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Beowulf for Cretins

A Love Story
By: Ann McMan
Narrated by: Christine Williams
Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Summary

2019 LAMMIE Award Winner: Best Lesbian Romance!

English professor and aspiring novelist Grace Warner spends her days teaching four sections of Beowulf for Cretins to bored and disinterested students at one of New England's “hidden ivy” colleges. Not long after she is dumped by her longtime girlfriend, Grace meets the engaging and mysterious Abbie on a cross-country flight. Sparks fly on and off the plane as the two strangers give in to one night of reckless passion with no strings attached and no contact information exchanged.  

Back home at St. Albans, the college rocks Grace's world when it announces the appointment of a new president, the first woman in its 165-year history. Cue Abbie - and cue Grace's collision course with a neurotic dog named Grendel, a fractious rival for tenure, and a woman called Ochre, in what very well might be Grace's last real shot at happiness.  

This full-length novel reimagines and expands on the short story “Falling from Grace”, which was originally published in the award-winning story collection Sidecar, by Ann McMan.

©2018 Ann McMan (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Slow sure and steady

I’ll admit I’m a sucker for anything Ann McMam writes. I tried to resist but failed miserably. It was the best decision I’ve ever fought against. I read the blurb and thought there’s going to be woe, angst and much mashing of teeth. Instead she has again crafted a delightful world where characters can grow and be themselves. Where human foibles are nothing to be feared but rather weave themselves into the tapestry that is an Ann McMan story. You’d be foolish to miss out listening to Christine Williams nuanced performance. I found myself sitting in my car listening to the rain and her voice bring everyone to life. That’s how good the story and the narrator meld together and how much they get under your skin.

This is a good first book to listen to if you just want to check the author out. I dare you to be disappointed.

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This book is amazing.

The story is perfect. The main characters are brilliant and you can feel the chemistry between them. I have bought the book after. This is one of the best books (lesbian fiction) I’ve ever read.

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Another winner!

I've loved this author for years but this is the first time I've enjoyed one of her titles as an Audiobook and it was glorious ☺️

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Another winner by Ann McMan

For those of you who loved Jericho you will love this audiobook. Grace and Abbie are in some respects similar to Maddie and Syd, even a couple of familiar phrases creep in, but in other respects they are so much different. It is so refreshing to read/listen to a book that is about the building of a relationship between two women over the age of 45. The story is studded with what is quintessentially Ann's unique sense of humour. Christine Williams narration as always is spot on. Another audiobook to be added to my books to be revisited regularly.

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  • vondee
  • 03-08-18

Funny

I enjoyed the story. I laughed several times. However, this is another, "use your imagination" when it comes to the love scenes...ugh.

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  • Heather Dodge
  • 22-07-18

Wonderful book

Another fantastic book by Ann MaMan! Christine Williams delivery of the narration is again icing on the cake! I strongly recommend all of the books written by MaMan and performed by Williams. The delivery of the dry wit and emotions is beautifully done.

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  • willa damu
  • 05-10-18

Once again, Ann McMan has me laughing outloud.

Intelligent, witty and funny as hell. I thoroughly enjoyed this escapade through small town academia. A nice glimpse of "being raised a catholic school girl" and having all the religious dogma blown away was hilarious. Listening to Christine Williams' narration always makes Ann McMan's books a delight!

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  • Marquita L. Valle
  • 21-07-18

everything I expected from Ann Mcman.

intellect, romance, comedy and of course a happy ending. I think this may become one of my favorite Ann Mcman books after Jericho and Hoosier Daddy .

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  • Lunita
  • 18-08-19

Great to listen

Very witty and fun book. I love the narrator as well. Only regret is no love scenes at all... does the author have issues with love scenes? This is not the first book I read from this author, she is great, but that leaves the reader guessing.

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  • Lynn Clay
  • 23-07-19

Lovely! Witty! Charming!

I truly loved this book. I have listened to it multiple times. I am completely charmed by the writing and narration. It is sexy without being gratuitous and so intelligently and poshly done. I will have Grace and Abbie in my psyche and my heart for years to come.

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  • liz
  • 23-01-19

Favorite.

My favorite Ann McMan/Christine Williams combo and my story of comfort and peace when ever I need it. I wish there was more of it.

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  • Tofuanator
  • 11-01-19

Fun Story

Christine Williams could read the want ads and I would listen for hours! Ann McMan never disappoints and the narration of course was stellar.

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  • J.B.
  • 17-12-18

Witty & Intellectual Slow Burn Romance

Witty, Clever, fun romance story narrated delightfully by Christine Williams. Another beautifully crafted story by Ann Mcman.

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  • N.B
  • 05-11-18

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Is it just me or did anyone else feel like hearing Syd and Maddie from Jericho in this book?? haha!! Regardless still a fun and a good love story.

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