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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (350 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tracy Kidder Narrator: Lowell George Seibel Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN:
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Tracy Kidder won the Pulitzer Prize for The Soul of a New Machine. House and Among Schoolchildren were national best sellers. Now this crackerjack reporter with a common touch (Philip Lopate, The Washington Post) has turned his talents to his most important and universal theme in this, a close-in study of old age in America. With care and exactitude, with the human compassion and humor for which he is famed, Kidder opens up a fascinating world to us that is, at the same time, foreign and compelling.

The narrative takes place entirely in a nursing home and focuses on two old men struggling with their circumstances, their memories, and their mortality. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thom Dunn | 2/8/2014

    " What would you label Tracy Kidder's books. Non-fiction ? No, too much dialogue....Here, for example we hear the conversation about end-of-life alternatives between doctor and diabetic patient. Call it fiction ? Again, impossible, Kidder is a Rembrandt of realism. Like Home, this is a how-to book or a how-it-was for being old and still living rather than "waiting for death". Endorsement on back cover of Strength in What Remains calls him the master of "narrative non-fiction". Close enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 2/5/2014

    " On one hand, bittersweet story of two men who become roomates and, eventually, friends, at a retirement home. On the other hand, an indictment of the way we treat the elderly in the U.S. Highly recommended, along with his other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tory | 2/2/2014

    " I like Tracy Kidder's works. This was a tender story about two men rooming together at a nursing home in western Mass. Sweet, poignant, and a little tough to read at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audrey Weis | 1/29/2014

    " Though I never thought I'd like a book about a nursing home, this one is a keeper! I loved getting to know the characters and cheered them on through their various obstacles. Though parts did indeed produce tears,there is nothing melodramatic or sappy about the writing - just a glimpse into real lives in a real place. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Francisco | 1/24/2014

    " I love everything about this work; its character development, its setting, its plot, its theme, its descriptions, its dialogs, its deep reflections, the author's vocabulary, his style, his sentence structure that makes the reading a pleasure, but most of all, what makes this work unforgettable is its humanity. I had this book sitting on my shelf a long time and never felt strong enough to read it, thinking by the description sitting down to read it would depress me. Having crossed that indelible line separating middle age from the so called senior years a few months ago, the work found its way to me. From the first line, I was trapped and unable to put it down. Not at all what I expected, the work is edifying and thought-provoking, philosophical and quieting. It's a fascinating voyage into a period of life most are apprehensive to reflect upon and yet this work underscores the power of our indomitable human spirit, always striving to overcome adversity, eager to find companionship, friendship, understanding, affection, love, and happiness. I recommend it without reservation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/22/2014

    " Excellent insight into life in a nursing home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cory Fosco | 1/17/2014

    " Kidder did not know what his story was going to be about when he decided to write about a MA based nursing home. What he found was a strong and compelling relationship between two men. This book's strength is Kidder's ability to write about people. There are many interconnecting stories being told about the residents and staff of this nursing home and Kidder does a great job of bringing it all together in an entertaining way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Flan | 1/13/2014

    " This is my favorite Kidder book. He spend a year in a nursing home. Some of the characters have lived with me ever since. The judge and his roommate and how their relationship develops is unforgettable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 12/18/2013

    " An interesting book. I don't think it's one of his best, yet it is a fascinating look at a senior living institution where some of us just may live our last years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally Fouhse | 12/16/2013

    " Tracy Kidder is amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 12/4/2013

    " I love Tracy Kidder's ethnographic style. He does this topic, nursing homes, justice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 11/4/2013

    " This description of the lives of nursing home residents is supposed to be insightful into the lives of older people. I thought it was shallow and "popcorn" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pattie | 10/8/2013

    " A beautiful book about a horrible place - a nursing home - and a friendship that is made there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joellen | 9/12/2013

    " I read this a long time ago, I might have to re-read it now that Mom went to a senior citizen facility and see if my opinion changes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 6/14/2013

    " The human spirit is strong, but old folks homes blow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 4/2/2013

    " An interesting view of life inside a nursing home. I liked it, but not as much as some of his other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 11/12/2012

    " wonderful insight into growing old in a nursing home. great characters. great writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monkey | 8/15/2012

    " i liked this book, but it's a little depressing, and could've used a little more information and less stories..... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 6/21/2012

    " This was okay. Wouldn't read it again, nor would I recommend it particularly, but it's a touching story of two elderly men and their friends at a retirement home. Kidder writes beautifully, although the book moves slowly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Hearth | 4/30/2012

    " Kidder spends time in a New England nursing home with two men who are roommates. An unusually insightful look at the lives of the elderly in an institutional setting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin Yaklin | 3/12/2012

    " For anyone whose had a loved one in an institution. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ahf | 8/17/2011

    " Very sweet story of life and growth in a Nursing home. I bought a mazusa in memory. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth Ann | 8/17/2011

    " Bittersweet, touching read about loss, aging, humor and friendships in a group of nursing home residents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mickey | 7/20/2011

    " Documentary read of life at the end of the line, the culture and community of a particularly lively nursing home, and what it might feel like to be contemplating death. (Contemp lit; 300+ pages) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcin | 4/19/2011

    " Classic Kidder – moving, funny, and poignant in all the right places. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kari | 1/29/2011

    " It was alright, but I think to really enjoy it you have to be older. Older than I am anyway. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monkey | 9/20/2010

    " i liked this book, but it's a little depressing, and could've used a little more information and less stories..... "

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

    " Excellent insight into life in a nursing home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 11/15/2009

    " wonderful insight into growing old in a nursing home. great characters. great writer.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tory | 5/5/2009

    " I like Tracy Kidder's works. This was a tender story about two men rooming together at a nursing home in western Mass. Sweet, poignant, and a little tough to read at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mickey | 1/7/2009

    " Documentary read of life at the end of the line, the culture and community of a particularly lively nursing home, and what it might feel like to be contemplating death. (Contemp lit; 300+ pages) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 12/21/2008

    " This description of the lives of nursing home residents is supposed to be insightful into the lives of older people. I thought it was shallow and "popcorn" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ahf | 11/1/2008

    " Very sweet story of life and growth in a Nursing home. I bought a mazusa in memory. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Di | 10/13/2008

    " The human spirit is strong, but old folks homes blow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joellen | 7/7/2008

    " I read this a long time ago, I might have to re-read it now that Mom went to a senior citizen facility and see if my opinion changes. "

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About the Author
Author Tracy Kidder

Tracy Kidder has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Award, among other literary prizes. He is the author of The Soul of a New Machine, House, Among Schoolchildren, Old Friends, Home Town, and others.