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The Midnight Library: A Novel

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Carey Mulligan

8 Hours 50 Minutes

Penguin Audio

September 2020

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The #1 New York Times bestselling WORLDWIDE phenomenon

Winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for Fiction | A Good Morning America Book Club Pick | Independent (London) Ten Best Books of the Year

'A feel-good book guaranteed to lift your spirits.'—The Washington Post

The dazzling reader-favorite about the choices that go into a life well lived, from the acclaimed author of How To Stop Time and The Comfort Book.

Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?

In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig's enchanting blockbuster novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.

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  • Luca

    Fantastic story about beating depression

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  • Bruce A.

    Meh, not my cup of tea. Decent writing, but too predictable like a pre-teen show if that’s your sort of thing. Not for me.

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  • Dahlia F.

    I really admired the opening and closing philosophical conversations and use if quantum physics as a concept for exploring life, but found the middle of the book to be slightly repetitive and verging on preachy.

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  • Anonymous

    Overall this book is poorly written, predictable, and offensive to anyone who’s struggled with mental illness and suicidal ideation themselves. The author glosses over the very serious topic of depression and suicide by giving the blanket statement that all Nora needed to do was to have a positive outlook, try a little harder in her relationships, and be less self-absorbed. Having the fairytale ending where everything worked out, completely undermines those who actually suffer with depression and suicidal ideation and what the path to recovery really looks like. This book was infuriating and I would not recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    As someone who experiences depression, this was a painful listen... I put it down for a few weeks. The ending was annoying. If you’re going to write about mental illness, don’t gloss it over for a happy ending. Narrator was soothing and probably my favorite part.

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  • Diana H.

    Great listen! Loved the story, the pacing and how beautifully it unfolds. Great for all of us, but a gift to late bloomers or anyone living with sadness or regret.

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  • Cristina S.

    Creative to say the least. I loved everything about this book. It's impossible not to relate to the story.

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  • Breonna R.

    Great listen!

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  • Jobie S.

    The narrator was excellent!

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  • Anonymous

    Great story line and the narration was perfect! I highly recommend

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