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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,151 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Smiley Narrator: Richard Poe Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2003 ISBN: 9781440798429
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author tells a dizzying tale of three people caught up in the wild gold rush of the 1980s <#150> that riotous Me Decade of greed, sex, greed, and real estate prices gone mad. And greed. "Smiley, a consummate craftsperson, makes Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Smashing…Fascinating…Extremely subtle and nuanced…[It has the] power to beguile and enthrall.”

    New York Times Review of Books

  • “Smiley's range as a writer is always surprising…Every character here is fresh and fully dimensional, and anybody who lived through the '80s will recognize them—and maybe themselves.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Smiley has never been more seductive… expertly crafted and subtly suspenseful.”

    Booklist

  • “Only a writer of consummate craftsmanship and scope could write a novel about a series of real estate deals in a small town and make it so fully satisfying as to be thrilling. Jane Smiley has done it…[Her] range is broad, her technique masterful…[Good Faith is] a cautionary prequel just right for our times. And great fun, to boot.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “There seems to be nothing Smiley can’t write about fabulously well; her insights startle, dazzle.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “An irresistible novel of bad manners, a meditation on love and money that Jane Austen might have enjoyed, if she could have handled the sex.”

    Time

  • “Since we live with the legacy of the self-serving 1980s, Smiley's novel seems as timely as if it were set in the present. Penetrating, readable fiction by one of our best writers and social critics.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mysterious Ed | 2/14/2014

    " Novel - Recorded - Joe Stratford is a genial, well-liked realtor in a small New England town who's respected for his honesty; even his divorce was friendly. When smooth-talking Marcus Burns comes to town from working at the IRS where he's learned how to manipulate the law to avoid paying taxes, he convinces Joe and other decent but naive people that it's never been easier to get rich quick. Marcus envisions a multi-use golf club and housing development. The reader knows that the bubble will burst, but not how or when. Joe's having an affair with a married woman, Felicity Baldwin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Romany | 2/7/2014

    " Loved it. Not for everyone (heavy on the real estate) but totally gripping. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol Hunter | 2/1/2014

    " I agree with many of the other reviewers. Although I did like the protagonist, (even though I wanted him to wake up) I found the book much too long with an obvious result, due to the greed of those involved in the savings and loan debacle in the 80s. I finally skipped the last 200 pages to find out what happened in the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria Shanle | 1/29/2014

    " Not anywhere as good as her best, but a charming story, with characters I believed in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula Dembeck | 1/27/2014

    " A novel about greed and delusion set in the early 80s. Joe Stratford is an amiable trustworthy real estate agent, respected by those in the small town where he lives and works. When Marcus Burns comes to town, he charms people into believing big money can be made in a risky real estate development project so complex that no one can understand it. Joe gets sucked into this craziness and all of a sudden finds himself a partner and heavily invested in the project. A story about ordinary people caught up in financial game playing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kajsa Björn | 1/23/2014

    " It was an enjoyable book, even though I can't quite figure out why. The main character was naive and kind of annoying most of the time, and made some choices that I usually have a very hard time agreeing with. Thanks to the ending, I can accept that part of the plot though, I guess. The ending in general was good, because the main character had it coming for half the book :p "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rich | 1/20/2014

    " I enjoy Jane Smiley's books - at least the three that I've read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea Sachs | 1/12/2014

    " A somewhat humorous tale of the 1980s and the power of money, friendship and reaching for the "American way of life." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 12/11/2013

    " Eh. I liked it, but I didn't love it like I usually love Smiley's work. I felt like she built things up to a point where I cared, and then let them dangle for so long I stopped caring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teresa | 12/10/2013

    " Mildly engaging book that takes place in the early 80s boom in real estate. Lots of envy and greed. The main character Joe Is likable but when he hands over his life savings to an obvious con man I had to scratch my head. Saw it coming, but a bit farfetched. Definitely not Smiley's best work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Phyllis | 11/23/2013

