Raimund Gregorious - Mundus, as his students affectionately call him - is a predictable character. A bookish Latin professor, well-respected but perhaps a little boring. One stormy morning, he encounters a beautiful, distraught Portuguese woman in a red leather coat... Later that day Raimund will realise: that moment changed everything. All of a sudden, nothing in his life feels right. His restlessness is further fuelled when he finds a book by a little-known Portuguese writer, Amadeo de Prado. The appearance of the mysterious woman, and Prado's prescient words, all seem to tell him the same thing: that he must leave everything behind.
So, early the next morning, he packs a bag and boards the night train to Lisbon on a restless journey across Europe and deep within himself in the hope of discovering someone who will make him feel alive and connected to himself and the world once more.
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©2004 Carl Hanser Verlag Muenchen Wien 2004 (P)2008 WF Howes Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Nick on 30-09-09

You'll love it or hate it

This is a book the reader will either love or despise. It never sets out even vaguely to be an action-packed page turner, so look elsewhere if that's what you want. It does sustain and push the reader on but only if approached in the right way.

Above all this is a gentle and beguiling reflection on the emotional struggles of life for those who are introspective, sharply analytical and deep-thinking. Like the subject itself it gives no answers, no conclusions and remains open-ended - just as it should to be true to its subject matter.

Readers of that disposition should find this a satisfying journey, giving voice to this type if person?s restless absorption with meaning and value. Mercier hangs these themes like prisoners within the banality of human choices made and choices squandered or rejected.

There is a great charm in the novel despite its brutally honest depiction of human fallibility and life?s futility, and it somehow manages to reaffirm rather than depress. A great book if that?s what you want!

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2 out of 5 stars
By Steve_Morris on 02-09-16

Too slow and introspective for me

This book is about an introspective, selfish geeky character that rambles through the latter part of his life. I found it depressing and dull, so I gave up well before the end, something I rarely do with an audiobook.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Maryke on 16-04-17


I just loved this book on Audi. Will listen to it again and again. Narrator perfect.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Kasper on 19-04-15

A wonderful and movingly deep story

Night train to Lisbon is a journey of introspection and self awareness. Simply, Loved it.

The performance could have been better, the voice is quite soft when some characters speak

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