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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,887 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anita Shreve Narrator: Blair Brown Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Here is a dazzling story about marriage, forgiveness, and chances not taken by the bestselling author of Body Surfing and A Wedding in December.

While at a literary festival, poet Linda Fallon happens across a man she hasn’t seen in thirty-five years, fellow poet Thomas Janes, whose fame has grown during a decade of seclusion. But this is no chance meeting. Thomas knew Linda was scheduled to appear, and he chose this moment to reestablish contact with a woman he had passionately pursued years earlier. Their affair was disastrous for them both, a turning point in their lives, and the damage they caused still haunts them both.

The Last Time They Met moves backward in time from Linda at age fifty-two to explore her life years earlier, at age twenty-six and, still earlier, at seventeen, when a chance encounter on a rocky beach bound her and Thomas fatefully together. Anita Shreve examines the extraordinary resonance a single choice, even a single word, can have over the course of a lifetime.

This hypnotically compelling novel is a tale of intense passion, drama, and suspense.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A flat-out, can’t-put-it-down page-turner…A riveting story that teases and confounds.”  

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A poignant novel…So astonishingly well constructed that when you’re finished you’ll want to reread it all at once.” 


  • “Compelling…Shreve can render her character’s dark interiors with a tenderness void of judgement, thereby capturing the essential frailty of the human condition…Riveting.” 

    Boston Globe

  • “A fluid weave of past and present, subtly mounting suspense, an unabashed insistence on the primacy of love.” 


  • “Shreve…meticulously interweaves past and present with total credibility. Her fluid narrative perfectly mirrors her protagonists’ evolving temperaments and viewpoints, while her overall restraint serves to intensify the novel’s devastating conclusion.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • The Last Time They Met is yet another example of the kind of book Shreve does best—one that’s as skillfully plotted as a thriller, but with writing that lingers long after the last plot twist is unfurled. No matter whether people actually have affairs like these. Reading this book only makes you wish that they did.” 

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “A worthy, readable novel that reaches its conclusion all in good time.” 


  • “The tragic relationship of these two connected souls will stick with you for days. Oprah-pick Shreve does it again with this achingly emotional novel. Stock up.” 

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Claudia | 2/12/2014

    " I read this book over a month and a half - I didn't have much time for reading - but doing this made me become more attached to the characters, and Anita Shreve broke my heart in the ending.....But wow, is this book wonderful. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Malan | 2/5/2014

    " I was so disappointed in the ending. I would have given this book at least 2 stars until I read the end, now I wish there was a way I could give it 1/2 star. It was awful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Aimee | 2/2/2014

    " She's a good witer but this was confusing and had a terrible and unsatisfying ending "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kirby | 1/31/2014

    " very clever plot-line and ridiculously romantic, with a twist. :) "

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About the Author
Author Anita Shreve

Anita Shreve is the acclaimed author of more than a dozen novels, including Rescue; A Change in AltitudeTestimonyThe Pilot’s Wife, which was a selection of Oprah’s Book Club; and The Weight of Water, which was a finalist for England’s Orange Prize. She lives in Massachusetts.