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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,447 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dana Spiotta Narrator: Elisabeth S. Rodgers Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN:
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Stone Arabia tells the story of a brother and sister, Nik and Denise, now in their 40s. The sister is the reluctant caregiver in the family, dealing with an ailing mother and single-parenting her 20-something daughter. The brother is a failed rock musician. Rather than confront his lack of success head-on, Nik creates a highly detailed fictional world where his imaginary band releases records; they're reviewed; there's correspondence with fans; fawning press coverage; and more. It's all very ornate, and somewhat charming; if also deranged. He actually makes the music, too, and dutifully sends off hand-crafted editions to his immediate friends and family. But he's winding down his main musical series - a set of CDs started at 20 and he's just issued #1 - and his sister fears the worst....

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mundi | 2/17/2014

    " This was a well-written book, but overall it just didn't really make me feel anything - it was just kinda there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Griffin | 1/28/2014

    " If I could give half stars, I'd have given this one 3.5 - somewhere between "liked" and "really liked" it. On the plus side, the book is intelligent, filled with quotable lines, fun rock and roll references and people so real you're sure you know them. On the other side, it's really sad, reminding us that the arrogance and idealism of youth inevitably give way to the disillusionments of middle age and dysfunctional relationships and unpaid bills. Tough. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wesley | 1/20/2014

    " A strange book about a woman whose brother spent his adult life making himself into an imaginary rock star. In the end it is not clear whether the brother himself is a creature of her imagination. Regardless, the depiction of a strange family that is nonetheless close is very good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elliott | 1/18/2014

    " What took me so long to read this? One of the best novels I've read in a long, long time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Philip Bardach | 1/3/2014

    " Anemic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peter Dyer | 12/18/2013

    " While Ms. Spiotta is a fantastic writer, I never got to the point where i could not put this book down. The story just never really grabbed me. I normally never disagree with Michiko Kakutani, my favorite ny times critic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 12/17/2013

    " Brilliant, & very timely. This is a book I'll be thinking about for a long time, as it covers a lot of ground. What is reality in this reality TV age? Does truth matter in a time when we're only concerned with truthiness? Can an individual control their legacy? Lots to chew on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 10/27/2013

    " slightly unnerving but I still enjoyed it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 10/4/2013

    " Essentially flawless. About a brother and a sister in their late 40's: a musician and his ideal (and only audience) and the dangers of sympathizing too closely with the news. It is easily the one of the best novels I have read in recent years... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bob Lopez | 10/1/2013

    " In the end, I just didn't care enough. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 J.cinnamond | 2/8/2013

    " two character novel where one lives a fantasy life illustrated in his journals and the other supports the him. I just didn't care enough about either character towards the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 HiphopQuyn | 6/15/2012

    " a short book about a reclusive musician who falsely chronicles his career over twenty years and his sister, who suffers from loneliness and lack of memory. interesting, but unremarkable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dennis Matthews | 11/15/2011

    " Requires patience. Found Denise to be tiresome and annoyingly verbose. Failed to see much of a point for either the abundance of tangential words or the storyloine itself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby Jean | 11/14/2011

    " probably more enjoyable if you know LA or the punk/glam music scene. interesting story about how we create and maintain our own identities. perhaps a bit slight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 10/12/2011

    " I enjoyed this book and it held my attention. An interesting look a the intersection of medicine and ministry in Inda. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wei Tchou | 9/28/2011

    " Best thing about teaching this book was that a student said she cried all weekend reading it because she, too, had artists for parents "

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About the Author
Author Dana Spiotta

Dana Spiotta is the author of Lightning Field, a New York Times Notable Book; Stone Arabia, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist; and Eat the Document, a finalist for the National Book Award. She was recently awarded the John Updike Award. She lives in Syracuse, New York, with her husband and daughter.