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Beaches

A Novel
Narrated by: Iris Rainer Dart
Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
Categories: Fiction, Chick Lit
4 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An extraordinary friendship binds two strikingly different women together through 30 years of drama, free-spirited joy, and shattering tragedy.
©2004 Iris R. Dart (P)2009 Phoenix

Critic Reviews

"A touching story of the friendship between two very different women. Cee Cee Bloom, with her loud mouth, loud personality and flaming red hair, is determined to become a Hollywood star. Bertie White, delicate and conservative, hopes for a loving husband and family. They meet as children in 1951 in Atlantic City, and, as pen pals, keep in touch with each other. Their reunions through the years always occur at or near the beach, whether in Sarasota, Malibu or Hawaii. Their story jumps back and forth between past and present. Cee Cee and Bertie are genuine, and readers will like them and understand why they are friends." ( School Library Journal)

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  • Vanessa
  • McLean, VA, United States
  • 01-18-11

Sound Quality

I really enjoyed the book. The author does a wonderful job reading her work, however the sound quality is terrible.

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What a Read and a Reread!

I applaud Mrs. Dart of making this book for being what it is. A + Lister of performance,. This book, performed by the author herself, she has wonderfully done this book well. as well as Bette and Barbra did well. I insist that you get I'll be there the sequel to this book. Even better.

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Abridged Version Is Abridged

Since this is a three hour rendition of the novel, it was obviously abridged. It should be labeled as such. Almost half the story isn't here, and the audio quality is terrible! The author gives an adequate performance, but the sound level is wildly inconsistent (it's extremely obvious when chunks have been cut) and frequently have static, buzzing or other interference - or is so muffled it sounds like your speaker is under a pile of laundry. Terrible version of a really good novel. Get it in paperback and read the whole thing instead.

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Story is great, quality is terrible

Would you listen to Beaches again? Why?

The audio quality is terrible. I could have done better at my house.

What did you like best about this story?

It's a great story and it's well told about friends.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Iris Rainer Dart?

I don't know. She was ok but she talked really really fast.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. It was quite fast.