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Manhattan Beach Audiobook

Manhattan Beach: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

The long-awaited novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad, Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Anna Kerrigan, nearly 12 years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Anna observes the uniformed servants, the lavishing of toys on the children, and some secret pact between her father and Dexter Styles.

Years later her father has disappeared, and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. She is the sole provider for her mother, a farm girl who had a brief and glamorous career as a Ziegfield folly, and her lovely, severely disabled sister. At a nightclub she chances to meet Styles, the man she visited with her father before he vanished, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father's life, the reasons he might have been murdered.

Mesmerizing, hauntingly beautiful, with the pace and atmosphere of a noir thriller and a wealth of detail about organized crime, the merchant marine, and the clash of classes in New York, Egan's first historical novel is a masterpiece, a deft, startling, intimate exploration of a transformative moment in the lives of women and men, America, and the world. Manhattan Beach is a magnificent novel by one of the greatest writers of our time.

©2017 Jennifer Egan (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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    "Brooklyn, a woman diver during WWII & mystery"

    Easy to listen to (read) description of Brooklyn, N.Y. a woman underwater diver and a mystery during WW2. Great descriptions of the people, locale and "goings on".
    After a decision by the main character - felt "rushed" to conclude, bringing all the pieces together.
    A postcard from a previous time -of interest.

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    It was a little flat in the beginning, but as the characters developed it became one that I did not want to stop listening.

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    anne martin ANN ARBOR, MI, US 10-13-17
    anne martin ANN ARBOR, MI, US 10-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    I fell in love with the characters and could not stop listening. I highly recommend!

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    "Soppy and sentimental"

    I read this book because I was interested in the unusual historical take on the War. The descriptions of diving and sea battle were well researched and interesting. But the plot was convoluted and sentimental with too many coincidences. Instead of writing in the language the characters would have used, Egan embellished the third person narrative voice with the kind of literary and metaphoric language one might find in a ladies' Victorian romance. All in all, full of literary dissonance.

    The readers were only fair. Anna's character was rendered even more soppy by the febrile excitement of the reader, whose lisp seemed oddly artificial and annoying. The male reader was simply bland, unable to breathe life into the diverse cast of characters he had to portray.

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    "I hope the author will publish a sequel soon"

    The narration is beautifully done
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    "Novel amazing: reader ruins it."

    The voice and cadence of the woman reading this novel RUINS it. She borders on treacly and insists on her own tone. This book has narrative subtlety and some darkness and this “rendition “ misses all of that. So disappointed.

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    Audrey Donner Athens, TX USA 10-10-17
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    "Totally engaging!!"

    I didn’t want to stop listening. Eagan’s characters are richly developed, the storyline engaging. I love that a young girl, “ Anna” is the hero of her own story. Her imperfections make her more human and even more likable.

    The readers did a wonderful job setting the tone for the characters.

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    "Compelling and fully rendered"

    This is a great listen: story, characters, performance all flawless. Do yourself a favor and don't miss it.

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