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3.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 5 3.76 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry McMurtry Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781470346089
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In this acclaimed novel that inspired the Academy Award–winning motion picture, Larry McMurtry created two unforgettable characters who won the hearts of readers and moviegoers everywhere: Aurora Greenway and her daughter Emma.

Aurora is the kind of woman who makes the whole world orbit around her, including a string of devoted suitors. Widowed and overprotective of her daughter, Aurora adapts at her own pace—until life sends two enormous challenges her way: Emma’s hasty marriage and subsequent battle with cancer.

Terms of Endearment is the Oscar-winning story of a memorable mother and her feisty daughter and their struggle to find the courage and humor to live through life’s hazards—and to love each other as never before.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Very special...it will make you laugh and cry.”

    New York Times

  • “McMurtry at his best! He is one of the few male authors who can write convincingly from the woman’s point of view.”

    Newsday

  • “A vivid and richly detailed novel about ourselves and those we love.”

    New Republic

  • A BuzzFeed Books Pick for Life Changing Books to Read with Your Mom

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurel-Rain | 2/13/2014

    " A unique mother-daughter relationship that highlights all the differences between generations, while focusing on the similarities that bind them together. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mika Takushima | 2/7/2014

    " i liked the movie better "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 KJ Luepke | 1/31/2014

    " The characters grow on you with the exception of Emma - who you wish would quit being so laissez faire about her owns life. She's just so frumpy that you almost can't respect her. Why is she with her husband? They don't even like each other. I gradually grew to like Aurora and enjoy her random funny self-righteous comments. If she were in my life though she would be someone I would agitate on purpose to watch them dance in frustration and self-satisfaction like a performing monkey. Strangely enough after all is said and done I'm not really sure what the point of the story was. It was a bunch of people who just road the tides of their lives without really taking the reigns, dealing appropriately with whatever mental crap was holding them back, and in the result, just kind of fizzle out through life. They are like neighbors you watch burning branches in their backyard every weekend as if they looked forward to it all week. All you can do is think to yourself, "What is the point?" and "They are the oddest people." and "Could he be a pyro?" (in the book characters' cases, masochistic? Why did Aurora never go with the man she loved? Why did Emma just take the blandness of her life and never work toward something better? etc) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Beth | 1/24/2014

    " just go watch the movie instead. really. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tommie Guy | 1/24/2014

    " I like books that bring to life eccentric people. Aurora is one of the most eccentric I've met in a book. She is NOT a person I'd like in real life. I found myself liking her in this book. The author made her human --she's awful, shallow, and self-centered beyond what most people are willing to reveal about themselves. But there's something to be said for not hiding ones true self. I'm glad I got to experience a person like Aurora through Larry McMurtry's wonderful prose. (and her cadre of quirky suitors) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marla Glenn | 1/14/2014

    " It was so interesting to read this book after watching the movie over the years. The book is about Aurora Greenway, while the movie was taken from the last quarter of the book. It's an amazing cultural study, full of racism, sexism, spouse abuse, adultery, child neglect -- all presented as routine aspects of everyday lives. Fascinating! It's going to take me awhile to figure out how McMurtry got away with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert Grant | 1/13/2014

    " Good book. A little depressing but I enjoyed the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam Hickman | 1/4/2014

    " If you loved the movie, the book is even better! A million times better! I was amazed at how well this male writer captured a woman's point of view, plus Aurora is hilarious and a one of a kind character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 1/2/2014

    " Stunning characters. You grow to know and care for these people. Their flaws, struggles and harships haunt me still. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine Simmons | 12/30/2013

    " Not typical Larry McMurtry fare, but funny and sad and very readable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Halloweenbaby | 12/27/2013

    " I thought this book was manipulative aiming at wringing every possible tear out of the reader. "

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

    " one of my favorites - i love emma "

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

    " American domestic fiction at its best "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Midge | 12/11/2013

    " This book is a "hoot!" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashlee | 11/3/2013

    " Hard to believe it was written by a man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 9/30/2013

    " Emma and Aurora are definitely 2 of my favorite literary characters of all time. They are hilarious and you can't help but fall in love with them. I got so addicted to this book I finished it in 3 days. Another great one by Larry McMurtry... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 9/10/2013

    " So sassy and clever and funny. This book has the best quotes ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy Robinson | 8/9/2013

    " the movie was better...how often do you say that "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mechelle | 7/28/2013

    " Must read. The movie was totally different than the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 6/17/2013

    " I loved this movie when I was growing up, and I had to read the book. I am glad I read it, but I think I will always like the movie better. That is unusual for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 moshimoshineko | 5/19/2013

    " Mostly sentimental dribble. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 3/3/2013

    " Kind of sad, but a great read. Its worth reading even if you have seen the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 2/9/2013

    " You'll cry. A lot. But you'll also laugh until you're afraid you might die. The car accident scene with Vernon and Aurora and the General had me on the floor. One of my all time favorites! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janie | 1/16/2013

    " I read this for the first time in college. One of his best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam Schmidtgesling | 1/12/2013

    " Overall really good. Second part is very sad of course, but the first is quite amusing. "

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About the Author
Author Larry McMurtry

Larry McMurtry is an award-winning novelist, essayist, Oscar-winning screenwriter, and avid book collector. His novels include The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment, and Lonesome Dove, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Archer City, Texas.

About the Narrator

Barbara Rosenblat, one of the most awarded narrators in the business, was selected by AudioFile magazine as one of the Golden Voices of the Twentieth Century. She has received the prestigious Audie Award multiple times and has earned fifty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has also appeared in film, television, and theater, both in London’s West End and on Broadway.