Get Your Free Audiobook

Listen with a free trial

1 credit a month to use on any title, yours to keep (you’ll use your first credit on this title).
Stream or download thousands of included titles.
Access to exclusive deals and discounts.
$16.45 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy Now for $39.50

Buy Now for $39.50

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions Of Use and Privacy Notice and authorise Audible to charge your designated credit card or another available credit card on file.

Publisher's Summary

Brought to you by Penguin. 

What a thing of wonder a mobile phone is. Six ounces of metal, glass and plastic, fashioned into a sleek, shiny, precious object. At once, a gateway to other worlds - and a treacherous weapon in the hands of the unwary, the unwitting, the inept.

The Cleverley family live a gilded life, little realising how precarious their privilege is, just one tweet away from disaster. George, the patriarch, is a stalwart of television interviewing, a 'national treasure' (his words); his wife, Beverley, a celebrated novelist (although not as celebrated as she would like); and their children, Nelson, Elizabeth, Achilles, various degrees of catastrophe waiting to happen.

Together they will go on a journey of discovery through the Hogarthian jungle of the modern living where past presumptions count for nothing and carefully curated reputations can be destroyed in an instant. Along the way, they will learn how volatile, how outraged, how unforgiving the world can be when you step from the proscribed path.

Powered by John Boyne's characteristic humour and razor-sharp observation, The Echo Chamber is a satiric helter skelter, a dizzying downward spiral of action and consequence, poised somewhere between farce, absurdity and oblivion. To err is maybe to be human but to really foul things up you only need a phone.

©2021 John Boyne (P)2021 Penguin Audio

What listeners say about The Echo Chamber

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    16
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    15
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    10
  • 4 Stars
    6
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    2

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A Joy

I loved this book. It was beautifully narrated, wonderfully written, funny, perceptive and yet it had powerful message about today’s culture and social media. Thank you John Boyne. I will listen to this again and still laugh, it reads like music. I was so sad to finish it and missed these characters and their adventures. Do yourself a favour and get this book, you won’t be sorry.

2 people found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Wendi
  • Wendi
  • 04-09-2021

Delicious, Witty, Hysterical!!

The Echo Chamber is positively brilliant!

This is a tongue-in-cheek, laugh-out-loud listen, narrated to perfection. Focused on a family of five, John Boyne's satire on 'wokeness' and the social media addiction that paralyzes London (everywhere really), is genius! Mom, Dad, two sons and a daughter are all affected by various forms of the need to not be themselves, and appear favourable to the world. Their biggest fear- being 'cancelled.'

If you listen to just one book this year, this should be it. I can't even put into words how much I enjoyed The Echo Chamber, and I definitely have a new favourite author.

Bravo!!

-Wendi

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for pangest
  • pangest
  • 17-09-2021

Relevant and a Great Read

I found myself laughing and enjoying this read so much. Richard Grant is so wonderful to listen to and I haven't had this much fun reading in such a while. Thank you, J Boyne!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for sharon
  • sharon
  • 25-08-2021

Great - couldn't stop laughing! Boyne sums up how nuts our society has become

On point and hilarious. Narration was perfect and had a wide range of cast to portray .
Loved the story about this crazy family, blessed with fortune but no common sense shame.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for verity
  • verity
  • 20-10-2021

good fun, poignant social commentary, great narrat

Fun and entertaining. Really enjoyed listening to it. Sharp social commentary told through a very fluffy storyline... filled with people I don't know from my own world, at all! I definitely enjoyed it more after listening to an interview with John Boyne about his experience being lambasted in the social media following his book 'My Brother's Name is Jessica'. The context gave this story, The Echo Chamber, a much deeper resonance for me. Richard E Grant is an EXCELLENT narrator, now firmly in my top 3 (maybe top 2).

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Liz
  • Liz
  • 06-10-2021

Wonderful!

Brilliant satire, and laugh-out-loud funny! Richard E Grant is a wonderful narrator and brings all the characters to life.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for A. E. Blunsden
  • A. E. Blunsden
  • 19-08-2021

A Morality Tale with Panache

John Boyne often deals with very gritty issues with very moving stories full of humanity and understanding. In The Echo Chamber he tackles celebrity, social media and the cancel culture with great comedic effect.
This is the first time I have encountered Boyne’s humour and it is very, very funny. The story revolves around tv presenter George Cleverly, his wife and three children; all of whom struggle with problems that have their roots in modern culture.
I particularly enjoyed the episode with pronouns which I also struggle to keep up with in fact, I only recently discovered I was a cis woman because my daughter in law told me.
This is an excellent comedy of manners that all of us will recognise and the scrapes the family get themselves into are so hilarious, I had to keep reminding myself that there is an edge to all this that we can all learn from. Underneath there is quite a thought provoking message.
After Covid,isolation and so much bad news, this was a real tonic especially as it was read by Richard E. Grant who really brought the characters to life and emphasised the humour with a light touch. Even my husband who “does not do fiction” was drawn in. It feels like a very long time since I have laughed so much. I sincerely hope it will bring a smile to your face too.


4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for AnnaMarie McCleary
  • AnnaMarie McCleary
  • 16-08-2021

Lighthearted and funny

I really enjoyed this book! it was sarcastic, humorous and poked fun at all of us, especially at our obsession with Social media. Very enjoyable book and very well read by Richard E Grant.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Mrs. Grainne Rose
  • Mrs. Grainne Rose
  • 13-08-2021

Disappointed

I find it hard to believe that the same person wrote The Hearts Invisible Furies.This was a completely different,and extremely disappointing read.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for the typist
  • the typist
  • 07-08-2021

Massively out of date, despite being set in 2021!

Genuinely struggling to believe that the same writer who penned the magnificent ‘The Absolutist’ came up with this soggy, indulgent twaddle. Its take (if indeed, one can call it a take) on woke culture is dull in the extreme, the characters read like something out of an early Stephen Fry novel (read puddle deep) and - worst of all - it’s so boring! Nice narration by Grant though, obviously.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Marie
  • Marie
  • 18-10-2021

Highly recommend

This audio book kept us thoroughly entertained as we traversed the country. John Boyne is such a great writer, and Richard E. Grant's narration is excellent.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-10-2021

Worst Irish accents ever

Funny, irreverent and increasingly farcical take on how digital culture shapes modern life. Vocal performance good on the whole but the Irish accents are appalling, to the point of being offensive.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for CaptKirk
  • CaptKirk
  • 08-10-2021

Hilarious, loved it from beginning to end

I absolutely loved it - the whole way through. It's very, very funny, it made me laugh out loud at times. The characters are so unlikeable and yet when they get themselves into ridiculous situations i found myself routing for them.
One of the most enjoyable books I have listened to / read in a long time

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for h fenwick
  • h fenwick
  • 30-09-2021

Brilliant as always!

I think i have listened to all of Johns books, i have loved them all. I was delighted he had written this new one, it is as well written as ever! Basically it's a funny, but scarily true, piss take of social media 🤭 The narrator is pretty cool as well!

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Louisa
  • Louisa
  • 25-09-2021

What a disappointment

I am huge fan but what happened here. Utter rubbish. Got to the end simply because couldn’t return the book!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Mr. Owen Ashby
  • Mr. Owen Ashby
  • 24-09-2021

Brilliant. Funny and excellently entertaining

Brilliantly read by Richard E Grant. Very funny. Very current. Really enjoyed it. A witty observation of today’s obsession and a brilliant “royal” joke slipped in at the end.

In the spirit of reconciliation, Audible Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.