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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,259 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Judith Guest Narrator: Aviva Skell Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The heart-wrenching book that inspired the critically-acclaimed movie. Cal and Beth Jarrett are ordinary people: a happy couple living with grocery bills, taxes, barbeque dinners, and orthodontist appointments for their two sons. But when a terrible accident takes the life of one son, their lives begin to fall apart. This is the story of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances and the lengths they will go to put their lives together again. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Admirable…Touching…Full of anxiety, despair, and joy that is common to every human experience of suffering and growth.” 

    New York Times

  • “Guest has the ability to move a toughened reviewer to tears.” 


  • “Judith Guest’s novel was exceptional as a book in 1976, then as a film directed by Robert Redford, and now as a full-length audio recording narrated by Aviva Skell. There is a kindness in this story towards all the characters and that kindness is underlined by Skell’s very capable and sensitive narration. The quality of the recording is very high. Highly recomended.”  Library Journal
  • “A writer’s novel. A reader’s novel. A critic’s novel. A very important novel.” 

    Detroit Free Press

  • New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gemma Lolos | 2/7/2014

    " A quick, haunting, and wonderfully therapeutic read. Definitely something you want to check out. And you will be pleased to know that Guest's novel was well adapted to the big screen in a critically acclaimed film, based on the book. I only wish that I had thought to read the book ahead of the watching the film. It offers such different perspective, as books often do, and reveals a lot more about the characters of Calvin, Beth, and Conrad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marlaina | 2/3/2014

    " I had to watch the movie in Psych at the movies.. but it was a wonderful movie and it had a deep meaning. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Dave | 1/29/2014

    " Oh, upper-middle-class suburban nuclear family woe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by J.t. Krul | 1/27/2014

    " I always wanted to read this book. I absolutely loved the film by Robert Redford. It is the very definition of people leading lives of quiet desperation. There is a timelessness to the book as a lot of it focuses on the need to present a confident/happy/content front to the world around us. There's a great quote from someone (not from this book) about happiness coming with not comparing our rough drafts with other people's highlight reel. In all honesty, we shouldn't compare ourselves to others at all, in my opinion. They say that life is a marathon and it is, but not one is which we race against each other. In fact, most people who run, run for themselves. They strive to do better than they did in the past. That's what the mantra of the book amounts to - letting go of the pain and mistakes of the past and forging a new path forward. Ordinary People gives voice to the sounds in our heads that plague our mind - all the uncertainty, confusion, and doubt. The insecurities of the human condition itself on display for all to see. I can almost promise that you'll hear your own voice somewhere in this book. "

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About the Author

Judith Guest is the author of the novels Errands, Killing Time in St. Cloud (with Rebecca Hill), Second Heaven, and Ordinary People, which was adapted for film and won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1980.