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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (9,283 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Enright Narrator: Terry Donnelly Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781436116862
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Regarded as one of her country's foremost voices, Irish author Anne Enright makes a fresh mark on a rich literary tradition. "The Gathering" is a deeply insightful family saga, steeped in secrets and intrigue, unfolding over three generations. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kelly | 2/20/2014

    " This book was just disturbing and disgusted me. I picked it up randomly at the library because it sounded interesting but got absolutely nothing out of it. I would NEVER recommend it to anyone! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristy | 2/7/2014

    " It was very depressing and I couldn't get into it. "

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

    " i found the writing very interesting and intelligent- sometimes difficult,sometimes frustrating. by the end of the book it made much more sense to me, so i am glad that i stayed with it. the story involvese a large,modern irish family trying to cope with the suicide of one brother liam and the secrets leading to it that had a great impact on the entire family. this book was a man booker prize winner in 2007. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy Reimer | 2/5/2014

    " This is one of those books that deserves careful recommendation. It won a prize, but that does not mean it will speak to all readers. I loved the book. It's non literal portrayal of grief allows those who are at a loss to put a description to the being that is their suffering. I will read this book again. It has an important message about grief. It happens differently for different people and it is very human. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Penney | 2/2/2014

    " Terrible, whiny characters. Not a good book, and certainly not a good choice for a bookclub. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Merrill | 12/31/2013

    " I'm cheating when I say I've "read" this book. I actually read the first third and then skimmed the rest because it was just so darn depressing and I wasn't sure it would be worth the investment of time. I'm glad I stopped. I still can't understand why this book got so many great reviews and awards. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shirleen Oplustic | 12/30/2013

    " I enjoyed it, but not as much as I thought I would. Some of the characters frustrated me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Grace | 12/25/2013

    " Had high hopes for this but only managed to finish it because it was for book group. Couldn't stand the narrator, wasn't sure of the plot, grew tired of the endless stream of traumas... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jacq Jardin | 12/18/2013

    " added on march 2, 2010.. still not done reading up to now. i should probably give up now. :P "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Diane | 12/9/2013

    " Riveting story. I considered this one for book group at one time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine | 12/1/2013

    " Ugh. Glad to be done with this one. I should know better than to pick up something that has a blurb comparing it to Ulysses. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sallie | 11/16/2013

    " I was disappointed in this book. Too many random ramblings, I never got a feel for the characters or cared about any of them. I expected more from the author and a Booker Prize winner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caiti | 10/29/2013

    " Enjoyed this subdued little book for its subtle humour, it's dark subject, and its precise and poetic storytelling. Not the top if my list, but well worth my time, and enough to have me read another by Enright "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patti London | 10/29/2013

    " Didn't like Veronica Hegarty. Kvetch, kvetch, kvetch. Lyrical writing made more sense if drinking while reading. Read last half in honor of St. Patrick's Day. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Madelyn | 10/22/2013

    " I didn't care for ANY of the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susanna Freymark | 10/1/2013

    " Some beautiful character descriptions in this book. And the rooms . . . The images stayed with me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessy | 8/31/2013

    " Great book, visceral writing "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kellie | 6/25/2013

    " Anne Enright is a beautiful writer, but this book was a frustrating read. The story is a stereotypical Irish story filled with abuse and alcoholism that has been told before. I just wasn't in the mood for that kind of story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 1.1 | 5/26/2013

    " Monotonous angst, slapdash postmodernism and (Irish) themes familiar to just about everyone. There's a compelling - if overdone - story that weaves in and out of it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lily | 3/13/2013

    " LbW read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pat | 12/7/2012

    " This book was a waste of my time. The author promised some interesting plot. The plot was expected and seen in other novels. Her characters were not strong. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robin | 9/9/2012

    " I couldn't even finish the book, it was just awkward and boring. I tried really hard to read more of it but it fell flat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ahmaud | 9/7/2012

    " Anne Enright has some gift for writing, but the story, I felt lost in a haze of remembering, tied to someone's memory that I had no real emotional connection to. I'm glad it's over. On to Paul Auster's The New York Trilogy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/12/2012

    " Beautifully written family story about love, loss and family tragedy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Theresa | 6/27/2011

    " This book is horrible. I didn't even finish it. I forced myself to read to page 73, then I just couldn't take it anymore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyn | 6/19/2011

    " Another sad Irish story! Well written "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raimo | 6/19/2011

    " Not to be read if you are already feeling a bit down!! Enright very effectively evokes feelings that will be familiar to anyone who's family is NOT like The Waltons. The death of a young man draws one of his sisters back to her family and to unhappy memories. This is powerful stuff. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kevin | 6/13/2011

    " Extremely hard work..still not managed to complete it after three attempts !! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eleanor | 6/8/2011

    " A large Irish family gathers in Dublin for the wake of a wayward son and brother. Without real understanding of each other they look back on three generations of the family and expose family secrets that help them understand who they are. Very interesting character development. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl | 6/6/2011

    " Overall, I didn't care for the book. The author made the narrator of the story a bit melodramatic for my taste. Veronica, the narrator of the story, was too woe is me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fan | 6/5/2011

    " It is the story of a family gathering after many years, slow but good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alvi | 5/31/2011

    " The Gathering is a daring, witty, and insightful family epic. It is a novel about love and disappointment, about how memories warp and secrets fester, and how fate is written in the body, not in the stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 5/27/2011

    " Awesome writing. Note-perfect in terms of getting inside this twitchy, imperfect narrator's head. The blurring of reality and the narrator's imaginings is also nicely done. Part of the driving force of the story is the mystery of characters slowly uncovered during the course of the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 5/27/2011

    " I can see why it won the awards but the uncomfortable atmosphere of the setting I found made for uncomfortable reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Moira | 5/21/2011

    " I felt like I was experiencing a train wreck at the beginning, which I think was the point of the Author? Could definitely relate to this book and the main character's voice....very profound! This story had great deepth for me and I truly appreciate the Author's writing style! "

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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

Terry Donnelly is a narrator and an actress who has appeared on television in Law & Order. She is the narrator of more than a dozen audiobooks, and her reading of Quentins by Maeve Binchy was a finalist in 2003 for the prestigious Audie Award in the category of Solo Narration – Female. She earned an AudioFile Earphones Award for her reading of The Gathering by Anne Enright in which she was praised for “capturing [the author’s] every subtlety.”