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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (865 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Amanda Eyre Ward Narrator: Ann Marie Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2007 ISBN: 9780739344118
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From the acclaimed author of How to Be Lost comes a gorgeous new novel about love, memory, and motherhood.

Nadine Morgan travels the world as a journalist, covering important events, following dangerous leads, and running from anything that might tie her down. Since an assignment in Cape Town ended in tragedy and regret, Nadinehas not returned to South Africa, or opened her heart–until she hears the story of Jason Irving. 

Jason, an American student, was beaten to death by angry local youths at the height of the apartheid era. Years later, his mother is told that Jason’s killers have applied for amnesty. Jason’s parents pack their bags and fly from Nantucket to Cape Town. Filled with rage, Jason’s mother resolves to fight the murderers’ pleas for forgiveness.

As Nadine follows the Irvings to beautiful, ghost-filled South Africa, she is flooded with memories of a time when the pull toward adventure and intrigue left her with a broken heart. Haunted by guilt and a sense of remorse, and hoping to lose herself in her coverage of the murder trial, Nadine grows closer to Jason’s mother as well as to the mother of one of Jason’s killers–with profound consequences. In a country both foreign and familiar, Nadine is forced to face long-buried demons, come to terms with the missing pieces of her own family past, and learn what it means to truly love and to forgive.

With her dazzling prose and resonant themes, Amanda Eyre Ward has joined the ranks of such beloved American novelists as Anne Tyler and Ann Patchett. Gripping, darkly humorous, and luminous, Forgive Me is an unforgettable story of dreams and longing, betrayal and redemption.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Eck | 2/2/2014

    " I was attracted to this book because a good bit of it took place in Capetown, South Africa where I studied abroad for a semester. Nadine is a journalist following a trial in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. At the same time, another story is developing, which converges at the end with Nadine's story in a way I didn't expect. It sent me back into the book trying to figure out the connections. I read it in a night, so I'd say I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 1/27/2014

    " Good story - read it in one day! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michel | 1/19/2014

    " This was a quick read with a nice plot twist. I enjoyed the storyline and although Nadine drove me nuts at first, she grew on me by the end. What I really liked about this story was the setting of South Africa and the talk of apartheid. It completley lured me in and had me googling names and events to learn more about the history. There were a couple annoying points in the book, (like when she says Gillette stadium is in Boston!) but it was a great story and I would recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charity | 1/2/2014

    " I've never been much of a reader and I read this book in just a couple days. For those who know me, that's a huge accomplishment and should speak volumes for the story. It kept me reading, wondering, hopeful for characters' outcomes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 12/30/2013

    " Absolutely stunning. A beautiful, beautiful book about life, about finding what matters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 12/28/2013

    " Easy read on rather tough subject matter. Pretty good book. Reminded me of all the happenings in South Africa's history. I enjoyed this book more than her first novel "How to be Lost". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 12/27/2013

    " Quick read, has some twists and turns, but the ending didn't square well with me. A decent beach read. "

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

    " Interesting twist - really shakes up what you were expecting as the reader. Totally readable within a day. Makes me want to learn more about South Africa, Winnie Mandela, and the TRC. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 12/11/2013

    " I really liked this book. It was very easy and fast reading but very deep and complex. I love Nadine as she tries to find her way. I like how the information about South Africa is seent through reporters and photographers eyes. It keeps you guessing throughout the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess Evans | 12/5/2013

    " It would have been better without the weird-ass romantic subplot. The journalism/south africa/TRC hearings were enough, and that part of the book was great and well written. The main character was a bit of a caricature, but likable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaethe | 11/15/2013

    " It's a hard book, rather more emotionally challenging than most of what I read these days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 11/9/2013

    " Very endearing. A quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 10/20/2013

    " A good, easy read that has a very interesting and unexpected twist. The setting during the conclusion of the Trust and Reconciliation Committee hearings in South Africa piqued my interest in finding a book about that period (probably fiction because who am I kidding?). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenna | 4/10/2013

    " Sort of looks like I'm addicted to this Amanda Eyre Ward character . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 2/10/2013

    " i don't know if this counts because i listened to it as an audiobook on a 13hr drive home... but since it's read word for word with voices and all, well, i'm adding it. It was good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberley | 11/17/2012

    " amanda is at it again, this time in south africa. edgy, off the beaten path stories and characters, and, as always, unpredictable! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chelsea | 10/10/2012

    " This book started out good but dragged a little towards the end. Kind of sad but it was just OK. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 9/24/2012

    " very quick read. after going to south africa, i love anything that has to do with it. this book touched on some of the devastation of apartheid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 8/18/2012

    " I thought this was a very good book. It was different stories rolled into one with twists. I found I wanted to know more, even though what was given was enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 8/10/2012

    " It was a bit hard to get into this one, but after finishing it, I felt as though I knew I had read something really good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lois | 8/4/2012

    " This book was a disappointment "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 7/12/2011

    " This story had so much potential, but wasn't well developed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carrie | 4/16/2011

    " Can't say I was impressed. Nadine is one of the most selfish characters I've ever read about. There is some changing in the end but I still didn't like her. I know as the reader I'm supposed to forgiver her but even when doing that, my feelings for her stayed the same. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 3/3/2011

    " I have this book if anyone wants to borrow! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abigail | 1/12/2011

    " Loved this book. I read it in 3 sittings (only reason it wasn't 2 was that I had to get off of the plane). Fast, smart read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/24/2010

    " Totally on the fence about this book. I wish the author had focused more on apartheid & left out the romance(s). For me the love interest(s) distracted from what I thought should have been the storyline. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 8/12/2010

    " This one skipped around a little too much for me in terms of both time and point of view. Still, a vivid description of apartheid and its impact on so many people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 5/4/2010

    " Superb--Ward is such a talented writer. This book made me want to visit South Africa. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vikki | 3/17/2010

    " This is Ward's third book about a reporter in South Africa and a high school boy is killed. The grief of his parents is intertwined in the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 3/14/2010

    " I listend to the Audiobook and sometimes had a hard time following the story as it went back and forth between past and present - especially with her son's journal. However, I thought it was a very moving story and it told an ignorant me a lot about South Africa's history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 3/14/2010

    " Loved this one! (Thanks Mel W.) The story is good and I learned a lot about apartheid "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 1/28/2010

    " It was a bit hard to get into this one, but after finishing it, I felt as though I knew I had read something really good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 1/7/2010

    " I didn't like this nearly as much as her other works. I felt it was disjointed and implausible at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaethe | 9/15/2009

    " It's a hard book, rather more emotionally challenging than most of what I read these days. "

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About the Author

Amanda Eyre Ward is the critically acclaimed author of five novels, including the bestseller How to Be Lost. She has spent the last year visiting shelters in Texas and California, meeting immigrant children and hearing their stories.

About the Narrator

Ann Marie Lee is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. She is a Los Angeles–based actress with television credits that include ER, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Nip/Tuck. Her stage performances for Broadway National Tours and regional theater include Peter Pan, As You Like It, Heartbreak House, and The Cherry Orchard.