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We Are Water Audiobook
We Are Water
Written by: 
Wally Lamb
Narrated by: 
Wally Lamb, George Guidall, Maggi-Meg Reed, Tavia Gilbert, Richard Ferrone, Edoardo Ballerini, Cynthia Darlow, Therese Plummer
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We Are Water Audiobook

We Are Water: A Novel

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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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    Allison 07-09-14
    Allison 07-09-14
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    "Excellent book."

    One of the best novels I have read (listened) to in a long time. Wally Lamb never dissapoints!

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    Rachel Pennsylvania 06-23-14
    Rachel Pennsylvania 06-23-14
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    "Wally Lamb hits it out of the park, again!"
    If you could sum up We Are Water in three words, what would they be?

    Wally Lamb weaves themes of child sexual abuse and loss into a very interesting tale about artists. He gives back stories on the characters as the plot moves forward, and alternately narrates in the first person voice of 3 of the main characters.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The book had several alternating narrators, including the author, which made the listening very enjoyable.


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    Heidi New York, NY, United States 06-20-14
    Heidi New York, NY, United States 06-20-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Fabulous"
    Where does We Are Water rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Th author is one of the main characters. Still can't get his voice and story out of my head. A must read!


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    Foodie New York, NY United States 06-17-14
    Foodie New York, NY United States 06-17-14 Member Since 2016
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    "A Wonderful Listen. Liked but not Loved It"
    Any additional comments?

    The story of the characters had me very interested. I was never bored, especially with the audible book as it was narrated by several different people. I found myself rolling my eyes a few times with the degree of personal flaws of every single character. It was a bit much and that is my only major complaint. This was read by my book group and liked

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    christa 06-11-14
    christa 06-11-14
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    "Wally never disappoints me!"
    Would you listen to We Are Water again? Why?

    Yes, in about another year or two I like to reread Wally's books. Drama is the name of his game and he is great at seeing the humanity in all of us. There is always a character you can relate to.


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    sldpac 06-11-14
    sldpac 06-11-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Wally Lamb delivers again"
    Would you consider the audio edition of We Are Water to be better than the print version?

    Maybe, equally as good for certain


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Orion Oh was one of my favorite characters, but this story is not one of favorite characters but the whole piece. the story itself won my heart


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

    Certainly listening to the narrators helps distinguish the character's voices, and make the interactions between the characters more vivid. Kurt's character was perhaps made more vile as he literally gets into your head when listening to the story.


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

    I was surprised by the sense of joy and relief I found at the end of the book. it was both expected, and yet crept up and surprised me. When I listen to an audio book I am not always aware when the end is near (I listen on my ipod). Once iI reached the end (spoiler alert) and Andrew picked up Orion and carried him into the ocean, I knew the story had reached a point of resolution and peace.


    Any additional comments?

    (spoiler alert)

    Wally Lamb is a magnificent story teller. In listening to his interview at the end of the audio book I appreciated and confirmed for myself how he constructs a story. As the characters are developed and the different voices evolve (like Kurt for example) it again became clear to me that his tales have a life of their own. His characters become real individuals placed in these circumstances, and must fight their way to self awareness and release. (Not unlike the way Orion describes the process of writing in the later chapters. A bit of autobiography perhaps?)
    We do not have to like his characters. Kurt is repulsive, and I must admit that listening to his voice made him even creepier than reading his voice might have...you cannot escape his nature when listening to "him". Lamb's stories take the reader from point A to point B, and teach us about human nature and how we can evolve as individuals if we open ourselves up to our hidden truths.
    This story really begins with Annie Oh's childhood, and ends with each character on the road to healing. It is clear that Orion has grown as a father, a husband, a friend, despite his horrific paraplegia, Andrew has found a true faith, and is ready to pay the consequences of his actions, even though we hope he will be forgiven by the system; Annie Oh is finally facing her horrific childhood, and will hopefully find peace with her children, and her self. Marrisa and Ariane were less developed characters for me, but both essential to the story lines for they connected the various characters to each other in different ways. The multiple story lines branch off, but ultimately we are left with a sense of peace and hope despite the challenging paths each character takes.

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    Carla Mobile, AL, United States 05-28-14
    Carla Mobile, AL, United States 05-28-14
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    "We really are water....."
    What did you love best about We Are Water?

    I enjoyed the characters and loved the narration. Even the difficult scenes were handled with grace and didn't lose a bit of the intensity. It isn't easy to find a novel as satisfying as this one.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many..


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    T. Malloy 05-28-14
    T. Malloy 05-28-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Wonderful except for the end"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am not taking exception to the ending of the book except it reads like an outline of an ending versus an actual one.

    It reads like Lamb got tired of the characters or ran up against some deadline or just found something more interesting to do.

    However, the book is worthy. Read it.


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    Myrtha 05-11-14
    Myrtha 05-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "ONE OF THE BEST LISTENS EVER..."

    Many listeners before me have review this book in detail, So, just let me express my delight in a story so true to human nature in all its aspects. A story that is engaging, gripping, heartbreaking, and uplifting at the same time. A story where the characters are very real.
    Maybe not the best but certainly one of the most enjoyable things for an audiobook lover is a good narration. And believe me the narration is GREAT.
    As they say "DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND LISTEN TO THIS BOOK"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    myrthasg 05-11-14
    myrthasg 05-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "ONE OF THE BEST LISTENS EVER..."

    Many listeners before me have review this book in detail, So, just let me express my delight in a story so true to human nature in all its aspects. A story that is engaging, gripping, heartbreaking, and uplifting at the same time. A story where the characters are very real.
    Maybe not the best but certainly one of the most enjoyable things for an audiobook lover is a good narration. And believe me the narration is GREAT.
    As they say "DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND LISTEN TO THIS BOOK"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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