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The Chronology of Water Audiobook

The Chronology of Water: A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

This is not your mother's memoir. In The Chronology of Water, Lidia Yuknavitch expertly moves the listener through issues of gender, sexuality, violence, and the family from the point of view of a lifelong swimmer turned artist. In writing that explores the nature of memoir itself, her story traces the effect of extreme grief on a young woman's developing sexuality that some define as untraditional because of her attraction to both men and women. Her emergence as a writer evolves at the same time and takes the narrator on a journey of addiction, self-destruction, and ultimately survival that finally comes in the shape of love and motherhood.

©2010 Lidia Yuknavitch (P)2017 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"This isn't a memoir 'about' addiction, abuse, or love: it's a triumphantly unrelenting look at a life buoyed by the power of the written word." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jessalin 06-13-17
    Jessalin 06-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Vicious, Moving, and Artful"
    What did you love best about The Chronology of Water?

    Yuknavitch writes gorgeous sentences. I often found myself rewinding just to listen to the way she makes "a sentence hum" to paraphrase her own description of her writing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Her life is shocking and sometimes difficult to stomach, but her nonlinear account of these events makes the narrative easier to read.


    What three words best describe Christina Delaine’s performance?

    Though there is no doubt in my mind that Delaine is a talented performer, her reading of this book sometimes overshadowed the writing. Her vocal patterns are artistic, certainly, but can be repetitive or overly theatrical. She has the tendency to go from very quiet to ear-piercingly loud, so I often had to keep my hand on the volume control.


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

    Halfway through the book, I started to become disenchanted with the constant rage and self-destruction she depicts and re-enacts through language. Then there was a turning point near the end that put the rest in perspective.


    Any additional comments?

    Though this was an incredible book, I almost wish I had read it traditionally rather than listening to an audiobook. It's not that Delaine's performance ruined the book, rather I would have liked to take the book at my own pace with more neutral inflections.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A gross 10-17-17
    A gross 10-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Bad choice of narrator"

    The book is fantastic but the narrator’s delivery is forced and distracts from the story. Nails on a chalkboard.

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    michelle martonick prew Seattle, WA United States 09-28-17
    michelle martonick prew Seattle, WA United States 09-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The narrator is beyond annoying to listen to"

    The narrator is beyond annoying to listen to and doesn't seem to fit the tone of the book well

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    Anonymous 09-11-17
    09-11-17
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    "Narrator is very obnoxious"

    I have a lot of respect for the author and I think I would've really enjoyed the book if I had read it. However, the narrator overacts the story so frequently and created a relationship of annoyance between me and the story. She impersonates accents, elongates and accentuates words excessively and overall makes the story really hard to listen to and pretentious sounding . Do yourself a favor and read this story instead of listening.

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    Sondra Healey Portland, OR 07-21-17
    Sondra Healey Portland, OR 07-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Best Memoir EVER!!"

    I've already read it twice and just wanted to experience it again so I got the audiobook. Such a heartbreaking and also amazing story and the most unique memoir I've ever read. Lidia write like no one else. Every sentence is a work of art. I truly couldn't recommend The Chronology of Water more. Read it!!

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    Anonymous 07-20-17
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    "Cushing"

    I listened to this in two days. It gripped me. Hard. Recommend it x a million.

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