Extended Audio Sample

Download Swim Back to Me Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Swim Back to Me, by Ann Packer Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,330 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann Packer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
Regular Price: $17.50 Download
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $15.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Download learn more )

From Ann Packer, author of the New York Times best-selling novels The Dive from Clausen’s Pier andSongs Without Words, a collection of burnished, emotionally searing stories, framed by two unforgettable linked narratives that express the transformation of a single family over the course of a lifetime.A wife struggles to make sense of her husband’s sudden disappearance. A mother mourns her teenage son through the music collection he left behind. A woman shepherds her estranged parents through her brother’s wedding and reflects on the year her family collapsed. A young man comes to grips with the joy—and vulnerability—of fatherhood. And, in the masterly opening novella, two teenagers from very different families forge a sustaining friendship, only to discover the disruptive and unsettling power of sex.Ann Packer is one of our most talented archivists of family life, with its hidden crevasses and unforeseeable perils, and in these stories she explores the moral predicaments that define our social and emotional lives, the frailty of ordinary grace, and the ways in which we are shattered and remade by loss. With Swim Back to Me, she delivers shimmering psychological precision, unfailing intelligence, and page-turning drama: her most enticing work yet. Download and start listening now!


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Danielle Bray | 2/19/2014

    " I put this down half way through. Depressing and just not interesting enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dori | 2/15/2014

    " Love her writing style. So honest in her descriptions in a way that makes you think "exactly1" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Allison Herman | 2/13/2014

    " I love Ann Packer's writing. I'm not a huge fan of short stories, but this was great. Each story felt like it could have been a book, but I liked that I only got a short snippet of the character's lives. Hard to choose my favorite story. I could certainly relate to many of the characters, which is why I'll read anything Ann Packer does. If you like fiction that feels like you could live it this is the book (and the writer) for you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lillian | 1/22/2014

    " A beautiful collection of heartwarming/heartbreaking short stories, bookended by two magically linked narratives, absolutely memorable. "

  • > Show All
Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations