We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
We Are Water Audiobook

We Are Water: A Novel

Regular Price:$31.49
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (1720 )
5 star
 (800)
4 star
 (606)
3 star
 (206)
2 star
 (58)
1 star
 (50)
Overall
4.2 (1553 )
5 star
 (720)
4 star
 (541)
3 star
 (187)
2 star
 (59)
1 star
 (46)
Story
4.4 (1542 )
5 star
 (886)
4 star
 (449)
3 star
 (125)
2 star
 (43)
1 star
 (39)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    John W. Giaconia Jr Lyme, CT USA 02-02-15
    John W. Giaconia Jr Lyme, CT USA 02-02-15 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    18
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Disturbingly Satisfying..."

    Some things we don't like to think about make the most intriguing stories... Yet another great book by Wally Lamb!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lee 02-02-15
    Lee 02-02-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "slow at times but enjoyed"

    The story was really sad at times. .. felt like I should have called my own therapist! I found Annie's character voice to be a bit overdone and sometimes annoying. The story is poignant to life's emotional being and health as Wally Lamb's stories usually are. Good read, just make sure you are in a happy place before you begin because the are intense moments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    cash5ive 01-13-15
    cash5ive 01-13-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Sex too overdone"

    Details details details too many that didn't matter made this a long slog. The women's love affair did not seem genuine

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    CKV 01-10-15
    CKV 01-10-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Pure torture!"

    Everything about this book was bad. I listened because I was driving and needed to stay awake. It worked only because it hurt so much. Painful!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Scott 01-04-15
    Scott 01-04-15 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Yawn"

    Very disappointed in this story. My favorite book of all time was "i know this much is true" and "she's come undone" was at the top of my list. Kept waiting for this book to get interesting and it just never did. Mediocre story at best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    AmyJ 12-13-14
    AmyJ 12-13-14

    I am a mom of 4 that loves loves loves my Megan, Colin, Joshua & Aiden baby.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    120
    16
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "This is a horribly depressing book"
    Would you try another book from Wally Lamb and/or the narrators?

    no never


    What could Wally Lamb have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    maybe have 1 character that was not extremely abusd or broken


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    nothing, they did the best they could with wht they were given


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    depression, who wants to read about child abusers and abused children?


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the description of this book had been more acurate I would not have ever wasted my time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kelley 10-27-14
    Kelley 10-27-14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    19
    7
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "It was ok"
    Would you try another book from Wally Lamb and/or the narrators?

    Yes. I've read "I Know This Much is True" and "She's Come Undone" and they remain among the list of my all-time favorites.


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

    The story was anticlimactic and just sort-of ended.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Wally Lamb's narration was bland and monotonous.


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer Cranberry Twp., Pa, United States 10-21-14
    Amazon Customer Cranberry Twp., Pa, United States 10-21-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    22
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    116
    28
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    21
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wally Lamb - PLEASE WRITE MORE!!!"

    I love Wally Lamb's writing - it's dark and deep. He explores areas of the human condition that we would rather not talk about or think about - from mental illness to incest. Every family has it's problems - and Wally Lamb does an excellent job at bringing you into the inner circle of these families. I likes the narration also - usually I do not like too many narrators in one story - but all of these people bring to the book a different quality - I have also found that authors are not the best narrators - but Mr. Lamb has proven me wrong - I like his voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Joy 10-10-14
    Joy 10-10-14 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    21
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wonderful story, unfortunate narration"
    What made the experience of listening to We Are Water the most enjoyable?

    Wally Lamb's brilliant writing (as always)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It would have been Annie if the narrator didn't ruin her. She was certainly the most complex and interesting. Audiobook-wise, Orion was the most lovable, probably because he was read by Wally himself.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Someone far, far, far, far, far, far, FAR less dramatic to read Annie. I had to psych myself up to get through the parts she was reading. The voice didn't match her character at all. It would have been an okay voice for Viveca, maybe. Similarly, Kent is shady enough ... there was no need to read him in a shady voice. Lamb's characters carry themselves; they need no help whatsoever. Truthfully though, I don't think any book needs that much overacting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Wendy Harwinton, CT, United States 09-30-14
    Wendy Harwinton, CT, United States 09-30-14 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    43
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    51
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I couldn't connect with the characters"
    Would you try another book from Wally Lamb and/or the narrators?

    I like Wally Lamb's earlier works, especially "She's Come Undone". I would give him another try.


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

    I think that there was too much day to day detail. I would have preferred to have gotten more into the characters' heads. That being said, Wally Lamb did an amazing job of relaying the viewpoint of the pedophile.


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    I didn't particularly care for the narrator who read the part of Annie.


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

    Probably.


    Any additional comments?

    His portrayal of the pedophile was amazing but disturbing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Mrs JL Adams-White
    11/22/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wonderful book"

    I really enjoyed this book ... Love Wally Lambs books , and this kept me company on some long car journeys !
    Brilliantly written and well read .. Good to have the different voices for various characters .. Would highly recommend this book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Norwich., United Kingdom
    12/22/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Complex family saga"

    I really enjoyed this book - the first I had come across by Wally Lamb. There are many characters, delivered by different narrators, who tell the developing story from differing angles. All the narrators are excellent, though some of the characters are unpleasant.
    Highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • zomodo
    1/7/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "My favourite book of last year"

    This book was just so incredible I'm so glad I've come across this author. The reviews are excellent and there really isn't anyhinh stopping you from downloading. I love any book on family dynamics and I like books read from individual view points, this combines both.

    The story from the paedophile's view point was highly uncomfortable but this is a reality in this world and just shows the skill of the author (who also narrates one of the characters).

    I can't recommend this book enough and the second book of wally lamb's is now in my wish list.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.