The Reader on the 6.27

  • by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent, Ros Schwartz (translator)
  • Narrated by Stephane Cornicard
  • 4 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An irresistible French sensation - Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore meets Amélie.
The Reader on the 6.27 explores the power of books through the lives of the people they save. It is sure to capture the hearts of book lovers everywhere.
Guylain Vignolles leads a dull and solitary life. He hates his job, and his only company at home is a goldfish. Every morning he takes the 6.27 to his tedious job at a book pulping factory. He hates his boss and his assistant, but he finds companionship with the factory's guard, an eccentric aficionado of classical literature.
On the train each morning on the way to work, Guylain reads aloud to his fellow commuters the disparate pages that he rescues from the jaws of the monstrous pulping machine. One morning on the train, he finds a USB stick which contains the diary of a young woman. As Guylain reads the diary, he finds himself falling love with its author....
This enchanting novel is a warm and funny fable about literature's power to uplift even the most monotonous of lives and how there can be dignity and poetry for even the most misunderstood.


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Customer Reviews

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Charming French Fairytale

Spotted this in a train station as the book of the week, and glad I remembered to look it up on here. Deliciously narrated, Stephane Cornicard's voice is truly 'ear candy', and that makes this an audiobook worth purchasing over just reading the book.
This touching Paris-set vignette is highly reminiscent of the likes of Amelie: quirky, pleasant characters you cheer for because you recognise in them the basic human desire to be happy and fulfilled, and relate to their struggles along the way. It's the kind of story that finds humour, warmth and charm in the most basic, mundane everyday occurrences, and champions the dispossessed, where equally lonely and stubborn souls form habitual friendship groups that grudgingly, sometimes unknowingly, provide all the support they need to keep them afloat - gives us all hope, eh?
Like one of Aunt's sugar puffs, this is 'a little sweet, with no other pretension than quite simply to be eaten': enjoy! (Word to the wise, if you're at all queasy about bathroom functions, then maybe proceed with caution?!)
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- Claire

Sublime - both writing and narration

A delightful short read. Beautiful narration - that enhanced the book. Almost a fairy tale but filled with rounded and delightful characters. Celebrating the depth and richness of every day life.

The followup book is read by someone else and I so enjoyed this one (consumed in one sitting this morning) that I feel I'll need to wait a little before listening to it. As having a different narrator just won't be the same.

This is a magical book and one I'll be sharing with lots of people.
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- Liz Scully

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-06-2015
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.