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2.6 out of 52.6 out of 52.6 out of 52.6 out of 52.6 out of 5 2.60 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carol Gilligan Narrator: Justine Eyre, Mark Deakins Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9780739359402
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An unforgettable novel about love—and the first work of fiction by the author of the groundbreaking nonfiction bestseller In a Different Voice.

Kyra is an architect, involved in a project to design a new city. Andreas, a theater director, is staging an innovative production of the opera Tosca. Both have come through political upheaval and personal loss. Neither wants to fall in love. Yet when she asks him, “What is the opposite of losing?” and he says, “Finding,” it galvanizes a powerful attraction, and they risk opening themselves to love once again.

When their love affair leads to a shocking betrayal, Kyra’s fierce determination to see under the surface, to know what was true and real, brings her to Greta, a remarkable therapist. As the therapy itself repeats the themes of love and loss, Kyra challenges its structure, and the struggle that ensues between the two women opens the way to a larger understanding.

Passionate and revolutionary, Kyra is an exquisitely written love story, imbued with gentle humor. This is an extraordinary work of fiction by one of the most brilliant writers of our time.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marie | 1/14/2014

    " Awful. Long-winded, even with dialogue. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Arlene | 1/8/2014

    " This book is thinly written and the characters seem like projections or wish fulfillments. Gilligan wrote a book that challenged the reigning view of women's psychology, so I was curious to read her novel. There are ideas in the book but they aren't, I think, really embodied. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 bryan boyer | 1/1/2014

    " The main character is a GSD prof. in the landscape which is interesting but everything else about it is not so great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean Mazzetta | 12/19/2013

    " Massachusett island romance, very philosophical. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dianne | 11/26/2013

    " My advice - don't read books by academics who write a novel just to promote their philosophy. The characters, the dialogue and the situations in this book were so contrived. Don't bother reading this one... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marie Mcglynn | 11/23/2013

    " Long-winded and uninteresting. I couldn't find any purpose. Ugh. I don't usually give up on books, but this one was just not worth the effort. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 11/23/2013

    " probably slightly better than a 3...about communication, miscommunication...tragedy and hope... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 11/15/2013

    " Engaging and engrossing her discussion of architecture as an externalization of mind is really worth the whole book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary | 10/22/2013

    " Carol Gilligan had a big affect on me, years ago, with her book "In A Different Voice." So I thought I would give this a try. Not sure if it's the style, or what the characters were doing with their lives, but I just couldn't get into it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kiandra Haaf | 7/22/2013

    " I wanted to like it becaused Eve Ensler gave it a great review. Maybe my life is just too vanilla in contrast to these was stories of love. One thing I liked was the interplay of Kyra and her therapist. The rest was pretty boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 12/7/2012

    " Interesting more "scholarly" love story from a college professor who wrote In a Different Voice "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carey | 10/13/2012

    " I couldn't get past chapter two. The book is full of overt metaphors and symbols. And it takes place in an impossibly rich academic setting that I don't even want to allow myself to fantasize about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim Yee | 7/19/2012

    " I don't think Fiction is her thing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kishwar | 2/22/2012

    " Not so great as a novel but i could empathize more with the central character as I got further into the book. It did make me interested in reading her non-fiction works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 2/19/2012

    " I found it hard to get into at first, but am now enjoying it a little bit more. Love the descriptions of the island scenes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie Angel | 1/2/2012

    " Yes, the same Carol Gilligan of notable gender studies, which is why I picked it up. Love story, very internal in spite of some architecture and opera stuff. Nice read, not a wow, but that could just be me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne Kreps | 8/13/2011

    " The book is a meditation on evolving from loss and grief to an acceptance of love and life. The patient/therapist relationship was the most interesting part of the book for me. Gilligan is a lyrical writer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Candace | 7/1/2011

    " I started it but couldn't finish. I'm a huge fan of Gilligan's work in feminist psychology but perhaps she's too scholarly/intellectualizing and detached?? for romance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 3/27/2011

