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I Know This Much Is True | [Wally Lamb]

I Know This Much Is True

In the long awaited follow-up to the highly praised novel She's Come Undone, Dominick Birdsey must come to terms with himself, as well as with the schizophrenic twin brother he has spent his life both protecting and resenting.
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Publisher's Summary

Identical twins Dominick and Thomas Birdsey were born in the waning moments of 1949 and the opening minutes of 1950. Now at 40, Dominick's entire life has been compromised and constricted by anger and fear, by the paranoid schizophrenic twin brother he both loves and resents, and by the past they shared with their adoptive father, Ray, a spit-and polish ex-Navy man, and their long-suffering mother, Concettina. The brothers' relationship undergoes the ultimate test when Thomas commits an unthinkable act that threatens the tenuous balance of both his and Dominick's lives. Wally Lamb's long awaited follow-up to the critically acclaimed novel She's Come Undone is narrated by Tony Award-winning actor Ken Howard.

(P) and ©1998 HarperCollins Publishers Inc., All Rights Reserved, Harper Audio, A Division of HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award: Best Audio of 1998, Fiction
"This award-winning Broadway stalwart here shows himself to be as adept behind the mike as behind the footlights." (AudioFile)

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    Douglas Chicasgo, IL, USA 03-20-08
    Douglas Chicasgo, IL, USA 03-20-08
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    "Disappointing"

    Much of the substqance of this fine book was lost as a result of it being abridged. I had read the book previously and was grossly disapointed in the audiobook.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 09-15-08
    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 09-15-08 Member Since 2005

    Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.

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    "I could tell a lot was missing"

    I really enjoyed this story, but even though I never read the whole book, it was so obvious that there where huge gaps and holes. I still gave it 5 stars, but would love to hear the unabridged version of this. 6 hours is not enough time for character development, or to do justice to a saga like this one. It's a shame neither audible or itunes offers an unabridged version.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Washington, DC, United States 09-26-04
    Dennis Washington, DC, United States 09-26-04 Member Since 2002

    Tell us about yourself! I am a former high school history teacher and now, a semi-retired physician assistant.

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    "Family Matters"

    Wally Lamb weaves a tapestry of rejection and forgiveness. In this story of twins, Dominic and Partick are the last remnants of the Tempesta family that are becoming unraveled; Dominic by his apparent rejection by his family and Patrick by his schizophrenia. Lamb tells the story through the eyes of the angry, self-pitying Dominic who inherits two things that change his life, his schizo brother and the memoirs of his cruel grandfather. How Dominic deals with his inheritence is the subject of the plot. Dominic comes to realize that this much is true; mutts make good dogs, out of the rich loam of forgiveness love is found and all things are circular. This book will appeal to anyone who has a disfunctional family, especially an immigrant family. The story is wonderous because Lamb combines the right amount of realism with myth and superstition to tell a most intriguing story. This book is in the top ten of bookk I have ever read.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Taylor Eloise Stevens SUFFIELD, CT, US 03-20-13
    Taylor Eloise Stevens SUFFIELD, CT, US 03-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Abridging does not do the story justice."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book, yes. This audiobook, no.


    What could Wally Lamb have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not approve cutting out so much of a favorite book in the audiobook version


    Any additional comments?

    Use the six hours to start on an unabridged version or read the book. The full text is amazing, but too much is cut out here, leaving the story muddled, jumbled, confusing, and incomplete.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Keely Lofland alaska, usa 09-10-12
    Keely Lofland alaska, usa 09-10-12
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    "Excellent story, although a lot of it was left out"
    Where does I Know This Much Is True rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was my first one and I was mildly disappointed that the story ha been cut short.


    If you’ve listened to books by Wally Lamb before, how does this one compare?

    I love Wally Lamb. But as I said above, I wish they hadn't cut
    The story short.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't pick just one.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It's a large book, so no.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth West Roxbury, MA, USA 03-14-05
    Elizabeth West Roxbury, MA, USA 03-14-05
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    "A Must Read"

    This is the novel that spurred my addiction to audiobooks. This is a powerfully human story. Lamb enables the reader to experience pain and joy, hope and despair, through his well developed characters. When I finished the very lengthy unabridged version, I felt a strong sense of loss, because I truly missed the characters. Also, his other novel is similarly moving.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Marcia Knoxville, Tunisia 07-24-13
    Marcia Knoxville, Tunisia 07-24-13 Member Since 2010

    I do not live in Tunisia! Where ever did that come from? Last I looked Knoxville was in the U.S! I do not find a way to change it!

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    "Big fan of Wally Lamb"
    What did you love best about I Know This Much Is True?

    I find Wally Lamb's writing to be honest, real, and gripping.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I couldn't stop listening.


    What about Ken Howard’s performance did you like?

    Excellent delivery.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Each step in the process of realizing that Dom wasn't so different from his twin after all.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    christine everett, wa, United States 12-05-12
    christine everett, wa, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent"
    What made the experience of listening to I Know This Much Is True the most enjoyable?

    The story and the narration by Ken Howard.


    What other book might you compare I Know This Much Is True to and why?

    Healing Faith. Both have a spiritual element based on forgiveness.


    What does Ken Howard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A calmness!


    Who was the most memorable character of I Know This Much Is True and why?

    Both twins.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen 08-23-12
    Colleen 08-23-12
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    "interesting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes to those who want insight about skizophrenia


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Know This Much Is True?

    when he cut his hand off


    Which character – as performed by Ken Howard – was your favorite?

    hard to choose


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    no

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christine North Quincy, MA, USA 04-14-05
    Christine North Quincy, MA, USA 04-14-05
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    "Great book!"

    I wasn't sure what how I was going to like the book when I read it. Once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. It had so much to offer on so many levels that I can't wait to pick it up and read it again.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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