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Eight Hundred Grapes Audiobook

Eight Hundred Grapes: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

What if your beloved fiancé, he of the crinkly smile and the irresistible British accent, had kept a life-changing secret from you? And what if, just a week before your dream wedding, you discovered it?

When these questions become realities for bride-to-be Georgia Ford, she does the only thing that seems to make sense. She runs. She hops in her car and drives through the night, from Los Angeles to Sonoma, to her safe haven, to her messy and loving family and their acclaimed family winery. Georgia craves the company of those who know her best and whom she truly knows. And on the eve of the harvest, Georgia knows she'll find solace - and distraction - in familiar rituals. But when Georgia arrives home, nothing is at all familiar. Her parents, her brothers, the family business are all unrecognizable. It seems her fiancé isn't the only one who's been keeping secrets. And, much to Georgia's dismay, it seems likely that this harvest may be the family's last.

Best-selling author Laura Dave has been dubbed "a wry observer of modern love" (USA Today), a "decadent storyteller" (Marie Claire), and "compulsively readable" (Woman's Day). Set in the lush backdrop of Sonoma's wine country, Eight Hundred Grapes is a heartbreaking, funny, and deeply evocative novel about love, marriage, family, wine, and the treacherous terrain in which they all intersect.

©2015 Laura Dave. All rights reserved. (P)2015 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"Narrator Joy Osmanski's feisty delivery is just right for Georgia, the 30-year-old lawyer who discovers that her too-good-to-be-true fiancé is too good to be true.... Whether recounting flashbacks or dealing with present-day crises, Osmanski's performance is winning." (AudioFile)

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    Janet 06-24-15
    Janet 06-24-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Mindless Summer Entertainment with a Fatal Flaw"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It doesn't take long after the initial setup to realize how this book is going to end. Still, the setting (a vineyard) and a variety of subplots keep it interesting. Unfortunately, the main subplot--the main character's fiancé has a secret; she must figure out whether to forgive him and go on with their wedding--is inherently flawed. Why? The guy is totally unlikeable. It's hard to be invested in the main character's final decision because the reader honestly does not care what happens to this guy. Instead of being an intriguing "what will she choose?" the reader just becomes annoyed at her inability to do so--making the "big reveal" at the end far more of a whimper than a bang.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I have never heard such a poor British accent in my life. Did the narrator not read the book beforehand? There is also an atrocious Southern belle in here whose voice was remarkably grating. Maybe I would have gotten a better feel for the fiancé had he not been voiced so poorly.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cyndi Richmond, TX, United States 02-27-16
    Cyndi Richmond, TX, United States 02-27-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Don't waste a credit"

    I enjoy light, fluffy romances, and this looked to be an interesting one. However, from the first chapter I could tell that, unless the main character had a major change in attitude, I wasn't going to like her. Unfortunately, she never changed, and I hated her through the whole book.
    Worse is the absolutely predictable plot. I was hoping that maybe, just maybe, the writer wouldn't take the obvious route, but she did. In fact, she really went out of her way to make it happen. There are so many other ways this novel could have ended that would have felt much more real, but that just doesn't happen.
    The one positive thing I can say about this book is that the narrator gives it her best, and I really like her. She's probably the only thing that helped me keep on going. Kudos to her for putting in a fine performance for a book that even she must have known was terrible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 01-05-16
    Simone 01-05-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Mediocre at Best"

    My 2016 reading list is not off to a good start!

    This book sounded promising a first: a woman learns about her fiancé’s bomb-shell secret just days before her wedding… juicy!

    But then that’s it. She goes home to her boring family and slowly learns all their relationship secrets; basically EVERYONE is falling apart.

    IT WAS SO BORING! Nothing really happens and her family is so uninteresting I didn’t care a jot for any of their dilemmas.

    The characters were all very two-dimensional, there was no real plot, nothing to really think about, no big insights…

    I wish I hadn’t bothered – it was mediocre at best.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anastasia 08-04-15
    Anastasia 08-04-15
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    "Ho-Hum"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The characters were a bit boring and seemed to be moaning, I just could not connect


    What could Laura Dave have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This is the same story, it has been done before and was not something new or fresh.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy 08-01-15
    Tammy 08-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Middle of the road"

    I didn't love it and I didn't hate it. Story was relatively flat. Easy light read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Lee CHANDLER, OK, US 07-22-15
    Angela Lee CHANDLER, OK, US 07-22-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointed"
    What did you like best about Eight Hundred Grapes? What did you like least?

    The story was so predictable. Everyone in this family had relationship issues.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Still searching for a really good sink your teeth in story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joy Osmanski?

    Anyone.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Nothing


    Any additional comments?

    The story never had any happiness or good things happen to the characters. Very slow and nothing note worthy or rich in the story line. The narrator does a bad job of having a male voice that is believable. One of the characters has a terrible Bristih accent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-26-16
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    "Cute story, not-so-great narrator."

    I liked this book. It was different and kept a good storyline. I didn't like the narrator though. She didn't sound like someone who would read this kind of book and her male voices were off. That was the only thing that bothered me. Otherwise it was a quick read that was cute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Fralick 09-21-16
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    "Eight Hundred Grapes"

    I wondered into this book, having heard that it was a book not to be missed and I hearily agree with that sentiment. I enjoyed the wisdom inparted by a wise mother and father to their adult children. Parents, who we learn, are not infallible within their own relationship. The story is as rich and satisfying as fine wine. I reccomend Eight Hundres Grapes highly!

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    Katie Caucci 08-31-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story"

    I loved the story but not the narrators male voice and accents. it was a little distracting at first but the story was so good I got over it pretty quickly.

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    Jill 07-20-16
    Jill 07-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Meh."

    The narration makes all the men sound so unpleasant, especially Ben. The story isn't exactly predictable but full of cliches and the narrator changes her mind endlessly. I didn't hate it but I wouldn't recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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