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We Are Water: A Novel | [Wally Lamb]

We Are Water: A Novel

After 27 years of marriage and three children, Anna Oh - wife, mother, outsider artist - has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her success. They plan to wed in the Oh family’s hometown of Three Rivers in Connecticut. But the wedding provokes some very mixed reactions and opens a Pandora’s Box of toxic secrets - dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs' lives.
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Publisher's Summary

We Are Water is a disquieting and ultimately uplifting audiobook about a marriage, a family, and human resilience in the face of tragedy, from Wally Lamb, the New York Times best-selling author of The Hour I First Believed and I Know This Much is True.

After 27 years of marriage and three children, Anna Oh - wife, mother, outsider artist - has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her success. They plan to wed in the Oh family's hometown of Three Rivers in Connecticut. But the wedding provokes some very mixed reactions and opens a Pandora's Box of toxic secrets - dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs' lives.

We Are Water is a layered portrait of marriage, family, and the inexorable need for understanding and connection, told in the alternating voices of the Ohs: nonconformist, Anna; her ex-husband, Orion, a psychologist; Ariane, the do-gooder daughter, and her twin, Andrew, the rebellious only son; and free-spirited Marissa, the youngest. It is also a portrait of modern America, exploring issues of class, changing social mores, the legacy of racial violence, and the nature of creativity and art.

With humor and compassion, Wally Lamb brilliantly captures the essence of human experience and the ways in which we search for love and meaning in our lives.

The complete list of narrators includes Robin Miles and Sandy Rustin.

©2013 Wally Lamb (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Catherine Yuma, Az, United States 03-20-14
    Catherine Yuma, Az, United States 03-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Wally Lamb is one of the best writers of out time."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this book to friends; the story is told from the heart and Wally has great insight to his topic. He has a special way of getting right into the mind's hidden places.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read all of Wally Lamb's books and each one amazes me. I hope that he continues to write for a very long time.

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    Kelly Miller Rancho Murieta, CA 03-14-14
    Kelly Miller Rancho Murieta, CA 03-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A+++++++++ALL OF WALLY LAMB'S NOVELS ARE AMAZING."
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    If you have never read Wally Lamb's novels, stop whatever you are doing/reading and get one. ALL OF THEM ARE EXCELLENT. He writes long books that you never want to end. I love his books so much I have read a few of them twice. I finish the book. Usually cry. And start on page 1 for a second read.

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    linda NEW MILFORD, CT, United States 03-13-14
    linda NEW MILFORD, CT, United States 03-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "This is a book of whiners."
    Where does We Are Water rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This has to go down as the most annoying audible book I have ever listened to. The characters are constantly complaining and whining. Just awful


    What was most disappointing about Wally Lamb’s story?

    The characters were constantly complaining


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    no


    Who was the most memorable character of We Are Water and why?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    Can't get through this, just too annoying to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen 03-06-14
    Ellen 03-06-14
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    "Hard to listen to a pedophile"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    There's so much to like about this book, but it might be better experienced in print. I am finding the intimacy of Kent's voice in my ears repulsive.


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    Keeley Buckley, WA, United States 02-26-14
    Keeley Buckley, WA, United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Horrible. Migrain Inducing."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have liked his other books, but this was just plain AWFUL.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Wally Lamb again?

    No, I would not.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    The only person I didn't want to rip my ears off listening to was whoever proformed Andrew.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from We Are Water?

    The whole thing. The words were so stilted I couldn't get into it at all. People do not speak like that. Almost no emotion, perfect English at all times, and don't even get me started at how they had an Africian American from New Jersey speaking like a mammy from 1900. So bad.


    Any additional comments?

    I honestly got a migrain from this book. I'm so mad I wasted money on it. B-A-D.

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    Heather 02-23-14
    Heather 02-23-14
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    "Not a surprise"
    Would you try another book from Wally Lamb and/or the narrators?

    No.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not Wally Lamb.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    There are too many narrators.


    What character would you cut from We Are Water?

    I would cut the narrator for Anna. It might have been a passable story (although the Kent chapters could have been left out completely) but the melodramatic narration for the Anna character was stomach-turning.


    Any additional comments?

    I have always been disappointed by Wally Lamb's books, and I'm finished giving him second chances.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wende 02-23-14
    Wende 02-23-14
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    "Enough already"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Tone down the political commentary


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    In general, the story was interesting.


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

    The narrators really influence how I picture the characters.


    Could you see We Are Water being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I understand political viewpoints are a fact of our lives. However, the constant use of them in this book was a real turn-off. I do not remember Mr. Lamb using them to this extent in his other books, which I loved. Eventually I stopped listening to this book because the political commentaries were just too much and I stopped enjoying the story.

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    Mary STATE COLLEGE, PA, United States 02-17-14
    Mary STATE COLLEGE, PA, United States 02-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Narration was almost intolerable"
    Would you be willing to try another book from Wally Lamb? Why or why not?

    Eh, the plot was interesting, if not a little cliche and predictable. It kept me listening, though, which is about all I can ask for from an audiobook.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    I didn't realize that the part of Orion Oh was narrated by Wally Lamb until I finished the book, but it does make sense. Lamb is NOT a professional actor or narrator, and his voice is... just not suited for audiobooks. He makes Orion sound effeminate and tentative. If Lamb was insistent about including himself in the audiobook, he should have read the part of Kent. His voice has a creepy lilt that did not suit the Orion character all. Frankly, it ruined his (substantial) portion of the novel for me.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from We Are Water?

    I absolutely HATED the scenes detailing Annie's first sexual experiences with Albie, her boss's son. Annie's sexual "naivete" is laughably unrealistic. She's supposed to be inexperienced and innocent --- not an Amish teen finally let off the family farm.


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    EJJ 02-15-14
    EJJ 02-15-14
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    "Tedious"
    Would you try another book from Wally Lamb and/or the narrators?

    No. Absolutely not.


    What was most disappointing about Wally Lamb’s story?

    The narration was overwrought and overacted. There wasn't a single character who was likable or sympathetic.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    There really wasn't any pace to match. The characters spend half of every segment reflecting and asking themselves rhetorical questions about the same old events, and the other half is spent in meaningless detail and answering questions with "uh huh."


    Was We Are Water worth the listening time?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I finished this because I'm one of those readers, but I can't think of a single redeeming quality about the book. Each character was damaged, bitter, self-pitying, and poisonous.

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    Kathleen Cooke Kirkland, WA United States 02-12-14
    Kathleen Cooke Kirkland, WA United States 02-12-14 Member Since 2004
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    "So delicious. Already starting to grieve it ending"
    Where does We Are Water rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For my bookish friends.......I'm in the last chapters of We Are Water, the new novel by Wally Lamb "(She's Come Undone", "This Much I Know is True", "The Hour I First Believed)". I'm actually listening to it read to me on Audible. I so love this book. Current social topics, complicated family dynamics, great writing. He is high on my list of novelists - up there with Wallace Stegner and John Irving. I Highly recommend.


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