It's Fine By Me

CD - unabridged
Audio (4 discs)
Product Number: DD10398
Released: Oct 30, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781624061028
Narrator/s: Adam Verner
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Description

Fans of Per Petterson will be delighted by this opportunity to observe Arvid Jansen in his youth from a fresh perspective. In It's Fine By Me, Arvid befriends a boy named Audun. On Audun's first day of school, he refuses to talk or take off his sunglasses; there are stories he would prefer to keep to himself. Audun lives with his mother in a working-class district of Oslo. He delivers newspapers and talks for hours about Jack London and Ernest Hemingway with Arvid. But he's not sure that school is the right path for him and feels that life holds other possibilities. Sometimes tender, sometimes brutal, It's Fine By Me is a brilliant novel from an acclaimed author.

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eAudio
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Author(s): Per Petterson
Narrator(s): Adam Verner
Product Number Z100101032
Released: Aug 10, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781624061042
eBook
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Author(s): Per Petterson
Product Number EB00010984
Released: Oct 02, 2012
Business Term: 52 Circ / 730 Day
Publisher: Graywolf Press
ISBN: #9781555970628

Professional reviews

"Petterson's sparse writing features the coming-of-age memories of Audun in early 1970s Norway. The author balances brutal realism with tender humor and longing, shifting forward and backward in time to suit the nonlinear plot. Adam Verner performs the perceptive novel with nuanced expressiveness, audibly bringing a myriad of experiences to life. He pronounces Scandinavian phrases and names seemingly without effort. Family dynamics abound, sometimes placed into high relief by loss and grief, making the story feel more autobiographical than fictional. Lyrical imagery describes the play of darkness and light, color and the lack thereof. Although the novel evokes its share of melancholy and alienation, the listener is left with a sense of Norway's quiet beauty. A.W. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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