    " Beautifully written, but goes nowhere. I was drawn enough to the characters to care about them, and to suffer through some ponderous (but beautiful) prose, but the end left me cold. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki Bocchicchio | 2/2/2011

    " Gilligan's novel is a marvelous meditation on love, loss, and art. She writes fiction as beautifully as she writes essays. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariana | 1/14/2011

    " Wounded people connect and disconnect. As I struggle this book brought me hope. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 11/18/2010

    " Engaging and engrossing her discussion of architecture as an externalization of mind is really worth the whole book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariana | 9/26/2010

    " Wounded people connect and disconnect. As I struggle this book brought me hope. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary | 10/3/2009

    " Carol Gilligan had a big affect on me, years ago, with her book "In A Different Voice." So I thought I would give this a try. Not sure if it's the style, or what the characters were doing with their lives, but I just couldn't get into it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 9/3/2009

    " Yes, the same Carol Gilligan of notable gender studies, which is why I picked it up. Love story, very internal in spite of some architecture and opera stuff. Nice read, not a wow, but that could just be me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Arlene | 9/1/2009

    " This book is thinly written and the characters seem like projections or wish fulfillments. Gilligan wrote a book that challenged the reigning view of women's psychology, so I was curious to read her novel. There are ideas in the book but they aren't, I think, really embodied. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 7/12/2009

    " Interesting more "scholarly" love story from a college professor who wrote In a Different Voice "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carey | 10/9/2008

    " I couldn't get past chapter two. The book is full of overt metaphors and symbols. And it takes place in an impossibly rich academic setting that I don't even want to allow myself to fantasize about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 8/4/2008

    " Gilligan's novel is a marvelous meditation on love, loss, and art. She writes fiction as beautifully as she writes essays. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 bryan | 7/8/2008

    " The main character is a GSD prof. in the landscape which is interesting but everything else about it is not so great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 6/26/2008

    " I found it hard to get into at first, but am now enjoying it a little bit more. Love the descriptions of the island scenes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kiandra | 6/19/2008

    " I wanted to like it becaused Eve Ensler gave it a great review. Maybe my life is just too vanilla in contrast to these was stories of love. One thing I liked was the interplay of Kyra and her therapist. The rest was pretty boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/5/2008

    " Beautifully written, but goes nowhere. I was drawn enough to the characters to care about them, and to suffer through some ponderous (but beautiful) prose, but the end left me cold. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kishwar | 3/31/2008

    " Not so great as a novel but i could empathize more with the central character as I got further into the book. It did make me interested in reading her non-fiction works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 3/29/2008

    " The book is a meditation on evolving from loss and grief to an acceptance of love and life. The patient/therapist relationship was the most interesting part of the book for me. Gilligan is a lyrical writer. "

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About the Author
Author Carol Gilligan

Carol Gilligan is a psychologist and writer who lives in New York City and in the Berkshires. With her students, she co-authored and co-edited several books on women’s psychology and girls’ development, including Meeting at the Crossroads, Between Voice and Silence, Making Connections, and Women, Girls, and Psychotherapy: Reframing Resistance. At Harvard, where she was the first Graham Professor of Gender Studies, her award-winning research led to the founding of the university’s Center on Gender and Education. She is now university professor at New York University.

About the Narrators

Justine Eyre is a classically trained actress who has narrated dozens of audiobooks and has a prestigious Audie Award and two AudioFile Earphones Awards under her belt. Eyre is multilingual and known for her great facility with accents. She has appeared on stage, with leading roles in King Lear and The Crucible, and has had starring roles in four films on the indie circuit. Her recent television credits include Two and a Half Men and Mad Men.

Mark Deakins is an actor whose television appearances include Head Case, Star Trek: Voyager, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. His film credits include Intervention, Star Trek: Insurrection, and The Devil’s Advocate. He recently wrote, directed, and produced the short film The Smith Interviews.