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Author: Ethan Canin Narrator: Ron Rifkin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2001 ISBN: 9780375419232
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“Take the advice of no one,” August Kleinman’s mother says to him while August is still a young boy in Germany, and with these words to guide him, he escapes Nazi Germany and goes on to build a fortune, a family, and life on his own terms in America. At the defining moments that reveal character and shape fate — a shocking encounter with a Japanese soldier in a cave during World War II, the audacious decision to start a brewery in Pittsburgh and a violent reaction against threats to its independent success, a vacation in Barbados, during which his beloved wife mysteriously wanders off, the birth of his grandson — August’s instincts are determinative in a way that illuminates how lives unfold at the deepest levels. This is a brilliant, suspenseful, surprising novel by one of America’s finest writers. Publisher’s Weekly called Ethan Canin’s For Kings and Planets “Masterful … a classic parable of the human condition,” and the same can be said about Carry Me Across the Water. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • The most wise and beautiful novel of 2001. London Daily Telegraph
  • Carry Me Across the Water reconfirms Canin’s stature as one of the best fiction writers of his generation. The Miami Herald
  • A daring and heartbreaking success. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • It’s [a] testament to Canin’s mastery that he’s able to encompass the largest possible themes—life and death, war and peace, mortality and transcendence—with such elliptical precision. . . . The novel represents such a powerfully transformative experience—for protagonist and reader alike. Chicago Sun-Times
  • “A hypnotic, intricately structured, elegiac novel. L.A. Weekly

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frederick | 2/16/2014

    " This book is about a man's life. August Kleinman grows up in between the wars Germany as a Jew. His mother sees the handwriting on the wall and manages to escape in 1933 with him, but not his father. Together they make a life for themselves in the new world, settling in New York. He goes off to war. Marries. Starts a very successful business. Gets old. Loses his wife. Rears three children.This is a lovely book about the cycle of life, birth, death, renewal. A quick read too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Unbridled | 2/9/2014

    " The book was sound, fundamentally, sustaining and building its mild narrative momentum with an easy, limpid prose. Skilled writing, MFA consistency, but nothing to tickle the cells into any sort of rapturous applause. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chichifoo | 2/8/2014

    " beautiful book. am going to see him at a talk tonight, so i read the whole thing last night. short and sweet, and he has a way with beautiful metaphors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 2/8/2014

    " I enjoyed Carry Me Across the Water. It was a good book and kept my attention. The chapters were short and jerky. They jumped unpredicatably from time and place. I struggle with books that pull me from present to past without any warning. People who do not mind this type of story should definitely read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 2/6/2014

    " Canin is my favorite fiction writer of the moment; this is a short story that still manages to cover a lot of ground and be emotionally powerful. A delight to read, and makes me glad I came across America, America and Canin. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annie | 2/4/2014

    " Short and keeps you interested. Neither here nor there, but has the occasional little gem along the way. Not very memorable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 1/29/2014

    " This book is about a gentleman who survived World War II. The author does not write in chapters, so this book is easy to pick up where you left off. The story is interesting and I would recommend reading it if you enjoy historical fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank | 1/14/2014

    " Very touching account of an elderly man and a life well-lived. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/11/2014

    " This was a good book that's quite well written. However, (and this may be my fault) I admired, but couldn't relate to the central character, an older Jewish man looking back over a long life. It may be that vacation is the wrong time to read a book like this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 12/29/2013

    " This is a beautiful book. I need to read more by Canin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 11/29/2013

    " Living close to my FIL made me love this book more than I probably would otherwise. The main character is dying and reflects back on his life and the pivotal moments of his life. I kept telling Roland that he should read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 11/25/2013

    " Though this is not my favorite of his books, his language is so beautiful and raw in this book. I really enjoyed the character development and his sense of place. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J | 5/3/2013

    " poignant and sweet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry | 3/16/2013

    " love this book...very lyrical "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 7/20/2012

    " I love this author It's easy to get lost in his beatifully written books. You will see many older people you know in the main character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 4/26/2012

    " A well-written story about the life of an American family by way of Nazi Germany, and the ups and downs that make a life. Strong characters and a peaceful ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 3/23/2012

    " This is a touching, extremely well written book. The story: a successful American, now up in years, decides that he will attempt to return letters home written by a Japanese soldier with whom the American had a haunting encounter during WW II. Read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lainie | 1/17/2012

    " Ethan Canin is a great American novelist. This book was a highly satisfying read. Big recommendation! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 8/30/2011

    " one of my favorite writers and this is certainly his best book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louisa | 7/2/2011

    " Fantastic book-- amazingly well written, poetic, compelling, and artfully woven together. Loved this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lainie | 3/19/2011

    " Ethan Canin is a great American novelist. This book was a highly satisfying read. Big recommendation! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 9/15/2010

    " A well-written story about the life of an American family by way of Nazi Germany, and the ups and downs that make a life. Strong characters and a peaceful ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louisa | 9/11/2010

    " Fantastic book-- amazingly well written, poetic, compelling, and artfully woven together. Loved this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherrie | 8/31/2009

    " Lovely writing style. For a fragmented story style, I expected a larger revelation at the end. Subtle but beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank | 8/29/2009

    " Very touching account of an elderly man and a life well-lived. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 8/24/2009

    " This book is about a gentleman who survived World War II. The author does not write in chapters, so this book is easy to pick up where you left off. The story is interesting and I would recommend reading it if you enjoy historical fiction.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 6/1/2009

    " Canin is my favorite fiction writer of the moment; this is a short story that still manages to cover a lot of ground and be emotionally powerful. A delight to read, and makes me glad I came across America, America and Canin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 1/26/2009

    " I love this author It's easy to get lost in his beatifully written books. You will see many older people you know in the main character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 1/23/2009

    " Living close to my FIL made me love this book more than I probably would otherwise. The main character is dying and reflects back on his life and the pivotal moments of his life. I kept telling Roland that he should read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chichifoo | 11/20/2008

    " beautiful book. am going to see him at a talk tonight, so i read the whole thing last night. short and sweet, and he has a way with beautiful metaphors. "

About the Author

Ethan Canin is the author of story collections and novels, including the New York Times bestseller Emperor of the Air. He is on the faculty of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and divides his time between Iowa and northern Michigan. He is also a physician.

About the Narrator

Ron Rifkin was born on October 31, 1939 in New York City as Saul M. Rifkin. He is an actor, known for his roles in Alias, L.A. Confidential, and The Negotiator. He has been married to Iva Rifkin since 1966.