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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (783 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cynthia Ozick Narrator: Julie Dretzin Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781440716898
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Cynthia Ozick has won many accolades, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Heir to the Glimmering World is a highly atmospheric novel set in New York in the 1930s. When a young woman becomes assistant to a German professor living in the Bronx, she must find her place in his chaotic household and learn to navigate the eccentric generosity of his benefactor, an aging Christopher Robin. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelley | 2/14/2014

    " All of these characters were so emotionally disconnected from one another, and the narrator's lack of emotion, made this a hard read. I felt like the narrator was beating into me the need to feel something for the other characters, yet not giving a reason to do so. She didn't care enough about anything. She was also slow-witted, not realizing things that were happening in the family and in her own relationships, until it was far too late to do anything about it. I felt like someone was telling a story about something that happened to someone they barely knew, just reciting facts and announcing events in a way that declared that empathy must be the obvious result. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sherhazade | 2/9/2014

    " I only made it so far into this book before deciding I had given it enough time. I didn't care for any of the characters and found some quite frustrating. When you start wanting to slam a character's head in the book itself, it's not a good sign. I picked the book up at the library because I admire her famous short story "The Shawl" so much. Perhaps I should try more short stories by her. I know with Joyce Carol Oates, it's her stories I really like best of her work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah Nash | 1/26/2014

    " A different kind of story one might say surrialistic in nature but captivating.The characters range from pathetic to grotesque but captivating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 1/26/2014

    " I lost interested about half way through and stopped reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tiffany Muehlhausen | 1/19/2014

    " Tried to get interested in this book, but it was too slow and used an overload of complex almost archaic wording. Couldn't finish it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 1/1/2014

    " I was really disappointed in this book-it was on the New Your Times bestseller list and had great reviews from a variety of papers and authors. I kept reading believing it had to get better!! It didn't!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janics | 12/17/2013

    " While the characterizations were well done, I found the story boring "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carmen | 11/27/2013

    " I never cared for the cast of characters and the end was such a disappointment. The world created never glimmered for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige | 11/27/2013

    " The book perfectly captures the essence of the 1930s. It's like Little Orphan Annie for grownups with a brain. Nice cover, too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kara | 11/21/2013

    " Well-written but very gloomy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Audrey | 11/1/2013

    " Disappointing and decided to bail. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tiz | 9/23/2013

    " Passed on to me by an avid reader...wagner...but I didn't enjoy the majority of it. Slow, vague, and just not a page-turner. I gave it a try...but it's not for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 7/7/2013

    " Would like to discuss this one, as I felt like I was missing something. The narrative voice is a strength, but I wished that the plot was as strong as some of the characterization. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 1/16/2013

    " If you're a fan of Ms. Ozick's you won't be disappointed. In fact I think this is her most complete novel yet. Her gift for story, the moral issues that drive her narrative and her stunning lyricism are here in full force. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Annie | 11/27/2012

    " *Waves a big white flag* I just can't do it anymore...summer's too short to read awful books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Droy Demoete | 7/7/2012

    " puzzling, gripping and once you start reading it, you enter a strange, unknown universe. The atmosphere is heavy with forebodings and the setting extraordinary appealing to a French reader. I wish i could read more of Cynthia Ozick's novels... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 7/5/2012

    " Cynthia Ozick is a marvelous writer! Her words are spun from pure gold, and the characters she creates are as rich and complicated as real human beings. I can't wait to read more of her novels! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tanairi | 5/8/2011

    " I did not enjoy it at all.... It was maybe one of my least liked books.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katharine | 3/13/2011

    " Actually not read -- unfinished. I got about 100 pp. and still wasn't into it, so I quit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Southern | 2/27/2011

    " Bizzare, so random, not coherent, the point was beyond me... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristin | 2/22/2011

    " While I thoroughly enjoyed the literary style and writing prowess of this author, I found the story predictable and sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 1/3/2011

    " Absolute poetry -- if you could live on words alone, you'd want this one in a picnic basket everywhere you went. Beautifully researched and surprisingly flavored with sad humor, you won't want to put it down at bedtime... and I, in fact, couldn't. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lini | 12/18/2010

    " Hated this book.Almost unbearable. Not a single likable character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marybeth | 12/2/2010

    " great story telling but little relevance or resonance for me "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tesilyaraven | 12/2/2010

    " Gave up on this one about 100+ pages in. I just didn't connect with any of the characters and found the plot to be very slow to develop. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 11/10/2010

    " this story was really uneventful, but the writing kept me going until the end. there was something comforting about this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josephine | 9/24/2010

    " The reviews looked really good. The author has received many awards. Nonetheless, the book did not engage me. The vocabulary was difficult and the sentences were wordy. It was a very obscure book. Maybe she is just too erudite for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Droy | 8/7/2010

    " puzzling, gripping and once you start reading it, you enter a strange, unknown universe. The atmosphere is heavy with forebodings and the setting extraordinary appealing to a French reader. I wish i could read more of Cynthia Ozick's novels... "

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About the Author
Author Cynthia Ozick

Cynthia Ozick is the author of numerous acclaimed works. She is a recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Man Booker International Prize. Her stories have won four O. Henry first prizes.

About the Narrator

Julie Dretzin is an actress, who has appeared in Breaking Bad and several motion pictures, including the film adaptation of Alex Flinn’s Beastly.