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3.62 out of 53.62 out of 53.62 out of 53.62 out of 53.62 out of 5 3.62 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Strout Narrator: Sandra Burr Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN:
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At the edge of the continent, Crosby, Maine, may seem like nowhere, but seen through this brilliant writer's eyes, it's in essence the whole world. The lives that are lived there are filled with all of the grand human dramas: desire, despair, jealousy, hope, and love.

At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance; a former student who has lost the will to live; Olive's own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and her husband, Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse.

As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life - sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition - its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Constance | 2/17/2014

    " This book was OK, but I was hoping for a little more. It didn't always hold my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 2/8/2014

    " This book is well written. BUT...it is so depressing! The town this author wrote about must be cursed. Every families' lifes are full of misery, disappointment, and despair. The author is able to cut straight into a couple's life, instantly bring their drama to the readers. That part makes the book very readable. But with one unhappy life to another, and to another in this coastal town. It gets kind of depressing. "

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

    " Reread this book and loved it just as much as my first reading. Beautiful, quiet prose with an amazing attention to detail. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Porter | 1/27/2014

    " So beautifully written and the most honest characters I've met in a long time. LOVE this book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brandi | 1/18/2014

    " Depressing. And not good. I read The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling before this and that was depressing too. But it was also good. Maybe I missed something, but I didn't really see the point of this book. I would not recommend it to anyone. I'm surprised I even finished it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 1/17/2014

    " An interesting pick for an award winning book. I enjoyed the writing style, and would recommend the book. The characters' lives are melancholy with Olive's terrible social skills and failures in all relationships the most depressing. I did recognize people that I have known in my life and if nothing else the piece teaches us how not to be with others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy | 1/7/2014

    " Fast read. Liked the format and the characters. the scenarios are very real and very raw....at least to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucia | 1/6/2014

    " I truly enjoyed each chapter/short story within the covers of this book. It took me too long to finish. Life got in the way. I think Olive is either my mother or a very close relative. Great way to spend a quiet Sunday morning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/4/2014

    " Quite depressing, but a good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy Darlington | 12/25/2013

    " Interesting character studies. A group of short stories linked together by several main characters. I enjoyed the book and would recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Zink | 11/23/2013

    " I always read Elizabeth Strout. This book is the story of Olive's old age told in vignettes by those who knew her. Realistic, insightful writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juno | 11/3/2013

    " One of the best books I've read in years. I found it profoundly moving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 10/30/2013

    " Interesting link of stories of the townspeople to the main character who both inspired sympathy as well as contempt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Elswick | 10/27/2013

    " I will never forget Olive Kitteridge - the book, yes, but the main character, definitely! She is as real to me as my best friend. She breathes, laughs, curses, and says all the things "you" wish you could say! She is complex, unpredictable, and perfect! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine Snook | 10/4/2013

    " Loved this! the characters are interesting and strong "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 9/15/2013

    " Third star trulyt because I loved henry. otherwise, not a fan of a single character or of hoer the stories sort of, almost intersperse, but not really. Olive herself is a vile, nasty main character and I found myself saying repeatedly that I don't care about her, so why am I reading?! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 2/28/2013

    " enjoyed, but hard to get into at times. liked the ending "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Sebert | 1/19/2013

    " This was a collection of short vignettes of characters in a small Maine town, with Olive Kitteridge as the character who threads through the whole book. I really enjoyed the writing style and I found myself responding to the characters' lives with sympathy and empathy. Overall excellent book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol C | 9/12/2012

    " Really 4.5 . I read this book in 2009(?) and still think about it occasionally. One reviewer aptly likened it to a photo album. In some photos Olive is the main subject, in some she is a blur walking past but all add up to a full portrait. It is one of my favorite books and deserves a reread. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 7/6/2012

    " WONDERFUL!!!! 1 OF THE BEST BOOKS I EVER READ! IT'S SHORT STORIES AND THERE ARE NO NEAT, TIDY ENDINGS BUT WHAT A FABULOUSLY WRITTEN BOOK! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 4/29/2012

    " Gorgeous writing! The characters of this Maine town are such a visceral experience through this author's deft hand. A brilliant character study. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 4/27/2012

    " Dark stories but true enough. Believable; although I have to hope that getting older is better than that. I gave it three stars because it did have some humor and she wrote well enough to keep me engaged. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 3/13/2012

    " Oh Olive, you broke my heart. Such characters. The structure with very little character intersection was something I hadn't come across before. Olive as the one link was a unique devise. Still, my jury is out. She is a tough character to love. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amie | 12/24/2011

    " i kind of want to give it one. Couldn't stand any of the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruthie | 7/13/2011

    " This book was slow at times but eventually picked up the pace about half way through. Overall I enjoyed the read and found Olive to be a strange and sad personality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 5/23/2011

    " It was pretty good... I liked the concept of one character connecting a bunch of short stories into one cohesive book. Not the best book I ever read, but it was fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 5/21/2011

    " Beautifully written but very depressing. Not something to read if you want a positive view of life. I commend the author's concept of having these short stories tied together through the main character of Olive. However, this book left me emotionally tired. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roadrunner | 5/21/2011

    " Didn't get it. I think you have to be from Maine to appreciate this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindywalter | 5/19/2011

    " Thought provoking, life changing, sad-a great testimony to the human condition. Loved it. "

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

    " Somber yet compelling. She beautifully weaves together the lives of a small town community. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 5/18/2011

    " You didn't always love olive, but I loved this book. Great characters, intertwined plots.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 5/16/2011

    " I don't remember much about this book, except that it was OK. It was not horrible; it was not my favorite. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thedesertrocks | 5/16/2011

    " Not that exciting, but good lessons for Olive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 5/15/2011

    " This books main character was tough to like, but the book made you see things that she didn't even see about herself. At times I kept thinking, "this is going to be very depressing", but there are some great, funny moments and the ending is great and show hope in a new light. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 5/14/2011

    " Fabulous book. Great insight into the human mind and heart. It can be hard to realize that you have to love yourself for who you are. You are doing your best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 5/12/2011

    " Olive Kitteridge, Gilead & Out Stealing Horses are really preparing me for getting older. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristie | 5/11/2011

    " Not a big fan. I can't really get into books that are depressing without any sense of redemption. I realize that includes a lot of books! I gave it two stars because the writing is good, and I was interested enough in the stories to read the whole thing. But I regret it, so 1.5. :) "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth Strout

Elizabeth Strout is the author of the New York Times bestseller Olive Kitteridge, for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize; the national bestseller Abide with Me; and Amy and Isabelle, winner of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. She has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in London.

About the Narrator

Sandra Burr is an AudioFile Earphones Award–wining narrator. She has read more than one hundred books in her career, including the New York Times bestselling Cedar Cove romance series by Debbie Macomber.