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Manhattan Beach Audiobook

Manhattan Beach

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2018 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction

The long-awaited audiobook from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad, Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression.

Anna Kerrigan, nearly 12 years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Anna observes the uniformed servants, the lavishing of toys on the children and some secret pact between her father and Dexter Styles.

Years later her father has disappeared, and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. She is the sole provider for her mother, a farm girl who had a brief and glamorous career as a Ziegfield folly, and her lovely, severely disabled sister.

At a nightclub she chances to meet Styles, the man she visited with her father before he vanished, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father's life, the reasons he might have been murdered.

Mesmerising, hauntingly beautiful, with the pace and atmosphere of a noir thriller and a wealth of detail about organised crime, the merchant marine and the clash of classes in New York, Egan's first historical audiobook is a masterpiece, a deft, startling, intimate exploration of a transformative moment in the lives of women and men, America and the world. Manhattan Beach is a magnificent audiobook by one of the greatest writers of our time.

©2017 Jennifer Egan (P)2017 Little, Brown Book Group

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    Rona Hunnisett 16/02/2018
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    "Book of the year"

    Loved it! Great performances, great pace, amazing use of language and a compelling story. 10/10

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    sara 15/02/2018
    sara 15/02/2018 Member Since 2016
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    "MANHATTAN BEACH"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES SUCH A MATURE IN DEPTH LAYERED STORY


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    MAIN CHARACTER


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    DIDNT DETRACT FROM THE CHARACTERS


    Any additional comments?

    SUCH A BRILLIANT STORY FULL OF LAYERS AND WISTS AND TURNS

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    Keith 23/01/2018
    Keith 23/01/2018 Member Since 2017
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    "The New York Novel"

    Great work, joins the pantheon of classic New York novels. Anna is a searing character, nuanced and interesting. Plot throws in some light twists but I read it more as literature of the period and the city than a conventional mystery. Recommended.

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    Christopher Lincoln, United Kingdom 09/01/2018
    Christopher Lincoln, United Kingdom 09/01/2018 Member Since 2014
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    "Mixed and varied - but interesting"

    Quite an unusual subject and one which has been well captured by the author. It was well narrated and a pleasure to listen to.

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    holly bird 14/12/2017
    holly bird 14/12/2017 Member Since 2018
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    "Entertaining, but doesn't hit the mark."

    Found the narrative rolled along well and kept me listening, but the sum of the whole story was fairly weak. Enjoyed the diving detail.

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    Compass 28/11/2017
    Compass 28/11/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Stunning."

    After a slightly slow start, this book had me on the edge of my seat. The story and characters were original and fully rounded. I emphasised with them all so cared what happened next. Often I thought I knew what was about to happen. Sometimes I was right. But always there were twists and shocks that stunned and surprised me.
    The narration was excellent with different actors taking over as the narration moved between the key characters. I always knew who was who.
    Highly recommended.

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    clive 05/11/2017
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    "Gripping and beautifully written "

    Another great novel from Jennifer Egan. Gripping and beautifully written - with a strong evocation of wartime New York and some fantastic set piece scenes. It's more linear and careful than 'A Visit From The Goon Squad' - if that novel was 'Pulp Fiction' this one is 'Jackie Brown' but highly recommended.

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