Written By: Joshua Ferris

Narrated By: Joshua Ferris

Date: January 2010

Duration: 10 hours 0 minutes


The Unnamed is a dazzling novel about a marriage, family, and the unseen forces of nature and desire that seem to threaten them both.

He was going to lose the house and everything in it.

The rare pleasure of a bath, the copper pots hanging above the kitchen island, his family-again he would lose his family. He stood inside the house and took stock. Everything in it had been taken for granted. How had that happened again? He had promised himself not to take anything for granted and now he couldn't recall the moment that promise had given way to the everyday.

Tim Farnsworth is a handsome, healthy man, aging with the grace of a matinee idol. His wife Jane still loves him, and for all its quiet trials, their marriage is still stronger than most. Despite long hours at the office, he remains passionate about his work, and his partnership at a prestigious Manhattan law firm means that the work he does is important. And, even as his daughter Becka retreats behind her guitar, her dreadlocks and her puppy fat, he offers her every one of a father's honest lies about her being the most beautiful girl in the world.

He loves his wife, his family, his work, his home. He loves his kitchen. And then one day he stands up and walks out. And keeps walking.

The Unnamed is a heartbreaking story of a life taken for granted -- and what happens when that life is abruptly and irrevocably taken away.


  • Anonymous

    This is a wonderful book. I liked it much better than Ferris' first, Then We Came to the End. Some say it jumps around too much, but it's about the mind of someone with a mental illness. It makes sense and it's beautifully written.

  • Molly R

    This is probably the worst audio book I have ever listened to. A rambling tale of, evidently, a mental health issue. I liestend through to the end hoping it would redeem itself, but alas, it was pointless to the end.

  • kt luedtke

    I could NOT get into this book, it was all over the place and very confusing. I got to the 3rd CD and could't take it anymore. Hated it!

  • Anonymous

    I can count on my hand the number of times I've utterly disliked a book....this stands out as number one. Although the plot seemed to have substance, it rambled on and on and.....on with no resolution. I'm sorry I heard it til the end.

  • tom

    I just finally gave up on this one......on the last disc. Just too depressing and pointless.

  • Anonymous

    I rarely write reviews but this was the worst audio book I've ever listened to - I made it to the end of Disc 5 out of 7 and I could never figure out what was happening! The characters moved in and out and then it became complete nonsense.

  • Peggy Stortz

    The Unnamed is so well written and so utterly absorbing that I couldn't leave it in the car. This audiobook is one of the best I've ever encountered.

  • Rich in PA

    Wow. An excellent book. The author reads it, and he does a great job. This book isn't one of those happy ending stories, it is real life. I never felt I could understand mental illness, yet this book somehow gets you to feel how it can be, without actually knowing what it is like. It can be a bit depressing, you feel for the main character and the author gets you to root for him, yet you kind of understand that he won't ever break out.


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