• The Dogs of Babel

  • By: Carolyn Parkhurst
  • Narrated by: Erik Singer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 13-06-03
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • 5 out of 5 stars 5.0 (1 rating)

Summary

When his wife dies in a fall from a tree in their backyard, linguist Paul Iverson is wild with despair. In the days that follow, Paul becomes certain that Lexy's death was no accident. Strange clues have been left behind: unique, personal messages that only she could have left and that he is determined to decipher. So begins Paul's fantastic and even perilous search for the truth, as he abandons his everyday life to embark on a series of experiments designed to teach his dog Lorelei to communicate. Is this the project of a madman? Or does Lorelei really have something to tell him about the last afternoon of a woman he only thought he knew?
At the same time, Paul obsessively recalls the early days of his love for Lexy and the ups and downs of life with the brilliant, sometimes unsettling woman who became his wife.
©2003 Carolyn Parkhurst (P)2003 Time Warner AudioBooks, A division of the AOL Time Warner Book Group.
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Critic reviews

"A wonderfully original and richly imaginative novel." ( Kermit Moyer, author of Tumbling)
"The brilliance...lies in the subtle buildup of emotion...and how powerfully that emotional wave hits...An unforgettable debut." ( Booklist)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Christopher on 30-01-07

Back-story excellent, present story mediocre

The format of this story involves a lot of flashbacks to the main character's past with his wife with splashes of the present thrown in to advance the storyline.

Unfortunately, the actual storyline is not that interesting and I found myself growing anxious waiting to get back to the flashbacks. The flashbacks are wonderful. They are well written and well executed by the narrator.

Just for the flashbacks/backstory, it's well worth listening to.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Blythe on 17-12-06

Mixed feelings

I both loved and hated this book. The writing and narration are both superb, and the plot, overall, is compelling. I agree with the reader below, who feels that some events in the second half can stretch patience and credibility. And, by the time we get to the ending, it seems a little rushed and pat. Also, I'm with the dog lover below who found some scenes to be almost unbearably painful. But, all in all, I guess I recommend it. . .it does provide some fascinating observations of psychological dynamics, and it is compelling enough to keep one listening, even if with a bit of frustration at times. (How's that for a mixed feelings review. . .?)

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