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4.23 out of 54.23 out of 54.23 out of 54.23 out of 54.23 out of 5 4.23 (44 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anita Shreve Narrator: Blair Brown Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2001 ISBN:
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On a beach in New Hampshire at the turn of the century, a woman is drawn into a disastrous passage to adulthood. Olympia Biddeford is the only child of a prominent Boston couple - a precocious and well-educated daughter, alive with ideas and flush with the first stirrings of maturity. Her summer at the family's vacation home in Fortune's Rocks is transformed by the arrival of a doctor, a friend of her father's. She and the doctor - a married man, a father, and nearly three times her age - come together in an unthinkable, torturous, passionate affair. Throwing aside propriety and self-preservation, Olympia plunges forward with cataclysmic results that are the price of straying in an unforgiving era. Fortune's Rocks is the story of Olympia's determination to reinvent her life - and claim the one thing she finds she cannot live without.

A meditation on the erotic life of women, an exploration of class prejudices, and most of all a portrayal of the thoughts and actions of an unforgettable young woman, Fortune's Rocks is a masterpiece of narrative drama, beautifully written by one of the most accomplished novelists of our time.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katy | 2/13/2014

    " Might be my favorite book of the summer! It took about 50 pages to get into it but then I couldn't put it down! Loved it, and well written too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 2/9/2014

    " I didn't think i would like this book to begin with, but as the story developed and deepened, I appreciated it more and more. Overall, a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kfigueroa | 1/24/2014

    " Loved it! Young woman on vacation falls for older married man. Complicated and fabulous. So far, seems I'll read anything Anita Shreve writes. She is great with character development and getting me to feel the emotions and turmoils and joys of her characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelley | 1/24/2014

    " This was an interesting story. I did think that it would have been better written in the first person as Olympia. It was odd in the third person. I was able to guess almost every turn. But it was enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 AudryT | 1/17/2014

    " I feel blind love for this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg Garavaglia | 1/16/2014

    " Good book but i thought ended too abruptly. Would have liked to know more about how the characters progressed in life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz A | 1/12/2014

    " This was my first Anita Shreve book and its my favorite so far. I was hooked onto Olympia's emotional turmoil and falling in love with an older, married man. The decade the book takes place in makes it so much more inticing as well. Loved this book!!! I read it twice! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet Carney | 1/9/2014

    " How Victorian! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 1/9/2014

    " Another excellent book by Anita Shreve. She does a wonderful job of developing her characters in a way you want to relate to them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arlete | 1/6/2014

    " Same house used in other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 treehugger | 12/13/2013

    " very reminiscent of Jane Eyre (as i recall) an emotional roller coaster ride "

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

    " ahh i loved this book... didn't want it to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krissy | 11/30/2013

    " When Shreve writes about the sea you can smell it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marlana | 11/29/2013

    " Very good book! She keeps you wanting more and I did not know what was coming in the end - very well written. Loved it and highly recommend it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna Evensen | 11/21/2013

    " I read this novel for pure entertainment, and I was sucked in from the first page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 11/18/2013

    " This was a little saucey, but a good read--the whole forbidden love plot is exciting. I love Anita's writing. It's challenging--in a good way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginnie Leiner | 11/11/2013

    " My favorite one of hers ever. Sometimes the worse thing to happen to a child is a parent... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 10/4/2013

    " I love this book! I feel a little ashamed, because it's basically a very well written bodice ripper, but hey... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Shertz | 4/22/2013

    " So easy to get lost in this book...the whole point of reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 3/31/2013

    " Another bittersweet love story that swept me away!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 3/26/2013

    " really enjoyed this one, Anita Shreve is one of my favorite authors. This novel is "historical fiction" style, not something I'm usually in to, but very enjoyable! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 2/2/2013

    " This is my all time favorite book. It's an unexpected love story, but totally pulls you in. Incredibly well written. I look forward to re-reading it every summer! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelby | 1/22/2013

    " This was a wonderful book! I would recommend this to anyone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 11/26/2012

    " Probably her best novel "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 8/29/2012

    " One of the most captivating and enjoyable books I have ever read. I will never forget this story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne | 1/14/2012

    " I was hesitant to read this due to the yuck-factor of a 15 year old girl hooking up with a 40 something guy. But I'd read everything else by Anita Shreve and loved her writing so decided to give it a go. It's a improbable but beautifully told story. If you are a fan of Shreve don't miss this one ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Larson | 10/31/2011

    " The very best of Anita Shreve. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 10/10/2011

    " Good read. Like most all her books "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cindy Lavender | 9/24/2011

    " Could not finish, it didn't hold my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pertita | 7/31/2011

    " Gostei bastante! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Iris | 6/23/2011

    " This book was interesting and I did enjoy it, but it felt too long and tended to drag a bit. I like several of Shreve's books a lot more than this one. I won't give up on her though... in general she is a fantastic story teller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/23/2011

    " An excellent book! Loved the rich characterization, the quality writing, and the twists and turns! Anita Shreve remains one of my favorite writers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Humkeb | 6/13/2011

    " I'm going to try to read all of Anita Shreve's books. Great stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 6/2/2011

    " Fantastic story even if marred a bit by it's ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/1/2011

    " I really liked this book. It's one of those stories where you're not sure if you should like the main character (because of what she's doing), but you do anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 5/25/2011

    " I really lost myself in the story. A good summer read. Anita Shreve may be a new favorite of mine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 5/24/2011

    " This book is the first of four books the author sets in the same beach house at Fortune's Rocks. Warning: the subject matter is disturbing. However, I was drawn in by the characterization and captivated by the story line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 5/24/2011

    " I did not like Olympia to begin with. She reminded me of some of the oversexed teenagers I knew when I worked in a middle school. But she did finally mature into a young woman and became very independent. Not my favorite Shreve book, but it was okay. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 5/20/2011

    " This was my all-time favorite book. I read it at least once a year! Amazing writing that takes you somewhere else. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/14/2011

    " I think this is probably her best books - really loved it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa | 5/14/2011

    " Yuck!A married man taking advantage of a fifteen-year-old girl? When I got the to the scene of Olympia's 16th birthday party, I threw the book on the couch and decided it wasn't worth my time to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 5/10/2011

    " Just finished it. Read it in 5 days. I really enjoyed it. More than I thought I would. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 4/25/2011

    " I love this book! I feel a little ashamed, because it's basically a very well written bodice ripper, but hey... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassie | 4/8/2011

    " AWESOME. Enough said. Seriously. One of two-three books Shreve writes about this same house, through the generations and unrelated families. This is probably my favorite Shreve. "

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About the Author
Author Anita Shreve

Anita Shreve is the acclaimed author of more than a dozen novels, including Rescue; A Change in AltitudeTestimonyThe Pilot’s Wife, which was a selection of Oprah’s Book Club; and The Weight of Water, which was a finalist for England’s Orange Prize. She lives in Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Blair Brown is a Tony Award–winning actor. Her best known role is Nina Sharp from the television series Fringe. She prepares for recording audiobooks the same way she does for her other roles: by reading the text three times.