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Montauk

A Novel
Narrated by: Erin Bennett
Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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An epic and cinematic debut from Nicola Harrison, Montauk captures the glamour and extravagance of a summer by the sea with the story of a woman torn between the life she chose and the life she desires.

Montauk, Long Island, 1938.

For three months, this humble fishing village will serve as the playground for New York City’s wealthy elite. Beatrice Bordeaux was looking forward to a summer of reigniting the passion between her and her husband, Harry. Instead, tasked with furthering his investment interest in Montauk as a resort destination, she learns she’ll be spending 12 weeks sequestered with the high society wives at the Montauk Manor - a 200-room seaside hotel - while Harry pursues other interests in the city. 

College-educated but raised a modest country girl in Pennsylvania, Bea has never felt fully comfortable among these privileged women, whose days are devoted not to their children but to leisure activities and charities that seemingly benefit no one but themselves. She longs to be a mother herself, as well as a loving wife, but after five years of marriage, she remains childless while Harry is increasingly remote and distracted. Despite lavish parties at the Manor and the Yacht Club, Bea is lost and lonely and befriends the manor’s laundress, whose work ethic and family life stir memories of who she once was.   

As she drifts further from the society women and their preoccupations and closer toward Montauk’s natural beauty and community spirit, Bea finds herself drawn to a man nothing like her husband - stoic, plainspoken, and enigmatic. Inspiring a strength and courage she had almost forgotten, his presence forces her to face a haunting tragedy of her past and question her future.   

Desperate to embrace moments of happiness, no matter how fleeting, she soon discovers that such moments may be all she has, when fates conspire to tear her world apart....

©2019 Nicola Harrison, LLC. (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Loved it

This was the perfect kick off to summer reading/listening. Light and upbeat but, not so much that I lost interest. Couldn’t stop listening and finished in 2 days!

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Wonderful Story!<br />

I finished Montauk yesterday but feel as though I'm still living in the summer of 1938 in the town and beaches of Montauck. The contrast of the very wealthy of that era with the villagers in the fishing village who work and serve the wealthy during the summer totally captured my imagination. Everything I love in a book, great storyline, perfect balance between description and dialogue, great character development, and perfect narration. I found myself using every free minute to indulge myself in listening to the story of Beatrice, John, Elizabeth, Dolly, and who can forget Jeanie!? Mean Girl...1938 style!.
I had a running movie in my head as the narrator read with just the right expression. I wasn't thrilled with the voice she used for John but everything else was perfection. I hope the author will write a sequel! I am so invested in these characters I want to know what happens in their lives going forward.

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Loved it!

Nicola totally hooked me. Fasted I have ever listened to an audiobook story. Had to force myself to take breaks to carry on with my daily agenda! Fortunately, I was driving a lot so had plenty of time to listen! I was totally entrenched in the story from the beginning. Author did a wonderful job at bringing the characters to life and narrator did a lovely job with different inflection for the various personalities. It felt as if I was there, watching it all! PS LOVE Dolly!

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Montauk a superb read

It was beautifully narrated by Erin , loved her voice
Really brought Montauk to life a place in which I spent many summers
The historical aspect I really enjoyed
The story at times was a bit too cheesy for me , but none the less it was a lovely light summer read ❣️

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information was repeated, three instances

very good book except for three separate times a piece of information was repeated, I got it the first time, you had my attention. perfect narrator, good characters, held my attention.

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Huge disappointment

The positives - great narration, lovely cover art, and a promising set up, a lifestyle of the rich and famous in Montauk, NY, 1938.
The negatives - cardboard characters, a sappy romance, and a totally predictable plot. I could tell where the author was going and I wanted to cry No, don't go there ! But she did.....and ruined the book.

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Left me unsatisfied

The setting is gorgeous, the time period is fascinating, and the fashions of the New York elite are dramatic. However, there are so many threads that never get tied up in this story. There's an arch enemy but never a scene to put her in her place, there's a marriage gone wrong but never remorse or alternatively retribution, there's a secret career for the main character but it ultimately has no lasting impact and only serves as a distraction, there's a wiser, older, irreverent friend who starts strong but loses her edge as the story progresses. I was along for the ride until the end, hoping that the ending would move it from pretty good to great, but the clever or imaginative resolution I was hoping for never happened. I don't require a fairy tale ending, but this ending felt lazy and made me wonder if I had wasted my time.

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