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Tender Is the Night Audiobook
Tender Is the Night
Written by: 
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Narrated by: 
Therese Plummer
Tender Is the Night Audiobook

Tender Is the Night

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Publisher's Summary

Published in 1934, Tender Is the Night was one of the most talked-about books of the year. "It's amazing how excellent much of it is," Ernest Hemingway said to Maxwell Perkins. "I will say now," John O'Hara wrote Fitzgerald, "Tender Is the Night is in the early stages of being my favorite book, even more than This Side of Paradise." And Archibald MacLeish exclaimed: "Great God, Scott...You are a fine writer. Believe it - not me." Set on the French Riviera in the late 1920s, Tender Is the Night is the tragic romance of the young actress Rosemary Hoyt and the stylish American couple Dick and Nicole Diver. A brilliant young psychiatrist at the time of his marriage, Dick is both husband and doctor to Nicole, whose wealth goads him into a lifestyle not his own, and whose growing strength highlights Dick's harrowing demise. A profound study of the romantic concept of character - lyrical, expansive, and hauntingly evocative - Tender Is the Night, Mabel Dodge Luhan remarked, raised F. Scott Fitzgerald to the heights of a "modern Orpheus".

©1933, Charles Scribner's Sons (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Plummer's skill with varied voices and accents is without equal. She navigates Fitzgerald's glamorous world with panache, immersing the listener in the intense characters' personalities. The result is an entertaining production in which the narrative is as alive as the characters themselves." (AudioFile)

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    samuel 08-19-15
    samuel 08-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Was it all just the champagne"

    This story struck a chord with me that made it a swell time, easy to pick up and put down. I don't speak French but you knew what was being said. You want to feel for each caracter and celebrate there victories but at the same time you remember that like in the great war no one wins you only survive.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Krwobbe Bakersfield, CA 07-31-15
    Krwobbe Bakersfield, CA 07-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A great summer listen"

    The narration is fantastic, a lovely story in a forgotten time. Characters are memorable and easy to like. Descriptions of beaches and shops draw you into the story with ease

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    George Levelland, TX, United States 03-26-15
    George Levelland, TX, United States 03-26-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Remembering the Genius."

    Enjoyed the flow of listening . Maybe the 40 plus years since reading my outlook has changed.
    If it has been a long time, listen. If you have only done Gatsby or never Fitzgerald this book should be enjoyed.
    Performance was 5 star.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Warm Rain 06-29-15
    Warm Rain 06-29-15

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    "Excellently performed!"

    Beautifully read, the voices were amazing! The story was romantic and tragic, but not in a way that brings you down. It wasn't particularly suspenseful or exciting, but that wasn't was I was looking for anyway. A lovely read.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen 03-21-16
    Stephen 03-21-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Tender is the Night - More Fitzgerald"

    Story: I found the story very Fitzgerald. Believable but difficult to feel any empathy for the characters. Their problems seem all self-induced and it is hard to pity them. What did enjoy is the backdrop of the story and travels from to and from the first location. It is another slice of life that no longer exists, good or bad.

    Reader: Very Good.

    Performance: Very Good

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    jb Plano, TX United States 10-12-15
    jb Plano, TX United States 10-12-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Subtle yet grand"

    * If narrators are very important to you, please skip to second paragraph.

    I think I appreciated this book more after I had finished it, than I did in the process. It slides along so easily. Drifting from moment to moment in these very wealthy people's lives, between the two World Wars. Nick isn't a train wreck, that's too immediate and encompassing. He's the accumulation of choice after choice. Lost moments and poor decisions. And this privileged world that he slips into rarely holds up a mirror to his actions, or calls him to account in any way, until it's far too late. In the end, the scope and elegance of the plot is really an enormous literary achievement.

    The narrator, though perfectly fine, if a little dramatically breathless, in portraying young American women, is incredibly poor at accents. Even basic ones that I would assume anyone who thinks of themselves as an actor would be able to do a passable job at (Australian, for instance - who screws up Australian?) are beyond her capacity. I was actually shocked when it was finally mentioned that Nick was an American. I had no idea. I was pretty much able to ignore it (had to finish this book up for book club), if there's another reader out there, I'd certainly recommend giving them a go first.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    MIGHTYA Northeast USA 12-07-15
    MIGHTYA Northeast USA 12-07-15 Member Since 2014

    Love a well told story (all genres) with a flavor of romance.

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    "Perfect Pair"

    Another great audiobook! A beautifully written story by one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century - it's a little long, but I sped it up with 1.25x. Therese Plummer (on of my favorite narrators) told an amazing story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jordan buena vista, va, United States 05-27-15
    Jordan buena vista, va, United States 05-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved itThe fact"

    Great read, book bounces around a bit more than gatsby but an excellent read nonetheless

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Emily 12-29-15
    Emily 12-29-15
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    "Narrator perfection"

    This would be an amazing story no matter what, but the narrator really brings it to life. She should consider an acting career (or maybe she already has one)!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mitchell Zimmerman Palo Alto, CA 12-04-15
    Mitchell Zimmerman Palo Alto, CA 12-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Performance does not support content"

    The reader's tone is irritatingly arch and breathless throughout and undermines the emergence of the characters through the actual writing. I gave up and got out the book - much more satisfying

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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