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The Maze at Windermere

A Novel
Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
4 out of 5 stars (106 ratings)
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A richly layered novel of love, ambition, and duplicity, set against the storied seascape of Newport, Rhode Island

A reckless wager between a tennis pro with a fading career and a drunken party guest - the stakes are an antique motorcycle and an heiress' diamond necklace - launches a narrative odyssey that braids together three centuries of aspiration and adversity. A witty and urbane bachelor of the Gilded Age embarks on a high-risk scheme to marry into a fortune; a young writer soon to make his mark turns himself to his craft with harrowing social consequences; an aristocratic British officer during the American Revolution carries on a courtship that leads to murder; and, in Newport's earliest days, a tragically orphaned Quaker girl imagines a way forward for herself and the slave girl she has inherited.

In The Maze at Windermere Gregory Blake Smith weaves these intersecting worlds into a brilliant tapestry, charting a voyage across the ages into the maze of the human heart.

©2017 Gregory Blake Smith (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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"A dazzling high-wire act. I turned every page with a sense of wonder and excitement." (Richard Russo)

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Wished it was longer

I bought the Audible version of this book after reading a review of the print edition in the Washington Post 14-Jan-2018. The narration is flawless. The people we follow, foolish or tragic or triumphant, are well-developed and interesting. The times they live in are interesting, too. The book is like four separate historical novels with a common geography. It was entertaining for me; I hope it will be for you, too.

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read this book

each character and time period has an authentic voice & brings up thought provoking ideas... read it!

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Multiple stories without resolution

Even good narrators couldn't make this story work. I appreciated the attempt by the author to present (5) different stories of Newport, RI, through a historical perspective. Unfortunately these diverse stories never quite connected ( or maybe I'm too dense to see the connections) and none of them had a clear resolution.

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A Maze to Nowhere

Why listen to one pompous, self absorbed narrator when you can listen to four? This was one of the most tedious books I have ever forced myself to finish. Fortunately, I didn't waste any serious time on this book as I primarily was listening while on a long drive. (with coffee or I might have drifted off)...

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Eras woven into a great story

I admit it took a few chapters before I really got into this book, but the more I read the more interested I became. The author does a great job telling history and life stories from 5 distinct eras. The narration made it easy to identify each, since each era used a different narrator. The author didn’t rely on wildly unbelievable happenstance to connect each story - just geography, history, a little lit and a few family connections. I really enjoyed it.

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Interesting book. crapy ending.

I found the stories in the book very interesting. They didn't intertwine much at all. and I found the endings to each to be buried and pretty-much a disappointment.

I'm not sure that I would have bought this book had I known.

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Newport my home town in several ways revealed

Good performance showing differentviews and times. very enjoyable and a pleasant listening experience all thr way around.

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Wonderful. Truly.

A beautifully written story of interwoven narratives. The balance among the different storylines is masterful. A pleasure.

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