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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (27,437 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian McEwan Narrator: Ian McEwa Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A novel of remarkable depth and poignancy from one of the most acclaimed writers of our time

It is July 1962. Florence is a talented musician who dreams of a career on the concert stage and of the perfect life she will create with Edward, an earnest young history student at University College of London, who unexpectedly wooed and won her heart. Newly married that morning, both virgins, Edward and Florence arrive at a hotel on the Dorset coast. At dinner in their rooms they struggle to suppress their worries about the wedding night to come. Edward, eager for rapture, frets over Florence’s response to his advances and nurses a private fear of failure, while Florence’s anxieties run deeper: she is overcome by sheer disgust at the idea of physical contact, but dreads disappointing her husband when they finally lie down together in the honeymoon suite.
Ian McEwan has caught with understanding and compassion the innocence of Edward and Florence at a time when marriage was presumed to be the outward sign of maturity and independence. On Chesil Beach is another masterwork from McEwan–a story of lives transformed by a gesture not made or a word not spoken.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Exquisite…Compressed, crisp, [and] warmly specific…[A] small masterpiece.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Marvelously realized…Wrenching, funny, smart, and hugely gratifying in unexpected ways…On Chesil Beach is as merciful to its characters as it is merciless in its heartbreak.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Vintage McEwan…His finely honed prose is a deep pleasure to experience.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Completely absorbing…Infused with a bitter poignancy…Intense and powerful…A masterpiece.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “A parable of failed empathy…Mordant [and] melancholy.”

    Village Voice

  • “A poignant meditation on love’s ebb and flow.”


  • “Quietly riveting…McEwan has never written more beautifully than he does in [this] melancholy and haunting new novel.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “A small, perfect, haunting work of art…McEwan draws a humane, touching, sometimes comic portrait of marital misunderstanding in an era when so much less was sayable, or said.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “Dazzling…McEwan treats [his subject] with a boundless sympathy, one that enlists the reader even as it disguises the fact that this seeming novel of manners is as fundamentally a horror novel as any [he’s] written.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Remarkable, engaging, and gripping…On Chesil Beach is not only a wonderful read but also perhaps that rarest of things: a perfect novel.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Heartbreaking…Breathtaking…Masterly…No one now writing in English surpasses or even matches McEwan’s accomplishment.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • An ALA Notable Book Finalist for Fiction
  • One of the 2007 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction
  • A 2007 Man Booker Prize Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bethany | 2/20/2014

    " How beautiful, yet terribly depressing, "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Brad | 2/18/2014

    " TBH, this was disappointing. I normally quite enjoy McEwan's books but this was decidedly sub-par. Yes, it follows his trademark style of focussing on a pivotal moment and the consequences thereof - but the context was weak, and the "story" almost non-existent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Hollie | 2/14/2014

    " This was my first Ian McEwan read , I discovered it in the library. Yes the novel takes place over a very short period of time , but within that period major events take place. We learn about the characters through brief flashbacks in the book.After the short marriage of Edward and Florence we see how Edward appears to drift through life when everyone else has moved on.this novel is quite graphic but a good short read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kez_70 | 2/13/2014

    " Felt a bit like a Merchanmt Ivory film - set in the past and full of repressed feelings. "

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