• Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

  • By: Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Narrated by: Kerry Shale
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 22-07-05
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (36 ratings)


Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an inventor, amateur entomologist, computer consultant, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, amateur astronomer, natural historian, percussionist, romantic, Great Explorer, jeweller, origamist, detective, vegan and collector of butterflies.When his father is killed in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, Oskar sets out to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father's closet. It is a search which leads him into the lives of strangers, through the five boroughs of New York, into history, to the bombings of Dresden and Hiroshima, and on an inward journey which brings him ever closer to some kind of peace.
©2005 Jonathan Safran Foer; (P)2005 HarperCollins UK
Show More Show Less

Critic reviews

"Piercing and so funny." (The Bookseller)
"[Oskar's] first-person narration of his journey is arrestingly beautiful, and readers won't soon forget him." (Booklist)
"Jonathan Safran Foer's second novel is everything one hoped it would be: ambitious, pyrotechnic, riddling, and above all...extremely moving. An exceptional achievement." (Salman Rushdie)
"Brilliant....Unafraid to show his traumatized characters' constant groping for emotional catharsis, Foer demonstrates once again that he is one of the few contemporary writers willing to risk sentimentalism in order to address great questions of truth, love, and beauty." (Publishers Weekly)
Show More Show Less

Regular price: £8.49

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – choose any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • Free, unlimited access to Audio Shows
  • After your trial, Audible is just £7.99/month
Select or Add a new payment method

Buy Now with 1 Credit

By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Privacy Notice.

Buy Now for £8.49

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Privacy Notice.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
2 out of 5 stars
By James on 14-09-11


a little overwrought i felt, dragging out the emotions of loss to a tedious degree. though perhaps americans indulge in discussing their inner thoughts and feelings, and comes across as such to an english reader. nowhere near as good as everything is illuminated.

the protaganist is annoyingly precocious - it comes across as if foer is trying to re-imagine his own childhood as a kid who is smarter than he was. this is nothing to do with the narration which is actually excellent.

Read more Hide me

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Joanna on 24-12-12


Brilliantly written and brilliantly read, I listened twice in a row and have recommended it to all my friends.

Read more Hide me

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

See all reviews

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
4 out of 5 stars
By Philip on 02-03-07

Good book on 9/11 impact on a kid's life

Jonathan Safran Foer has done an excellent job getting "into the mind" of a 9 year old boy that lost his father at the WTC on 9/11. The story is moving and intense, thanks to the first person viewpoint. The narrator has done a good job getting the intensity and confusedness of the book across to the listener.

During the story, it becomes clear that main character Oskar is not the only one dealing with demons from the past. The book provides a solid insight into the ways in which people deal with large unexpected losses in their lives.

The strength as well as the weakness of the book, is the excessive amount of symbolism. While it is often beautiful, it tends to get on your nerves at some points.

All in all, a very worthwhile read in a refreshing style.

Read more Hide me

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Jun on 07-02-15

Great performance but too abriged.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would. the reader did a quite facinating job.

Any additional comments?

Too abriged. It skipped too much paragraphs.

Read more Hide me
See all reviews