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3.15 out of 53.15 out of 53.15 out of 53.15 out of 53.15 out of 5 3.15 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Enright Narrator: Heather O’Neill Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9781461847007
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Irish novelist Anne Enright won the coveted Man Booker Prize for her eloquent novel The Gathering. In The Forgotten Waltz, Enright crafts a stunning tale about a Dublin woman’s affair and its heartrending consequences. Gina Moynihan is already married when she meets Seán Vallely. But longing and desire soon overtake them—and their lives begin to crumble shortly after.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A breathtaking work that will surprise you.”

    Library Journal

  • The Forgotten Waltz is a nervy enterprise, an audacious bait-and-switch. Cloaked in a novel about a love affair is a ferocious indictment of the self-involved material girls our era has produced. Enright’s channeling of Gina’s interior monologue is so accurate and unsparing that reading her book is, at times, like eavesdropping on a very long, crazily intimate cellphone conversation. It’s a testament to the unwavering fierceness of Enright’s project that I mean this as high praise. We’ve all met people like the characters in her book. Neither evil nor good, they’re merely awful in entirely ordinary ways. And it’s impressive, how skillfully Anne Enright has gotten them on the page.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “So beautifully written that you could read it once just for the dazzle of the prose, then start over for the content…The sensibility is subtle and complex, as the narrative explores connections between desire and responsibility…and the complicated ways in which duty is refracted into the rest of our lives…It’s hard to say which is more satisfying about this book: its emotional complexities or the frugal elegance of its prose.”

    Washington Post

  • “Consistently impressive…In rueful, witty, unpredictable, and compassionate prose, Enright gives expression to subtle, affecting shades of human interaction.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the 2012 Carnegie Medal for Literature
  • A 2011 Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Book for Fiction
  • Selected for the October 2011 Indie Next List
  • Top 100 Editors' Pick forAmazon Best Books of the Year for 2011
  • A 2011 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction
  • Shortlisted for the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 2/16/2014

    " Four stars for excellent writing; however, the least likable and emptiest characters ever written. Universally disliked by my book club. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 2/5/2014

    " Only thing keeping me from giving it 5 stars is that it got a little melodramatic at the end. But Enright's writing is so beautiful and pitch perfect that she's always worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Libby Shaw | 2/3/2014

    " A beautifully written novel, understated but with great impact, concerning the broader effects of a love affair. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaje | 1/9/2014

    " I wrote a review of this then trashed it. I think this book is very subjective. You will either relate or not. If not, you will critisize and judge and find this whole story distatefull. I like the "humaness" of it. We all have the capacity to be selfish and justify our needs, to what degree we allow that tho is what seperates us. I think a lot of people would relate to this even if they haven't "strayed" like the characters in the story, purely because there isn't anyone alive who hasn't at least caught a held glance, felt energy over the telephone, accidently brushed a hand, or been attracted to someone in one way or another that perhaps they shouldn't, be it psychologically, physically, imaginary, or real. The energy is all the same. I loved it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mag Convery | 1/1/2014

    " Boring and oddly written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly Herta | 12/26/2013

    " It started out interesting but got boring and ended poorly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcia A | 12/12/2013

    " A novel by Irish author Anne Enright: Well written and a good story, but relatively sad, mostly involving two people (and their families) having an affair. I did like 'The Gathering' more. I liked the Irish phrase for 'sale pending' (of a house), but subsequently forgot it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacie | 12/5/2013

    " This was a good book, but not a great one. Enright is a brilliant writer, and there were passages that I found breathtaking. As a novel, however, it doesn't hold together very well. It jumps back and forth and there are engaging parts and then very dull ones. She never quite settles on a perspective, or focus...which can work. But in this case certain half-chapters felt like short stories, which is her more natural genre. She is a victim, in a way, of her own success. She is acclaimed for her short stories and her previous novel, The Gathering, is a Booker-winning dark masterpiece. Perhaps having read these works previously set the bar a bit high. Still, a mediocre Anne Enright is more than worth the time and effort. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Donna | 12/2/2013

