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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith, read by Ben Barnes.

Zadie Smith's deeply funny, subversive and splendidly entertaining The Autograph Man is a whirlwind tour of celebrity and our fame-obsessed times. Following one Alex-Li Tandem - a 20-something, Chinese Jewish autograph dealer turned on by sex, drugs and organised religion - it takes in London and New York, love and death, fathers and sons, as Alex tries to discover how a piece of paper can bring him closer to his heart's desire. Exposing our misconceptions about our idols - about ourselves - Zadie Smith delivers a brilliant, unforgettable tale about who we are and what we really want to be.

©2002 Zadie Smith (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd.

Critic reviews

"A glorious concoction written by our most beguiling and original prose-wizard." (Independent on Sunday)

"A brilliant comedy with a tantalising throb of mystic philosophy underneath." (Philip Hensher, Books of the Year, Spectator)

"A pleasure from the first page to the last." (Evening Standard)

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Brilliant

This is one of the best audio books I have listened to. It’s is brilliantly written- with an engaging story, wonderful characters, and both thought provoking and extremely amusing. It is read fantastically by Ben Barnes who’s narration and myriad voices manage to remain engaging and add to the book, without over playing it and always as clear as a bell. Highly recommended.

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great book, poor editing of audio

The book is wonderful. Zadie is such a thoughtful and insightful author. However, each sentence is cut slightly short, which can become horrifically distracting and produces a jarring, stumbling effect.