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Publisher's Summary

In 1920s New Orleans, Raziela Nolan's magnificent love affair is interrupted by her untimely and tragic death. Immediately after, she chooses to stay between a realm that exists after life and before whatever lies beyond it. From this remarkable vantage point, Razi narrates the story of her lost love as well as of the relationship of Amy and Scott, a young couple whose house she haunts seventy years later. It is their own troubled story that finally compels Razi to slowly unravel the mystery of what happened to her first and only passion, Andrew, and to confront a long-hidden secret.

The Mercy of Thin Air entwines two heartbreaking and redemptive love stories that echo across three generations and culminates in a finish that will leave readers breathless. It is a poignant and brilliant first novel that beautifully captures the nature of love and shows how it transcends all barriers, even death.

©2005 Ronlyn Domingue; (P)2005 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division.

Critic Reviews

"Luminous, wise, tender, passionate, and compassionate, this book is special. Razi is a rare character, and her story opens like the petals of a flower. She makes me understand, all over again, the redemptive power of love. One to treasure." (Posie Graeme-Evans)

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  • Lisa
  • Bayside, NY, United States
  • 07-18-06

Thin Story

I didn't know this was abridged until I got to the end and it was announced; somehow I missed that in the book description -- still can't find it stated anywhere. This book didn't quite hold my interest throughout. It's sort of precious and bland and I kept on with it but often wished I hadn't started.

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Why is this abridged?

The book is one of my favourite and I was so disappointed when I realised that the audiobook is not the full novel - why?

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Ehh...

Wonderful narration and beautiful writing. However, little plot what so ever in my opinion. Slow moving book.

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This is what love is...

A journey that even death may not block. Love is a beautiful tragedy drowning one in loss and hope.

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This was an equisite and beautiful book to read...

....Rebecca Gayheart portrayed the characters in such a way that I believed I was actually listening to Razi speak....that she was a real person. The romance in this book was perfect........there was just a touch of sex with much passion and love and tenderness that caused me to feel anticipation for the next time the lovers in the book would meet. It was a ghost story but in a fashion that was not scary but more that it needed to be told this way...with Razi being our guide thru both Andrew's and Amy's lives....There is a lot of sadness and anger from broken hearts that needs to be dealt with and the reader is drawn in to the point of almost feeling their heart breaking too. I found myself being pulled into the story each time I would start it up again and it was REALLY difficult for me to stop........I'm sure I would've finished this book in an afternoon if I would have had the opportunity. I loved how this book made me feel and think and wonder.......and how I could just sit and ponder on the beauty of a love that transends all time and worlds......It was a really amazing experience or me to read this book and one that I will fondly think about during the remainder of my reading years and beyond.

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A beautiful love story.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Of course, it was an outstanding listen.

What other book might you compare The Mercy of Thin Air to and why?

Don't know. I a new listener, however, I have listened to approximately 20 books in 2011.

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  • Michelle
  • Blacksburg, VA, United States
  • 09-07-11

Incredible!

Amazing love story that will leave you breathless! Rebecca Gayheart does an amazing job and her voice goes beautifully with the story.

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Mercy of Thin Air

Well written, interesting. An unusual love story.