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2.68 out of 52.68 out of 52.68 out of 52.68 out of 52.68 out of 5 2.68 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Baxter Narrator: John Rubinstein Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2003 ISBN:
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From the acclaimed author of The Feast of Love, which was nominated for a National Book Award, comes a new novel, both light-hearted and deeply moving, about the arcs and pitches of events and emotions that shape the lives of a young married couple.

In the two years since they were married, nothing has mattered so much to either Saul or Patsy as the fact that they are just that: Saul-and-Patsy. And though they've ended up in a small city of Five Oaks, Michigan, their life together is an idyll of domestic romance. At least for a while.

With the birth of their daughter, Saul is shocked to find himself feeling envious of the attention Patsy lavishes on her. But at the same time, his own attention is being drawn away from home by a different child: one of his students, a deeply troubled sixteen-year-old boy has become darkly obsessed with Saul's life. And though Saul can't see it coming, the shattering outcome of the boy's obsession will lead Saul to question everything he has always assumed about himself, and about Saul-and-Patsy.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginger | 2/20/2014

    " So... try to do a good thing and what do you get? Strange??? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 eva steele-saccio | 2/19/2014

    " this paled in comparison to feast of love. it started out wonderfully then turned into this quasi-conservative take on suicide and, if i recall correctly, terrorism. saul can become quite annoying. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam Rasmussen | 2/11/2014

    " I don't know quite what to say about this book. It's very well written, and the story is strangely engrossing. I just don't know what the "point" was. I guess I'd say it's about the anatomy of a marriage -- starting out strong, then declining, but then building back up again to something more durable and satisfying. And in the background is this strange kid who is obssessed with them, and lingers rather like a bad penny (or maybe a good one.. .who knows) throughout the entire story. But Baxter never tells us why. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keverlee | 1/24/2014

    " Still good fifth time around. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dona | 1/20/2014

    " I just couldn't get into it, put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 12/23/2013

    " This book is well-written. But I just felt the whole male novelist venting his personal opinions thing and it made me feel dumped upon in the middle of the narrative. The whole contempt of the weak and of the so-called townie simpletons grated my nerves. And I like him as a writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 12/14/2013

    " Baxter's line by line writing's great, as is his character work. A plot line kicks in late in the book that I'm not crazy about. Still, a very good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelli | 12/5/2013

    " The characters reminded me a bit of Ed and me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeremy | 11/30/2013

    " I read this book because of the cover. Hmmm. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 11/30/2013

    " Someone was getting rid of this book at a swap and I really enjoyed Baxter's The Feast of Love so I took it home expecting great things and was pretty disappointed. Not only was it disjointed, but I was never able to feel empathic toward any of the characters. "

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

    " A young middle class family in Michigan (where else?) surrounded by craziness. Lyrical, insightful, elegant. Funny in spots. Baxter's best novel, IMHO "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nathan James | 4/14/2013

    " don't expect anything interesting to happen in this novel and you'll love it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rosemary | 3/7/2013

    " I didn't like it as mch as The Feast of Love (which I loved) and just couldn't get it up to feel bad for the obviously fucked-up menace of a student that plagued Saul and his family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 1/19/2013

    " More CB goodness. More midwestern goodness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 12/18/2012

    " He was on the 2009 UND Writer's Conference panel. Reading the book in a group really helped me understand it. He was a very, very good speaker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deirdre | 11/18/2012

    " a shiksa and a jew marry and live in the midwest. compelling stuff. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ann | 11/14/2012

    " Saul and Patsy was a big disappointment after Feast of Love. The characters were not sympathetic or realistic, and as the book progressed, the plot became increasingly bizarre and unbelievable. I am usually a great admirerer of Baxter's, but this novel does not live up to his other works. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Janet Oberfoell | 7/17/2012

    " Another story about East Coasters who move to the midwest and think everybody is a hick because they don't get drunk on Chablis and listen to jazz. I made it halfway through the book, but I didn't see any real plot. Just boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Howard Cincotta | 4/3/2012

    " Wonderful warm characters -- I can see why Baxter first "dicovered" them in a short story, which he expanded to a novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teri | 4/1/2012

    " My mind wondered a bunch while reading this book, probably because the story gave me a lot of loose ends to wonder about... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Becky | 12/11/2011

    " I can't even finish this book. I heard a few great things about the author and the story started out sorta interesting. I could care less about Sauls whining, I feel bad that Patsy is married to him, and I can never get through pages at a time....making this the longest book I have ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 7/25/2011

    " I liked this story about a midwestern couple, their marriage and careers etc. It is a bit dramatic but with a point. I think they (Saul and Patsy) are a story in Baxter's collection of SS called Believers that I really liked. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nicole | 6/27/2011

    " I didn't believe the character portrayals, nor did I like any of the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 5/30/2011

    " He was on the 2009 UND Writer's Conference panel. Reading the book in a group really helped me understand it. He was a very, very good speaker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/24/2011

    " I loved the story line but there was something quite off with the writing style... semi remedial in sections, jumped around strangely and the author seems to get a kick out of using obscure words that is distracting to the flow of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 11/14/2010

    " Elena recommended this to me and noted Charles Baxter as one of her favorite authors. The couple seemed very real and authentically represented. The ending was a bit bittersweet - which I guess was the right way for it to be - but a little part of me wanted them to end on a happier note. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginger | 10/23/2010

    " So... try to do a good thing and what do you get? Strange??? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 8/3/2010

    " Started very strong but finished weak. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 5/4/2010

    " An exceedingly tedious book. Another neurotic jewish man with his episcopalian shiksa wife. Then it gets odd with ghosts and possibly zombies. But not really. Or maybe so. Yes, THAT kind of book. Yawn. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rosemary | 9/14/2009

    " I didn't like it as mch as The Feast of Love (which I loved) and just couldn't get it up to feel bad for the obviously fucked-up menace of a student that plagued Saul and his family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 9/14/2009

    " I liked this story about a midwestern couple, their marriage and careers etc. It is a bit dramatic but with a point. I think they (Saul and Patsy) are a story in Baxter's collection of SS called Believers that I really liked. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 5/19/2009

    " Someone was getting rid of this book at a swap and I really enjoyed Baxter's The Feast of Love so I took it home expecting great things and was pretty disappointed. Not only was it disjointed, but I was never able to feel empathic toward any of the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timothy | 4/1/2009

    " A young middle class family in Michigan (where else?) surrounded by craziness. Lyrical, insightful, elegant. Funny in spots. Baxter's best novel, IMHO "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tara | 3/4/2009

    " This was a book about nothing. "

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About the Author
Author Charles Baxter

Charles Baxter is the author of several works of fiction, including Saul and Patsy; The Feast of Love, a National Book Award nominee; Through the Safety Net; and Believers. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

About the Narrator

John Rubinstein is an actor, composer, and director who won a Tony Award for his starring role in Broadway’s Children of a Lesser God. He has narrated dozens of audiobooks, earning several AudioFile Earphones Awards and being named a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2013.