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The Chronology of Water

A Memoir
Narrated by: Christina Delaine
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (124 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This is not your mother's memoir. In The Chronology of Water, Lidia Yuknavitch expertly moves the listener through issues of gender, sexuality, violence, and the family from the point of view of a lifelong swimmer turned artist. In writing that explores the nature of memoir itself, her story traces the effect of extreme grief on a young woman's developing sexuality that some define as untraditional because of her attraction to both men and women. Her emergence as a writer evolves at the same time and takes the narrator on a journey of addiction, self-destruction, and ultimately survival that finally comes in the shape of love and motherhood.

©2010 Lidia Yuknavitch (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"This isn't a memoir 'about' addiction, abuse, or love: it's a triumphantly unrelenting look at a life buoyed by the power of the written word." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Vicious, Moving, and Artful

What did you love best about The Chronology of Water?

Yuknavitch writes gorgeous sentences. I often found myself rewinding just to listen to the way she makes "a sentence hum" to paraphrase her own description of her writing.

What did you like best about this story?

Her life is shocking and sometimes difficult to stomach, but her nonlinear account of these events makes the narrative easier to read.

What three words best describe Christina Delaine’s performance?

Though there is no doubt in my mind that Delaine is a talented performer, her reading of this book sometimes overshadowed the writing. Her vocal patterns are artistic, certainly, but can be repetitive or overly theatrical. She has the tendency to go from very quiet to ear-piercingly loud, so I often had to keep my hand on the volume control.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Halfway through the book, I started to become disenchanted with the constant rage and self-destruction she depicts and re-enacts through language. Then there was a turning point near the end that put the rest in perspective.

Any additional comments?

Though this was an incredible book, I almost wish I had read it traditionally rather than listening to an audiobook. It's not that Delaine's performance ruined the book, rather I would have liked to take the book at my own pace with more neutral inflections.

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Bad choice of narrator

The book is fantastic but the narrator’s delivery is forced and distracts from the story. Nails on a chalkboard.

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Misfits

If you feel that you are a failure, a misfit, a fuck up, then read this. It'll do you a world of good.

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The narrator is beyond annoying to listen to

The narrator is beyond annoying to listen to and doesn't seem to fit the tone of the book well

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Narrator is very obnoxious

I have a lot of respect for the author and I think I would've really enjoyed the book if I had read it. However, the narrator overacts the story so frequently and created a relationship of annoyance between me and the story. She impersonates accents, elongates and accentuates words excessively and overall makes the story really hard to listen to and pretentious sounding . Do yourself a favor and read this story instead of listening.

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Ordinary book an outstanding narrator

I found this to be an astonishingly beautiful no more. I have been listening to audiobooks for the last 15 years and Christina Delanie’s rendering of this book is outstanding. I will see her out as a narrator moving forward

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Will never forget this book.

“I believe in art.”

This book is phenomenal and I’ll never be able to shake it from my brain and heart.

However. The narrator is beyond annoying. Screaming and sudden loud words jolted me from the story.

If I could do it again I would read the traditional
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Amazing

Unbelievably honest, raw, and beautiful.... cracked open my soul.... buying it for a friend now.

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Narration is unbearable

The narration of this book is so unbelievably overdramatized that the audiobook is rendered unlistenable.

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  • Brad
  • Los Angeles
  • 06-04-19

I couldn’t deal with the narrator

I really want to read this book, but the narrator was so over the top I had to return it. It’s great prose, and some really tough stuff, but the narration was so in-your-face it was like gilding the lily - too much on top of an already intense story. I’m gonna read this one rather than listen.