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Golden State

By: Michelle Richmond
Narrated by: Käthe Mazur
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Publisher's Summary

Dr. Julie Walker wakes on a summer morning in San Francisco to find a city in chaos. Today Californians are voting on a controversial ballot initiative that will change history. With the future of the state and the nation uncertain, the streets have erupted into violence.

Injured, Julie must make her way across the city by foot to the Veterans Administration Hospital, where her sister, recently returned from Afghanistan, is in labor. At the hospital a brutal scene is unfolding as a man who shares an intimate past with Julie begins to take his revenge. Throughout the ordeal Julie's estranged husband, desperate for reconciliation, sends out coded messages from the radio station where he is the well-known Voice of Midnight.

Five years in the making, Golden State is both a political thriller and a meditation on marriage, love, and loyalty. Like The Year of Fog, it is a page-turner with a philosophical bent.

©2014 Michelle Richmond (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Nearly every feature of this mesmerizing novel is provocative, as Richmond explores the fragmented, hopeful lives of complex characters... Gripping, multilayered, must-read fiction." ( Library Journal)
"Mesmerizing and intricate, Richmond's dissection of a California on the violent brink of secession from the nation provides the backdrop to her deeper inspection of the uneasy, fragile relationship between siblings...[a] riveting read." ( Booklist)

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So so

I was very hopeful after listening to The Marriage Pact. This more of a slice of life story, no mystery.

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Timely Theme with a Very Interesting Story Timeline

Michelle Richmond is a very interesting writer who creates believable characters found in fantastic scenarios. Her writing is both entertaining and thought provoking.

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Fabulous !

What did you love best about Golden State?

I enjoyed everything about this book - the characters, the narrative, the story. Excellent narration by Kathe Mazur. She brought emotional resonance to the story. This is one of the best books I've listened to this year !

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Really good.

I think this author isn't recognized enough. I put this on play because it was free with Plus. I usually use the freebies for playing to listen while I work. Now I wish I had used it for a proper listening. This is her second novel that I have downloaded, I also listened to The Marriage Pact. Very engaging stories and well written. I also love when authors successfully use a location as its own character. Well done!

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Interesting - Some things I loved, some that missed the mark.

Overall I really enjoyed this book. I liked the suspense, the various story lines all intertwined (some of the things other reviews did not like). She did a great job with character descriptions and I especially like how the author weaves in references to songs - many that I had forgotten about - I went back and listened to and enjoyed again (hello, San Francisco Days). I am a veteran and veteran spouse, and also the mom of active duty Service members. You can tell she did her homework on that piece, but she somewhat painted all veterans as crazy and unhinged. It would have been nice to have had a few put together veteran characters to represent that there’s a wide range of veterans in our country - not all of them are unhinged. Great pictures of California and Mississippi. Also enjoyed the political storyline and even checked to see when the book was written b/c it was so eerie with today’s political climate - so she hit the nail on the head with that piece. As a free download, I was not disappointed.

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Life is an adventure

This is definitely an adventure story and if you are a Bay Area Californian you'll catch all the references. Lots of fun.

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Politically Relevant

I don't know what it is about this author but her voice connects with me. The subplot of California voting to leave the the United States pulled me in right from the beginning as it felt very relevant to what is happening in politics right now. In this book, three timelines weave together to provide the character backstories and the present day suspense story of a patient/ex boyfriend stalking a VA doctor who is just trying to hold her life together. Good story. Well performed.

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The story which wasn't bad jumped around alot, more than most. Which made it hard to know was she thinking of the past or was it in the past.
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Worth the listen!

I don’t typically leave many reviews on novels but this one was well worth it. The author captivated you right from the beginning and there was never a boring or low-key part of this book. I loved it.

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Thought provoking

This is a really captivating story and truly relevant. Thoughtful and insightful. very well narrated too.

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A very long story - not a page turner

Whilst I enjoyed the first book i read by this writer, this one is bland in comparison, and after 9 gruelling hours i still don't know why the general state of unrest was in the city, it could have been cut down to half the size of book and possibly better because of it.

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  • 05-16-22

A great read!

I had read some of Michelle Richmond's other books, so I chose another one, and this one did not disappoint. It is totally character driven and full of a variety of thoughts about the human condition. The reader is skilled and I found the whole story enjoyable, and thought provoking. Richmond has the ability to weave a loose story around characters who are interesting and believable. For discerning readers who are after something deeper than just a fast paced story.