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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,077 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Kelly Narrator: Jeff Woodman Publisher: HighBridge Company Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN:
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A brilliantly written epic tale of a quirky, dysfunctional family in the tradition of The Corrections and The Hotel New Hampshire.

Collie Flanagan was named after his mother's favorite breed of dog. His brother, Bingo, was named for an Irish setter. Their names are the least of their worries because they're Flanagans, members of a wildly wealthy, impossibly articulate family that also includes a philandering father, pigeon-racing uncle, radical activist mother, and domineering media mogul father whose own daughter has accused him of being a murderer.

As Collie searches for his place in the world, somewhere beyond the big, raucous family home on Martha's Vineyard, he suffers insurmountable loss and does his best to be brave as he copes with people he has no choice but to love.

A coming-of-age tale centered on family life, Apologize, Apologize! is full of sparkling prose, surprises, tenderness, and dogs, both real and in name only. 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 Linda | 2/17/2014

    " This didn't do it for me. Didn't have a bigger point other than that rich families can be eccentric and a young man's life near destroyed by a tragic event. I just faded away there at the end, couldn't tell you how this ended. Couldn't shake the feeling the main character was little more than a good-looking jerk. Oh well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzanne | 2/5/2014

    " Kind of a John Irving wannabe... I'd rather read the real thing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Kirchner | 2/1/2014

    " laughed and cried can't put it down- "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ana | 1/29/2014

    " I couldn't put this book down. The characters are rather stereotypical, but insane enough that I kept waiting to see what they would do next. Coming from a very large, very emotional family, I readily identified with Collie's 'tossed at sea' attitude. Many of the one-liners are downright fabulous, if sometimes out of place. My only complaint, I think, is that the plot seems to completely fall apart midway through the book. In a way it seems fitting for a book like this, with no particular beginning and no particular ending - just a haphazard account of someone's life - but at the same time, I had fallen in love with many of the characters, and wish they had been given a more solid ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 1/24/2014

    " I listened to this book on CD and loved the Irish accent of the father and uncle. Somehow their insults sounded less nasty (and really funny) with the Irish lilt! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 1/24/2014

    " Young man trying to find himself while living in a very dysfunctional family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyse | 1/20/2014

    " Amidst the witty banter and the insightful tidbits, Apologize Apologize shows the journey of a young man trying to find himself while surrounded by chaos and gut-wrenching loss. This book is a must read for anybody struggling with self-discovery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 1/20/2014

    " This book started off strong - a four or five star book, then it slowly but surely went downhill until the end, when I just wanted to be done with it! She writes well, but by the end I didn't feel any attachment to the characters any more, and the plot grew more and more bizarre as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nichole | 1/16/2014

    " I didn't love this book but I did really LIKE it. The story was far fetched and I felt that there were several parts that could have been left out because they were totally unnecessary and didn't add anything to the story. I loved the characters in this book though. They were completely original, really well-developed and absolutely crazy!! Good, easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bev Ness | 1/12/2014

    " Alternately hilarious and sad, never quite believable, the story of Collie Flanagan's stuggle to come of age and find himself in relation to his over-the-top family is a book I would recommend to most. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 1/10/2014

    " This seemed bizarre just for the sake of being bizarre rather than to make a point. It was readable but nothing special. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 12/22/2013

    " I really don't have anything to say about this book. It was an ok read, but it wasn't great. If you are into disfunctional families, this book will be right up your alley -- they are VERY disfunctional!!! Otherwise, pick something else. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kira Arnold | 12/14/2013

    " first time author. such great prose and wacky story. i recommend to anyone who doesn't want to put a book down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyla | 12/11/2013

    " Not your typical Canadian woman writer voice - barreled along, twists and turns and disasters and pretty unforgettable characters. Surprised and charmed me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miriam Mitchell | 12/9/2013

    " My choice for book club this time...guess I shouldn't have listened to People magazine. NOT a must read. I had to relook at the cover several times just to make sure I wasn't reading Forest Gump...how much can one person really go through?! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 11/26/2013

