But unfortunately, It was hard to follow. It jumped around and meandered. Had a very hard time sticking with it but I did. It took a looooong time to finish this book!!!!
David Duchovny's narration is terrible. He speaks very fast, low and monotone. I constantly had to keep turning up to volume and back track the book to attempt to understand the narration. Tea Leoni did an admirable job on her part. But overall, I very highly DON'T recommend this book!!