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Everybody Rise Audiobook

Everybody Rise: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

An instant New York Times best seller!

Chosen as one of Summer's Best Books by People magazine

Featured in Time magazine's Summer Reading

Entertainment Weekly's Summer Must List

Good Housekeeping Beach Reads Feature

"A witty tale about a high-society wannabe... Little is more delicious than watching an ambitious but tragically flawed protagonist brought down - especially in a designer cocktail dress." (The Washington Post)

Everyone yearns to belong, to be part of the "in crowd", but how far are you willing to go to be accepted? In the case of bright, funny, and socially ambitious Evelyn Beegan, the answer is much too far....

At 26, Evelyn is determined to carve her own path in life and free herself from the influence of her social-climbing mother, who propelled her through prep school and onto New York's glamorous Upper East Side. Evelyn has long felt like an outsider to her privileged peers, but when she gets a job at a social network aimed at the elite, she's forced to embrace them.

Recruiting new members for the site, Evelyn steps into a promised land of Adirondack camps, Newport cottages, and Southampton clubs thick with socialites and Wall Streeters. Despite herself, Evelyn finds the lure of belonging intoxicating and starts trying to pass as old money herself. When her father, a crusading class-action lawyer, is indicted for bribery, Evelyn must contend with her own family's downfall as she keeps up appearances in her new life, grasping with increasing desperation as the ground underneath her begins to give way.

©2015 Stephanie Clifford (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"...the performance is ferociously entertaining, and the intensity of Kellgren's reading propels the plot in a way that is well-nigh irresistible." (AudioFile)

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    Tisa Garrison 09-05-15 Member Since 2016

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    "LOVE THE STORY, DISLIKE THE CHARACTERS"

    This book is masterfully crafted to expose the underside of East Coast society in early 2000's. No heroine, no arch enemy...but I couldn't stop listening. Awful people...but don't want to create a spoiler.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Nerdy Girl USA 08-24-15
    Nerdy Girl USA 08-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A cautionary tale"

    Entertaining story about a social climber who loses herself as she pursues what she thinks is a higher status. Even as it heads towards the inevitable conclusion, the story holds your interest. I thought the narrator did a good job of bringing all the characters to life.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    John S. Seattle, WA United States 10-21-15
    John S. Seattle, WA United States 10-21-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Not exactly a breezy beach read"

    I am sooooo conflicted about this book, but I'll say up front that it's very well written, holding my interest as to how Evelyn would end up; although, it has its cringeworthy moments. Also, it's tough to discuss the book without at least some spoiler aspects, so let's get out of the way that she flies high like an Icarus, crashes badly bruised, and yes, eventually recovers. I felt it helped a lot during the worst of the events that our protagonist is, after all, someone to root for, crazed behavior and all.

    Where to start … I suppose the class aspect is what got at me the most. I'm peripherally familiar with the Old Money set whom the author sets up as Evelyn's object of desire. I read that she mostly used “research” to create them, rather than (much) first-hand interaction, and from my (limited!) experience, they largely came off as exaggerated parodies, more new money in their behavior than old. As an example, the Hackings are said to stock Veuve Cliquot by the case at their summer house – my mom, who's had a bit more contact with that group than I have, snorted at the idea. The whole dinner party scene was like something out of Upstairs, Downstairs; the author was using it to indicate how humble Scot's origins were, but it really fell flat for me: my dad went to a highly regarded private school (though not boarding), then Harvard, and was a member of one of the most selective (country) clubs for most of his life, and I never heard him talk about fish knives, let alone see him use one! Moreover, I seriously doubt that Mrs. Hacking would be doing the sheets herself (barring unusual circumstances), nor would there be a plate of pastries and a thermos of coffee in the morning, with instructions to “Help yourself!” If these were actual, real world people, there'd be some sort of employees around – I'd bet good money on that.

    I guess this is a good point to move on to the characters themselves. Nick is probably the easiest to discuss as, frankly, I wasn't buying him as Old Money at all, despite the mention of his family background. He seemed more like an Evelyn character who succeeded in breaking the Upper Class ceiling (from an upper middle background), because he had the large income to sustain a lavish lifestyle. I was struck that the author used The Hamptons as his 'hood for convenience; while there may still be some, residual Old Money crowd around (“The Long Secret”, sequel to the YA classic “Harriet the Spy” deals with that), the “scene” there would be awfully New Money. Charlotte, on the other hand, is completely believable, as she functions in that world when necessary, but knows all the money in the world wouldn't get her to actually want to be part of Camilla's “set” full time.

    Camilla … the villain … and yet not. Bear in mind that when Evelyn first meets her, she makes the assumption that Camilla is all about fashion as she's beautiful, rich and not … ummm … intellectual, shall we say. She's called on it, and manages to befriend Camilla, but it's apparent that Ms. Rutherford is yearning to be acknowledged for something besides money and looks. Still, like Evelyn she's her mother's daughter. I'm willing to give her credit that her anger had a lot to do with being lied to, and “used”; what she wanted was for Evelyn to like her as an individual.

