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3.22 out of 53.22 out of 53.22 out of 53.22 out of 53.22 out of 5 3.22 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Green Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9781429537766
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She’s known as the crazy woman who lives in the big old rambling house on the top of a bluff in Nantucket, but at sixty-five years old, Nan doesn’t care what people think. If her neighbors are away, why shouldn’t she skinny dip in their swimming pools? Her husband died twenty years ago, her beauty has faded, her family flown, and when she discovers that the money she thought would last forever is running out and she may lose her beloved house, she knows she has to make drastic changes.

Slowly people start moving in to the house, filling it with noise again, with laughter, and with tears. There is Daniel, recently divorced and a father of two girls, who is struggling to find out who he really is, and Daff, the single mother of a truculent teenager who blames her unreservedly for the divorce. As the house comes alive again, Nan finds her family extending. Her son comes home for the summer, and then an unexpected visitor throws all their lives upside down.                                          

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Quotes & Awards

  • Breezy…deeply appealing. Connecticut Post
  • Green's best novel in years, a compelling, unputdownable read. Booklist
  • Gripping and powerful. Emily Giffin, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • The perfect summer read.”―Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • A warm bath of a novel that draws you in…Green’s sympathetic portrayals…resonate. USA Today
  • Warm, witty, sharp and insightful. Jane Green writes with such honesty and zing.”―Sophie Kinsella, New York Times bestselling author
  • Her compelling tale reflects an understanding of contemporary women that’s acute and compassionate, served up with style.”―People
  • The kind of novel you’ll gobble up at a single sitting. Cosmopolitan
  • Green gives you a clear sense of Nantucket's weathered splendor and offers up a refreshing summertime getaway…best read on a deck chair somewhere. Chicago Sun-Times
  • A sweetly memorable summer story, capturing the relaxing, renewing quality of life at the shore. New Orleans Times-Picayune
  • A smart, complex, character-driven read. The Washington Post
  • Green’s novels consistently deliver believable, accessible, heartfelt, often heartwarming stories about real people, problems, and feelings. Redbook

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Canterbury Public | 2/19/2014

    " the Beach House is a very enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fonda | 2/16/2014

    " Fun, easy read with mostly predictable plotlines...though one did kind of surprise me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Camandwmm | 1/31/2014

    " The author has a nice way of introducing characters in this book. They all end up blending together as friends but more like a big family "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 1/25/2014

    " Loved this Notting Hill-like story set in Nantucket. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marci | 1/18/2014

    " Once I got past all of the adultery at the beginning, I really enjoyed it. Quite a few twists and surprises. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 1/13/2014

    " The story starts out with a 65 year old woman who tells us she is more confident and less worried about her looks at that age. It then goes on to describe how tall, thin and elegant she is and how beautiful she was when she was young. Despite her new found confidence she can't go out without her make-up on and is constantly thinking that this or that man would light her cigarette for her if she was 30 years younger. If she is more confident NOW what the heck was she THEN. Then we learn that she had an easy life after marrying into a wealthy family and has a house in Nantucket and an apt in Manhattan. I did not find her character endearing in the least even with her eccentricities. I don't relate to people whose beauty has acquired them all in life and especially when they are too stupid to actively manage their money and have to rent out their house to make a few bucks. I put this book down after chapter 2. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaina | 1/13/2014

    " I could not put this one down. Great story and unpredictable twist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trina | 1/11/2014

    " Perfect vacation read! I couldn't put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martine | 12/8/2013

    " Very good book, mellow vibe and quick read. Not as captivating as her other books, but good anway! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda | 11/23/2013

    " A little slow in the beginning, but I like books where everything comes together at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 11/22/2013

    " It was OK, definitely not one of her better novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 11/11/2013

    " Great story!!! She really keeps you interested throughout the entire book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angel | 11/10/2013

    " LOVED this book. Not sure I'll be leaving for Nantucket tomorrow, but loved the way the characters came together and the perfect happy ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 11/3/2013

    " Only liked it because it was about Nantucket..one of my most favorite places! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexandra Compton | 8/16/2013

    " Nice light read. Good for the beach! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally Wilson | 5/26/2013

    " Reading while at work- keep it in the break room and getting through it 15 minutes at a time :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sidney | 5/8/2013

    " Rated R. Did not finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 3/30/2013

    " I really liked this book. I would have liked to read more about all the couples. I would like to have met the grandma in real life. :o) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shauna | 12/22/2012

    " Cardboard. Not worth the paper it was printed on, etc, etc. I'm really close to finishing it, but I can't be bothered. I don't even want to read it to avoid chores. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessy | 11/13/2012

    " a light, quick read. pretty predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 10/4/2012

    " Chick lit with a bit more substance, and I was thankful for that. Some characters were better developed than others, and the multiple plots got to be a bit hectic at times. Still, though, a solid, enjoyable summer read. Recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl Karkoff | 9/16/2012

    " PEOPLE WITH DIFFERENT PROBLEMS SPEND TIME AT A BEACH HOUSE FOR SUMMER. EASY READ. DIFFERENT FROM WHAT I USUALLY READ. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jaimie | 9/10/2012

    " I like Jane Green novels. This book is good with a great twist that I didn't see coming. It is no earth shattering literary novel, however. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jann | 8/3/2012

    " A lovely story about a widow who lives in an historic beach house on Nantucket. When she finds that she is not as wealthy as she thought, she takes in boarders. The mix of people and their issues past and present are quite entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 JoAnn | 6/16/2012

    " Having read that this was the "ultimate beach read", I took it to the beach to read. Big mistake. It is pretty depressing for about half the book, with people screwing up their lives (mostly by having affairs). I do not recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda | 2/3/2012

    " Delightful summer read! Interesting family dynamics, romances and friendships. Too bad it has a happy hollywood ending... but still a good, breezy read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaimie.zibrowski | 5/11/2011

    " I like Jane Green novels. This book is good with a great twist that I didn't see coming. It is no earth shattering literary novel, however. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiina | 5/11/2011

    " Very lightweight reading, but kept its hold. I like to read this kind of undemanding story from time to time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 4/22/2011

    " This book was a light and fun read. The multiple characters' storylines were easy to follow and when they all intersected, it made perfect sense. Recommend for anyone who enjoys a good, quick beach book (no pun intended!). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patti | 4/19/2011

    " If I'd known this was chick lit I never would have started it. I made it half way before wanting to pitch it out a window. Instead I merely sighed and returned it to my library. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 4/14/2011

    " Not worth a read. The author tries desperately to mimic real life in this novel but overdoes it and succumbs to a happy ending. This book left me scratching my head saying "are you kidding me?" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sian | 3/30/2011

    " quite enjoyed it - found this slow to start but the characters were likeable and once all were at the house, much more interesting. "

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About the Author
Author Jane Green

Jane Green is a former journalist in the United Kingdom and a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York. She has written seventeen novels, sixteen of them New York Times bestsellers. Her novels are published in over twenty-five languages, and she has more than ten million books in print worldwide. She writes a daily blog and contributes to various publications including the Huffington Post, the Sunday Times, and Self.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.