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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 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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  • 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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  • Eliza J.

    This book surprised me with how gently and creatively it approached concepts of suicide and depression. It’s a really good story with a lasting message, artfully written and read. Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    A beautiful, thought-provoking story, wonderfully narrated. It was exactly what I needed to hear and I couldn’t have listened at a better time. A touching reminder of what truly matters in life. Loved the concept as well as the bits of philosophy and poetry incorporated throughout. I didn’t want to stop listening. While I do agree that things started to feel repetitive and slow in the middle, I think that’s part of the point. To experience that same plateau and recognize the pattern in order to come to the same realizations and conclusions as our main character...It’s part of the journey. I think those who found the ending too predictable and felt disappointed, maybe just weren’t in a place where they truly needed the reminders this book offers... For those who are feeling lost, searching for answers, fighting with regrets, second guessing themselves, etc., I imagine it will have a more positive impact. To me it’s not about predicting the close, but the realization of it...if that makes any sense.

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  • Anonymous

    Beautifully written and narrated. Some may say it’s a fairly predictable ending but worth every minute!

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  • Derek C.

    Absolutely amazing. Gave me another perspective on life, will definitely listen to it again. I recommend this book!

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  • Katina J.

    I absolutely loved the journey our author takes us on in this book. It is a very creative application of self-help guruism knitted into a well structured storyline. It had me thinking and waxing poetic for days afterwards! I recommend this book for anyone who wonders, is it choice or fate?

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  • Amy H.

    I enjoyed the beginning and ending of this book but, at points (specifically, throughout the middle), I was pretty bored. The end was well done though, and ultimately makes up for the lag. I think this book could be really helpful for someone in desperate need of hope. And I have a feeling I’ll be thinking about the storyline/concept for awhile. Worth reading, for sure.

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  • Elizabeth D.

    The end was a little obvious, but loved how it got there.

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