Douglas Petersen may be mild-mannered, but behind his reserve lies a sense of humor that seduces beautiful Connie into a second date...and eventually into marriage. Now, almost three decades later, they live more or less happily in the London suburbs with their moody seventeen year-old son, Albie. Then Connie tells him she thinks she wants a divorce.
The timing couldn’t be worse. Connie has planned a month-long tour of European capitals, a chance to experience the world’s greatest works of art as a family, and she can’t bring herself to cancel. And maybe going ahead is for the best anyway? Douglas is privately convinced that this landmark trip will rekindle the romance in the marriage, and might even help him to bond with Albie.
Narrated from Douglas’s endearingly honest, slyly witty, and at times achingly optimistic point of view, Us is the story of a man trying to rescue his relationship with the woman he loves, and learning how to get closer to a son who’s always felt like a stranger.
©2014 David Nicholls (P)2014 HarperCollinsPublishers
"Haig's portrayal of a straitlaced middle-aged scientist who is trying to fit in with his artistic, laid-back family is flawless, and listeners will be impressed with his ability to seamlessly transition among the characters, capturing each one's personality. This bittersweet comedy of errors and self-discovery is destined to be one of the most talked about audiobooks of the year." (AudioFile)
This novel was a great one. The story is simple - a married English couple in their 50's is dealing with a marriage in distress. The story is from the man's point of view. Their 17 year-old son, ready to head off to college, is the other main character. The husband is a scientist; the wife an artist. The conservative man has a rocky relationship with his son. It sounds almost stereotypical. It is anything but that. The novel alternates between the present and the past in their relationships. The characters are all so believable and interesting. It is an incredibly engaging and emotional story. In addition, the narrator is great, with perfect voices for all three main characters. If you like real life relationship novels, they don't come better than this. I hated to have this end. It has been years since I have enjoyed such a great novel, and I read and listen to a lot. I wish I could give this 6 stars.
Life's good when I am listening to a great book.
David Nicholls novel, "Us", was an inside look at a marriage written from the male perspective. Douglas, the husband and protagonist, is a man working hard to save his long-term marriage. The author was able to bring me so close to the husband that I longed to talk with him and tell him to stop trying so hard and stop letting Connie make all the decisions. I felt sad for him as he tried too hard to please his beloved wife and sad for the wife that she could not see her husband for the gem that he was. This was a book of angst and frustration; often moving too slowly for my taste. My favorite part of the book was watching Douglas work towards rekindling his relationship with his son and watching him make some hard-won changes in himself towards the end of the novel. As a marital portrayal, the novel is a fairly accurate picture of what could and/or does go on in some marriages. The listening experience was improved through the clarity of voice provided by David Haig. This novel would be an interesting read for a book group that was ready to discuss male/female roles in marriage; other than that, I am not sure I would recommend this due to the long and tedious story line. The listening experience was improved through the clarity of voice provided by David Haig.
True and sad story of a typical marriage. Making one wondering if it happens to everyone-messed up, complicated. Great performance.
US is the best book I have read in a long time. I am a very fussy reader and return almost as many as I keep. David Haig is a master of dialog, making subtle adjustments for younger characters. When will the next book by David Nichols be available?
I'm a self-employed woman who enjoys historical fiction, mysteries and thrillers, political and law fiction, and self-development. I enjoy an intellectual challenge. I'm married for 25 years and have a daughter in college.
I will immediately look for other books by this author and reader. At times depressing, a little too close to reality for comfort at moments, but so funny at times that I couldn't listen to it while my husband was sleeping next to me because I shook with belly laughs. Nails the absurdity of raising a teenager. I'd recommend it to people who've had long marriages and any young person wonderful enough to care about their parents' point of view if any exist.
Wonderful character development. I loved and then despised and then loved again each character in turn. Isn't that how real life works? The author captured that so well. I miss Connie. How is she? Is Douglas OK? And Albie??? I want more of these people. The narrator (bad word!) the performer was outstanding!!!!
Admittedly, I wasn't expecting much when I started this book. What a surprise ! Humor, heartbreak, and an introspective look at relationships, marital and familial. As a bonus, there is the setting, a trip through some of Europe's most celebrated cities. One of my favorite books this year. And, wonderful narration, too.
Dryly funny with wonderful clear characters and insights into human behavior, I totally enjoyed this story of
Douglas, his wife, Connie, and their son, Albert. Truthful, hilarious, and worth a tear hear and there. No formulas used in this gem about a biochemist and his loved ones.
I am a total audiobook addict! I travel quite a bit for work and listen to them while I drive. Always searching for a good author to follow
I have never read this author before or listened to this narrator, David Haig was really lovely to listen to.
I like Douglas the main character. The book was told from his point of view and I found him interesting
I mostly enjoyed this book, I got a little bored in parts but I wanted to stay listening and find out what happened in the end.
Beautifully written and fantastic performance! This story had me laughing out loud and then somber with the underlying storyline. Great choice for an entertaining and lovely story.
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