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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (267 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Lightman Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2004 ISBN:
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In mid-life, Charles, a mildly successful, divorced professor at a leafy little college who has traded his youthful passions for reduced expectations, attends his 30th college reunion. When he sees a model of the campus as it was in his day, he is drawn back into his memories, where his 22-year-old self carries on a passionate affair with a beautiful dancer named Juliana.

Against a backdrop of the 1960s war protests, Charles watches his relationship with Juliana intensify and nearly unravel, mentally traveling from his youthful mistakes to the child they almost had together. As he rediscovers contradictory versions of his past, he relives the hopefulness of youth and examines the nature of memory itself. A physicist and a humanist, Lightman fuses both disciplines into a luminous book.

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elysabeth | 10/22/2013

    " Shitty and self indulgent. The worst kind of gross. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 andeeeeee | 9/16/2013

    " so so so so depressing, but really beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joumana Jaser | 3/26/2013

    " This isn't my favorite of Lightman's but definitely worth a read if you like his style. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erin | 12/10/2012

    " Boring and depressing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 10/14/2012

    " Beautifully written. Difficult historical shifts but psychologically compelling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 11/28/2011

    " Reading this as a potential selection for my book club. At first I enjoyed the main character, but his meandering thoughts finally drove me to put this book down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leigh | 10/26/2011

    " He's a good writer and I liked Einstein's Dreams very much. And I do like the way he talks about time. But this novel about first love was just too male. The women were shadowy, voiceless bodies. I'm just not particularly tolerant of that anymore. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 brian tanabe | 9/10/2011

    " Not one of Lightman's better novels, in my humble opinion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julz | 7/4/2011

    " Good to read right before a college reunion. Rather than encouraging sentimentality, it gives a realistic outcome to fantasies about the past. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marian Ferguson | 6/5/2011

    " 15 books listed on Amazon with this title; neither the story or the writing held my attention. I didn't finish it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marian | 3/28/2011

    " 15 books listed on Amazon with this title; neither the story or the writing held my attention. I didn't finish it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 1/15/2008

    " Reading this as a potential selection for my book club. At first I enjoyed the main character, but his meandering thoughts finally drove me to put this book down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 andeeeeee | 11/1/2007

    " so so so so depressing, but really beautiful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 brian | 9/5/2007

    " Not one of Lightman's better novels, in my humble opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joumana | 6/23/2007

    " This isn't my favorite of Lightman's but definitely worth a read if you like his style. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elysabeth | 6/22/2007

    " Shitty and self indulgent. The worst kind of gross. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julz | 4/13/2007

    " Good to read right before a college reunion. Rather than encouraging sentimentality, it gives a realistic outcome to fantasies about the past. "

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About the Author
Author Alan Lightman

Alan Lightman is the author of several novels, including Einstein’s Dreams, a New York Times and international bestseller, and The Diagnosis, a finalist for the 2000 National Book Award. He is also the author of several collections of essays and numerous books on science. His work has appeared in the Atlantic, Granta, the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, and Nature, among many other publications. A theoretical physicist as well as a writer, he has served on the faculties of Harvard and MIT, where he was the first person to receive a dual faculty appointment in science and the humanities.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.