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At the Water's Edge Audiobook

At the Water's Edge

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Publisher's Summary

The new novel from the best-selling author of Water for Elephants.

A gripping and poignant love story set in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands at the end of the Second World War.

After embarrassing themselves at the social event of the year in high society Philadelphia on New Year's Eve of 1944, Maddie and Ellis Hyde are cut off financially by Ellis' father, a former army colonel who is already ashamed of his colour-blind son's inability to serve in WWII.

To Maddie's horror, Ellis decides that the only way to regain his father's favour (and generosity) is to succeed in a venture his father attempted and very publicly failed at: he will hunt the famous Loch Ness monster, and when he finds it he will restore his father's name and return to his father's good graces.

In January 1945 they hitch a ride on a ship across the Atlantic while the war is still raging all around them. And Maddie, now alone and virtually abandoned in a foreign country, must begin to work out who she is and what she wants - the vacuous life she left behind or something more real?

What she discovers - about the larger world and about herself - opens her eyes not only to the dark forces that exist around her but to the beauty and surprising possibilities of life.

©2015 Sara Gruen (P)2015 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"I devoured this book. Sara Gruen has proven herself, once again, to be one of America's most compelling storytellers... You might be tempted to rush to get to the answers at the end - but don't - or you'll miss the delectable journey that is Gruen's prose." (Kathryn Stockett, bestselling author of The Help)

"If I needed a reminder why I am such a fan of Sara Gruen's books, her latest novel provides plenty. Unique in its setting and scope, this impeccably researched historical fiction is full of the gorgeous prose I've come to expect from this author. And even after finishing, its message still resonates with me: the monsters we seek may be right in front of us. In fact, the only fault I can find with this book is that I've already finished it." (Jodi Picoult)

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    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    someone that can't tell the difference between a scottish and irish accent


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    terrible - her scottish accent was the worst I have ever heard


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    Ellie Gage 01/09/2015
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    Average story read by a terrible narrator! Ive never heard such awful accents! Was trying!

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    rebecca ward preston, lancashire United Kingdom 02/06/2015
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    "Dreadful"

    This is the worst book I have ever read/listened to. Think Mills and Boon meets Monarch of the Glen. And that's kind. Narrator wildly irritating and kind of bleated her way through it with Scottish accents that make Dick Van Dyke look like Laurence Olivier.

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    Jackie 08/11/2016
    Jackie 08/11/2016

    I am a happy fairly fit young 71 year old who despite being born with a sight impairment have loved books all my life.

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    "A good follow up to Water for Elephants"

    Don't be put off by the element of the story which is about searching for the Loch Ness Monster - it is about so much more! The cruelty of war and individuals & the strength required to survive. The odd flight of fancy is acceptable too in a very readable story.

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    the Scottish accents sound very Irish which I found distracting, being Scottish myself.

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