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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (13,636 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary McGarry Morris Narrator: Sandra Burr Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2008 ISBN:
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Songs in Ordinary Time is set in the summer of 1960 - the last of quiet times and America's innocence. It centers on Marie Fermoyle, a strong but vulnerable woman whose loneliness and ambition for her children make her easy prey for the dangerous con man Omar Duvall. Marie's children are Alice, 17 - involved with a troubled young priest; Norm, 16 - hotheaded and idealistic; and Benjy, 12 - isolated and misunderstood, and so desperate for his mother's happiness that he hides the deadly truth only he knows about Duvall.

Among a fascinating cast of characters, we meet the children's alcoholic father, Sam Fermoyle, now living with his senile mother and embittered sister; Sam's meek brother-in-law, who makes anonymous love calls from the bathroom of his ailing appliance store; and the Klubock family, who - in complete contrast to the Fermoyles - live an orderly life in the perfect house next door. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Suzanne | 2/20/2014

    " Couldn't get into this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane | 2/19/2014

    " There was not one likeable character in this story. I had to force myself to finish the book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Books Ring Mah Bell | 2/18/2014

    " i can't remember this book... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 2/16/2014

    " An interesting book definitely on the depressing side. The author did a great job creating characters - normally if there is that many characters, I forget who they are, but each one was described so well. I am surprised this is an Oprah's book club - it's very random. This book was too long though - 740 pages "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adrienne | 2/12/2014

    " My least favorite of Oprahs book club books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cecilia | 2/10/2014

    " The characters in this book are well developed, like ordinary people who could live next door, but all with strange and bad situations surrouding them. While I liked the characters a lot, and the writing was good, it was like most of Oprah's books, as in, you know nothing good will happen, and there will not be a happy ending. It was a bit of a downer. If those characters were my neighbors, I would tell them to put on a happy face and buck up. I kept reading with the secret hope that something god would happen, but it didn't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 1/31/2014

    " Thought I'd never finish this book. I almost didn't read it since it was an Oprah pick, but I reminded myself that she's had a few good choices mixed in over the years. I didn't hate it, but didn't really like it either. I can't find anything especially good to say about it. I've decided that so many pointless words were used writing it, I'll not add any more here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kecia | 1/31/2014

    " I waited for summer to read it. I think my timing was perfect. Not too deep. Just a very enjoyabale summer read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Judy | 1/28/2014

    " I read this book all the way through, but I really hated it. There were no sympathetic characters, nothing redeeming, to me, about the story. Every character was sad and pathetic. I'd love to ask the author what on earth motivated her to write it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terri | 1/19/2014

    " The book that never ends! So depressing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karyn Crouse | 12/18/2013

    " 25 pages in and I realized that life is too short for bad books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carin | 12/15/2013

    " This book is good. It is one that you are not too into: You can put the book down when you need to, but it is always pleasant to pick it up again. It has a deep character list that keeps things interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robin | 12/5/2013

    " Read 500 pages before giving myself permission to throw across the room and, possibly, burn later this evening. I did like some of the writing style, which is why I gave it too much of a chance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristine | 12/3/2013

    " An interesting story about he interconnectivity of members of a small town, alcoholism, and self-perception. "

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

    " I hated it. This book turned me off of Oprah picks forever. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura Jean | 9/22/2013

    " This is one of those rare books that I did not care for at all. So many awful things happened in the book--and I kept waiting for it to get better...waiting for hope, redemption, change. And it never really came. Cannot recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 8/15/2013

    " A regular Peyton Place. Loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim Grace | 6/10/2013

    " Hard to like any of the characters in this story and easy to feel very sorry for a few. Enjoyed reading the book even though it was somewhat of a depressing story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denyce | 5/4/2013

    " I read this a long time ago, but I remember I couldn't put it down! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Francis Rodriguez | 4/6/2013

    " It wasn't badly written, in fact it was pretty welll written, but the characters were so vile that I could hardly finish the book "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jolie | 10/3/2012

    " You always get to page 50 with me... but some only get 50. This was too convoluted and I didn't care enough about the characters to make it to 51. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 9/12/2012

    " This book is depressing, but I'm compelled to finish it...with time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meme | 4/7/2012

    " Great characters and lots of story lines, a great summer read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marilyn Gregory | 2/1/2012

    " Such an annoying book. This woman just doesn't get it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Becky | 10/21/2011

    " A very uninteresting story of a family in the 50s. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 caroline | 8/29/2011

    " i did like this book. however, i didn't like the ending, and i also learned i should not read books that are over 700 pages. ughh. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Becky | 5/17/2011

    " A very uninteresting story of a family in the 50s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ira | 4/7/2011

    " There is not a single happy person in this book and I feel like I want to slit my wrists!! BUT its like watching a car wreck and looking for the casualties. You don't want to look but you want to know what happens to the victims!
    I finished. I actually enjoyed it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Blessedutopia | 4/3/2011

    " I'm cheating by putting this in my read shelf. I read...half of it...which was brutal. I've never been so bored and unmotivated to read anything for "pleasure" in my life. I'd prefer a root canal...at least at the end of the torture there's a constructive ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brett | 4/2/2011

    " I am halfway through this and despite beautiful writing, this is one non-stop depressing dissertation on failures, weaknesses and hopeless lives. Not one shimmer of happiness or goodness anywhere! Goodbye depressing characters. I am pitching this book. "

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

    " Blah - very slow and extremely depressing. Probably gonna have to abandon this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 1/12/2011

    " I learned the value of focusing on ordinary moments in life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dana | 1/1/2011

    " Countless hours of my life I'll never get back. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandysconnected | 12/30/2010

    " I'm currently reading this, but it hasn't held my interest long enough to keep me busy for days. However, I find myself thinking about the book at random times, so I think I'll be digging back in to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 La Reyna | 12/28/2010

    " An enjoyable book with a really good cast of characters. I was a little disappointed in the ending but overall a great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 11/22/2010

    " Listened on audio book. Oprah book club choice. 1960 & Marie Fermoyle, a divorced woman is raising her 3 children alone. Con man Omar Duvall enters their lives. Tough life for a divorced single worman. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 11/11/2010

    " I recently unpacked this book from a box in storage. I read it years ago and remember it as a long, depressing read, though I do admire the writer’s skill at character development. I was reading most of Oprah’s picks back then, but don’t think I’ll be keeping this one. "

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About the Author

Mary McGarry Morris is the author of several highly acclaimed novels. Entertainment Weekly included Fiona Range on its list of the best books of 2000, Vanished was nominated for both the National Book Award and the Pen/Faulkner Award, A Dangerous Woman was made into a feature film starring Debra Winger in 1993, and Songs in Ordinary Time was a 1997 Oprah’s Book Club Selection.

About the Narrator

Sandra Burr is an AudioFile Earphones Award–wining narrator. She has read more than one hundred books in her career, including the New York Times bestselling Cedar Cove romance series by Debbie Macomber.