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A new original series from HBO, based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Tom Perrotta.

What if—whoosh, right now, with no explanation—a number of us simply vanished? Would some of us collapse? Would others of us go on, one foot in front of the other, as we did before the world turned upside down?
That’s what the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, who lost many of their neighbors, friends and lovers in the event known as the Sudden Departure, have to figure out. Because nothing has been the same since it happened—not marriages, not friendships, not even the relationships between parents and children.

Kevin Garvey, Mapleton’s new mayor, wants to speed up the healing process, to bring a sense of renewed hope and purpose to his traumatized community. Kevin’s own family has fallen apart in the wake of the disaster: his wife, Laurie, has left to join the Guilty Remnant, a homegrown cult whose members take a vow of silence; his son, Tom, is gone, too, dropping out of college to follow a sketchy prophet named Holy Wayne. Only Kevin’s teenaged daughter, Jill, remains, and she’s definitely not the sweet “A” student she used to be. Kevin wants to help her, but he’s distracted by his growing relationship with Nora Durst, a woman who lost her entire family on October 14th and is still reeling from the tragedy, even as she struggles to move beyond it and make a new start.

With heart, intelligence and a rare ability to illuminate the struggles inherent in ordinary lives, Tom Perrotta has written a startling, thought-provoking novel about love, connection and loss.

©2011 St. Martin's Press (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

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  • Pamela Harvey
  • 03/09/2011

The title is the best part

This novel works better in concept than in execution. The idea of "the rapture" as a dark comedy is appealing, but as the author implies in his post-read interview, what starts out as a humorous spoof on the remnant that is "left behind" quickly moves into a story about loss and about dealing with sudden bereavement. It's reads like a comedy of manners gone wrong, and while Perrotta maintains an ironic, amused distance from his various personas, the reader is left with few relatable characters or situations. There are multiple story lines, a structure which works well, but the narrative elements are all viewed from a detached clinical distance. I like the book, especially the title as a parody of the "Left Behind" series, and do recommend it, but Perrotta's signature tone seems to work better when it's not so heavy-handed.

The narration is perfect. Boutsikaris' voice is mellow and sonorous, un-accented and without unnecessary drama or extremes of expression.

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  • Yolkut
  • 20/09/2011

Creative and Fascinating

I loved every second of this audiobook. The idea behind it is so creative and new, I never knew what would come next. The rapture was a concept I had never thought much about, but now I can't stop thinking about it. Not that I'm expecting the real thing, but I think there are so many parallels to be made to real life tragedies. Perrotta did a great job exploring how we realistically cope with loss even in the most unrealistic of circumstances. Worth noting that I didn't find it depressing even though it deals with so many heavy topics.

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  • DaWoolf
  • 29/09/2014

Barking up the wrong tree

Any additional comments?

I was fascinated and enthralled by the HBO series “The Leftovers.” The show is dark, cerebral, and deals with penultimate questions of life after death. When the 2014 season ended without total closure, I raced to the novel to have all my questions answered. However, the novel is superficial and intellectually disappointing aside the HBO series. The Leftovers novel provides only the basic outline which is expertly filled by the created of the television show “Lost” (Damon Lindelof). There is little to be gained in the novel for fans of the HBO series.

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  • ROCHELLE
  • 29/09/2011

Was there a plot??

I listened to the first half thinking that the second half would devope the real storyline, but it never happened. The entire book is a discription on how the sudden departure effected a handfull of people emotionally. then the book ends abruptly and with out and real conclusion. I had to replay the last 5 minutes a few times to make sure it was really the ending.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 30/11/2012

Pretty Good

I enjoyed the story but it didn't encompass me. The performance was great. I would consider reading another book by this author.

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  • Carla
  • 12/12/2011

Imaginative, compelling

A unique tale almost deceptively simple in its telling. This was a terrific book.

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  • Tim
  • 20/05/2014

Plot Optional

I was drawn to the story by the excellent HBO trailer for the upcoming drama based on the book. The premise is brilliant…suddenly a random 2% of the population disappears. The book starts well but stubbornly refuses to go anywhere. The writing is measured and generally interesting but the plot development just doesn't happen. There are several interesting maybe compelling plot areas opened but never really explored. There are no real villains or heroes and nobody to root for or against, everyone in the story is dealing with their corner of loss in each subplot more or less in isolation. I read that this started out as a satire on the left behind books and some aspects of the story are mildly amusing…but it’s far from biting social satire. It’s a great idea which just doesn't go anywhere...which is a pity.

