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Editor reviews

Editors Select, October 2017

Andre Aciman's critically acclaimed novel may finally be stepping into modern classic status, having recently emerged from relative obscurity due to the upcoming movie release starring Armie Hammer. And its place in the literary canon is well deserved, depicting perfectly the infatuated experience of first love (I won't say "feeling" because the picture Aciman paints is not a singular "thing" - it's very much a journey through obsession). The story is beautiful, erotic, and feels firmly rooted in human truths (and will make you blush). But what makes it truly worthy of listening to - and why it's my pick for October - is THAT voice. Armie Hammer's narration is among the best I've ever experienced. —Emily, Audible Editor

Summary

*Now a major motion picture from director Luca Guadagnino, starring Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet. Winner of the 2018 Academy Award for Adapted Screenplay*

Celebrate André Aciman's sensational novel with a dynamic audiobook, read by Armie Hammer

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year 

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year 

A Washington Post Best Fiction Book of the Year 

A New York magazine "Future Canon" Selection 

A Chicago Tribune Favorite Book of the Year 

One of The Seattle Times' Michael Upchurch's Favorite Books of the Year 

Call Me by Your Name first swept across the world in 2007. It is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. During the restless summer weeks, unrelenting but buried currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them and verge toward the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy. André Aciman's critically acclaimed debut novel is a frank, unsentimental, heartrending elegy to human passion. 

More praise for Call Me By Your Name:

"Hammer’s soft, velvety voice lends itself perfectly to the story and its Italian setting. While you might think this one isn’t worth a listen if you’ve already seen the movie or read the book, many reviewers say it is still worth taking in even if you know the story - some even say it’s worth listening to more than once." (AskMen)

©2017 André Aciman (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

Critic reviews

"...Hammer's voice is brimming with such melody that, if you listen to it long enough, you can probably get drunk off it." (Vulture.com)

"...Armie Hammer (who plays Oliver in the movie) steps effortlessly into Elio's interior world. The result is staggering." (BookRiot)

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Beautiful and bittersweet

A beautifully haunting and bittersweet love story that makes you ache and wish you could experience a love like it.

The narration by Armie is perfect. His smooth voice takes the story to a deeper level and makes you feel like it is playing out around you.

The movie should definitely be watched as well!

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Great highs and boring lows.

The book has some incredible moments but it gets too caught up in side story particularly Elio's bisexuality and the polygamy of the relationship. it makes the story feel less intimate between them and although Elio's bisexuality isn't a problem in itself it really detracts from the story as his love for Marzia seems jarring and out of nowhere. Some of the background of the story (like italian art) is explored a little too deeply and it leaves you more confused than intrigued. The ending is very real and personally not what im sure anyone reading wanted but thats not the books job, it has a heartwrenching ending that denies the reader everything and nothing at once. Worth the listen but at times can be very infuriating to hear.

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A homage to true love

Bold, honest, passionate, sensual and longing love and friendship story. A true homage to those who could not and still cannot lives their live showing true love.

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Breathtaking and evocative.

I was fully enchanted by this text - Armie Hammer was convincing in his portrayal of Elio.

Beautifully written - filled me with joy and heartbreak in equal measure.

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Not what I expected!

A disclaimer may be needed, I had no idea what the content would be and I wasn't expecting this! The narration was very very good. I could listen to his voice all day long.

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loved it

watched the film but the book is way better

really sad but good story x

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An instant classic!

This book really grabbed me and I couldn't put it down until I was finished. Amazingly written and beautifully read!

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If you only have 1 day left to live...

... Then you should listen to this book because it will feel like an eternity

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Full of beautiful quotes but some boring passages

Maybe if I had read this when I was a bit older and knew the keen sting of love, unrequited, forgotten, or simply lost by time, I would have loved this more. Maybe if I’d been in love with the scenery of Italy and it’s language, I would have been swept in more. But I couldn’t, because of large amounts that felt like filler for those who love both of the above.
Sometimes I couldn’t tell when Elio or Oliver had spoken because there was no “said...” or difference in voice by Armie which I in no way hold against him. Maybe if I’d had it in its physical form, I would have been able to visualise who was speaking but I struggled. Overall, lovely words and passages of love and wisdom of the world and its creations but towards the end, I wasn’t really feeling it. I did however, enjoy the reunion.

