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2.38 out of 52.38 out of 52.38 out of 52.38 out of 52.38 out of 5 2.38 (13 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alice Sebold Narrator: Joan Allen Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9781600240317
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For years Helen Knightly has given her life to others: to her haunted mother, to her enigmatic father, to her husband and grown children. When she finally crosses a terrible boundary, her life comes rushing in at her in a way she never could have imagined.

Unfolding over the next twenty-four hours, this searing, fast-paced novel explores the complex ties between mothers and daughters, wives and lovers; the meaning of devotion; and the line between love and hate. It is a challenging, moving, gripping story, written with the fluidity and strength of voice that only Alice Sebold has.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sebold’s unblinking authorial gaze is her hallmark: where lesser writers would turn away from things too horrible to see or feel or admit, her scrutiny never wavers.” 


  • “Sebold can still write beautiful, haunting scenes.” 

    Washington Post Book World 

  • “Brilliantly paced, it’s brutally honest, and the Gordian knot at its core…is depicted with such generous intelligence that the fineness of the novel more than surpasses its own horror show of circumstance.” 

    Boston Globe

  • “Along with its buoying dark wit, it is this eerily familiar blurred line between sane and insane that makes The Almost Moon simultaneously uncomfortable and absorbing.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle 

  • “Alice Sebold is not just talented but very bold.”

    Arizona Republic 

  • “Sebold can write, that’s clear.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “From the opening line of The Almost Moon…we recognize Alice Sebold’s hand: her sensuous yet impeccably direct language, her world where the poignant and the gruesome intertwine.” 

    Houston Chronicle 

  • “Sebold brings to the portrait such honesty and empathy that many will find their own dark impulses reflected here.” 


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 6/30/2011

    " Same author as Lovely Bones - I enjoyed it a lot - my mother in law thought it was too dark "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caitlin | 6/29/2011

    " It was no Lovely Bones, but a decent read. Also, it totally reminded me of my grandmother. Shudder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 6/23/2011

    " Very twisted book. Brought me to a very depressing state of mind. Was at the point of not wanting to continue the book at some points - but in the end I did finish it and am glad to be done with it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trisha | 6/23/2011

    " Pretty interesting novel. It was a little more twisted than some of the works I usually read (the murder, suicides, and mental illnesses, etc) I couldn't help but wonder in the end: Who was truly mentally ill: Helen or her mother? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 6/22/2011

    " I hated the ending and i really disliked all the flash forwards, backwards and sideways, though I know the author used it to tell her story. This just wasn't a good fit for me.

    However the author did get her point across and now has me wondering if everybody I know is mentally ill. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leeann | 6/21/2011

    " What was the point. Can't believe I wasted the time on this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 6/20/2011

    " I was kinda disappointed in this book...It was no where near as good as the lovely bones. I also was happy with the way it ended. All together in my opinion this was not the best Alice Sebold has done. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janelle | 6/18/2011

    " I didn't really enjoy this book. I expected to love it because I definitely loved The Lovely Bones. But I got disappointed. I even almost forgot that I'd read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 6/17/2011

    " Beautiful writing, dark, and funny at moments. It didn't grab me in the same way as The Lovely Bones, but I did appreciate the complex treatment of family relationships and love. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ange | 6/14/2011

    " When comparing this to her previous novel - The Lovely Bones, you really feel like Alice Sebold had to get out a follow up. The book is messy and the themes are ugly and not thought through "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angelique | 6/13/2011

    " Written okay but the story line is distasteful. I did finish this book but I could have lived without it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 6/13/2011

    " It is one of those reads that I just could not put down. It is a morbid story but her writing is so plausible one becomes entranced...fixated on "what on earth will she do next..." Great Summer Read...Love it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pamela | 6/13/2011

    " This book was disturbing... Although, I didn't stop... I was intrigued to see just where the author was going with the story. I should have known after Lovely Bones that Alice Sebold is "bizarre"--but if you were into Lovely Bones, you'd probably like this one too. "

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About the Author
Author Alice Sebold

Alice Sebold is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Lovely Bones, The Almost Moon, and Lucky, a memoir. She won the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel in 2002 and the ABA Book of the Year Award in 2003, both for The Lovely Bones. The book was also made into a movie starring Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, and Saoirse Ronan. She is a graduate of Syracuse University, the University of Houston, and the University of California, Irvine.

About the Narrator

Joan Allen has worked in theater, television, and film during her early career and achieved recognition for her Broadway debut in Burn This, winning a Tony Award. She has received three Academy Award nominations, including two for Best Supporting Actress for Nixon and The Crucible and one for Best Actress for The Contender. Her other films include The Ice Storm, Face/Off, Pleasantville, The Notebook, and The Bourne Ultimatum.