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Ladder of Years | [Anne Tyler]

Ladder of Years

"Baltimore woman disappears during family vacation" declares the headline. Forty-year-old Delia Grinstead is last seen strolling down the Delaware shore, wearing nothing more than a bathing suit and carrying a beach tote with five hundred dollars tucked inside. To her husband and three almost-grown children, she has vanished without trace or reason. But for Delia, "walking away from it all" is not a premeditated act, but an impulse that will lead her into a new, exciting, and unimagined life.
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Publisher's Summary

"Baltimore woman disappears during family vacation" declares the headline. Forty-year-old Delia Grinstead is last seen strolling down the Delaware shore, wearing nothing more than a bathing suit and carrying a beach tote with $500 tucked inside. To her husband and three almost-grown children, she has vanished without trace or reason. But for Delia, who feels like a tiny gnat buzzing around her family's edges, "walking away from it all" is not a premeditated act, but an impulse that will lead her into a new, exciting, and unimagined life.

©1995 Anne Tyler (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Perhaps no one writing fiction today can so clearly evoke middle-age angst as Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Tyler.... Poignant, warm, and quirky." (Library Journal)

"A fine story of mid-life changes and newfound realizations." (Midwest Book Review)

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    Debra Hale Shelton 06-11-14 Member Since 2013

    I am a journalist who worked most of her career at The Associated Press in Chicago. I now live & work in Arkansas.

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    "Poor narrator, unlikely plot"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    the narrator. she made every old person sound senile.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not Anne Tyler, though I normally like her books. Just need a break.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her voices except for the main character were awful. She strained to portray the friend whose husband died with a voice that sounded so fake. Her imitation of elderly voices sounded like something from a high school play.


    Was Ladder of Years worth the listening time?

    NO. Also way too long.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the only Anne Tyler book that I've hated to date. I normally love her books, whether I read or listen to them.

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    lacey sammamish, WA, United States 09-03-12
    lacey sammamish, WA, United States 09-03-12
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    "not worth it."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    no. I like a book to add something to my life. Whether it's entertainment or something more. this did neither.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kelly Lintz’s performances?

    no. she sounds like a teenage valley girl.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no. not seductive or intriguing enough.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Martha Trupiano Abiquiu, NM USA 10-18-11
    Martha Trupiano Abiquiu, NM USA 10-18-11 Listener Since 2004

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    This book is a pathetic story that leads to no comment except why.
    There is no redeeming value to the books intent except to illustrate the mundane life of a woman.

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