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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (513 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Linda Olsson Narrator: Andy Paris, Rachel Botchan Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2017 ISBN: 9781440708671
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Linda Olsson's Astrid & Veronika became a New York Times best-seller and an international phenomenon. With Sonata for Miriam, Olsson further explores themes of loss and redemption. After the unexpected death of his daughter, musician Adam Anker loses all sense of direction in his life. Adrift, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery, one that will take him from New Zealand, to Poland, and finally to Sweden for a reunion with his daughter's mother. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 2/4/2014

    " Sonata for Miriam is a beautifully written and moving story. It centers on events inspired by the main character's loss of his daughter, which was heartbreaking to read, but a measure of peace is achieved by the end of the book, and a feeling of renewed hope. The prose is rich with imagery; I found myself in awe of one passage after another, constantly underlining especially moving turns of phrase and expressions of emotion. This was the author's second book, and I look forward to going back and reading her first novel, Astrid & Veronika. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 1/29/2014

    " I loved this. Beautiful writing, compelling characters that I really cared about, good story line that pulled me along - I always wanted to know what was going to happen next. It left me thinking about many things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wanda | 1/27/2014

    " "Sonata for Miriam" is about secrets, pain, loss, and reconnecting. I did not enjoy "Sonata for Miriam" as much as I did "Astrid and Veronika." I think this was because of distractions in my own life and not the story, though. Linda Olsson is a wonderful writer. Her ability to have you see the story is amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candy | 1/23/2014

    " This was a beautiful book. I savored the moments as I read it and was sorry for it to end! The emotional story of a man's search for his past after the death of his daughter was absorbing and thought-provoking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mandy | 1/21/2014

    " Her first book was so wonderful, but this one just did not connect with me. It was ok, but it was not a page turner and did not hold my interest very well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trish | 1/1/2014

    " It was just OK. Most of the book is about what's going on in the narrator's head and it was a bit much for me. Also, she switches to a second narrator about 3/4 of the way through and I didn't feel like it flowed well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 12/21/2013

    " Another good book from Linda Olsson. My dad picked this one for me, because of the name...of course. The way Olsson's writes is very soothing. It's almost like listening to a song. Even when she describes difficult situations she has a way of making it sound almost poetic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 12/7/2013

    " A book that is good despite a totally ridiculous premise. A big chunk takes place in Krakow, which is lovingly described, as is an island in New Zeland. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 11/10/2013

    " From the same author as Astrid and Veronika. I love her writing style and found this book eloquent and quietly beautiful with a haunting story behind it all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 10/9/2013

    " This is a beautiful book, but it was too ethereal and slow for my taste. In my opinion, it was very similar to an Ingmar Bergman film. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chandra | 9/28/2013

    " it was good, but i don't know, felt a little too mature (age-wise) for me. i don't know if that makes sense. it's very restrained. written mostly in the second person, which is a little strange. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole French | 5/15/2013

    " An interesting music/history fiction, pretty good drama but I never like when the ending leaves so many questions unanswered. Probably why I prefer non-fiction, haha. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan Mills | 3/16/2013

    " A must read if you liked Astrid and Veronika!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jamie | 12/3/2012

    " It was ok, but I definitely liked Astrid and Veronika better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia Elise | 6/2/2012

    " A beautifully sad, very atmospheric novel. I enjoyed it immensely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 9/6/2011

    " beautiful, compelling, great characterization and intense atmosphere with minimal prose. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Stetter | 7/13/2011

    " Somewhat dreamy quality. Interesting story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 5/4/2011

    " Why, oh, why do I read books on the theme of "heartbreak and loss". I always feel heartbroken and lost once I've finished them. This was a compelling tale, but I found it confusing. A good story though. As a tonic, a mystery, I think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 11/6/2010

    " A story of a man's search for his past. Very descriptive. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 11/4/2010

    " This book left a lot of things unanswered, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I'm not sure it particularly added to my understanding of the characters. It probably would be a great book club read so that I could get other perspectives and ideas about it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roberta (Bobbie) | 10/31/2010

    " Beautiful simple language used to describe a very complex story. It didn't get the 5 because I never quite found some of the decision-making by the lead characters very credible. Don't want to say more and spoil it for others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 8/4/2010

    " The story revolves around a musician who is a Professor in New Zealand. When his daughter dies in a tragic accident, he sets out to discover his past and what has brought him to this point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 7/27/2010

    " This is a beautiful book, but it was too ethereal and slow for my taste. In my opinion, it was very similar to an Ingmar Bergman film. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 6/19/2010

    " Olsson slowly unfolds information about characters so you can understand their motivations. If you are looking for action or happily ever after, this is not the book for you. She writes very poetically. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trish | 6/4/2010

    " It was just OK. Most of the book is about what's going on in the narrator's head and it was a bit much for me. Also, she switches to a second narrator about 3/4 of the way through and I didn't feel like it flowed well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 3/27/2010

    " Another good book from Linda Olsson. My dad picked this one for me, because of the name...of course. The way Olsson's writes is very soothing. It's almost like listening to a song. Even when she describes difficult situations she has a way of making it sound almost poetic. "

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About the Author
Author Linda Olsson

Linda Olsson was born in Stockholm, Sweden, studied law there, married, had three sons, worked in banking until leaving Sweden in 1986. She now resides in New Zealand.

About the Narrators

Andy Paris is an actor and writer. A member of the Tectonic Theater Project, he and others wrote The Laramie Project, which was nominated for an Emmy in 2002, and in which he played Stephen Belber. He has also appeared in Law & Order. Paris is the winner of two AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Rachel Botchan holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a member of the Pearl Theater Company in New York. She and her husband live in New York City.