The Chemistry of Tears

  • by Peter Carey
  • Narrated by Jefferson Mays, Susan Lyons
  • 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Following the success of Parrot and Olivier in America comes another wonderfully rich tale with historical themes from the twice Booker-winner. Catherine Gehrig, conservator at a London museum, learns of the unexpected death of her colleague and lover of thirteen years. Only the museum's director knew of the affair, and sends Catherine to work on a special project away from prying eyes. An automaton, a man and a woman who can never meet, a secret love story, and the fate of the world are all brought to life in this hauntingly moving novel from one of the finest writers of our time.


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Bored to Tears

While the narrators don't help, they do have to give voice to characters who signally fail to convince in either of their given places and periods. When touching on grief - the strong opening chapter - there is a heartfelt and convincing energy to the prose, but the intriguing premise grows ever more dull. It was a trudge. Carey can be hit or miss but it is a long time since he missed by this much. Go elsewhere for tears.
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- James

probably just me...............

This book sounded intriguing and i was reasonably anxious to 'read' a Peter Carey book. However, I got very bored with it. I peservered, somewhat wanting to know what happened, but I just got more and more bored. I do suspect that if I was not the sort of person who loves deep insight into characters and what happens to them, and was the sort of person who is interested in technology then I may have been much more intrigued and found the book enjoyable. The narration was good, which is probably what kept me listening for so long! I may get the book out of the library so I can flip through the rest of it, just to find the outcome, but I really couldn't bear to listen any longer.
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- Linden

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-04-2012
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks