With the subtle wit, lyrical language, and brilliant insight into the human heart that has led her to be called "an author at one with her métier" (Miami Herald), Shreve weaves a novel about marriage, family, and the supreme courage that it takes to love.
©2007 Anita Shreve; (P)2007 Hachette Audio
"[Shreve's] control is masterful, particularly in the sure-handed and compassionate aftermath." (Publishers Weekly)
"In simple yet eloquent style, Shreve portrays the arc of a complicated romantic relationship, from infatuation to betrayal. What's more, she builds in a palpable sense of suspense as well as a deep empathy for human frailty. The ever-skillful Shreve delivers yet another gripping read that will satisfy her many fans and earn her some new ones." (Booklist)
Another stellar performance from Anita Shreve, who never dissappoints, with her incsiive insights into family relationships and rich, evocative sense of place.
At first I found the music a little intrusive and ominous but then I gradually warmed to the concept as it mirrored the various heartbreaking dysfunctions throughout the story.
A very sad tale of pain and loss but redemptive at the end. As I said it was heartbreaking but I stayed up nearly all night to finish.
not as gripping and complex as earlier Anita Shreve titles. She is usually one of my favorite authors. Quite predictable. I felt like she threw this together almost as an after thought. She even mentioned someone running the Boston Marathon "on a whim", obviously not researching it properly and finding that to enter Boston you must run a qualifying time in the previous 12 months....If you haven't read any of her previous work, download those before this one, they are all much better
I'm not sure if I really actually hated this story, but I definitely couldn't stand the narrator. She kept switching voices/accents for different characters, but it was done at random and wasn't for any character in particular. She also over-emphasized words and mispronounced some words. On top of that, sometimes she would try to sound really young and sometimes she sounded really old, but it never really made sense for the character. She was just too distracting! I feel bad only giving the story 2 stars because it might have been better than that, but I really couldn't tell because I kept fast-forwarding to see if there was any point I'd be able to handle the narrator (I couldn't, she just kept getting worse).
Anita Shreve writes wonderful books and I am sure that this is no exception. Listening to this narration however is torture. The narrator has a slight lisp that is terribly distracting
The modern day Edith Wharton does it again! The magical way she entwines the lives at the mansion on the New Hampshire shore makes her one of my very favorite authors. Fortunes Rocks is still my favorite, but I look forward to each of her new books with great anticipation and am never disappointed. Davidovitch does an excellent job as reader!
Rebound becomes betrayal
The light bulb moment when the one brother realized he had been betrayed by his brother.
I enjoyed this book. Shreve writes beautifully. She has a very lyrical prose that is inherent in her writing. I found this story to be vastly better than the other Shreve novel I tried to read, Where or When. I couldn't finish that one, the story being so horrible. But Body Surfing moved along at a pretty good clip and I found the characters intriguing.
In this audio recording, however, I found the music to be intrusive. i did not like that at all.
Over all, a good purchase.
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