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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (694 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anna Quindlen Narrator: Kathe Mazur Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2004 ISBN: 9781415903148
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In this remarkable book, Anna Quindlen, one of America’s favorite novelists and a Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist, once again gives us wisdom, opinions, insights, and reflections about current events and modern life. “Always insightful, rooted in everyday experience and common sense…Quindlen is so good that even when you disagree with what she says, you still love the way she says it,” said People magazine about her #1 New York Times bestseller Thinking Out Loud, and the same can be said about Loud and Clear.

With her trademark insight and her special ability to convey the impact public events have on ordinary lives, Quindlen combines commentary on American society and the world at large with reflections on being a woman, a writer, and a mother. In these pieces, first written for Newsweek and the New York Times, Loud and Clear takes on topics ranging from social change to raising children, from the political and emotional aftermath of September 11 to personal values, from the impact on individuals of global events to the growth that can be gained by spending summer days staring into the middle distance. Grounding the public in the private, connecting people to each other and to the greater world, Quindlen encourages us to develop authentic lives, even as she serves as a catalyst for political and social change.

Quindlen’s unique qualities of understanding and discernment, everywhere evident in her previous bestsellers, including A Short Guide to a Happy Life and Living Out Loud, can be found on every page of this provocative and inspiring book.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Quindlen displays...an easy, elegant prose style and a canny eye for small details that reveal larger truths about people and society. Newsday, about Living Out Loud
  • Anna Quindlen is America’s Resident Sane Person. She has what Joyce called the common touch, the ability to speak to many people about what’s on their minds before they have the vaguest idea what’s on their minds. Patricia Volk, The New York Times, about Blessings
  • Quindlen...has earned her [Pulitzer] Prize and even sounds like somebody who would be fun to have to dinner. Boston Sunday Herald, about Thinking Out Loud
  • Quindlen is an astonishingly graceful writer. San Francisco Examiner, about Living Out Loud

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tam | 2/19/2014

    " I love this book. No real start or finish, just moments in time captured by Anna. It's a personal book of hers - not fictional. She has a nice cadence that feels like nurturing story-telling for adults. I recommend it to Mums, because a good part of it is about her life as a mother - either working or working from home or deciding how to work while being a Mum. Everything you think about in a coherent fashion - she really embraces the internal dialogue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/3/2014

    " Thoughtful, engaging essays about real life for everyday people "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 1/28/2014

    " I enjoy her columns on parenting, even though I don't always agree with her. A nice collection of essays. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Pierce | 1/17/2014

    " I read anything and everything that Anna Quindlen writes. She is so down-to-earth and clear about her experiences. I can relate on almost every level. Fantastic! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 1/12/2014

    " For a little chuckle, a nod and a sigh "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 1/5/2014

    " I really enjoy Quindlen's novels but I LOVE her essays. This is a really good collection, particularly the essays about September 11. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara Mader | 1/2/2014

    " A little uneven, to be expected in this sort of compilation, but I find her view on most matters worth the read, and she can write beautifully. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bree | 12/26/2013

    " Quindlen is one of my favorite writers, and this volume doesn't disappoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mindy | 12/14/2013

    " I wanted to read this book after hearing some great quotes from her about motherhood, but Anna Quindlen's ideas are a little too feminist for me. I couldn't finish the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bridget | 11/30/2013

    " could not get into reading a collection of her columns "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna | 11/23/2013

    " That Anna is so super smart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brad Burch | 11/21/2013

    " collection of non-fiction essays summarizing life as she lives and sees it.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katrinka | 11/21/2013

    " Anna Quindlen is impressive! She is bold, she is sensible, she is compassionate, she is positive, and she offers a fresh and brave perspective. Her voice and heart combine with such a warm astuteness that she always garners my respect while also stirring my approach. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 11/8/2013

    " Full of wisdom and insightful observations covering a vast array of topics from terriorism to mothering. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 6/30/2013

    " Intelligent, wise essays that made me nod my head vigorously - Yes! - and fell like marching, for something. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lhymowitz | 6/29/2013

    " Great collection of essays by Anna Quindlen. I laughed and cried repeatedly. This is fabulous - get this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamra | 4/10/2013

    " This book made me proud to be a feminist. So many changes i the lives of women that are just taken for granted and did not exist in my day. ///quindleb us the voice for many of us who feel her feelings but cannot express them so well "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginny Bowers | 3/19/2013

    " Lots of wisdom and unbiased opinions put very succinctly. Entertaining, as well as thought provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 10/15/2012

    " I used this book in my Honors Composition II class. It contains articles from Quindlen's time at Newsweek. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Reynolds | 7/17/2012

    " Every new mom should read Quindlen's non-fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joni | 10/10/2011

    " Very funny reading. The author provides thought and laughter provoking insights into some of the more intriguing issues in society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 11/20/2010

    " Of-course I enjoyed this collection of columns because I agree with nearly everything AQ writes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brad | 9/12/2010

    " collection of non-fiction essays summarizing life as she lives and sees it.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 8/31/2010

    " Anna Quindlen is my personal role model as writer. Elegant, lithe prose wrapped around profound ideas. I'd read many of these pieces as columns, but it was nice to revisit them again, especially since many of them--although written 15 years ago--were fresh and important. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/30/2010

    " Every new mom should read Quindlen's non-fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 8/21/2010

    " Am I allowed to put audio books on here? Well, I'm putting this one on here....

    Some of Anna Quindlen's essays are incredibly compelling to me -- her essays on September 11 are heartfelt and touching. Other essays seem preachy and overly dramatic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 8/9/2010

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    This is the first non-fiction i read of Quindlen, I love her style and subject matter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 5/7/2010

    " A collection from her columns, about what she cares about the most from the 90's and early 2000's.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne | 4/16/2010

    " Good read, because I agree with most everything she says! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bree | 4/2/2010

    " Quindlen is one of my favorite writers, and this volume doesn't disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 3/29/2010

    " I really enjoy Quindlen's novels but I LOVE her essays. This is a really good collection, particularly the essays about September 11. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 V | 3/2/2010

    " Came highly recommended, but I didn't dig it at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamra | 2/22/2010

    " This book made me proud to be a feminist. So many changes i the lives of women that are just taken for granted and did not exist in my day. ///quindleb us the voice for many of us who feel her feelings but cannot express them so well "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 12/3/2009

    " America's resident sane person-so bright and true "

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About the Author
Author Anna Quindlen

Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. Her book A Short Guide to a Happy Life has sold more than a million copies. While a columnist at the New York Times she won the Pulitzer Prize and published two collections. She currently lives in New York with her husband and children.

About the Narrator

Kathe Mazur has narrated many audiobooks, winning the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2014, being named a finalist for the Audie Award in 2013 and 2015, and winning seven AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she can be seen as DDA Hobbs on The Closer and in the upcoming Major Crimes. She has worked extensively in film, theater, and television, including appearances on Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, House, Brothers and Sisters, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, ER, Monk, and many others.