Noah's Compass

Version: Unabridged
Author: Anne Tyler
Narrator: Arthur Morey
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: January 2010
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 9 hours
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From the incomparable Anne Tyler, a wise, gently humorous, and deeply compassionate novel about a schoolteacher, who has been forced to retire at sixty-one, coming to terms with the final phase of his life.

Liam Pennywell, who set out to be a philosopher and ended up teaching fifth grade, never much liked the job at that run-down private school, so early retirement doesn’t bother him. But he is troubled by his inability to remember anything about the first night that he moved into his new, spare, and efficient condominium on the outskirts of Baltimore. All he knows when he wakes up the next day in the hospital is that his head is sore and bandaged.

His effort to recover the moments of his life that have been stolen from him leads him on an unexpected detour. What he needs is someone who can do the remembering for him. What he gets is—well, something quite different.

We all know a Liam. In fact, there may be a little of Liam in each of us. Which is why Anne Tyler’s lovely novel resonates so deeply.

Reviews (2)

Book About Nothing--Don't Rent

Written by Ruth on June 25th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I rented this even after the other reviewer said nothing happened in this book. She was right. Nothing happened. Nothing. At all.

Noah's Compass

Written by YogaGirl on October 30th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Sorry- just couldn't get through this one. Usually, I love Anne Tyler's books. They're always a bit quirky but this book was so depressing and seemed to go nowhere. The reader was not very dynamic and was putting me to sleep while driving. I returned it after 1 1/2 CD's.

Author Details

Author Details

Tyler, Anne

Anne Tyler is the author of sixteen novels, including Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, The Accidental Tourist, and her most recent, The Amateur Marriage. Her short stories have been published in the New Yorker and other magazines. Tyler's new children's book, Timothy Tugbottom Says No! illustrated by Mitra Modarressi, will be published in September 2005. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.