    " not half as good as her other books "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dolly | 11/19/2013

    " Needed abridgement "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gyoungmd | 11/12/2013

    " This novel is about the business swindlers of the early 1980's. It was interesting but not great. Did make me wonder if in 25 years there will be a novel about the swindlers of today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer O. | 8/23/2013

    " Jane Smiley's characters are so developed you really feel as though you know them. It was a pleasure to watch how they interacted and reacted in this story of greed and deceit during the go-go 80's real estate boom. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Matt Evans | 7/12/2013

    " This book offended me as a real estate agent and as a reader. Ms. Smiley is a far, far better writer than she shows herself to be in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roberta | 3/30/2013

    " Real estate + hot sex. What more could you want? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 3/15/2013

    " who'da thought a book about real estate agents would be good? i liked it...takes place in the 80's... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 1/5/2013

    " A sad, wise tale about people finding their way in work and love. I enjoyed it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bridget | 12/28/2012

    " I hated this book! The characters are well developed but the story is not so interesting and there's some very graphic (and pointless) sex...maybe if it had something to do with the plot it would be okay but it seems like it's just dropped into the book for the naughtiness of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 12/4/2012

    " I completely fell in love with Joey. Even as I was watching the wheels falling off, I was hoping he wouldn't be badly hurt by the wreck. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 11/2/2012

    " I had my hopes up HIGH. I was so glad to remember that I had read so many Jane Smiley books years ago and really enjoyed each and every one of them. Sad to say this was a huge let down! NOTHING ever happens - except a good twist at the end-. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue Lipton | 8/17/2012

    " This was a pleasant-enough read, though it's pretty obvious from page one..... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elin | 8/8/2012

    " I asked myself about 10 times, "why am I still reading this 400-page novel about a real estate transaction?" Smiley's a great writer and I loved the characters in this book. But I annoyed to have invested so much time in what ultimately was kind of a boring story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maryann | 7/21/2012

    " What a disappointment after A Thousand Acres! I listened to the audio book and couldn't wait for it to end. I learned more about real estate than any of the characters. UGH. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen Kenah | 11/12/2011

    " Can't explain why I could not put this book down. Could be because I am Realtor and the main character is a Realtor. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ingrid | 9/21/2011

    " Not my favorite Jane Smiley book though it was seemingly accurate description of the economic and real estate market climate of the time. I didn't really love the characters either. After reading the gripping book Duplicate Keys by Smiley, this was a letdown. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 8/21/2011

    " I was riveted by this book, can't really defend it. But the tension was awesome to find out what was going to happen. I loved Joe and really rooted for him throughout. Big fat book that i would surely recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 7/9/2011

    " The moral: if it sounds too good to be true, it'll turn around and bite you in the butt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/29/2011

    " Really enjoying this, very witty, and interesting what it says about the Reagan boom years, considering it was written just as the USproperty markets were really gearing up again for a much more spectacular crash! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 4/23/2011

    " Not anywhere as good as her best, but a charming story, with characters I believed in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cath | 3/21/2011

    " As well written as all Smiley's work, but loses it's way plotwise. "

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

    " Maybe it took me too long to get through it. Or maybe I missed the character nuances that created depth (since I thought they were all shallow and simple). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 1/31/2011

    " Very slow moving & ended in a whoosh, but I enjoyed the storyline. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 1/15/2011

    " I was enthralled, but I can see how people might find it kind of slow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 9/14/2010

    " Can't explain why I could not put this book down. Could be because I am Realtor and the main character is a Realtor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 8/1/2010

    " This book is a good story but it's predictable. And it ends very abruptly. "

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About the Author
Author Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley is the author of five works of nonfiction and more than twenty acclaimed works of fiction, including A Thousand Acres, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1992. In 2001 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

About the Narrator

Richard Poe has worked extensively in movies, television, and on Broadway. He is best known for his portrayal of Gul Evek in three different Star Trek series: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager. He is a well-known and prolific audiobook narration who has won twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards.