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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,459 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rivers Siddons Narrator: Kate Nelligan Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN:
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They are love, those rare early friendships. As she travels to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for a reunion with three of her college chums, Kate Abrams ponders the past. Had she ever known anyone as intimately as these three? There's smart, tough Cecie; foolish, lonely Fig; and pert, wealthy Ginger, who married young Kate's great love. Kate wonders whether such sublime bonds, and such deep betrayals, can survive the years. She is, after all, no stranger to life's ironies. Her father, a poor Southerner, filled her life with social illusions, and took his life in the process. Her husband sustained her through later deaths. And now an ongoing battle with cancer puts Kate's own life on the line.

Forced to face dark truths about her golden past, Kate discovers the meaning of life and the power of true friendship. Mystery, madness, revenge, and awakening await Kate Abrams on the Outer Banks.

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

    " Really enjoyable if you're like me and have a group of college girlfriends who remain your best friends to this day. That's not to say that's all this book is about, but it creates a foundation connection. My second favorite, behind Peachtree Road. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/20/2014

    " This is an epic story of female friendship. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ginny | 1/17/2014

    " This book is awful. I picked it up because I love the Outer Banks and I thought it would be a nice way to reminisce about family vacations. It was also a book about sorority women, of which I am one. I thought it might be nice to view sorority life from a middle-aged perspective. No. There is absolutely zero plot and the syntax is jumpy, with very little contextual interplay. Flashbacks in literature should be seamless; these are jerky and unwarranted. The drama and events are unrealistic and unbelievable, and not in a good way. I read the first 100 pages and gave up. If it's not good by then, it's not going to be good. Don't waste your time on this one. I did and was extremely disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy Posner | 1/11/2014

    " Okay, they all can't be epic novels and Anne River Siddons is my go-to author for escape reads- both because of her writing about the south, especially the Outer Banks (our home away from home) and her writing style. It's a cut above Danielle Steele. This is a very good 1950s/60s coming-of-age novel, told in flashback format. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marni | 12/29/2013

    " OK, so the writing was good, even better than good--but I HATED the plot. I particularly HATED the ending. It was stupid, I felt manipulated, and it did not even tie up all the loose ends. I will never read another book by this author again....I really mean it. I actually re-read the last chapter to see if I had missed something, some clue, some word, that would have it make more sense--but nothing, not a shred of comprehension came from it. A cheap stupid ending with a heroine who was always weeping. So 2 stars for writing style but minus 4 for being ridiculous and totally unbelievable. Plus heronie's husband was a frigging saint and she did not appreciate him. Shame on her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tori | 12/28/2013

    " My second favorite Anne Rivers Siddons book - about 4 sorority sisters in college and then years later at a reunion - good beach read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather Rae | 12/13/2013

    " While I appreciated Siddons' vocabulary usage, I spent most of this book waiting for . . . something, anything. Maybe I'm just not a good chick lit reader, but this was mostly a waste of my time. I should know better by now, but for $2.00 I threw aside my instincts and gave it a shot. Silly, silly me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 11/29/2013

    " ahhh to revisit the early years "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meg | 11/18/2013

    " This was a strange but somewhat entertaining book. It had a great twist to it in the middle, and a very unexpected climax. Although I am still not sure how I feel about the ending. The book was slow to start, but then got more entertaining about 1/4 of the way into it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 11/12/2013

    " really good book, totally unexpected ending! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 11/11/2013

    " Another Siddons' favorite...I especially love her use of Dorothy Parker's poetry. After reading Parker's poetry for the first time here I read all of her poetry in one summer during high school. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzanne | 11/5/2013

    " This book jumped around between about a 20 year span From College days back to present day. I dont usually care for this type of book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodie | 10/28/2013

    " I was totally surprised at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 10/23/2013

    " Rating 3-4. Read a few year ago. I liked it but can't remember if I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 10/14/2013

    " Couldn't put down! Had suspense, love, and more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 lorena boyd | 10/5/2013

    " This was my book club selection. It was an OK book, not something I would choose. It had a little of bit of everything, drama, romance, interesting characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerri | 9/3/2013

    " Good read - kept me interested all the way through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl Love | 7/13/2013

    " I'm still mulling this one over. It was complex, and had a few unexpected twists and turns. I'm not ready to review it yet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelli | 6/30/2013

    " I can't even explain why I like this book so much, but I must have read it 20 times. Seriously, I don't even know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 6/13/2013

    " Having a difficult time getting into this story. I may have to start over- "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney Milford | 4/26/2013

    " Usual ARS book but one of her better - the Fig character gets pretty unbelievable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jody | 4/23/2013

    " another one of my favorites! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer Atwater | 1/14/2013

    " OK book. Nothing to write home about, pretty good ending I guess. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 10/27/2012

    " Heavy foreshadowing, so you could kind of guess how the story was going to end, but there were enough twists to keep it interesting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 10/1/2012

    " This is my first Siddons book, and I was completely taken by surprise at how fluid her writing style is with a fascinating story to tell. I was under the impression that she wrote like Nicholas Sparks--kind of flat and predictable. But I was totally wrong and would read her again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginnie Leiner | 8/13/2012

    " Anne Rivers Siddons is always a good read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori Baldi | 8/4/2012

    " I like her writing but this story was a little over-dramatic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah Doyon | 5/7/2012

    " I had a hard time enjoying this book and I'm not sure why. I don't think I really liked the characters and found them all a bit odd. I do not recommend this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lyndsey | 4/9/2012

    " so soap opera. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 2/19/2012

    " Wonderful...what can I say. Her books always have such a twist at the end. For me they are riveting. I get one of her books and cannot put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 1/30/2012

    " I picked this one up during a weekend away with the girls and liked it so much I had to keep reading. It caught me a little by surprise I didn't see the twist coming but it was a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trina | 7/16/2011

    " Great story, excellent character development and interesting insight into the world of depression. This is one of those stories that leaves the reader pondering the events and inner dialogue long after the last page is turned. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nadia | 5/13/2011

    " Very disappointing. One dimensional characters and predictable plot lines. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 3/19/2011

    " I read this on a plane and in a car doing lots of tedious driving, and it was good for that purpose. Sorority sisters have a reunion at a beach house on the Outer Banks, and the people involved have changed much over the years...or have they? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 3/6/2011

    " Heavy foreshadowing, so you could kind of guess how the story was going to end, but there were enough twists to keep it interesting "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Derek | 3/3/2011

    " What a complete pile of horse crap! Thank goodness I didn't buy it and it was abridged! Almost threw it out the window several times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 1/30/2011

    " Having a difficult time getting into this story. I may have to start over-

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 1/6/2011

    " Will never forget this book - loved it so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 gisele | 12/30/2010

    " This one of my favorite books. I can remember walking around with the book in front of me. I also got to meet her in person. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charity | 9/8/2010

    " liked in until the end, good grief "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 8/29/2010

    " Follows 4 sorority sisters through part of college and then 30 years later, as they try to recapture those days from the '60s.
    Interesting descriptions of the coastline of the Carolinas. An OK, easy book - relaxing to read after a long day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doti | 8/22/2010

    " Descriptions of the coastal areas, both New England and North Carolina, are lovely and instills me with deeper desire to visit both.
    Characters are somewhat bizarre and some of story seemed forced. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 8/18/2010

    " I remember loving this book when I read it years ago. Maybe I should re-read it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lana | 8/2/2010

    " I read this a long time ago, but remembered it was very good, suspenseful at the end. College friends reuniting together for a weekend, and you learn about their lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marti | 7/22/2010

    " Touching. ARS at her best. When she gets it right, she really gets it right. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 7/12/2010

    " Quick read, with fun, interesting characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Petrea | 7/7/2010

    " Enjoyement and a feeling for the Southern waters "

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About the Author
Author Anne Rivers Siddons

Anne Rivers Siddons is a New York Times bestselling author who she has written works such as Sweetwater Creek, Islands, Nora Nora, Low Country, Up Island, Fault Lines, Downtown, Hill Towns, Colony, Outer Banks, King’s Oak, Peachtree Road, Homeplace, Fox’s Earth, and Heartbreak Hotel. Her novel The House Next Door was made into a made-for-television movie starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Colin Ferguson, and Lara Flynn Boyle. She and her husband, Heyward, split their time between their homes in South Carolina and Maine.

About the Narrator

Kate Nelligan has had a successful acting career in her native Canada, in Britain and in the United States. Nelligan studied at Toronto’s Glendon College, but left to attend the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She quickly established herself in the UK on stage and on television. As a member of the National Theatre, she gave a much lauded performance in Tales from the Vienna Woods and was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for David Hare’s Plenty. She moved to Manhattan in the early ‘80s, dropped the English accent, and won stardom on the Broadway boards, racking up four Tony Award nominations for best actress. On the screen, both big and small, she established herself as a top-notch and in-demand supporting player and character actress. Nelligan was Oscar-nominated as Best Supporting Actress for The Prince of Tides, and her performances in movies and television in her native Canada have brought her five Gemini Award nominations.