Levels of Life

  • by Julian Barnes
  • Narrated by Julian Barnes
  • 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"You put together two things that have not been put together before. And the world is changed..."
Julian Barnes's new book is about ballooning, photography, love and grief; about putting two things, and two people, together, and about tearing them apart.
One of the judges who awarded him the 2011 Man Booker Prize described him as "an unparalleled magus of the heart". This book confirms that opinion.

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Truthful and painful

What did you like most about Levels of Life?

The link between the ballooning and living after a death, and the very truthful and thoughtless things people say and do to a bereaved person. Sounds quite a confessional report from the author, and is sometimes painful to hear, but it is absolutely how it feels (bereavement, not ballooning). Made me think carefully about what I would say, and what I would feel most supported by in such circumstances.


What did you like best about this story?

This is not a story but a disguised autobiography.


Have you listened to any of Julian Barnes’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is more thoughtful and considered, with a great depth of feeling.


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The reading made me think very hard about the situation, and was sobered by his courage in reading his own experience.


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- Susan

The tropics of grief

Would you listen to Levels of Life again? Why?

Totally and utterly heartbreaking.His exploration of his own grief of losing his wife of 30 years is detailed and totally honest


What did you like best about this story?

his honesty and total love of his wife


Which scene did you most enjoy?

It hurts as much as it's worth,so in a way one relishes the pain. if it didn't matter,it wouldn't matter


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

i was in flood of tears


Any additional comments?

the most beautiful book i have read in years

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- Paul S. Turner

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-04-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios