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The Latecomer

By: Jean Hanff Korelitz
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
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"Golden Voice Julia Whelan expertly narrates the unhappy story of the wealthy Oppenheimer family of New York. Whelan narrates as though she were acting out the Oppenheimers' history on stage, playing each character part." -AudioFile on The Latecomer

This program is masterfully narrated by award-winning "Golden Voice" narrator Julia Whelan.

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Plot, Jean Hanff Korelitz’s The Latecomer is a layered and immersive literary novel about three siblings, desperate to escape one another, and the upending of their family by the late arrival of a fourth.

The Latecomer follows the story of the wealthy, New York City-based Oppenheimer family, from the first meeting of parents Salo and Johanna, under tragic circumstances, to their triplets born during the early days of IVF. As children, the three siblings—Harrison, Lewyn, and Sally—feel no strong familial bond and cannot wait to go their separate ways, even as their father becomes more distanced and their mother more desperate. When the triplets leave for college, Johanna, faced with being truly alone, makes the decision to have a fourth child. What role will the “latecomer” play in this fractured family?

A complex novel that builds slowly and deliberately, The Latecomer touches on the topics of grief and guilt, generational trauma, privilege and race, traditions and religion, and family dynamics. It is a profound and witty family story from an accomplished author, known for the depth of her character studies, expertly woven storylines, and plot twists.

A Macmillan Audio production from Celadon Books

©2022 Jean Hanff Korelitz (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

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Fantastic!

I struggled at first when listening to this audible. It, was a slow start but it definitely got better.

it starts off with the fathers life and finishing at the end with his children and all the crazy in-between.

Looovvvee Julia Whelan as the narrator. She is just simply the best at all voices. Job well done on her part!

great book!

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Adored this book! Beautifully written and Beautifully narrated. If you like family sagas you will savor this.

Adored this book! Beautifully written and Beautifully narrated. If you enjoy Family Sagas, you will savor this.

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Conservatives and religious are the villains

I really liked the story, the character development, and most of the plot lines. I suppose I wasn’t anticipating reading a political book. Reading is my escapism. If I would have known that it was going to be a plot line, I would have skipped it. The writing and the crescendo was really lovely, though.

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My book of the year

My Best book of the year. Every sentence carefully crafted. Look up witty in Websters and you find The Latecomer.

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Fantastic book!

I discovered this writer when one of my favorite authors recommended it, and thought I would try it.

This is a wonderfully written book, she’s such a talented storyteller, I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. I will now look for other books that she has written. The fact that Julia Whalen narrates is icing on the cake. I highly recommend this book.

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Long

This book was very long, and many chapters were filled pondering modern day philosophies, politics and the rightness and wrongness of the country.
This would have been ok, if I had been able to feel any connection to the characters. They were spoiled and nasty to each other until the last couple of chapters, when the ice thawed.
Again this might have been ok… but when 90% of the book is spent on detailing their bitterness the ending just seems rushed.

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Running political tirade aside . . .

this was a great read. the political interruptions in the second half were unnecessary--unless pushing a political agenda was the point. for me , completely detracted from an interesting story line with intriguing characters. really too bad.. ugh

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OUTSTANDING!!

This honestly will go down as one of my most favorite listens ever (and I listen nonstop to books)
Soooo well written, (my first by this author) ,and I need her to write more! I loved the character build for each person, the authors intellect of religious history and political issues added so much more to the family saga at hand. ( which was quite entertaining as well!)
Lastly , and I feel compelled to share, chapter 24 ( Eli and Harrison’s speeches) we’re phenomenally written and delivered… I’ve replayed it 3 times to absorb all the content I liked it so much.
Julia Whelan for the narration of this story was the BEST choice for sure .. she knocks it out of the park ! BRAVO!

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Hummmmm

By the end of the book I would say I sort of liked it. The only character I really “liked” was Phoebe. The parents were awful, the triplets were very unlovable, the story a little too contrived. The “Mormon”/LDS involvement made me feel like the author was demeaning the religion. Things resolved at the end, and I finished it. Would I recommend? Probably not.

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Wonderful story

This book, a great story and deep character study got me 3000 miles across the country in various airports and flights! Excellent and love Julia Whelen.


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