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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,454 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Baxter Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2007 ISBN:
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The Feast of Love is a sumptuous work of fiction about the thing that most distracts and delights us. In a re-imagined Midsummer Night's Dream, men and women speak of and desire their ideal mates; parents seek out their lost children; adult children try to come to terms with their own parents and, in some cases, find new ones.

In vignettes both comic and sexy, the owner of a coffee shop recalls the day his first wife seemed to achieve a moment of simple perfection, while she remembers the women's softball game during which she was stricken by the beauty of the shortstop. A young couple spends hours at the coffee shop fueling the idea of their fierce love. A professor of philosophy, stopping by for a cup of coffee, makes a valiant attempt to explain what he knows to be the inexplicable workings of the human heart. Their voices resonate with each other, disparate people joined by the meanderings of love, and come together in a tapestry that depicts the most irresistible arena of life. Crafted with subtlety, grace, and power, The Feast of Love is a masterful novel.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/9/2014

    " I liked this much more at the end, when something (exciting) finally started to happen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 2/8/2014

    " I really liked this book. Its completely heartbreaking, but good. You really feel for the characters and just want to give them a hug. For once, I enjoyed the movie too! It was a little embarassing because I watched it with my parents, but it had me crying, which is always a good sign. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Randi | 2/6/2014

    " This book was good, but a little graphic at parts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caitlin | 2/5/2014

    " This is a beautiful, beautiful book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kwenen | 2/3/2014

    " I loved this book! I didn't want to stop reading it so I delayed the experience. Otherwise, it would be good to read this in one sitting. But, who really has time for that? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 jackie | 1/30/2014

    " this book is in my top 10, easily. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheri | 1/28/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. Baxter does a great job of weaving together each character's stories. I liked how they all interconnected. it could have been really disjointed (each chapter was a different character relaying love stories) but it wasn't. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheila Woofter | 1/20/2014

    " " I don't think that most women have to prove that they're real women. you live long enough, you graduate to being real." "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patricia | 1/17/2014

    " I just couldn't get into the book. Saw the movie instead and even the movie was just ok. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs. Bowers | 1/16/2014

    " As a graduate of UofM, this book holds particular significance for me. It takes place in Ann Arbor, and was written by a UofM professor; the novel's setting plays an integral role in many of its most significant plot points. Poignant and honest, it's something I hope to have time to read again. "

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

    " This is a light, real people, real life kind of book. Baxter is a master of character and voice. Characters rotate telling different layers of an overlapping story with quite a variety of voices. It was a trip to be in Chloe's head! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doris | 1/4/2014

    " A collection of various manifestations of love as lived by a collection of Ann Arborites. A recognizable cross-section of that locale, clearly drawn by a master of the art of literature. This work was a finalist fo the National Book Award. Not to be missed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb Yarbrough | 12/31/2013

    " Took me a few chapters to get into, but a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 12/18/2013

    " I really liked this book for some reason- very easy read. The ending made me cry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 12/12/2013

    " 6 unabridged tapes from Essex library. Each chapter was a short story and then the author was able to successfully integrate the stories into a very good book. Michigan, Charles, Bradley, Diana, Margaret, Oscar, Chloe, coffee shop. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 12/10/2013

    " Beautiful consideration of how we define & experience love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 11/25/2013

    " A modern love story which takes people where they did not expect to go. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan Macdonald | 8/12/2013

    " was a bit bored by this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 7/1/2013

    " It wasn't what I thought it would be, at least from the movie previews. I thought Diana was selfish, Bradley was a bit of an annoyance, but Oscar and Chloe were my favorites. Everyone's been in a relationship like theirs, and Charles Baxter narrated it beautifully. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 6/15/2013

    " Not bad, but not as wonderful as I had been led to believe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 6/9/2013

    " A recent favorite. The movie was pretty good, too (Morgan Freeman). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candace | 5/18/2013

    " I liked that it was set in Ann Arbor--it seemed real to me. I liked it more than I thought I would based on the description. Not enough to see the movie, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rochelle Torke | 5/4/2013

    " I read this years ago and, to be cliche for a moment, it made me want to write. Literally. I started researching creative writing programs and the next thing I know, there I am penning my own little twisted tales of love and hate in the Midwest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 1/13/2013

    " A wonderful book. I love Charles Baxter's writing! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erica Goulding | 9/6/2012

    " Couldn't even get past the first 25 pages of the book - and I rarely put a book down. BORING and ridiculous. And WAY too much of a literary stretch for even me, the literary English teacher. FLOP. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monkey | 4/26/2012

    " This was good, but not as great as Saul and Patsy- maybe too many people to follow around....the writing is good though. I'll have to try one more to determine if I like this write or not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 11/21/2011

    " Yeah, this is my favorite CB book. I love it; I love him. The early chapter on Jenny & Katherine I will reread time & time again. Its a wonderful book, utterly effecting, absolutely lacking in drippy sentiment. Just wonderful. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/18/2011

    " I found this book incredibly annoying. The young female narrator drove me crazy and the story lines were very cheesy. I expect more from a University of Michigan creative writing professor! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nelinia | 11/2/2011

    " What a shame -- the movie adaptation was horrible and the novel is a beautiful thing. One of those books you are glad exists in the world. This novel remains in my top 20 novels of all time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joy | 8/14/2011

    " Wonder if the movie is better than the book? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 6/9/2011

    " It breaks your heart, in the best kind of way. This is good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 5/24/2011

    " This really is an extraordinary novel. It ranges from metaphysical inquiry to rich love story to thriller to spiritual revelry. Some of the goodreads reviewers may have been turned off by the eccentric tone of the prose. But that's one of the books most glorious accomplishments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 3/31/2011

    " I liked most of it--it's several different stories wound into the narrative. Some were fascinating, others were eh. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin | 3/4/2011

    " ehh...depressing. All the stories in this book show the more heart-breaking side of love...maybe I just wasn't in the mood? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee | 2/25/2011

    " This was a really good read. I enjoyed hearing the story from so many different points of view, and the way the author incorporated himself into it was unique and endearing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 1/24/2011

    " This was a really good book; storied of love and aging, life and death weaved together. "

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About the Author
Author Charles Baxter

Charles Baxter is the author of several works of fiction, including Saul and Patsy; The Feast of Love, a National Book Award nominee; Through the Safety Net; and Believers. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.