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We Are Water Audiobook

We Are Water: A Novel

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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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    Joy 10-10-14
    Joy 10-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "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.


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    Wendy 09-30-14
    Wendy 09-30-14 Member Since 2010
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    "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.

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    Susan 09-06-14
    Susan 09-06-14
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    "A captivating story: What drives a great artist?"

    Wally Lamb must have a whole head full of very interesting characters. All his books have many dimensional people that bump into each other in the most interesting ways. This book is no exception. What made this one different for me was the depth of so many personalities, living and dead, that didn't seem to belong together at all. There is a touch of the supernatural, and a touch of the unnatural, and lots of reasons people do what they do, but none of them are good.
    I could not stop listening even if I wanted to. It was like finding out way too much information about the people who lived next door. They all haunted me long after the book was finished.

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    SuzieB 09-02-14
    SuzieB 09-02-14
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    "Good. Not great"
    Where does We Are Water rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably in the top 30%.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes. It matched the pace but I just didn't like the person who narrated for the voice of Kent nor of Annie.


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

    It was a rich story but there came a time where I almost put it aside. It gets into the matter of child molestation and the story is told from the point of view of the molester and how he would stalk his prey. As a mother of 2 small children, it was quite disturbing to hear and more than once I considered dropping the book but stuck with it


    Any additional comments?

    If you have any aversion to listening to an author talk, in great detail, about how they preyed upon then molested children then this book is not for you. I think the details were a bit over elaborated on when it came to this part of the story.
    Also, I just couldn't get into Annie's or Kent's character voices.

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    Tammy GREEN BAY, WI, United States 09-01-14
    Tammy GREEN BAY, WI, United States 09-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Very Interesting Story"

    A story of a family, and how your childhood and the things that happen in your life mold you. Good listen. Enjoyed all the characters.

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    Cortney New York 08-24-14
    Cortney New York 08-24-14
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    "The wait for a new Wally Lamb book was worth it!!"
    If you could sum up We Are Water in three words, what would they be?

    Emotional, engrossing, and suspenseful


    What was one of the most memorable moments of We Are Water?

    The flashbacks through each of the character's lives really helped create a journey for the reader. The most memorable though would have to be the backstory of Kent. As a therapist who works with pedophiles on occasion, Mr. Lamb definitely did his homework in illustrating the typical thought patterns and distortions that are frequently found within that population. As disturbing as those scenes were, they were crucial to character development and plot formation.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the scene when Andrew's fiancée calls into the Dr. Laura show. Just spot on in satire.


    If you could take any character from We Are Water out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    It would probably be Annie. Again, as a therapist specializing in trauma, I'm interested in how trauma in childhood affects a person's behavior, relationships, and functioning later in life. Specifically, I'd like to know how she sees the intergenerational nature of trauma and how it manifests itself in generations down the line. I'd love to talk to her about how her work helps channel her thoughts and feelings.


    Any additional comments?

    As usual, Wally Lamb delivers. I felt as if my allegiance to each character was challenged each time I would get another glimpse into their backstory and childhood experiences. This resonated for me as my own personal philosophy is that we should always be challenging our deeply held notions and beliefs, applying critical thinking skills to issues in addition to just going with our gut and constantly reading or seeking out information that only serves to reinforce that we are correct or right in our beliefs. It's imperative that we see our fellow man/woman as multifaceted and consider their experiences that got them to where they are when we encounter them. Lamb does a brilliant job of providing that dichotomy of good/bad in each of his characters, making it easy to lose yourself (as a reader) in their humanity while at the same time being acutely aware of their downfalls.

    An additional note on the use of various voices in the audiobook: BRILLIANT! I have only listened to a few audiobooks as I'm fairly new to this medium, but I thoroughly enjoyed the different voices for different characters. It helped to enhance the storytelling experience in a way I wish the other books I've listened to would follow.

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    Deborah Electric City, WA, United States 08-14-14
    Deborah Electric City, WA, United States 08-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Very thought provoking ~ I highly recommend it"

    Very thought provoking & well performed. It provoked a number of driveway moments ...

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    Nan 08-11-14
    Nan 08-11-14 Member Since 2015

    Listening, allows the mind to enter the magical realm ......

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    "Could not get into story line or Narration"
    What would have made We Are Water better?

    Have the book read by a narrator (s) who understands the emotions of the story. It took a little while, however I began to enjoy the first chapter. Then skipped two through nine due to narration. I listened to chapter 10, because I enjoyed the narrator in other books, however not so much for this story line. I gave up at chapter 11 and returned the book.


    What was most disappointing about Wally Lamb’s story?

    Mostly the narration style.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    Mechanical drone of the Narrators. The complaining, and whining, and over analyzation of every little situation by of the characters. I wanted to reach out and pinch the narrators to wake them up at times.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The slow delivery of the story and chapter points. Perhaps there was a redeeming quality hidden somewhere in the blah blah blah parts, which I did not listen to........


    Any additional comments?

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    Kelly 07-29-14
    Kelly 07-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "First-person, present tense"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'll start with what I liked best. I liked the way that the novel rises out of the roots of the story of a poor, young, self-taught black artist in the 1950s and that all the things that happen to him give rise to everything else in the novel and touch every single life. An author gets to play God, and Lamb does it really really well. The way he sees lives unfolding and the interconnectedness between people in generation after generation and the way they're impacted by the moment in the culture in which they live resonates with me, and I think Lamb is a genius in that way.

    He chose to write in a point of view that shifts from character to character AND he makes them all first person present tense. It's quite ambitious to do both. It's like this: I am driving...I take a drink of water...I see a sign for a restaurant I used to go to...I change the channel on the radio...etc. That kind of thing all through the novel. What he gains in the sense of immediacy that works really well in pivotal moments he loses in how self conscious it seems at other times. This is not helped by two of the narrators--the one for Vivica and especially the one for Annie Oh--who overact. They're so affected. It's funny because I listened to the interview with Lamb at the conclusion of the book and he talked about his experience narrating the part of Orion Oh, how the director told him not to overact. Why didn't the director give the same direction to the other actors? While some of the actors' narrations got in the way of the novel, Lamb's effortlessly conveyed his character.

    Finally--there are some violent parts of the book that are too much for me. But that is most likely just me. I am more sensitive to violence than most people.


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    Peg 07-16-14
    Peg 07-16-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Wally Lamb does it again!"
    Where does We Are Water rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The multiple readers add tremendous flavor to the characters, making it one of my 10 favorite audio books to date.


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