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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Beautiful, touching and amusing

If you described the plot of this book to anyone, it would seem a little strange but the entire narrative wends its way to a beautiful, funny and touching narrative. The French narration only added to its beauty.
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- JJ43


My favourite ever book. Simple. Have to write 11 more words. 4 more words now:
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- Colin Heinink

Book Details

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