Beginning on the night of the Grand Illumination, a festival of lanterns held each summer on Martha's Vineyard, this novel is a modern chronicle of a marriage and a bittersweet exploration of an extraordinary passion. Illumination Night follows the lives of a young blond giant who is as beautiful as he is frightening; an old woman at the end of her life whose last mission is to save her granddaughter's soul; a family torn apart by a wife's fears and a husband's unrealized desires; and the high school girl who comes to Martha's Vineyard against her will, who steals husbands and cars, and who will bring everyone together in a web of yearning, sin, and ultimate redemption. Both riveting and reflective, this is a story that brings to light the talent that has made Alice Hoffman an acclaimed bestselling author.
©2002 Alice Hoffman (P)2014 Blackstone Audio
Seven hours and forty eight minutes of my life that I will never get back... I only finished it because I paid for it, but should have just deleted it and taken it as a loss.
No, pretty dreary cast of characters.
A couple characters that weren't so depressed or depressing would help.
Just reading through all the way deserves a medal. She did a fine job.
Sounds like they need a good shrink in this town with so many mentally troubled people.
I didn't like the characters. I felt there was so little love and never without heartache to follow. It may be gritty life but it isn't my life or life experiences. That being said the story did grip me and I couldn't stop listening.
If you are looking to get into the minds of people with various social dysfunctions, then this is the book for you. The story itself seems somewhat secondary and circumstantial. The narrator did a good job on most of it, but I couldn't get past how much she made the teenage girl sound like a 5-year-old. Anyway it did keep me interested enough to finish, and it wasn't hard to get through.
The characters weren't believable to me. I did like the story line about the retired policeman and his relationship with the giant. I really didn't like the teenager trying to breakup a marriage, and the wife just going along with it. The old woman wasn't fleshed out, none of the characters were fleshed out.
The narrator's voice drips with affectation. The different character voices were forced. Listen to Davina Porter and you will immediately see that this is just not up to standards for audible recordings.
The plot line is too slow to build but the two chapters are very good.
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