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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alice Adams Narrator: Georgia Dolenz Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2016 ISBN: 9781478909637
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Four friends. Twenty years. One unexpected journey.

Eva, Benedict, Sylvie, and Lucien graduate in 1998, into a world on the brink of the new millennium. Hopelessly in love with playboy Lucien and keen to shrug off the socialist politics of her childhood, Eva breaks away to work at a big bank. Benedict, a budding scientist who’s pined for Eva for years, stays on to do a physics PhD, and siblings Sylvie and Lucien pursue more freewheeling existences—she as an aspiring artist and he as a club promoter and professional partier. But as their dizzying twenties become their thirties, the once close-knit friends, now scattered and struggling to navigate thwarted dreams, lost jobs and broken hearts, find themselves drawn together once again in stunning and unexpected ways. Breathtaking in scope, this is sure to be the book of the summer.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Adams does a magnificent job of describing the way life’s heartbreaks and ecstasies unfold over the course of twenty years.”

    Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Like life, this breezy, charming novel about four college friends deepens and darkens as it moves through the years…Invincible Summer is the story of what happens when things get real.”

    Tom Perrotta, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Adams movingly depicts the tough steps we take into adulthood.”

    Good Housekeeping

  • “A sweet toast to enduring friendship.”


  • “A testament to the power of friendship and love…[and] the intimacy of long-term relationships against the changing landscape of time.”


  • “Adams does an incredible job conveying life’s ups and downs with both humor and compassion.”

    Bustle magazine

  • “[Adams’] characters are nearly impossible not to root for…Breezy with substance; an absorbing summer read.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Narrator Georgia Dolenz brings to life the personal journeys, changing times, and complicated relationships of four friends over two decades…Dolenz transitions well between the main characters—Eva, Benedict, Sylvie, and Lucien—giving each a distinctive voice and personality…Dolenz helps to create characters one can’t help but root for, at their worst and their best.”


  • A Good Housekeeping Pick of 2016 Summer Reads
  • A Parade Magazine Pick of 10 of the Best Beach Reads to Indulge in This Summer
  • A Refinery29 Pick of Books Perfect for Your Summer Vacation
  • A Kirkus Reviews Pick for Summer Reading, 2016
  • An Elle Magazine Pick of Summer Books That Everyone Will Be Talking About
  • A HelloGiggles Pick of New Books You Need to Read This Summer
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About the Author

Alice Adams has a BA in philosophy from Bristol University and an MA from the University of Manchester. Since a stint in the City she has had short stories published in various publications, including the Times and Dark Mountain, and is now writing full time. She lives in North London.

About the Narrator

Georgia Dolenz lived and studied in England most of her life, where she gained a theater degree and an accent. After working on the London stage, she moved to Los Angeles where she continues to write and perform in theater, TV, and film.