The Best of Us: A Memoir Audiobook, by Joyce Maynard Play Audiobook Sample

The Best of Us: A Memoir Audiobook

The Best of Us: A Memoir Audiobook, by Joyce Maynard Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Joyce Maynard Publisher: Highbridge Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 8.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: September 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781681689777

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

131

Longest Chapter Length:

42:54 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

21 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

05:46 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

9

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Publisher Description

In 2011, when she was in her late fifties, beloved author and journalist Joyce Maynard met the first true partner she had ever known. Jim wore a rakish hat over a good head of hair; he asked real questions and gave real answers; he loved to see Joyce shine, both in and out of the spotlight; and he didn't mind the mess she made in the kitchen. He was not the husband Joyce imagined, but he quickly became the partner she had always dreamed of.

Before they met, both had believed they were done with marriage, and even after they married, Joyce resolved that no one could alter her course of determined independence. Then, just after their one-year wedding anniversary, her new husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. During the nineteen months that followed, as they battled his illness together, she discovered for the first time what it really meant to be a couple—to be a true partner and to have one.

This is their story. Charting the course through their whirlwind romance, a marriage cut short by tragedy, and Joyce's return to singleness on new terms, The Best of Us is a heart-wrenching, ultimately life-affirming reflection on coming to understand true love through the experience of great loss.

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“This haunting story, penned by a master wordsmith, is a reminder to savor every loved one and every day.”

— Booklist (starred review) 

Awards

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About Joyce Maynard

Joyce Maynard first came to national attention with the publication of her New York Times cover story “An Eighteen-Year-Old Looks Back on Life” in 1973, when she was a freshman at Yale. Since then, she has been a reporter and columnist for the New York Times, a syndicated newspaper columnist whose “Domestic Affairs” column appeared in more than fifty papers nationwide, and a regular contributor to NPR. Her writing has also been published in national magazines, including O, The Oprah Magazine; Newsweek; the New York Times magazine; USA Weekly; and many more. Her novel The Usual Rules—a story about surviving loss—has been a favorite of book club audiences of all ages and was chosen by the American Library Association as one of the ten best books for young readers for 2003. Joyce also runs the Lake Atitlan Writing Workshop in Guatemala, founded in 2002.