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3.28 out of 53.28 out of 53.28 out of 53.28 out of 53.28 out of 5 3.28 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anita Shreve Narrator: Robert Petkoff, Eve Bianco, Ellen Archer Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN:
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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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Johari | 2/10/2014

    " I have a soft spot for Anita Shreve. She writes about small-town life in New England, which always strikes an emotional chord with me (having grown up in small-town New England). This book is incredibly entertaining. Different characters narrate different chapters, and together you find out the details and fallout of a sex scandal at an elite boarding school. Some of the voices rang more true than others. In particular, I wasn't crazy about the portions of the story narrated by the freshman girl involved in the scandal; I thought they were overly dramatic. But overall I enjoyed this. it's a fun read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brogan Pierce | 2/5/2014

    " It took me a while to get into this book, but my God was it worth it. While pretty graphic in parts, it was very well written and the twists and turns in the story are wonderful. It does get very (VERY) confusing at parts due to the non-linear (non-chronological?) narrative but once you can get past that, it is a very clever butterfly-effect tale of how simple events can have such huge and devastating consequences. This book will take you through a roller coaster of emotions, from anger and hatred to sympathy and huge sadness. At one point, I buried my head in the pillow and cried. And cried. And cried. A fantastic book and one you will definitely want to talk about afterwards. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally45 | 2/5/2014

    " I read this book for a bookclub otherwise I may not have bothered to read another Anita Shreve. I had previously read the Pilot's Wife and was disappointed with the end. The first chapter of Testimonry really grabbed my attention, a real page turner. It introduced the "scandal" in graphic detail. From there on each chapter gave each person's account of their part in the story. I liked the style of writing and getting each person's story and how the scandal in most cases changed their lives. Have to say it kept me hooked to the end and I did feel so much sympathy for the victims in this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven Salaita | 1/31/2014

    " This book is pretty ridiculous, but fun reading. It's sort of like a Lifetime movie in the form of a novel. Definitely NOT recommended for book clubs, classrooms, or the classics shelf. But definitely recommended for crappers, airplanes, and palapas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay Daly | 1/30/2014

    " Amazing, beautiful, stunning. I could go on and on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann Freeman | 1/25/2014

    " 3.5 stars. Good account of how one bad night can wreak havoc in the lives of so many people. Was particularly interested to read this book after the Steubenville rape case was in the public eye. Many similarities (but also some notable differences). Found myself being frustrated as I read it though - mainly due to Mike's story line, but also due to something I couldn't quite name. Maybe how the consequences seemed to outweigh the crime. Maybe that was the point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel B | 1/22/2014

    " GREAT book! Difficult story. Very realistic. Chapters told from different character perspectives, which I like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa Cross | 1/21/2014

    " Would have rated this 2stars, but for the way it was tied up. It reminds me of a play...has possibilities "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Autney | 1/19/2014

    " Very rarely does Anita Shreve disappoint me and definitely not with this story. Good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elke | 1/18/2014

    " This was a sad and disturbing book but I love the way Shreve writes which always offsets the content. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelby | 1/14/2014

    " well written from multiple characters' perspectives, but sad... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon Archer | 12/28/2013

    " the subtitle for this book could be, "How to make up excuses for my bad behavior"...quite awful... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn | 11/26/2013

    " I liked this book very much. The character development was good, and having raised two boys I could relate to the teenagers and parents in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise | 11/19/2013

    " family saga of teenaage parties that turn violent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 10/21/2013

    " What I liked? She told the other side of the popular story and the characters felt authentic to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kandice | 7/22/2013

    " A definite page turner! There is not much substance to this one; it's not life changing, but a quick, enjoyable read for a vacation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 5/6/2013

    " The author does a great job depicting the life of families in upper New England. Some parts reminded me a bit of a modern version of the depiction of New England in Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay.lewis | 12/2/2012

    " Not the best of books, but it was entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy S. Weibel | 11/4/2012

    " The plot was great but the way it was executed was disjointed. It was told out of sequence by way too many characters. It was a real disservice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleenmanley | 9/13/2012

    " This story was a bit too tragic for me, but unfortunately very realistic. It reminded me of some recent news stories. It was a train wreck without much hope. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joan | 8/20/2012

    " I don't think Shreve is the world's best writer but the writing style was interesting - chapters alternate points of view among all the characters - and the subject thought provoking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Pighetti | 7/7/2012

    " Extremely quick read. You don't have to think at all, which can be nice sometimes. It moves very quickly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 6/22/2012

    " Such a sad, sad story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 12/29/2011

    " It was a page-turner, read it only in a few days. It was also a very disturbing subject matter, especially considering my children have the teenage years ahead of them. It was also very thought provoking and would make an excellent book club read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dyan Barbeau | 12/10/2011

    " Audio. A good story with compelling characters; although slightly implausible. Told from viewpoints of different characters, which this time I liked. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robin Drury | 8/18/2011

    " I couldn't get past the first few chapters. Normally I love her work, but the premise of this one is just not appealing to me. "

  • 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 "

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About the Author
Author Anita Shreve

Anita Shreve is the acclaimed author of more than a dozen novels, including Rescue; A Change in AltitudeTestimonyThe 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. She lives in Massachusetts.