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The Interestings

Narrated by: Jen Tullock
Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
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Summary

Whatever became of the most talented people you once knew?

On a warm summer night in 1974, six teenagers play at being cool. They smoke pot, drink vodka, share their dreams and vow always to be interesting.

Decades later, aspiring actress Jules has resigned herself to a more practical occupation, Cathy has stopped dancing, Jonah has laid down his guitar and Goodman has disappeared. Only Ethan and Ash, now married, have remained true to their adolescent dreams and have become shockingly successful too.

As the group’s fortunes tilt precipitously, their friendships are put under the ultimate strain of envy and crushing disappointment.

©2013 Meg Wolitzer (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks

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"The wit, intelligence and deep feeling of Wolitzer’s writing are extraordinary and The Interestings brings her achievement, already so steadfast and remarkable, to an even higher level." (Jeffrey Eugenides)
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worth it for tullock's superb narration

novel is a well done but familiar rendition of modern american life - reading is outstanding portrayal of different characters' voices

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too long

bit long winded. some nice touches and i liked the shifting time frames. slighly airless setting nycity. some good dialogue. superfluous characters: jonah eg...

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Great book

Excellent story line and narration. Enjoyed it from first to last.
You'll enjoy this one.

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A Delicate and Profound Experience

Just as a rolling clump of snow becomes inevitably more, just as the decisions we all make, seemingly innocuously, grow in one determined direction, so this story of a group of friends rolls and builds. And in the end, where we in our lives are no less ordinary, the profundity of even breathing takes on a little more significance.

The Interestings does something real and brilliant at once, because life is just that.

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Slow first half much better second

Good story but takes far too long to gather momentum. The first half feels too slow. Once it does get going it turns out to be an engaging although not particularly unique story

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People we know, people we love

This was a journey into the life of a group of sophisticated New Yorkers from adolescence to middle age.
Their successes, their tragedies, their disappointments and their hypocrisys.
Beautifully real and enjoyable, I am sad to have finished the book and the strange voyeurism that I enjoyed.

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A story that all can relate to.

Experience of young love and growing old with a group of friends. How fortune and pitfalls affect those around you but ultimately good friendship is more important than anything. Loved it. X

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  • Evelyn E Bolin
  • 29-05-18

An amazing listening experience. Very well written

The language is very authentic and leads you to associate closely with the main characters .