    " This was the worst book I've read in years. I kept thinking something interesting was bound to happen soon and then it ended. Just plain awful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue Smith | 11/29/2013

    " I struggled to get involved in this book,at times I found the story confusing. I really enjoyed 'The Gathering'so was disappoimted not to like this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Kay | 10/2/2013

    " Amazing. Can't wait to dig into her earlier books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shauna | 9/21/2013

    " Not a fan. Had I not been stuck in a car on a road trip, I'm not sure that I would have continued with it. I kept waiting for the story or characters to develop into something interesting but that didn't happen. Maybe it's the authors writing style, but I just couldn't get into this story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anneliese Tirry | 9/18/2013

    " Mooi boek, het leven zoals het is, met passies en verdriet, liefdes en leven, en dat allemaal erg mooi verwoord. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 9/11/2013

    " it was not very fluid, had trouble following but I did get the story but am a little confused. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 MicheleinNJ | 4/16/2013

    " An entire book of navel gazing. Get over yourself already. Yawn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cori | 3/27/2013

    " sharp prose. This author can convey with words the inside of someone's head, inside their life in a way I envy! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jo | 1/14/2013

    " A slow read about adultery. Yawner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathi | 12/30/2012

    " Loved this book. The author has a unique voice with interesting Irish expressions, very conversational tone to it. Great observations about life and love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne Van | 12/6/2012

    " A readable novel of a contemporary Irish woman, reflecting on the unraveling of her marriage, her infatuation with a new lover who has a troubled daughter, the death of her mother and real estate prices. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ayelet Waldman | 9/24/2012

    " She is such a breathtaking writer. So exact. So hilarious. GOD I love the Irish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aimee Lavers | 7/21/2012

    " This one is ok, some how the story was lacking for me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcella Curry | 4/19/2012

    " wonderful writing, interesting exploration of bankrupt souls against the backdrop of the recent/ongoing financial collapse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 2/18/2012

    " Beautifully written, very interior. An account of an affair. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hayley | 11/4/2011

    " Egh. It was an easy read. The Author tries to write poetic. Sometimes I got it - sometimes it seemed forced. The story itself was a little scattered. Maybe I just had trouble relating to the story? I wouldn't have wasted much more time reading it. But at least I could get through it quickly. "

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

    " very good, i am happy i read her, i want to read others of hers "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cetta | 10/29/2011

    " Eh. Lovely writing but the story droned on and on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mindy | 10/27/2011

    " Loved this book. It was fantastic
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Felicia | 10/26/2011

    " Like Rules of Civility, this novel started out promising and then diverted into a storyline that did not hold my interest. It's a fine enough read, yet for me it didn't live up to the hype. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 10/25/2011

    " A beautiful and disturbing dissection of an affair and it's collateral damage. Anne Enright's writing is akin to one's thought process as they examine their own history. She is unforgiving as she allows the heartbreaking process to be put under a microscope. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/25/2011

    " The writing is very poignant but I felt somewhat jilted with the ending in that it felt hurried. Still very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martie | 10/25/2011

    " A dramedy set in Ireland, in the late 2000s, with each chapter headed by the title of a pop song. The story is narrated by a married women who has an affair (the Waltz) that brings on the usual not marriage/life friendly consequences. Just didn’t do it for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 10/19/2011

    " This book, while well written, was not a very enjoyable to read. Not one of the characters was in the least bit likable. This made me not care one iota about what was going to happen to them throughout the novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 10/16/2011

    " A beautifully-written novel! Slowly revealed, this story of a mature young woman's love affair with an older man is a gem. "

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About the Author
Author Anne Enright

Anne Enright is the author of two volumes of stories and several novels, including The Forgotten Waltz and The Gathering, which won the Man Booker Prize.

About the Narrator

Heather O’Neill has appeared in numerous Off-Broadway plays. Her audio narration credits include Blessed Are the Cheesemakers, The Accidental, Field of Blood, and The Dead Hour.