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Publisher's Summary

Duncan Peck has a fascination for randomness and is always taking his family on the move. His wife, Justine, is a fortune teller who can't remember the past. Her grandfather, Daniel, longs to find the brother who walked out of his life in 1912, with nothing more than a fiddle in his hand. All three are taking journeys that lead back to the family's deepest roots... to a place where rebellion and acceptance have the haunting power to merge into one.

©1975 Anne Tyler Modarressi (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Magic and true, dazzling and wise.... It has an astounding confidence, depth and range.... A wonderful, wonderful novel." (The Boston Globe)

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  • Robyn
  • Battleboro, NC, United States
  • 08-13-11

As good as I remember

This was a favorite book in my 20s and certainly my most favorite of Anne Tyler's work. When I saw it had been made into an audio I was hesitant. Would it live up to my memories, was the reader good? I am pleasantly surprised. This is a great story. Anne Tyler was a forerunner of the many "wacky family" type fiction you see a lot of today, but I think it's done with more depth and feeling. This isn't as melancholy as many of her books. The characters are interesting and well drawn. Highly recc'd!

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Family Can Be Complicated

Another very good Anne Tyler novel that charts the complicated waters of family through her quirky characters. It's one of her starker novels, but I still found it very satisfying.

This is about the tenth of her books I have read, which may be good. Newcomers should check out the books she wrote in the 1980's (Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, The Accidental Tourist) before moving backwards as I am now.

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  • marty
  • Fremont, California United States
  • 12-04-12

Reader ruined the story

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No. Because I disliked the reader so much.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Searching for Caleb?

The moment I decided to I stop listening about 1/3 way through. Anne Tyler is one of my favorite authors and have either read or listened to most f her books. It takes a special reader to do justice to Tyler's books and this Angele Masters just read to darned fast..

Would you be willing to try another one of Angele Masters’s performances?

NO!

Was Searching for Caleb worth the listening time?

No, because I couldn't even finish it. I know I will get a lot more out of this book if I read it myself.

Any additional comments?

Readers make the story.