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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (12,074 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anita Shreve Narrator: Linda Emond Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN:
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At an inn in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, seven former schoolmates gather for a wedding. Nora, the owner of the inn, has recently had to reinvent her life following the death of her husband. Avery, who still hears echoes from a horrific event at Kidd Academy 26 years ago, has made a life for himself in Toronto with his wife and two sons. Agnes, now a history teacher at Kidd is a still-single woman who longs to tell a secret she cannot reveal to the others, a secret that would stun them all. Bridget, the mother of a 15-year-old boy, has agreed to marry Bill, an old high school lover whom she has recently re-met, despite uncertainties about her health and future. Indeed, it is Bill who passionately wants this wedding and who has brought everyone together for an astonishing weekend of revelation and recrimination, forgiveness and redemption. This is Anita Shreve's most ambitious and moving novel to date, probing into human motivation with grace and skill. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dev | 2/20/2014

    " Anita Shreve writes about some memorable characters, which makes the reader unable to forget. This was somewhat of a slow read, but I made it through. I liked how Shreve paralleled two novels within one novel. Innes is caught up in a past past love just as Harrison is/was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brianna | 2/19/2014

    " I didn't feel any closure with the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 2/19/2014

    " Another good book by Anita Shreve - I think I read this in a day! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlene | 2/3/2014

    " This was not my favorite Anita Shreve book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Helen Johnson | 1/28/2014

    " It took me a while to complete this book, not because it was difficult but because it wasn't that interesting. I thought the end was quite predictable. Shreve is a best-selling author, so I might try to read some of her other books to see if I like it better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/25/2014

    " I became enchanted with the characters & their situations. Most unusual story. Very engrossing. Shreve does it again! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 1/23/2014

    " Been trying to finish it for months. I give up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristie | 1/20/2014

    " I like her books, but they often have bit too much sex in them. but this one didn't thank goodness. It was a good little story about the choices we make early in life and how they affect us later in life. And of course a lot of talk about commitment and marriage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 1/19/2014

    " I really liked the story within a story in this book. The characters are mostly middle-aged adults who knew each other in high school. The story was a little slow at times, but enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 1/15/2014

    " A little slow in the beginning... but picks up near the end. Like the plot "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grandma | 1/5/2014

    " The large number of extramarital affairs was a turnoff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexis | 1/4/2014

    " A Shreve let-down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mya | 12/13/2013

    " A good beach read - finished this one on the beach at Ocean City, MD. Well written but somewhat predictable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meme | 12/8/2013

    " Wasn't my favorite Anita Shreve, but it held my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 12/4/2013

    " I first read Light On Snow by this author and although this book is good it left me disappointed after having read Light. If you have lost first love and are looking for it again this may be the book for you - if only to escape for awhile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 11/16/2013

    " I enjoyed this book, the dominant theme being how the choices we make - and how chance - influence our destinies. It made me wonder about how different my life would have been if I would have made other choices. I also enjoyed the interweaving of the story of the Halifax explosion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 RuthG | 10/21/2013

    " The story seemed somewhat contrived but I enjoyed reading about the inn and seeing how the author worked with the chracters' personalities and motivations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bea | 9/8/2013

    " I thought this was an OK vacation read. A group of people in their late 40s go to a wedding/reunion attended by people they went to school with in their 20s. There's a lot of introspection, lost chances, etc., but interesting enough. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Val Jones | 8/12/2013

    " A mini-high school reunion occurs when classmates from Kidd Preparatory School meet up 30 years later for a wedding. During the weekend, they reminisce about death of one of their good friends, Stephen. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maria | 7/19/2013

    " Boring!!! I couldn't finish this book. I've read several others from this author and enjoyed the books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon | 6/9/2013

    " yet another rando borders buy that took me on a roller coaster ride! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katrina Gonsalves | 5/28/2013

    " Horribly written, lacking in plot. Hated it. And I hereby swear I will NEVER read Shreve again. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen | 10/25/2012

    " For me this book was boring and actually a bit depressing. Not a book I would ever suggest, or read again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hilary | 7/5/2012

    " It's not my favorite Anita Shreve book. The book revolves around a reunion of friends and their failed relationships, which is kind of depressing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 2/12/2012

    " Very Big Chill-esque "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Margaret | 12/30/2011

    " After reading Light on Snow, I thought I had found a new favorite author. I was disappointed. It was a waste of time to read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Humkeb | 9/6/2011

    " I really like to read Anita Shreve books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Humkeb | 6/25/2011

    " I really like to read Anita Shreve books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/23/2011

    " This was a well-written, relatively short book. While I loved the quality of the author's writing, I found parts of the story a bit forced. Still, as the first book of Shreve's that I've read in a while, it fueled my desire to get hold of more of her work! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Odile | 6/16/2011

    " Boring at first it gets better at the end.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mel | 5/31/2011

    " I preferred the story within the story! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nina | 5/18/2011

    " So pretentious I couldn't even finish it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/17/2011

    " starting out slow

    Agnes is a weird one, and her story within the story was annoying. What does Halifax have to do with anything?
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 5/10/2011

    " while i enjoyed this book, I was wondering how reflective it is of real life. it seems sad if it is. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annalisa | 5/4/2011

    " If you're looking for a story about a reunion amongst friends who talk about a dead guy, watch "The Big Chill" instead. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barb | 5/4/2011

    " When Anita Shreve is good, she's very good. When she's not, she sucks. I shouldn't have even finished this! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 4/24/2011

    " Pretty good. Kind of a "Big Chill" whatever became of us kind of theme. "

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About the Author
Author Anita Shreve

Anita Shreve is the acclaimed author of more than a dozen novels, including Rescue; A Change in Altitude; Testimony; The Pilot’s Wife, which was a selection of Oprah’s Book Club; and The Weight of Water, which was a finalist for England’s Orange Prize.

About the Narrator

Linda Emond is an award-winning actress of stage, film, television, and audiobook narration. Her performances on Broadway earned her nominations for the Tony Award in 2003 and 2012 and for the Drama Desk Award in 1997 and 2002. She was awarded the Joseph Jefferson Award for her roles in plays at theaters in Chicago. Her film credits include roles in Julie & Julia, Dark Water, and Across the Universe, among others. Her television credits include such series as Elementary, The Good Wife, and Law & Order: SVU, as well as movies such as A Dog Named Christmas. She has narrated dozens of audiobooks, winning three Earphones Awards and being named a finalist four times for the prestigious Audie Award. In 2011 she was named by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense for her reading of Flash and Bones.