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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best seller Lauren Groff returns with a new book as bold and consuming as her novel Fates and Furies. 

Lauren Groff is "a writer of rare gifts"*, and Florida - her first new book since her "clear the ground triumph"* Fates and Furies - is an electrifying, expanding listen. 

Over a decade ago, Groff moved to her adopted home state of Florida. The stories in this collection span characters, towns, decades, even centuries, but Florida - its landscape, climate, history, and state of mind - becomes its gravitational center. Storms, snakes, and sinkholes lurk at the edge of everyday life, but the greater threats and mysteries are of a human, emotional, and psychological nature. 

Groff's evocative storytelling and knife-sharp intelligence first transport the listener, then jolt us alert with a crackle of wit, a wave of sadness, a flash of cruelty, as she writes about loneliness, rage, family, and the passage of time. With shocking accuracy and effect, Groff pinpoints the moments and decisions and connections behind human pleasure and pain, hope and despair, love and fury - the moments that make us alive. Vigorous, startling, precise, and moving, Florida is a magnificent achievement. 

(*The New York Times, Washington Post

©2018 Lauren Groff (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Don't buy the audiobook

I don't think this is a book for me, so I'm not gonna tell people not to read it. I am going to tell you that the audiobook version is frustratingly bad. The chapters are seemingly placed at random intervals throughout the short stories. Some end halfway through a sentence without any explanation as to why. On top of that, it's impossible to tell when any of the short stories will end, since every chapter is approximately the same length. If this book interests you, read it yourself, don't listen to it on Audible.

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Thufferin thuccotash!

Why oh why do authors narrate their own books? There are so many fantastically talented people out there with voices that perfectly fit the idea the author is trying to convey. Just pick one and sit back and relax.

Lauren Groff, God bless her, has a lisp on her S's that doesn't make her any less of a person, and by Chapter 30 or so you kinda (sorta) get used to it, but man does it distract from listening. Once you notice the impediment it's all that you hear. Ugh..

As for as my ratings of two's across the boards, I have to say some of that was my fault. I've lived in Florida for the past 5 years, and whenever I move to a new place I like to get a sense of the history and the culture. I saw the Florida Panther on the cover and scanned the review. To me I thought this was going to be about Florida's colorful history.

But unfortunately the stories have little to do with my adoptive home state. They honestly could happen anywhere, and then Ms. Groff throws in a token mention of a hurricane or a gator just to keep with the theme.

If you want books outlining some of the color of the Sunshine State, check out the library of Carl Hiaasen. If you want dreamy narrating, poetic writing, and a mish-mosh of short stories that could take place anywhere, pick up this little book.

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Stories wonderful and I am a big fan looking forward to the next book
Lauren Groff voice is wonderful

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  • Nadjia
  • Glendale, AZ, United States
  • 06-27-18

not what I expected but I loved it

this was a wonderful collection of characters that makes me selfish I could get to know them on a deeper level.

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  • Emily
  • Iowa, USA
  • 06-25-18

Amazing

Brilliant storytelling and perfectly told. I loved listening to this audiobook at night as I was winding down for the day. It made my heart at times resonate with the story and I found it hard to stop listening.

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This Sucked

This book made almost no sense what so ever. Incredibly disappointed in this book, need a refund.

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  • Diane
  • Louisville, KY, United States
  • 06-23-18

Heart of Darkness

I think Lauren Groff needs to move back to upstate New York. Like her, I grew up in upstate NY and, while I haven't re-located to Florida, over the past years I have spent quite a bit of time in rural north central Florida, so I greatly looked forward to this book in hopes it would re-create some of the magic of her earlier work about NY, but this time about the Florida that I have grown to love, a Florida unknown to tourists. I so enjoyed her "Monsters of Templeton," situated in central upstate NY, which definitely had its dark episodes but was replete with a lyrical love for the area and its history, and I had anticipated an equally masterful treatment of hidden Florida.

This book, however, is unrelentingly and oppressively dark with little sense of of place. In fact, the title "Florida" is a misnomer; much of the book is placed outside of Florida with only the most tenuous connection to the state and whatever connection exists is not a happy one. I confess that I did not realize that this was a collection of short stories until about a third of the way through the book. I had thought it was another novel, so naturally I was pretty confused by the absence of continuity which did not set me off on the right foot. I am not especially a fan of short stories but the best collections offer a variety of mood and tone- definitely not a characteristic of this work.

Ms Groff is a beautiful writer but her talents are poorly employed here and like so many authors she would have been better leaving narration in the hands of the professionals.

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slow and boring

read this from a book club, did not hold my interest and found myself daydreaming and not listening to the book. Also was very lost, was all the short stories supposed to be the same woman? To me seemed basically like a diary of a depressed liberal.

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