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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,508 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anita Shreve Narrator: Lolita Davidovich Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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At the age of 29, Sydney has already been once divorced and once widowed. Trying to regain her footing, she has answered an ad to tutor the teenage daughter of a well-to-do couple as they spend a summer in their oceanfront New Hampshire cottage. But when the Edwards’ two grown sons, Ben and Jeff, arrive at the beach house, Sydney finds herself caught up in a destructive web of old tensions and bitter divisions. As the brothers vie for her affections, the fragile existence Sydney has rebuilt is threatened. 

With the subtle wit, lyrical language, and brilliant insight into the human heart, Shreve weaves a story about marriage, family, and the supreme courage it takes to love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Shreve quite rightly emphasizes the importance of plunging into life bravely again and again, no matter how tumbled one gets by the waves of fate. Unfortunately, people in pain tend to look and act as wretchedly as they feel, and when at last they stumble out of the surf, rarely is anyone smitten with them. Usually the beach is deserted, not a dry towel in sight.” 

    Washington Post

  • Body Surfing fulfills the promise set by Shreve’s previous novels, as the reader becomes engaged from page one and finds herself mulling the conclusion when the last page has been turned.” 

    Fredericksburg Free Lance–Star

  • “Shreve’s…control is masterful, particularly in the sure-handed and compassionate aftermath.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “As a portrait of a woman belatedly coming of age after being buffeted by fate, Body Surfing is well drawn and will satisfy Shreve’s fans.” 

    Kirkus Reviews 

  • “The ever-skillful Shreve delivers yet another gripping read that will satisfy her many fans and earn her some new ones.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Aimee | 2/20/2014

    " I thought the story overall was interesting. I'm not a fan of the way this author writes so I was a little annoyed and would skip paragraphs sometimes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kimberley | 2/14/2014

    " Not one of her best. Pretty predictable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jason | 2/10/2014

    " I gave this two stars because it is a welcome distraction from the military/crime/technical novels I uaually read, though I have a lot to agree with thhose who gave her one star. It was pretty dry, boring, and predictable. I almost didn't finish it, stopped about the last chapter or two, read another book, then said "what the hey" and finished it, and the end was about exactly what I figured. *shrug* It is ok, but not great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Suzanna | 1/31/2014

    " Her usual incredible writing, but the love story was a let down. "

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