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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,889 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian McEwan Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Ian McEwan has earned international acclaim for his writing and is considered one of England’s best contemporary novelists. In Enduring Love, he sets a tale of obsession and desperation spinning amidst one man’s comfortable British world.

On a sunny afternoon, the middle-aged writer Joe Rose and his wife look up from their picnic in the countryside to see an elderly man desperately trying to anchor his giant helium balloon. Running to help, Joe is joined by other bystanders. But from that fateful day, one of them, Jed Parry, will begin to stalk Joe.

Driven by religious zeal and misdirected love, the strange young man will slowly unravel each strand of Joe’s life. Perfectly capturing the moments when a familiar world begins to shift out of balance, this first-person narrative traces Joe’s growing unease and frustration. As Joe watches his marriage, his profession, and his character dissolve, Enduring Love fills with psychological tension and emotional suspense.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mollie | 2/16/2014

    " I lurve everything McEwan writes because I thoroughly buy into his post-modernist, highly self-conscious style. Some people might flat-out dislike it, and that's totally understandable. In this book, McEwan explores morality, rationalism, and the choices we make on a day-to-day basis. It has one of the most explosive and griping opening scenes in any book I've ever encountered, so from the very beginning you're really hooked. McEwan switches points of view during the novel to give you a sense of how differently a single event can be viewed by two people. You never really know whether the protagonist is completely reasonable or a little off his rocker, and it's that uncertainty that I love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by MJ Brown | 2/1/2014

    " Love his writing (Atonement, Solar, Saturday, Amsterdam, On Chesil Beach). The first 2 chapters of this one are amazingly gripping - hope it holds up. "

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

    " Strange book. More interesting when you know it's based on an actualy case study. Very realistic characters. He has a way of writing about life that reflects what you can actually, really see happening (and still makes it intereting). I love his writing style. This is an intersting story, albeit strange. "

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

    " I've enjoyed every Ian McEwan book I've ever read, and this was no exception. He has a way of describing everything in detail and drifting off into tangents, and usually I would find this annoying but in his books I can't get enough! Similar to Atonement, the book was based around a single event, and how it changes people's lives. I felt sorry for the main character, and couldn't work out whether he was going crazy or whether he was telling the truth (I won't ruin it). Something is holding me back from giving it 4 stars. I'd probably give it 3.5. The ending could have been better. "

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