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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Gabrielle Zevin

Narrated By: Scott Brick

Publisher: HighBridge Company

Date: April 2014

Duration: 7 hours 4 minutes


The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books—the only bookstore on Alice Island—has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go.

One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: “I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.” A search for Maya’s mother, A. J.’s rare book, and good childcare advice ensues, but it doesn’t take long for the locals to notice the transformation of both bookstore and owner, something of particular interest to the lovely yet eccentric Knightley Press sales rep, Amelia Loman, who makes the arduous journey to Alice Island thrice each year to pitch her books to the cranky owner.


  • Margaret K

    A.J. Fikry has been dealt a number of hard blows in life. First, he loses his wife and then a prized possession. In an unforeseen turn-of-events, A.J. Fikry's circumstances abruptly change . His life still has challenges, but he is no longer forced to go it alone. It's a beautiful story of life, love, loss, and the peculiar character that is A. J. Fikry.

  • M L

    Excellent took me a little time to get used to the narrator but I ended up loving this book and not wanting it to end.

  • Jean Varner

    I listen to audio books as I knit. I wanted something a bit different and a bit slower. this was both. I enjoyed it and it held my interest but it wasn't great. It was worth "a read" and a nice change of pace.

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