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3.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 5 3.57 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joyce Carol Oates Narrator: Amanda Plummer Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN:
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On Grayling Island, off the coast of Maine, Kelly Kelleher meets the Senator at a Fourth of July beach party. He is old enough to be her father; she is young enough to find his attention flattering. And with an optimism born of inexperience, she believes she can take care of herself. As evening approaches, the two move unaware toward a shattering appointment with destiny. When the Senator offers Kelly a ride to the ferry, it is not love but death that awaits her. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber Bird | 2/14/2014

    " How delightful when an unknown book on my to-read list turns out to be a) a novella and b) pretty good! Back story - I picked this one up because it's listed as one of Time Magazine's greatest novels. I knew nothing about the book, author or the subject, and had never even heard of Ted Kennedy's Chappaquiddick accident. I do, however, love historical fiction, and I love it when a book gets inside your head to the point where you want to research it's subject matter independently ... I mean seriously, this is why there were no more Kennedy presidents. So a Senator and a recent (female) college grad get into a drunken accident after a party on Martha's Vineyard, and only the Senator survives ... told from the perspective of the dying girl. I would have given this five stars if it had made me cry, but I was dry-eyed at the end. Still, worth a read - especially at 154 pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ametista | 1/27/2014

    " "L'acqua nera era la sua colpa, lo sapeva" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 mark | 1/19/2014

    " Great, quick read - an imagining of the thoughts of Mary Jo Kopechne in the car as she drowned while Ted Kennedy escaped in the Chappaquiddick incident. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 1/12/2014

    " This book brings to life, pardon the pun, the unforgivable death of a young idealic girl caused by the infatuation with and hero worship of a powerful Senator. This should be a must read of every American of voting age. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eliza | 1/8/2014

    " Seriously? That's the best I can say about this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen J | 12/30/2013

    " Sad...very sad...beyond sad "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlie | 12/19/2013

    " Written with exceptional rhythm and control. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kris | 12/19/2013

    " A short but intense book, its fascinating how she warps time to have this book really be all about a short time span of minutes, the last minutes of Mary Jo Kopechne's (?sp) life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 12/19/2013

    " Brilliantly written and powerful "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 12/11/2013

    " I'm not sure I care for the style in this one .. too much jumping back and forth, especially when you knew the outcome from the beginning. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marta | 11/28/2013

    " I was engrossed in the story and how easy it was to read. I'm not sure I liked it though. I'm impressed with the sparseness of her writing and the use of repetition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marti | 5/18/2013

    " lyrical, murky, memorable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brisbride13 | 1/6/2013

    " Strange book, though good. This is a fictionalized version of the Ted Kennedy Chappaquidick scandal. It centers around what went through the mind of "Kelly" as she sat in the car after going off the bridge, waiting for "The Senator" to either rescue her or to go get help. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johnny | 12/20/2012

    " Not easy to recommend, but i did love this. Certainly not for all tastes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edward Creter | 8/24/2012

    " Joyce is The Girl! At 73 she's still cranking 'em out and still rocks! She's my kinda writer! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 5/5/2012

    " Sharp and chilling and knowing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesli | 12/7/2011

    " Very thought-provoking. I didn't particularly enjoy Oates style of writing, but it was interesting still. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 9/16/2011

    " I found this book to be very interesting. It was a slightly different style than I was used to with Joyce Carol Oates, the information was presented in a more subtle way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yn | 5/22/2011

    " I read this book in no time. It's just like a long poem. Amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlie | 5/14/2011

    " Written with exceptional rhythm and control. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edward | 4/16/2011

    " Joyce is The Girl! At 73 she's still cranking 'em out and still rocks! She's my kinda writer! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Olivia | 10/26/2010

    " I found this book to be EXTREMELY IRRITATING. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz Vegas | 8/28/2010

    " My first Joyce Carol Oates. I thought this book was brilliant. It's a fictionalized account of Ted Kennedy's scandalous car accident in 1969. So powerful and well done. I will definitely be reading more by this author. "

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About the Author
Author Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and the New York Times bestsellers The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina Etranger, and The Gravedigger’s Daughter. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. In 2003 she received the Common Wealth Award for Distinguished Service in Literature and the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement, and in 2006 she received the Chicago Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award.