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Wonderful

A beautiful account, raw and honest, of love. First love and heartbreak. I felt every pain point throughout.

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Stunning and deep dive into infatuation

This story has Virginia Woolf's stream of consciousness and Walt Whitman's sensuality combined in what is probably the most beautiful book I've read this year.

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  • 10-11-17

Absolutely spectacular!

My goodness. A simple story beautifully told. I found myself often rewinding to the start of a chapter or passage to hear Armie Hammer read André Aciman’s glorious writing once again so I could savor the words and phrasing. I really didn’t want it to end.

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  • 07-10-17

Amazing.

I am blown away by this book and the performance. Everything was absolutely gorgeous. I am now an emotional wreck. I will never recover from this. I am amazed

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  • Maggie Pahndeepah
  • 07-10-17

Crying in public

That’s what the ending of this book had me doing. Crying in the middle of a restaurant, and immediately on the last words as read by Armie Hammer, rewinding to hear the last few minutes all over again. Then I wrote a love poem to my husband. Great book! Great performance.

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  • Ella girl
  • 10-10-19

sooooo boring

I only got it because of the great reviews, and I've had such a hard time staying with it. I had to rewind the first 30 minutes over 10x. it honestly even got me in a bad mood how slow this book is. the first 30 minutes are ridiculous like get to the point already!!! it almost put me to sleep several times. after about 3 hours I officially give up and only wish I can take my credit back! and it has nothing to do with the gay guys. I'm gay myself but jesus this book is horrible! the amount of good reviews is very surprising!!!

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  • dnd
  • 10-10-17

Profound sensuality~

An absolutely beautiful, daring and complex novel! Aciman's economy of style is at once direct and poetic. He handles a controversial subject with such sensitivity, frankness and unabashed romanticism that swoons at every turn. Armie Hammer's rich baritone, and elegant reading is superb. I will return to this again and again.

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  • 26-11-19

Seriously disappointed

I'm a gay man who saw, and enjoyed, the movie. When I saw there was a sequel: "Find Me", I decided to listen to the book, then moving on to "Find Me". But that's not going to happen!

The book is very well written with creative, enjoyable prose that creates great images but the story is a cloyingly romantic fantasy containing mostly two-dimensional characters who mindfuck themselves silly, OMG get over yourselves?

The story just doesn't hold up, it's so melodramatic, in a silent movie kind of way and gets worse the farther you get to the end.

It doesn't help that the characters are not very likable in the book, and I can't even imagine such over the top romance between two men, and one that lasts a lifetime. Men are not by nature romantic, certainly not to the degree these two were.

I was struck by the gratuitous hetero side story: our teenage romantic bedding local girls and the manfriend redeeming himself by promptly redeeming a marrying a siring a brood if kids, leaving all this behind, or not; I couldn't quite figure out was up when they met 20 years later; where they still in love, were they ever in love? Who knows.

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  • Mano
  • 25-11-19

I really wanted to like this book!

I heard such good things about the movie, that I wanted to read the book for myself. When I started listening, I found that the main protagonist, Elio was miserable and unlikable. Compound that with the book being a definite "slow burn", it made it hard to finish. Throughout the story Elio was consistently passive aggressive, selfish, manipulative, jealous, and creepy. He mopes around for the majority of the book and comes across as very pretentious. Which made his lengthy inner thoughts hard to tolerate. He was honestly the worst. The narration was very good, but unfortunately I did not enjoy the story at all

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  • Wojciech Dwornik
  • 13-10-17

Head over heels fell in love with this book!

You’ll loose yourself to the nostalgia of your own first love as you listen to Armie Hammer narrate this fantastic and so often poetic book.

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  • Chad
  • 06-10-17

Equal parts beautiful and heartbreaking

This story is both beautiful and heartbreaking. “Call Me By Your Name” is one of the most incredible novels to have ever written. This love story about Elio and Oliver will touch your heart and then break it into a million pieces. This is one of those novels and stories that will stay with you for the rest of your life. “Call Me By Your Name” is not only a brilliant masterpiece of LGBT literature, but it is also one of the greatest romance and coming of age stories to ever be written.

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