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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (12,012 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Claire Messud Narrator: Suzanne Toren Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN:
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Two-time PEN/Faulkner Award nominee Claire Messud is hailed as a writer of enormous skill and stylistic grace by Publishers Weekly. This wonderfully crafted comedy of manners was called a stinging portrait of life among Manhattan's junior glitterati in a starred review by Kirkus Reviews.

Friends at Brown University, Marina, Danielle, and Julius are still looking to make their marks as they approach their 30s. Marina lives with her celebrated parents on the Upper West Side while trying to complete her book. TV producer Danielle's success is due to the puff pieces she churns out. Freelance critic Julius can barely make ends meet. Into this mix comes Bootie, Marina's college dropout cousin, who is just the catalyst the three friends need to start making significant changes in their lives. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 2/16/2014

    " Finely crafted and well-written, but midway through I realize I didn't like/care about any of the characters or what happened to them. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carole LoConte Tedesco | 2/13/2014

    " What a disappointment--pretentious, thin character development, loose ends all over the place. And if she used the word "palimpsest" one more time, I was going to throw the book across the room. Yes, Ms. Messud, we know you're brilliant and erudite, and smarter than all of your readers. Get over yourself already, and give us a novel worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate DeFeo | 2/12/2014

    " If you believe that people are like this in NYC, don't. Also, I'm not sure if I felt like the city was the backbone of this novel.....don't really think I felt the time and the place accurately at all.....and the people were so.....shallow. grrrr.....but the perspectives were interesting...... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Micky | 2/11/2014

    " I read about 90 pages of this book, but I just couldn't get into it. I just didn't care about any of the characters, nor could I relate to them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krin Cosner | 2/9/2014

    " It took me about 3 years to finally read this book, after one attempt a long time ago. I thought the characters were developed well, but I didn't like them, not one of the thirty something characters this book revolves around in the back drop of NYC, culminating on 9/11. There were many issues that irritated me in the book, the unethical affairs, the pretense of elitism. What I did like were that the characters were so well-developed that days later, I remember them all as if I might run into them tonight. However, I think I would look the other way. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jena Eberly | 2/4/2014

    " I really did not enjoy this book as much as I had hoped. The storyline was not at all what I thought it was going to be, and in the end I really did not enjoy the book. It had a sorrowful storyline, and although the interaction of the characters was interesting, I would not recommend this work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 1/30/2014

    " A beautiful book, filled with long, flowing sentences and gorgeous dialogue. I devoured this book, and kept wanting more. However, the ending left a rather bitter taste in my mouth, which is the only downfall of the book. It should have made it to at least the Booker short-list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mia Brown | 1/29/2014

    " I've always been drawn to stories about the young, rich, and privileged, often full of characters you don't necessarily want to root for, but instead love to watch fall apart. This is one of those books. Set in NY during 9/11 it feels very of the moment and relevant and was a quick enjoyable read. "

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

    " Characters are very shallow and self involved, none of them likeable. Overly verbose and wordy, horrid sentance structure, running on and on . . . "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Texbritreader | 12/17/2013

    " Some promising ideas, a few pretty sentences, a lot of boring and/or detestable characters. Forced and pretentious. Initially I felt 1 1/2 stars and rounded up to 2 stars but on further reflection, I hated this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay Burnett | 12/15/2013

    " I love the characters -- the end takes a v.surprising turn "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ann | 12/5/2013

    " Don't even bother with this book. TERRIBLE! I had to go on Amazon.com to read the reviews to figure out what the plot of the book was. I learned from Amazon, that I was correct; the plot is impossible to find. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cora Berg | 11/23/2013

    " It was the most overindulgent book I have ever read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pamela | 9/12/2013

    " Received as a gift, so I know nothing about it ahead of time. I've already had to look up three words in the dictionary! So far the writing is lush and detailed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 5/29/2013

    " Just ok. The 9/11 tie in was sort of trite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Timothy Schirmer | 2/22/2013

    " This was a guilty read, and I enjoyed it. I was conflicted about the book for a while because it's so different from what I normally read. But with all of it behind me, I have to say that Claire Messud's characters and some of her scenes really linger with me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 10/23/2012

    " This one ended up being a bit disappointing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Oana | 10/5/2012

    " The writing is phenomenal, but i didn't really like the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Niki | 7/8/2012

    " I read a review on this book and was excited to read it and recommended it for my book group. It was terrible not one person from book group finished it except for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary Schafer | 6/10/2012

    " Why was this published? If I wanted stories about pathetic, self-centered New Yorkers, I'd hang out on the Upper West Side. "

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

    " Not as breathtaking as The Last Life or The Hunter, but it was still a good read. What bugged me was when she used the term "Best Woman" when I believe she meant "Maid of Honor." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aditi Prabhu | 6/23/2011

    " I really liked the way this book was written, but I just could not empathize with any of the characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jena | 6/22/2011

    " I really did not enjoy this book as much as I had hoped. The storyline was not at all what I thought it was going to be, and in the end I really did not enjoy the book. It had a sorrowful storyline, and although the interaction of the characters was interesting, I would not recommend this work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 6/16/2011

    " I can't believe a book so full of illicit sex was so dissatisfying. That is a problem, Claire Messud. "

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

    " The next time someone tells me I should read a book because it's on the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year, I'll say "Oh yeah, remember The Emperor's Children? Now be quiet." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 5/31/2011

    " I really liked this book! Very surprised at the low average rating. Some of the characters annoyed me (Bootie, sometimes Marina, and Ludo), but I loved the writing and finished it within a week. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathie | 5/18/2011

    " Not sure so far. Seems disjointed and hard keeping track of who's who.
    6/11/11. Had to stop and try to find something more interesting. Have now finished 1.5 books and find that I am thinking about it, so I'll probably pick it up after I finish what I am currently reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lila | 5/2/2011

    " I finished this book last night and went to sleep before the announcement of Bin Laden's death--strange to be reading about 9/11 just before that happened. I liked the first third or so of the novel but was disappointed in the rest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alicia | 4/26/2011

    " Some interesting characters, but they never really came to life - I felt very detached from the storyline. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gami | 4/15/2011

    " Extremely pretentious and not that interesting, except for the affair "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stefany | 4/15/2011

    " This book was weird. That is the best word to describe it. I did finish it though because I was compelled to find out what happened with the characters. That being said I was kind of disappointed by the ended. "

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About the Author
Author Claire Messud

CLAIRE MESSUD's last novel, The Emperor's Children, was a New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post Best Book of the Year, and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. Her first novel, When the World Was Steady, and her book of novellas, The Hunters, were finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her second novel, The Last Life, won Britain's Encore Award. Her short fiction has been included in the Penguin Book of Canadian Short Stories, edited by Jane Urquhart. Raised in Sydney, Australia and Toronto, where she attended the Toronto French School and UTS, Messud was a judge for the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize. She lives in Cambridge, MA with her family.
 

About the Narrator

Suzanne Toren has recorded over nine hundred audiobooks. She has performed on Broadway and in regional theaters in works penned by Shakespeare, Molière, and Arthur Miller. She has also appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas. She was awarded the Narrator of the Year Award for her audiobook recordings for the Library of Congress and has earned more than two dozen Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine.