cover image Extremely Loud 
and Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Jonathan Safran Foer, read by Jeff Woodman, Barbara Caruso, and Richard Ferrone. Recorded Books, unabridged, 10 CDs, 11 hrs., $39.99 ISBN 978-1-4640-0913-6

Safran Foer’s bestseller follows the adventures of nine-year-old Oskar Schell, a scientist, collector, tambourine player, and solver of puzzles. The young boy roams New York City in a fervent search for a lock that will match the key left behind by his father, who was killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11. Jeff Woodman captures all of Oskar’s contradictions: a prodigy who understands physics and lives in terror of the immediate world around him. Richard Ferrone provides Oskar’s grandfather a gravelly voice, while Barbara Caruso deftly renders Oskar’s grandmother, lending her a slight European accent and the right mix of wisdom and helplessness. This fine ensemble recording will keep listeners engaged. A Mariner paperback. (Dec.)