    " This is truly a story of a dysfunctional family in every sense of the word. Humorous in some places, dark in others, it's a realistic look at life amid chaos. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rhonda | 11/25/2013

    " Story is told by 15-year old boy named Collie who comes of age on Martha's Vineyard, with his filthy wealthy family, philandering father, brother, uncle, crazy mother, and grandfather. Talk about a dysfunctional family, this is it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Reddick | 11/23/2013

    " Great characters in an interesting mess of a story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 4/23/2013

    " An interesting peak into how the "other side" lives. The other side with a crazy, messed up family that is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 8/5/2012

    " Beautifully written, but it seemed to be all over the place at times and didn't give me the satisfaction of a true atonement theme. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 6/2/2012

    " Tragic, hilarious and hard to stop reading. This was some of the best prose I've read in a while. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie Blake | 5/11/2011

    " Not a bad book -- hard to stomache, at times, how horribly the main character (Collie) is treated, and his unfortunate luck at so many points in his life, but it's a good story overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 5/4/2011

    " I give this more like a 3.5 star rating but I did enjoy it wasn't a fav. but the character was relatable and you could really feel him in the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shirley | 4/23/2011

    " And I thought my family was dysfunctional! How did he manage to live more than 1 day (from birth)? A good read, but, I don't really emjoy hearing someone tell how bad it was. Hope the next book I read is a happy ending read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Puzziker | 4/21/2011

    " incuriosita da una rece aspettavo di leggerlo da un po'.
    'carino' sia la sua lapide. 2 1/2 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miriam | 4/3/2011

    " My choice for book club this time...guess I shouldn't have listened to People magazine. NOT a must read. I had to relook at the cover several times just to make sure I wasn't reading Forest Gump...how much can one person really go through?! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristin | 3/28/2011

    " It was a slow start for me - and got better toward the end - I guess it wasn't what I expected when I bought it but it was also something that I wasn't ready to give up on "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 3/6/2011

    " It gets 3 for being pretty funny most of the way through, and the character of Uncle Tom & his pigeons.

    There was a certain lacking in the story 3/4 of the way through, but the author swung it back to the basic premise towards the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachelle | 12/21/2010

    " Interesting writing style but the plot (poor little rich kid) got kind of tedious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Snem | 12/12/2010

    " For better or worse I was along for the ride even if it felt like a road to nowhere. I wanted to like this book more than I did because I enjoyed the characters, the dysfunction and the writing style but this book suffers from a lack of beginning, middle and end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mallory | 11/28/2010

    " Not worth the time...the story winds all over the place with some parts being blatantly over the top. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 11/26/2010

    " Kelly's exceptional writing hooked me but the parade of extreme characters (i.e.: each is either very kindly or very abusive) wore me out after a while. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 11/26/2010

    " Biting humor and tragic at the same time. I story about Collie (named after the dog) and his experience being a somewhat average person in a completely idisyncratic and dysfunctional family. Very funny and lots to talk about after reading this book! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bobbie Mission Viejo | 11/23/2010

    " This was a real downer of a read. Reading about an abusive dysfunctional family is not my cup of tea. Even though the author tried to be light-hearted and humorous at times, any attempt at levity was overshadowed by the overall sorrowful tone of the book. "

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About the Author

Elizabeth Kelly is an award-winning journalist and the author of The Miracle on Monhegan Island, the New York Times bestseller Apologize, Apologize!, and The Last Summer of the Camperdowns, a finalist for the New England Society Book Award.

About the Narrator

Jeff Woodman is an actor and narrator. He is a winner of the prestigious Audie Award and a six-time finalist. He has received twenty Earphones Awards and was named the 2008 Best Voice in Fiction & Classics, as well as one of the Fifty Greatest Voices of the Century by AudioFile magazine. As an actor, he originated the title role in Tennessee Williams’ The Notebook of Trigorin and won the S. F. Critics’ Circle Award for his performance in An Ideal Husband. In addition to numerous theater credits on and off Broadway, his television work includes Sex and the City, Law & Order, and Cosby.