Noah's Compass: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Anne Tyler

Narrated By: Arthur Morey

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: January 2010

Duration: 9 hours 0 minutes


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.


  • Ruth

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

  • YogaGirl

    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.

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