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Summary

It is 1964: Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating's christening uninvited, where he notices a heart-stoppingly beautiful woman. When Bert kisses Beverly Keating, his host's wife, he sets in motion the joining of two families. In 1988, Franny Keating, now 24, meets one of her idols, the famous author Leon Posen.

After telling him about her family, she unwittingly relinquishes control over their story. Franny never dreams that the consequences of this encounter will extend into the lives of her scattered siblings and parents.

©2016 Ann Patchett (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"There is a stillness and beauty to Ann Patchett's writing that takes the breath away.... Patchett's mastery of language is matched only by her narrative abilities." ( The Times)
"Enchanting prose and wondrous storytelling." ( Economist)

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For the first time

Ann Patchett is a genius but the person narrating her audiobook is so painfully bad that I can't make it through the whole thing. It's genuinely distracting.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Can I say that this has been a bit disappointing

Likes; some of the writing is quite poetic and it is easy to read
A plot point is woven throughout the book.
I had some favourite characters. And there were some thought provoking bits.
Dislikes; a lot of pages describing the mundane tedious parts of day to day life, makes for a lot of boringness. Jumping from present to past with a tonne of characters. I thought that I was feeling confused because I was listening to the story, but friends who read it, also felt confused. All in all a dull book for me.

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A struggle...

The narrators voice was irritating and made the story difficult to access . I wouldn’t recommend this one

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dreadful marration<br />

childlike narration. ridiculous attempts at male voices. totally overwhelmed the story. read this yourself.

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  • 09-12-16

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Sorry narrater.
Pretty OK story but hard to enjoy due to narrator's inadequate reading ability.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful