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3.07 out of 53.07 out of 53.07 out of 53.07 out of 53.07 out of 5 3.07 (29 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: February 2008 ISBN: 9781455190300
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/30/2014

    " Book was okay. Wish the ending was different. Sometimes a point or issue needed to be expanded on and left me wanting more of the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ildy | 1/25/2014

    " Well written but depressing story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 1/25/2014

    " Well written, but so harrowing I'm not sure you'll be glad you have the story in your head when it's over. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 1/19/2014

    " This is the first book I've read by Stewart O'Nan. I am giving it 3 of 5 stars because I had a hard time developing empathy for any of the characters except for Arthur, the 14-year-old boy in the midst of his own hard time. Snow Angels is a sad dark story, one I won't forget for a long time, because the writer has a knack for getting you into the thoughts of the various characters. He describes the setting of Butler, PA, and the endlessly long winter, which adds to the gloom and sense of impending doom. Planning to watch the indie movie Snow Angel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vanessa | 1/18/2014

    " Depressing and disturbing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracyj | 1/16/2014

    " I enjoy O'Nan's writing. It's very descriptive and thought provocating. This story is very dark and sad. You need to be ready for a downer when you pick this one up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lara | 1/3/2014

    " Astute observations on nostalgia, family, and the transience of love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 12/26/2013

    " Haunting... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 12/23/2013

    " There's a few spots that sag, but overall O'Nan supplies enough emotional intensity to make the entire story resonant. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/23/2013

    " Disappointing. Not nearly as good as A Prayer for the Dying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 12/22/2013

    " I've read a few of Stewart O'Nan's books and this one is predictably different than the others. While not as engaging as Last Night at the Lobster, still quite good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malin | 12/13/2013

    " Blatantly brilliant, apart from a few odd/unclear sentences. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marie | 12/6/2013

    " This book was okay up until the end. To me, it just seemed like the book was a waste of time to read because it built up some things but it just never went anywhere.4/08 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marnell | 12/4/2013

    " Love/hate Simply written with unlikable yet honest characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jjanovyak | 10/31/2013

    " Interesting treatment, with parts of the intertwining stories completed separated, which suggested to me the way in which we are all absorbed in our own affairs, even when we're aware of our personal links to tragedy in the lives of others. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 5/19/2013

    " The book starts out as a page-turner, with an appealing narrator. O'Nan writes well but unfortunately the events of the story turn out to be pretty predictable, and I was not sorry to see it end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 12/7/2012

    " Stewart O'Nan continues to write the daily life in a way that makes it more than mundane. This was a departure from the other books I've read by him. This one had a deeper sense of poignancy and nostalgia. He is a master of words. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janine | 10/23/2012

    " I picked this book up because it is set in my hometown, and I always enjoy reading something where the geography is familiar. The story is a dark, but very believable and easy to read. Would give it 3.5 stars if I could. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 7/22/2012

    " I actually read this book it two days....it was an excellent story, beautifully written....just simply loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 11/27/2011

    " Love O'Nan and do plan to read them all. This is his first novel and it shows a bit - hasn't matured as a writer, but still a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 4/27/2011

    " Debut novel of the author I am clearly obssessed with at this point. This starts with a murder in a small town and slowly we come to learn whoh Annie Marchand is and how this horror happened. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 4/14/2011

    " Did not like the ending... I felt it was a very unanswered book, so many ways it could have ended and I felt cheated at the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amelia the Strange | 9/9/2010

    " The book was not good but I at least finished it...Unlike the movie. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 7/21/2010

    " Good writing. Really, really depressing story. "

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

    " The characters felt underdone...this story felt more like an exploration of a premise, "ripped from the headlines", an exercise of where the story would take the characters. "

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About the Author
Author Stewart O’Nan

Stewart O’Nan is the author of more than a dozen novels, including West of Sunset; The Odds; Emily, Alone; and Snow Angels, as well as several works of nonfiction, including, with Stephen King, the New York Times bestselling Faithful. His novel Last Night at the Lobster was a national bestseller and a finalist for the 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He was born and raised and lives with his family in Pittsburgh.

About the Narrator

Malcolm Hillgartner is an actor, author, playwright, and professional narrator. Under the name Jahnna N. Malcolm, he and his wife, Jahnna Beecham, have written over one hundred books for young readers; their musicals have played in theaters across America. His audiobook credits include works by Dean Koontz, Nelson Algren, and William F. Buckley Jr.