A weekly post in which I share an audiobook recommendation to add to your hitlist rotation.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Ok, so this is one of those titles that I lusted over for an obnoxious length of time, but was 100% incapable of following through and never actually read it. Honestly, though, I think it ended up being a good thing. It was originally published 3 years ago and I was convinced I was going to read it. As I’ve already stated: nope. Flash forward to September 2017 and the audiobook randomly popped up in my browser when searching for titles available for immediate download from my library. I decided it was now or never.
I didn’t fall in love with the story right away. In fact, I found myself daydreaming and rewinding, and I began to wonder if I’d made a bad choice with the download, which then led to the thought that maybe my lusty enthusiasm was misplaced and I was finding out the hard way that I’ve got to stop following the proverbial leader. Luckily I didn’t give up right away, and it totally paid off! (#winning)
I ended up really, really enjoying this audiobook. (I didn’t 5-Star love it, but I definitely 4-Star liked it.) But that initial struggle to get into the story made me realize that I would have abandoned the story pretty quickly if I’d attempted to read the physical book. The narrator brought the characters to life for me, even when they seemed to blather on in selfish drivel for what felt like forever (I’m looking at you, Arthur). If you’re at all curious about this audiobook, it’s definitely worth your time.
Highly recommend. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.
One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains – this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.
Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.
Listening length: 10 hours, 41 minutes