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The Beginner's Goodbye Audiobook

The Beginner's Goodbye

Anne Tyler gives us a wise, haunting, and deeply moving new novel in which she explores how a middle-aged man, torn apart by the death of his wife, is gradually restored by her frequent appearances: in their house, on the roadway, in the market. Gradually he discovers, as he works in the family's vanity-publishing business, turning out titles that presume to guide beginners through the trials of life, that maybe for this beginner there is a way of saying goodbye.
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Anne Tyler gives us a wise, haunting, and deeply moving new novel in which she explores how a middle-aged man, torn apart by the death of his wife, is gradually restored by her frequent appearances: in their house, on the roadway, in the market.

Crippled in his right arm and leg, Aaron spent his childhood fending off a sister who wants to manage him. So when he meets Dorothy, a plain, outspoken, self-dependent young woman, she is like a breath of fresh air. Unhesitatingly he marries her, and they have a relatively happy, unremarkable marriage. But when a tree crashes into their house and Dorothy is killed, Aaron feels as though he has been erased forever. Only Dorothy's unexpected appearances from the dead help him to live in the moment and to find some peace.

Gradually he discovers, as he works in the family's vanity-publishing business, turning out titles that presume to guide beginners through the trials of life, that maybe for this beginner there is a way of saying goodbye.

A beautiful, subtle exploration of loss and recovery, pierced throughout with Anne Tyler's humor, wisdom, and always-penetrating look at human foibles.

©2012 Random House Audio (P)2012 Anne Tyler

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    Beverly House 07-02-12
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It was a disappointment...it seems to drone on...perhaps it is the fact that the narrator in the book is somewhat of a whiner and loser...and it difficult to listen to.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Anne Tyler? Why or why not?

    I read all her books. Absolutely.


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

    No....too sad.


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    Pessie OAK PARK, MI, United States 05-29-12
    Pessie OAK PARK, MI, United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2005
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    "An Engaging Listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This story was interesting and easy to follow while driving.


    Which character – as performed by Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    I liked the lead character. He was quirky and vulnerable without being wimpy.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I enjoyed listening to the book, but it did not evoke an extreme reaction in me.


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    Carol VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, United States 05-28-12
    Carol VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Waiting for the Next Great Novel"
    What did you like best about The Beginner's Goodbye? What did you like least?

    I liked the accessibility of the main character, and the references to the city of Baltimore where I used to live.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have added more scenes of the couple intereacting. The finale seemed random without that.


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

    He shapes my impression of the main character. The reading was well-done.


    Did The Beginner's Goodbye inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm always waiting for the next great Anne Tyler book.

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    Beverly Klepper SANTA ROSA, CA, US 05-14-12
    Beverly Klepper SANTA ROSA, CA, US 05-14-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Wonderful as ever but too short"
    Where does The Beginner's Goodbye rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Any book by Anne Tyler is worth the ride. Her books are unfailingly warm, funny and insightful. That said, I must add that this one is not my favorite. I prefer Noah's Compass as well as several of her earlier works to this one.


    Which character ??? as performed by Kirby Heyborne ??? was your favorite?

    I especially liked the contractor who ended up marrying the quirky sister. He alone showed the sort of sweet, flawed humanity that her other books have in more abundance.


    If you could take any character from The Beginner's Goodbye out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    That would be the character I just mentioned, although I cannot recall his name.


    Any additional comments?

    Please try other books by Anne Tyler such as Ladder of Years, Saint Maybe, Accidental Tourist and Patchwork Planet. I love them all and have returned to them many times.

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    karltonwrites 04-18-12

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    A good (and short) book by Anne Tyler about a widower dealing with the ghost of his wife - She's dealt with this topic before to greater success, but her characters are always so vivid and interesting, it's difficult to not like an Anne Tyler novel.

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