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Black Water Audiobook

Black Water

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On Grayling Island, off the coast of Maine, Kelly Kelleher meets the Senator at a Fourth of July beach party. He is old enough to be her father; she is young enough to find his attention flattering. And with an optimism born of inexperience, she believes she can take care of herself. As evening approaches, the two move unaware toward a shattering appointment with destiny. When the Senator offers Kelly a ride to the ferry, it is not love but death that awaits her.

©1993 Joyce Carol Oates; (P)2009 Phoenix

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    Mel USA 07-09-17
    Mel USA 07-09-17 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "While Drowning..."

    What's summer without a 4th of July party on a beach in Martha's Vineyard, a man-eating shark, or a plunge off a bridge into a murky tide-swept pond?

    This novella was first published in 1992, 23 yrs. after Chappaquiddick. Oates began taking notes on the events at Chappaquiddick in 1969 out of what she called "a horrified fascination and sympathy" for the victim, adding that the story is not Chappaquiddick, but rather she wanted the story to be "somewhat mythical, the almost archetypal experience of a young woman who trusts an older man and whose trust is violated.'

    Kelly Kelleher is 26, one of the young women decorating the Washington political scene, when she attends a 4th of July party at a celebrity couple's beachfront home. It's rumored *The Senator* will be attending; a powerful 50-something, Democratic Senator, separated from his wife, and the Democratic nominee for the Presidency, from which he withdrew. The man has a reputation. Sounding familiar?
    Oates stays away from the facts and evidence of that event, keeping the reader with the victim in her parallel story. The car swerves onto a side road, bumps along, then smashes through the guardrail. The plunge is more sudden than she thought it would be...the water smells like sewage and is thick and black. As it disappears into the murky water she fights to free herself, she's stuck; she feels his foot push against her head as he propels himself away from her and the sinking vehicle. Struggling to keep the sludge out of her lungs, her mind begins to madly recount the events of the day, then reel through how she got to this place...and "I can't die here..."

    The writing is what you'd expect from Oates, descriptive and intelligent, but the style she chooses for this story was not my preference. The narrative is a fast flow of words, almost frenetic, reflecting the panic of the situation through the victim's thoughts alone. But that didn't detract from what was a powerful experience. If you are considering this audiobook, I'll give you this from a more qualified listener: *In 2007, The New York Times Book Review editor Dwight Garner wrote that Amanda Plummer's "cool, dark telling" of Black Water was "the best book on tape ever recorded."

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    kelly-ann 07-01-17
    kelly-ann 07-01-17 Member Since 2015
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    Where does Black Water rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    #3


    Would you be willing to try another book from Joyce Carol Oates? Why or why not?

    Yes I would


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of then


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

    Most definity


    Any additional comments?

    All I have to say is the book was great

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emily East Hampton, NY, USA 10-07-12
    Emily East Hampton, NY, USA 10-07-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Irresistable"

    I couldn't stop listening to this powerfully written and powerfully read book by one of my favorite authors. I think it would appeal much more to women than men however.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carmen Chile 04-02-12
    Carmen Chile 04-02-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Boring"
    What would have made Black Water better?

    Only to cut it to 4 pages


    What could Joyce Carol Oates have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not repeat Anna repeat and...repeat


    Would you be willing to try another one of Amanda Plummer’s performances?

    Off course


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Carol Oates writes so good, so why this abberation?

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    "Aching"

    Joyce Carol Oates once again explores the aching heart of a situation. JCO fans who love that sort of exploration will love this; I am ; I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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