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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (3,231 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann Packer Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9780739354698
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Liz and Sarabeth were girlhood neighbors in the suburbs of Northern California, brought as close as sisters by the suicide of Sarabeth's mother. In the decades that followed, their relationship remained a source of continuity and strength. But when Liz's adolescent daughter enters dangerous waters, the women's friendship takes a devastating turn, forcing Liz and Sarabeth to question their most deeply held beliefs about their connection. From the bestselling author of The Dive from Clausen's Pier,Songs Without Words is the gripping story of a lifelong friendship pushed to the breaking point.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth Appel | 2/6/2014

    " It didn't hold my attention the way her earlier book had, but I was glad to read it. Again, she avoided the trite and included little unexpected bits to treasure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Jackson | 2/6/2014

    " I've been meaning to get to wonderful Ann Packer's second book forever, and now that I've finished it I can't believe it took me so long to read it. She is a smart and careful writer, and you can feel the thought and heart in every chapter of this moving, thought-provoking book about friendship, mortality, self-doubt and healing. It's a somber book but ultimately a hopeful one, and a stirring story about friendship, parenting and the precarious nature of both those relationships. Well worth reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Louise | 2/3/2014

    " seemed pointless most of the time. I labored through it. the reviews all read "a testament to the power of friendship". Hmmmm. to me, it was more a story of several selfish, oblivious people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/1/2014

    " What a depressing book. It revolves around two friends who one of them as children experienced her Mom's suicide. She acts like it didn't effect her entire life but it does. When her friend's daughter attempts suicide she just falls apart. "

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

    " the Dive from Clausn's Pier was so much better - this one was alittle slow moving and the characters got me really frustrated. I felt like shaking them and saying "just do something!!" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Filomena Connor | 1/15/2014

    " A sad story...I like the way Packer developed the adult female characters in the book. I felt like I got to know the women pretty well. The writing style was very descriptive, but sometimes I didn't catch the author's meaning of a sentence because of the way it was structured; I had to go back and reread it. That was kind of annoying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison Loring | 1/13/2014

    " This book may be making me depressed... in it's total honestly of feelings so rarely talked about. "

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

    " A friendship that went awry. It was a downer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith Nagy | 1/2/2014

    " I liked this better than The Dive from Clausen's Pier but it's kind of slow. It's set in my area though, which is cool. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tyra | 12/29/2013

    " It was a very easy/quick read but I'm not sure if I liked it or not. The story was disjointed at times and I'm not quite sure the ending tied everything together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elyssa Alfieri | 12/24/2013

    " So far, i'm about halfway through the book and love it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 E | 10/20/2013

    " Definitely a character book- lacking much of a plot, but beautiful characters all the same. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eileen | 10/14/2013

    " This book was very disappointing, overall. The writing is good, she certainly has a talent for it. However, I found the characters and plot in this sophmoric effort to be quite tedious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharlene | 9/3/2013

    " Sometimes a bit tedious, but a realistic portrayal of the effects of depression in family relationships. Interesting, but not as interesting a story as The Dive from Clausen's Pier. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristy | 6/28/2013

    " To tell you the truth, I didn't even finish the book. And I am not normally a person who does that. But if a book doesn't grab my attention with in the first 2-3 chapters, I don't finish it. I got about 2.5 chapters in & was waiting for it to get good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 6/19/2013

    " I liked her earlier book, Dive from Claussen's Pier. This story line was hard for me to get into. I was not impressed by the friendship of these two women. A mediocre read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kappy | 5/10/2013

    " The writing was good but I found myself becoming impatient with the characters continued ennui during lives that were basically so fortunate. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allison | 9/5/2012

    " not so great. the story is just okay -- very predictable and packaged neatly. the writing is pedestrian. I remember her first book being much better -- I know it won prizes and was much acclaimed. so, would not recommend. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lindsay | 8/2/2012

    " Boring and depressing... I listened to this on my drives home from work and it almost put me to sleep... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kammy | 7/17/2012

    " I thought it was pretty good book, its pretty deep about friendships and the hard times they go through..It has some more serious issues that some wont like. It was a good airplane read for me!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Regan | 5/20/2012

    " Sad, but realistic and insightful story of family and friendship after tragedy "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim Schwerdtfeger | 4/18/2012

    " The story itself was pretty engaging, but the ending was disappointing. I almost felt as if Packer was running out of time and was forced to "wrap it up" in just a page or two. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 2/3/2012

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Nice writing...thought provoking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christi | 12/17/2011

    " Good, but drawn out in some instances. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruthann | 12/11/2011

    " not as good as dive from clausens pier "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 7/6/2011

    " I was a little disappointed as I had heard good things about this author. I need to pick up Dive from Clausen's Pier as I've heard that is really good.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawnb | 6/24/2011

    " Not as good as "The Dive from Clausens Pier" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 6/22/2011

    " I didn't love this mostly because I really didn't love either of the main characters. It was almost as if I would like to read something by Packer, but not with these people in it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kappy | 6/13/2011

    " The writing was good but I found myself becoming impatient with the characters continued ennui during lives that were basically so fortunate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 5/22/2011

    " Listened to cd. Not entirely happy with it, but had some moving parts "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 5/13/2011

    " It was okay. The characters were not all that likable. However, I thought responses to the tragedy that each character goes through was interesting, as well as how that affected the relationships with each other. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 5/7/2011

    " Very depressing book as usual though by the time I got through it was OK. Liz' daughter attempts to committ suicide which bring up a bunch of issues between her and her best friend whose mother had committed suicide when they were teens. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 5/3/2011

    " This book was okay - easy to read, but boring at parts. The characters also annoyed me - but that could just be my general lack of patience these days! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara | 4/10/2011

    " Themes: depression, teen attempted suicide, long time female friends. This novel was just ok; I expected more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 2/21/2011

    " I felt this was very slow moving and jsut never got off the ground and didn't connect. I kept waiting for things to come together but they didn't. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 2/17/2011

    " Awkward writing and one-dimensional characters abound in this pointless tale of two lifelong friends who have a falling-out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 1/14/2011

    " I found myself unable to care about either of these women, and wondered why someone would bother to write about them. "

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About the Author
Author Ann Packer

Ann Packer is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Songs Without Words and The Dive from Clausen’s Pier, the latter of which received a Great Lakes Book Award, an American Library Association Award, and the Kate Chopin Literary Award. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, the Washington Post, Vogue, and Real Simple. She lives in northern California with her family.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.