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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,012 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stewart O’Nan Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Arthur Parkinson is fourteen during the dreary winter of 1974, experiencing the confusing pangs of adolescence and the pain of his parents’ divorce. His world is shattered further by the sudden and violent death of Annie Marchand, his beloved former babysitter. Narrated by the adult Arthur, who continues to be haunted by memories, the story of a young man’s unraveling family and the circumstances leading up to Annie’s death form the backdrop for an intimate tale of the price of love and belonging, while told in a spare, translucent, and unexpectedly tender voice.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “O’Nan is a skilled writer who views the lives of his working-class characters with unsentimental compassion…The novel’s elegiac tone is perfectly controlled, and angst and the lingo of male adolescence are rendered with wry fidelity.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “O'Nan weaves together…seemingly disparate small-town tragedies…with consummate skill, seamlessly shifting the focus among characters…This winner of the 1993 Pirates Alley William Faulkner Prize for the Novel is recommended for fiction collections.”

    Library Journal

  • “Beautiful and harrowing...An exquisite double helix, each of its two strands the tale of an unraveling family, curving in tenuous but essential relation to the other.”

    Elle

  • “Hillgartner does a fine reading of this emotionally charged tale…his interpretation of the tension within the various relationships is well expressed.”

    Kliatt

  • “Stewart O'Nan’s heartbreaking and poetic story…is beautifully read by narrator Malcolm Hillgartner in a rich performance that resonates with melancholy and loss. Hillgartner’s deep tone is so engaging and earnest it makes the story leap to life inside the listeners’ collective imaginations.”

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  • “Stewart O'Nan’s heartbreaking and poetic story…is beautifully read by narrator Malcom Hillgartner in a rich performance that resonates with melancholy and loss. Hillgartner’s deep tone is so engaging and earnest it makes the story leap to life inside the listeners’ collective imaginations. As Arthur Parkinson, he is thorough and complete in his reading, realistically assuming the identity of a middle-aged man searching for answers from his dreary past. There is little in the way of performance here, not in any obvious sense, but what Hillgartner lacks in variety and theatrics he more than provides in believability and emotion.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Monica | 2/16/2014

    " I forgot to bring my own book when I was in Wisconsin this past week, so I had to dig through Grace's collection. This was bleak but well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nan | 2/15/2014

    " Short audiobook - only 5 discs. 3 and half stars. I really liked the main character Arthur. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rebecca | 2/13/2014

    " Tragedy and young love play out against a stark, wintry landscape. Unsentimental, quiet storytelling. Basically, this is the perfect book for me. However, I would not recommend it to those who prefer uplifting tales (set in sunnier climes). Here's my blurb for the back cover: "If you enjoyed Revolutionary Road and Ethan Frome, you'll LOVE Snow Angels!" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by sarah | 2/13/2014

    " Just saw David Gordon Green's adaptation this weekend at the Sundance/BAM festival here in Brooklyn and was mightily impressed. The book is excellently conceived, and delivers all of the 70s era isolation you could possibly want without any lingering images of Kevin Kline in a three peice cordouroy suit. "

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