• by Lawrence Durrell
  • Narrated by Jack Klaff
  • 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Beginning with the affair of a young David Mountolive with the mother of Nessim and Narouz, this novel recounts his development and career as a diplomat, and finally places the materials previously seen in Justine and Balthazar in a different context.
As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of Lawrence Durrell's book, you'll also receive an exclusive Jim Atlas interview. This interview – where James Atlas interviews Daniel Mendelsohn about the life and work of Lawrence Durrell – begins as soon as the audiobook ends.


What the Critics Say

"Mountolive has vivid imagery and scenes of ghastly hilarity…. Readers will be sharply aware that they are encountering an acute intelligence pursuing a grand design." (Time)


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Customer Reviews

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Mountolive is a career diplomat and we meet him as a young man on his first visit to Egypt. He becomes intimately involved with a wealthy Coptic family. His close friend, Nessim, marries Justine. Once again the mirror turns. We learn more about the characters and the story developes. It becomes much darker examining the tensions between the Coptic, Moslem and British communities at a time when the middle east was about to be plunged into war.
I found it an absolutely rivetting read (listen.)
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- Flossie16

A salutary lesson...listen to the sample audio!

What disappointed you about Mountolive?

The ponderous, appalling overacting and ridiculous voices adopted by Jack Klaff is frankly deplorable. He makes this, and, it has to be said, all of these books by Lawrencee Durrell almost completely impossible to listen to. He tries to extract hidden meanings from every word, and along the way loses the meaning of the phrase and therefore the book, It is such a huge pity as these are books I was so looking forward to hearing. I bought them on impulse and failed to listen to the samples I wish I had. I have found that if you speed up the rendition slightly it becomes a little more bearable, but the dreadful voices he gives for the narrative is still hideously off-putting and renders the whole into parody.

Would you ever listen to anything by Lawrence Durrell again?

Only if read by another narrator

How did the narrator detract from the book?

In every way. His reading is ridiculous and so dreadfully self-important.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I have read the book once I managed to forget Mr Klaff's voice. It is brilliant.

Any additional comments?

ALWAYS listen to the sample!

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- Alec Davis

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-10-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios