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Author: Anita Shreve Narrator: A Full Cast Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9781600244032
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At a New England boarding school, a sex scandal is about to break. Even more shocking than the sexual acts themselves is the fact that they were caught on videotape.

A Pandora’s box of revelations, the tape triggers a chorus of voices—those of the men, women, teenagers, and parents involved in the scandal—that details the ways in which lives can be derailed or destroyed in one foolish moment.

Writing with a pace and intensity surpassing even her own greatest work, Anita Shreve delivers in Testimony a gripping emotional drama with the impact of a thriller. No one more compellingly explores the dark impulses that sway the lives of seeming innocents, the needs and fears that drive ordinary men and women into intolerable dilemmas, and the ways in which our best intentions can lead to our worst transgressions.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A fine example of how audio can occasionally transcend print.”

    Library Journal
  • “Shreve’s character delineation is astute, and the novel’s moral questions—ranging from the boys’ behavior to the headmaster’s breach of legal ethics to the guilt of those involved in the death—are salient…Clever.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Engrossing…riveting…[a] fine ensemble work.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Spellbinding…The choice of multiple narrators adds to the intensity of the production.”

    AudioFile

  • “Shreve, consummate craftsman and frequent provocateur, is on fire…a mesmerizing read.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Shreve arrows in on many targets—underage drinking, instant exposure via the Internet, familial expectations, youthful insecurities, and peer pressure, among them—as she flawlessly weaves a tale that is mesmerizing, hypnotic, and compulsive. No one walks away unscathed, and that includes the reader. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times bestseller
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 2/11/2014

    " One of the most thought provoking books I have read in a long time. A must read for educators and parents! "

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

    " This is a pretty heavy book. Not bad, just heavy. Very different from her usual type of story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nicole | 2/8/2014

    " I listened to the audio version of this book because it was so well reviewed on Amazon. I got about halfway through (and only that far because I'd paid for it and I was mad that I'd paid for it) and decided I would have to waste my money. This book made me feel gross. The characters were poorly drawn, the subject matter was gross (sex scandal involving a 14 year-old girl and three 18 year-old boys). There are so many great works of literature out there that I can't spend any of my time on this kind of rubbish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nthieljones | 2/7/2014

    " This was a wonderful story; Anita Shreve never fails to write a great book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin | 1/30/2014

    " A sex scandal takes place at a Vermont Boarding school. It is a book of snippets. Each person involved says a little bit and then it goes to the next person and maybe back to the first person, and so on. It was a page turner....but in the end, unsatisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clare | 1/25/2014

    " Thought provoking topic, I was gripped by the storyline, the effects of alcohol leading teenagers to make bad decisions one drunken night and the consequences of this affecting so many lives. I found the writing style difficult initially but it did work to explain the story from the different characters perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 P | 1/20/2014

    " This cautionary tale explores the trouble caused by audulty, social media, and the teenage use of alcohol. I found it disturbing but memorable. I'd have liked the author to project more outrage at the alcohol problem. It seems to be so accepted that it wasn't shown to be the basic cause of all the conflict. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 1/17/2014

    " Interesting, but so depressing. Definitely shows how one mistake can change everything. I just hated to see some, mainly one, of the characters do things that were so out of character. I see why many enjoyed it, like I said it was definitely interesting. But it was just so utterly depressing to me, especially with Silas, that I couldn't get past it. I almost hated myself for reading it because I couldn't get Silas out of my mind, he just broke my heart! And I usually like tear-jerkers... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Therese | 1/17/2014

    " This was one of those books that I somehow felt too intelligent to be reading, but it kept my attention to the end so I suppose that's something. Not much else to say. Pretty straightforward - just read the synopsis on the back. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 1/14/2014

    " I loved the individual testimonies of each character and actually found myself feeling bad for the students involved in the scandal. A little disturbing to read and think about at times, but overall I really enjoyed this book and found it to be an easy, quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 12/21/2013

    " I enjoyed this book very much. You will change your mind about the characters up to the very end! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sophie | 11/20/2013

    " I read it in one sitting so it must have been good but its fundamentally a bit of a gloomy read so choose it if your are feeling robust! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 10/31/2013

    " finished in one couldn't-sleep-nights. a great book with each chapter in another character's voice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 4/29/2013

    " Interesting look at the impact of a chain of events and the lives effected by it. A tragic story that ends with a breath of hope. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 2/18/2013

    " Very thought-provoking story. An amazing tale of how one event can impact so many people and their lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 2/1/2013

    " Really good book book, I love Anita Shreve! This one was very interesting and kept me in suspense. Well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 12/9/2012

    " good story. Don't buy the Silas part. Doesn't fit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fiona | 9/13/2012

    " The best of her novels - subtle and compelling "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 susan | 6/23/2012

    " another book I had read..I do recall it was a good read & usually enjoy her books..have to stay away from the bargin books! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynn | 5/21/2012

    " This is a good story, well-written, about the impacts (including tragedy) wrought by a careless, drunken act. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 TKieninger | 3/19/2012

    " the storyline was great but it was told by so many characters back and forth in time that it was tedious to follow. Thus, I opted to give it 3 stars instead of 4 or even 5. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/18/2012

    " Powerful use of different voices to share the impact a night of bad choices has on both the immediate participants and those connected with them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam | 12/24/2011

    " I couldn't get into it so I didn't finish it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joanne | 10/22/2011

    " I wanted to love this book as the topic was very interesting but unfortunately I didn't. The lesson of how one event can be the catalyst to much more was interesting and was wrapped up well at the end, but felt the middle did drag! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 9/30/2011

    " Couldn't put it down, but be prepared to dig in to the subject of loss. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 6/24/2011

    " I just love Anita Shreve's style of writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 6/20/2011

    " Very sad. Kept you guessing right up until the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Faydra | 6/18/2011

    " Abandoned after 80 pages. I'm a stay at home mom of three young boys who behave badly. The last thing I want to do is read a book about teenage boys who behave badly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 6/13/2011

    " This is a riveting read and all-too-possible. It feeds into the private school bad kids genre, but I enjoyed it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erika | 6/12/2011

    " Blech! What a poorly constructed book. Love "The Pilot's Wife" but this one missed the mark big time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Humkeb | 6/9/2011

    " Anita Shreve - my favorite author! "

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

    " Very topical book about he said/she said and sex tapes in school. What makes a "victim"? Age, gender, instigation? This wasn't my favorite Anita Shreve book, but it was very interesting and made oneself question their thoughts about who the real victim was in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 6/5/2011

    " This was a very interesting story of a sex scandal at a private high school in Vermont and the impact that it had on the lives of everyone involved. It definitely held my interest throughout, but at the same time the style didn't work for me. Overall though it was a good book and I did enjoy it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/28/2011

    " I liked the plot and even hearing the story from the different perspectives, but I didn't love the way it jumped around so much... Would have preferred more of a chronological narrative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tahlia | 5/24/2011

    " it was pretty good, bit graphic for our age i think "

About the Author

Author Anita Shreve

Anita Shreve is the acclaimed author of more than a dozen novels, including Rescue; A Change in Altitude; Testimony; The Pilot’s Wife, which was a selection of Oprah’s Book Club; and The Weight of Water, which was a finalist for England’s Orange Prize.

About the Narrator

Louis L’Amour (1908–1988) was an American author whose Western stories are loved the world over. Born in Jamestown, North Dakota, he was the most decorated author in the history of American letters. In 1982 he was the first American author ever to be awarded a Special National Gold Medal by the United States Congress for lifetime literary achievement, and in 1984 President Reagan awarded him the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the nation. He was also a recipient of the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award.