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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (49,609 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Strout Narrator: Sandra Burr Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 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, and the lives that are lived there are filled with all of the grand human drama - 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 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. 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner in the Letters, Drama and Music category

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 1/31/2014

    " One of my all time favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 1/29/2014

    " Not my usual speed, but I liked it. Well-drawn characters, great scenery descriptions...you feel like you're in that little town in Maine. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly Champion mele | 1/26/2014

    " Wasn't my favorite book, it was just a collection of stories all with the one old lady connecting them. I kept reading hoping it would come together in the end but it never did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/23/2014

    " 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 Jo | 1/22/2014

    " Unique (to me). Also kept me interested. Characters encompass the "yin/yang" of life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Di | 1/16/2014

    " She is a great writer but I did find this book a bit of a slog, mainly because there isn't a strong narrative thread. It was almost like linked short stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dean Cook | 1/11/2014

    " This was an interesting book. Olive has a bit of us all somewhere in her personality. Each chapter is a different story that weaves through her life. It is sad and honest. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 1/11/2014

    " Maybe if I'd realized that this was more a short story collection than a novel, I would've enjoyed it more. (I kept waiting for something to tie it all together and there just wasn't anything.) It was ok. Dragged a bit. "Literary" in that way where we just examine characters and very little happens. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelle Arthur | 11/18/2013

    " One of my all time favorite books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet Saxon | 11/12/2013

    " Read this book several years ago. A book I would read again and enjoy more, I imagine. Clever and moving. I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz Murray | 9/13/2013

    " I liked listening to the audio book version, which I did while travelling to and from Maine, coincidentally. This added to the interest. I liked the quirky little stories about Olive's family and friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine D. Warner | 1/23/2013

    " This is a fast-read book. The style of the book reminded me a little bit of "The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel" by Barbara Kingsolver. "

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

    " I really don't know what all the hype was about this book. I thought it was extremely boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alessa | 9/17/2012

    " Strout successfully executes my favorite story format: short stories involving somewhat different characters yet all related. The characters it this book are multifaceted and intriguing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 8/11/2012

    " Liked the character development, but the plot seemed kind of zigzaggy to me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily Baird | 6/28/2012

    " Interesting format. A series of short stories, centered around a town in Maine, with Olive Kitteridge as an incidental or main character throughout the stories. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Arletta Dawdy | 5/20/2012

    " I rarely give up reading a book but I simply could not sustain my interest in Olive Kitteridge. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay Beasley | 2/15/2012

    " Well , I basically wept openly after reading the story "Pharmacy" and then again at the end of the book. Really really great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 1/27/2012

    " Didn't like this book. Boring, bad language (so I wouldn't recommend it to others), depressing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Nylen | 1/13/2012

    " Loved this. I felt as though Olive and I were kindred spirits in many ways. I'd read it again if I didn't already loan it to my mother in law. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 10/18/2011

    " Beautifully written, at least in parts. But it felt more like a collection of short stories than a novel, and I couldn't get over my dislike of some of the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/7/2011

    " Alexis gave this book to me for my birthday. I LOVED it. Thanks, Lex!!! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 7/7/2011

    " A book of short stories with Olive showing up in each one. It was really quite good and enjoyable to read a series of short stories set in the same area with some recurring characters. Through all the stories the reader comes to know and understand Olive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Etrenga | 7/6/2011

    " A beautifully written series of short stories that all take place in the same small northern town and in some way or another involve Olive Kitteridge. A quick, emotional, and thought-provoking read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barb | 7/5/2011

    " No comment. My book club hated her, and hence the problem....only 2 of us finished the book. We had no discussion after first question, "Did you like Olive?" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 7/4/2011

    " This is an elegantly written collection. Very well done! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 7/3/2011

    " Interesting book......betwee three and four stars. Fascinating way to incorporate one person into multiple, mostly facinating, individual stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shellie | 7/2/2011

    " I just wasn't a big fan. I didn't like the back and forth short stories. And frankly, Olive got on my nerves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 7/1/2011

    " I'm not usually into story collections but I loved this book, and I thought the final three paragraphs were perfection. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dpehrson | 6/30/2011

    " I found this depressing reading and it never did move too far out of that arena at the end. It is well written though and does leave me feeling I should try and read it again to see if there is more for me to get from it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sloane | 6/30/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. It stayed w/ me a long time. Beautifully written.
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vicki | 6/30/2011

    " I liked the concept of loosely intertwined short stories that in large or small ways incorporated Olive. But, I have to say, this book is depressing. Each chapter was full of some sort of miserableness. I realize it was a reflection on endurance, but it was a bit much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 6/29/2011

    " 13 stories, all about different people, but all somehow connected to Olive Kitteridge in some small or large way. I liked the concept, the stories, and the writing. Don't read this if you're looking for a pick me up. I would give it 3.5 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 6/29/2011

    " Stories of a small town in Maine all linked through a woman, Olive Kitteridge. Completely engrossing. I literally felt fragile after reading. "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth Strout

Elizabeth Strout is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Olive Kitteridge, the #1 New York Times bestseller My Name Is Lucy Barton, and the New York Times bestseller The Burgess Boys, as well as Abide with Me, a Book Sense pick, and Amy and Isabelle, which won 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 England. Her short stories have been published in a number of magazines, including the New Yorker and O: The Oprah Magazine.

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.