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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,609 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chris Bohjalian Narrator: Blair Brown Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For ten summers, the Seton family—all three generations—met at their country home in New England to spend a week together playing tennis, badminton, and golf, and savoring gin and tonics on the wraparound porch to celebrate the end of the season. In the eleventh summer, everything changed. A hunting rifle with a single cartridge left in the chamber wound up in exactly the wrong hands at exactly the wrong time, and led to a nightmarish accident that put to the test the values that unite the family—and the convictions that just may pull it apart. 

Before You Know Kindness is a family saga that is timely in its examination of some of the most important issues of our era, and timeless in its exploration of the strange and unexpected places where we find love.

As he did with his earlier masterpiece, Midwives, Chris Bohjalian has written a novel that is rich with unforgettable characters—and absolutely riveting in its page-turning intensity.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Before You Know Kindness may very well be his best. . . . Masterly . . . timely [and] well-wrought. The Boston Globe
  • An irresistible read. Moving from quiet domestic drama to legal thriller. The Washington Post
  • A dark psychological dance of family estrangements, lies and self-righteousness . . . plenty of finely wrought characters and thought-provoking personal and political drama. The Seattle Times
  • Extraordinary. . . . Bohjalian has had much success in the past, including a selection as an Oprah Book Club author. Before You Know Kindness is better than anything he's written before. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amy | 2/19/2014

    " Bohjalian's book "Midwives" was one of my very favorites years ago. This one was not quite as compelling (maybe it was the subject matter) but I still loved the way he gives the reader access to the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Suzanne | 2/7/2014

    " slow start. middle picks up and gets a little interesting. still found myself not really caring about the characters. ending is a bit disappointing. (things are a little too neatly tied up. i was hoping for a little more drama.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Elaine | 2/6/2014

    " While I found parts of this book interesting, I never really bought into the characters, so the whole story felt a little flat to me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Heidi | 2/1/2014

    " B-O-R-I-N-G. Due back to the library (already renewed once) and I don't plan on taking it back out to finish it. Just not interested! "

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