    And now, Preston. Much is made of his sexuality, which is a problem in this group, not because they're homophobic as such, but because a gay couple (Pres and bf) would be like the old Sesame Street song “One of these things is not like the others ….” It'd be awkward. However, I didn't think that was his main problem, the root of his crash: he's 28 years old, and has (presumably) never held a paying job. In the real world, that's a bit late to start, even given his connections. I can easily see whiz kids Nick, Scot and Jaime triggering the drinking as he compares their active lives to his own.

    This is turning out to be a very long review, so let's get to the plot. Each chapter is a jewel in itself, including Clifford's use of titles. We start at Lake James (Lake George, NY) with Evelyn witnessing the downfall of Nick's aspirant girlfriend, Chrissie. She takes pity on the poor gal in a “There, but for the grace of God go I” manner; it was obvious to me that when Evelyn's turn comes in a reprise scene, Our Deity will be summoned to take an urgent call – not a real spoiler. Much of the action takes place there, and later at Evelyn's hometown on the eastern shore of Maryland, where Clifford shows her hand at scene setting; New York City itself, oddly, not quite as much, although it's such well trodden literary ground. Vignettes are brief glimpses, but I'm not sure what one would call the opposite: a story where chapters approach min-novella status? As Evelyn becomes more and more fixated on Camilla's set, her own world of work and family - where trouble lies like shark fins on the horizon – are minimized (ignored) as best she can, requiring Clifford to set several scenes to foreshadow the looming crises.

    So, would I recommend the book? Definitely, but with notice that you'll be in it for the long haul. Light and breezy this one's NOT! I haven't read The House of Mirth, to which this book is often compared; the classic which I find the closest reader experience would be Balzac's Cousin Bette, although here we get an optimistic ending.

    I've seen reviews criticizing Kellgren's narration, which I found puzzling as she absolutely nails the voices, some of whom are unsympathetic (shall we say) characters, where listening to them isn't supposed to be a “nice” experience. She gets a solid five stars for her work from me!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha New York, NY, United States 08-21-15
    Samantha New York, NY, United States 08-21-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Great listen!"

    The narrator does a great job of portraying the characters throughout--from Mrs. Beegan's faux-old money affectation to Evelyn's posh group of friends and her own attempts at trying to make it among the "real" NYC elite.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    AlexReads 08-21-15
    AlexReads 08-21-15
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    "Such a lively narrator!"

    An already very tense story, the narrator brings to life so many different characters and really brings out all of the drama as the story unravels! I couldn't wait to finish.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Carey 06-08-16
    Carey 06-08-16 Member Since 2012

    I love books! "There is very little difference between someone who cannot read and someone who will not read." ~Jim Rohn

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    "Glad I listened to the end..."

    I struggled to enjoy this listen for the first half, but the bittersweet ending made it worth it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    readanddrive 09-19-15

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    "Overacted performance - excellent story!"
    What would have made Everybody Rise better?

    The reader was distracting to the story. The narration was in an affected voice rather than a narration - it dominated at the same level as the character voices....and the characterizations were over-the-top - and loud, where I had to turn the volume down more times than not. At times the reader would scream into the microphone and it was grating, and made me want to scream. I would have preferred to read this than listen to this presentation. It bothered me as a listener to the end that the narration was affected - making the narrator more of a character than an observer.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was well-crafted depiction of the struggles of class, but I think also how when one isn't true to their character - and what they believe in - that in this case borders on delusional breakdown. The author's crafting of the story brought me right into the apartment, into the boat race, and the mental breakdown. It was brilliant writing with a full circle moment of realization where the main character returns to the people who matter - and like Charlotte who didn't abandon her.


    What didn’t you like about Katherine Kellgren’s performance?

    The reader was distracting to the story. The narration was in an affected voice rather than a narration - it dominated at the same level as the character voices....and the characterizations were over-the-top - and loud, where I had to turn the volume down more times than not. At times the reader would scream into the microphone and it was grating, and made me want to scream. I would have preferred to read this than listen to this presentation. It bothered me as a listener to the end that the narration was affected - making the narrator more of a character than an observer.


    What character would you cut from Everybody Rise?

    I may have missed this because the acting was so terrible. I don't think it was established really well as to why she left her textbook position and got involved with "People Like Us' - she was driven by the same motivation as her mother - and that happened suddenly rather than evolved. I think that could be developed more - and her past relationships - so we understand better as to why she turns down Scott.


    Any additional comments?

    In all fairness to the work - it needs to be reread/produced. The cast of The Good Girl (Lindsey nettleman, et all)

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    H. Himmelberger 08-20-15

    Mom2CupcakePrincesses

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    "I can't finish it..."

    The reader ruined the book. I can't even finish it. :( Going to return it.

    20 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Charlotte Nance 09-09-15

    circ queen

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    "Worst. Narrator. Ever."

    She ruined what might have been a good story . I didn't finish chapter 1. Horrible

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Glass PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIFORNIA, US 10-13-15
    Ruth Glass PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIFORNIA, US 10-13-15 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Ugh"
    What would have made Everybody Rise better?

    I turned it off after about 30 minutes.


    What could Stephanie Clifford have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Characters and their rendition turned me off at the outset.


    What didn’t you like about Katherine Kellgren’s performance?

    It seemed very forced


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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