“If you're like me, when you read fiction, you like seeing how the protagonist changes and grows as they adapt to new situations. Paul Auster's 4 3 2 1 is a love letter to character development. How do the initial conditions of a person's life change their personality? What major events influence our decisions, loves, peeves, habits, or attitudes? Why do we stumble into the relationships we’re in, and what happens if we don’t? This book is one story and four stories, each unique and each contributing to a rounded, thought-provoking narrative answering those questions and many more. Auster reads his novel beautifully, with a deep and sensitive timbre, terrifying and intriguing and soothing in all the right parts. Fall in love with Archie Ferguson four times as his life unfolds in different and fascinating ways.”
Ian, Page 1 Books
**This is an MP3 CD edition**
"...listening to 4 3 2 1 in audio is worth the commitment, thanks to the author’s easy-on-the-ears baritone" — Newsday
This program is narrated by—and includes a bonus interview with—the author.
Paul Auster’s greatest, most heartbreaking and satisfying novel—a sweeping and surprising story of birthright and possibility, of love and of life itself: a masterpiece.
Nearly two weeks early, on March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson’s life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Four identical Fergusons made of the same DNA, four boys who are the same boy, go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives. Family fortunes diverge. Athletic skills and sex lives and friendships and intellectual passions contrast. Each Ferguson falls under the spell of the magnificent Amy Schneiderman, yet each Amy and each Ferguson have a relationship like no other. Meanwhile, listeners will take in each Ferguson’s pleasures and ache from each Ferguson’s pains, as the mortal plot of each Ferguson’s life rushes on.
As inventive and dexterously constructed as anything Paul Auster has ever written, yet with a passion for realism and a great tenderness and fierce attachment to history and to life itself that listeners have never heard from Auster before. 4 3 2 1 is a marvelous and unforgettably affecting tour de force.