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3.04 out of 53.04 out of 53.04 out of 53.04 out of 53.04 out of 5 3.04 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Cunningham, John F. Ross Narrator: Edward Herrmann, Hugh Dancy Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781427210586
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Peter and Rebecca Harris: mid-forties denizens of Manhattan’s SoHo, nearing the apogee of committed careers in the arts—he a dealer, she an editor. With a spacious loft, a college-age daughter in Boston, and lively friends, they are admirable, enviable contemporary urbanites with every reason, it seems, to be happy. Then Rebecca’s much younger look-alike brother, Ethan (known in the family as Mizzy, “the mistake”), shows up for a visit. A beautiful, beguiling twenty-three-year-old with a history of drug problems, Mizzy is wayward, at loose ends, looking for direction. And in his presence, Peter finds himself questioning his artists, their work, his career, the entire world he has so carefully constructed. Like his legendary, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Hours, Michael Cunningham’s masterly new novel is a heartbreaking look at the way we live now. Full of shocks and aftershocks, it makes us think and feel deeply about the uses and meaning of beauty and the place of love in our lives.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allen | 2/20/2014

    " It's well written, and I enjoyed it, but not as much as A Home at the End of the World. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ilyssa Wesche | 2/10/2014

    " I loved the end of this book, and the beginning was compelling - some parts of the middle got a little tedious. I thought about giving this three stars, but since I almost stopped reading, I thought two might be better. However, I thought the minor twist was genius. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 1/23/2014

    " I seem to love so much of what I read. This is a novel by the author of The Hours, and it is so adult and intelligent. It's all from the POV of a man in his 40s, and his qualms about marriage and what he does and who he is. And it has a good ending. I guess I need to read something 2 stars so I quit rating everything so high or my credibility will be ruined "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louisa | 1/13/2014

    " Errrr...why couldn't it just be better? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Todd | 1/11/2014

    " An interesting glimpse into the upper-middle class art world of Manhattan. Thumbs up for sparkling but realistic dialogue and setting, thumbs down on the incessant, forced literary allusions, which did nothing to propel character but did much to make the author/narrator look very, very pretentious. But still. Entertaining enough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kappy | 1/7/2014

    " Wonderful sentences and descriptions. The author is so good at describing small moments. However, I was disappointed in the overall story and what seemed like an abrupt ending that ran out of steam. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nette | 12/24/2013

    " Clever writing, fine dialogue, interesting art-world backdrop, and completely bloodless (to me, at least). I enjoyed it while having absolutely no emotional response to the characters. It was like a flawless peach with no flavor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ingrid | 12/12/2013

    " 40 something artsy yuppies in NYC. wife's much younger addict brother shows up. Dynamics get turned around to very strange but intriguing angle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hanna | 10/14/2013

    " Not exactly what I was expecting and the ending was a little blah for my liking. Though the interest in the art world has been restored after reading this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phoebejones4 | 6/8/2013

    " LOVING it. What a surprise-- pretty racy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mayuri | 4/20/2013

    " Beautiful and simple. What J. Franzen's Freedom was attempting, but in waaay less pages! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janesnextdoor | 12/2/2012

    " Gorgeous book. Another favorite of the year. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pat Z | 6/7/2012

    " till now the book is pretentious and a little boring. and now i ended it i can confirm my impression. nothing near the quality of "the hours". a pity. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bloggylife | 6/3/2011

    " too boring. too slow. very hard to focus. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerri | 5/30/2011

    " This is a lovely but sad reflection on truth, beauty, art, aging and sexuality. Every time I read something else by Michael Cunningham, I'm reminded that I should probably revisit The Hours. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rita | 5/15/2011

    " If you want to read the internal thoughts of a truly self centered person, this is the book for you "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mls3 | 5/11/2011

    " Just OK. I felt the ending was a little pat. I also could not relate to the main character...very shallow fellow, but perhaps that was the point!
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paulah | 5/11/2011

    " Fasten your seatbelt! This book revisits an old story---male mid-live crisis---and makes it relevant, with brilliant writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 5/2/2011

    " Great book- feels sort of like an extended short story. If you love art and you love NYC then you'll probably like this. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lola | 4/28/2011

    " i love m cunningham, but this book was just dull and preachy. too self-satisfied. blah. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 4/27/2011

    " Delicate and moving, like all of Cunningham's work, though feeling somewhat empty. This small domestic drama feels too small at times, and the stakes too low. Overall, a gorgeous and simple book about mercurial desires and notions of self. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 4/26/2011

    " Tortured and tortuous, as his books tend to be. At times I am exasperated by his self-indulgence; at others, dazzled by the way he uses words. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ritarose | 4/25/2011

    " Sort of an interesting story, maybe too much sex, and I don't think you see the twists coming, but a good ending. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Cunningham

Michael Cunningham is the author of the novels A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours (winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize), Specimen Days, and By Nightfall, as well as the non-fiction book, Land's End: A Walk in Provincetown. He lives in New York, and teaches at Yale University.

About the Narrators

Edward Herrmann (1943–2014) was one of America’s top audiobook narrators. He won multiple Earphones and Audie Awards, and his narration of the King James version of the Bible remains a benchmark in the industry.

Hugh Dancy is a British actor and model. His film credits include Confessions of a Shopaholic, The Jane Austen Book Club, and Black Hawk Down. He was nominated for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in Elizabeth I and has also acted in the television miniseries David Copperfield. His theater appearances include Madame Bovary and Daniel Deronda. He has also lent his voice to several audio books, including George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt and George’s Secret Key to the Universe, Stephen Hawking’s books for children.