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  • clifford
  • 15/02/2016

Loved the tv show...

I think the Leftovers is one of the greatest shows ever to grace the small screen. After watching the first two seasons, I had to give the book a shot. I wasn't looking for the book to follow the show 100%, which it doesn't. I wanted to find some of the strangeness in a written form and sink into a universe that left me questioning reality.

The book is hard to follow. It leaps from one character to the next and as many people have said, it has little in the way of plot to drag you from chapter to chapter. The writing is good. The ideas though are a crude rendering of what was further developed in the show. The book feels muddy.

I can't help but judge this book against what it became. Its a pale comparison.

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  • Simone
  • 25/12/2013

Mundane

This is the story of the people left behind after mysterious event causes the disappearance of a zillion people. How do they move on? What happens next? How do they adapt to the new normal?

Frankly, “The Event” (referred to as The Rapture) could have been anything; people suddenly vanishing, a natural disaster, or even a 9/11 type catastrophe – it was just footnote. There was no story line that examined the how or why of what happened and this disappointed me; it would have been interesting.

The sheer ordinariness of the people’s new lives in their new reality made me lose track of the story and although I was interested while I was paying attention, I still found that I was tuning out a lot. In fact, I once forgot to book mark my place and I am not sure if I picked it up where I left off… but didn’t really notice a gap.

Life goes on - great life lesson but not so compelling for a novel. Perhaps I missed the point but the whole story seemed “too ordinary”. I felt like the book just showed me snippets of lives, vignettes of how people are dealing and left me with too many loose ends to really feel satisfied.

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  • H
  • 15/08/2014

Wanting to be wowed

What would have made The Leftovers better?

A real story would have made this better. Unfortunately I stayed with it hoping something would happen. Heard an NPR interview with the author as the HBO series was going to launch. As one reviewer said, HBO has a pretty low bar to hit.

What was most disappointing about Tom Perrotta’s story?

It was a great idea executed through the mundane, lame personalities of the characters. As a result, there was no overriding communication, no big realization. No real tension. it's like a PBS show about growing old: you don't get nicer or meaner as you get older, you just get more of what you were before. These characters were lame before the "event" and they remain lame after. I actually tried to get through the final two hours by putting in an earbud and "listening" in the background. Now I wish I had quite.

What about Dennis Boutsikaris’s performance did you like?

He did very well with poor material.

What character would you cut from The Leftovers?

Very hard to choose. I didn't feel connected to any of them.

Any additional comments?

No one sets out to make a bad movie or write a bad piece. This was just not for me. I like my fiction with a purpose. In graduate school, talking about "the narrative turn" one noted professor said, "We look for change in the writer from beginning to end." These characters did not change. As a result, we shared their mundaneness in an extraordinary time.

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  • Billy
  • 13/08/2014

Originelle Geschichte, etwas farblos gelesen

Ich habe parallel zum Buch (und zur aktuell auf HBO ausgestrahlten TV Serie) das Hörbuch gehört. Letzteres hat mich ein wenig enttäuscht: der Sprecher schafft es nicht, den Charakteren Farbe zu verleihen, und vergibt dadurch das wichtigste erzählerische Element.

Geschildert wird das Leben Einzelner während der Jahre nach dem "Großen Weggang" ("The Great Departure"). Eine Auflösung gibt es nicht. Wer also dem Ende entgegenfiebert - in Erwartung eines Raumschiffs oder eines kosmischen Wunders, welches die Verschwundenen wieder ausspuckt - hat das Buch nicht verstanden. Der Autor hat m.E. keine Neuauflage von 'Twilight Zone' im Sinn gehabt; vielmehr kann seine Novelle als ein Psychogramm gelesen werden.

Dass die TV Serie übrigens einen ganz anderen erzählerischen Schwerpunkt setzt, kann man den Produzenten nicht verübeln. Sie setzen auf Actionelemente, während das Buch mit gedämpfter Dramatik eher ruhig daherkommt. Literaturverfilmungen haben es ja meistens schwer. Je nach Anspruch des Regisseurs und Erwartungshaltung des Publikums ist das Ergebnis entweder sehr gut oder sehr schlecht. 'The Leftovers' als Film ist einfach anders.