Mary and ONeil: A Novel in Stories Audiobook, by Justin Cronin Play Audiobook Sample

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Author: Justin Cronin Narrator: Edoardo Ballerini Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Length: Release Date: March 2013 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780804126656

Publisher Description

Mary and O'Neil frequently marveled at how, of all the lives they might have led, they had somehow found this one together. When they met at the Philadelphia high school where they'd come to teach, each had suffered a profound loss that had not healed. How likely was it that they could learn to trust, much less love, again?

Justin Cronin's poignant debut traces the lives of Mary Olson and O'Neil Burke, two vulnerable young teachers who rediscover in each other a world alive with promise and hope. From the formative experiences of their early adulthood to marriage, parenthood, and beyond, this novel in stories illuminates the moments of grace that enable Mary and O'Neil to make peace with the deep emotional legacies that haunt them: the sudden, mysterious death of O'Neil’s parents, Mary’s long-ago decision to end a pregnancy, O'Neil’s sister's battle with illness and a troubled marriage. Alive with magical nuance and unexpected encounters, Mary and O'Neil celebrates the uncommon in common lives, and the redemptive power of love.

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  • “[An] artful debut…Cronin writes clear and careful prose, and is admirably fearless in the scope of his imagination.”

    - New York Times Book Review
  • An astonishingly good first novel...fully engaging from the first paragraph. What a gift: to be able to live alongside these people for a while.

    - Ann Patchett, Chicago Tribune
  • A literary love story...about the fragility of good fortune and the accidental ways of finding happiness.

    - USA Today
  • Justin Cronin must have been a novelist in an earlier life. What else could account for the mature insight and the beautifully controlled technique we find in his debut novel?...Cronin succeeds, touchingly and tenderly, in portraying life itself as a triumph of hope over experience.

    - The Boston Globe
  • Justin Cronin’s Mary and O’Neil is that rare thing: a wholly engrossing story of the ordinary life.

    - Madison Smartt Bell, author of All Souls’ Rising
  • “An astonishingly good first novel…What a gift to be able to live alongside these people for a while.”

    - Chicago Tribune
  • “A literary love story…about the fragility of good fortune and the accidental ways of finding happiness.”

    - USA Today
  • “Cronin succeeds, touchingly and tenderly, in portraying life itself as a triumph of hope over experience.”

    - Boston Globe
  • “In unassailably well-crafted prose, novelist Justin Cronin offers us the story of an ordinary family placed under extraordinary circumstances and held together by the solid footing of love and intimacy.”

    -  Barnes & Noble, editorial review
  • “A promising debut.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “A worthy first effort by a novelist worth watching.”

    - Library Journal
  • “A quiet debut, its very understatement giving rise to its poignancy and strength.”

    - Kirkus Reviews
  • “Justin Cronin’s Mary and O’Neil is that rare thing: a wholly engrossing story of the ordinary life.”

    - Madison Smartt Bell, author of All Souls’ Rising

Awards

  • Winner of the 2002 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award

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About the Author

Scott Brick, an acclaimed voice artist, screenwriter, and actor, has performed on film, television, and radio. He attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks. winning won more than fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.

About the Narrator

Edoardo Ballerini, an American actor, director, film producer, and award–winning narrator. He has won several Audie Awards for best narration, including for 2019’s Best Male Narrator of the Year, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine in 2019. He has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, from classics to modern masters, from bestsellers to the inspirational, from Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners to spine-tingling series, and much more. In television and film, he is best known for his roles in The Sopranos, 24, I Shot Andy Warhol, Dinner Rush, and Romeo Must Die. He is also trained in theater and continues to do much work on stage.