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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: November 2005 ISBN: 9781594834226
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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.” 

    People

  • “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.” 

    Newsday

  • “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.” 

    Booklist

  • “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 USA Today Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

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

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Jordan | 1/26/2014

    " Anita Shreve never disappoints. Very interesting way it was written - working back in time, might have to read the beginning again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/25/2014

    " I couldn't understand where this book was going, and when I found out (on the last page) I was so disappointed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Terry | 1/24/2014

    " So disappointed -- very slow book but kept with it thinking it would get better. The ending is awful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda | 1/22/2014

    " Reverse chronology wasn't a necessary element of the story for me, and though it started a bit slow, the book was hard to put down by the time the Africa storyline developed. Great imagery! Surprise ending made me literally gasp, and that hasn't happened in awhile. Worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/15/2014

    " An absolutely amazing book! One of my all time favorites. A twist at the end had me re-reading portions of it again immediately after finishing it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ana Paula | 1/13/2014

    " i loved this story ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 1/7/2014

    " This book is a good love story with a surprise ending. I won't spoil it here...made me bawl my head off. "

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

    " I really did not like this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 12/11/2013

    " Be sure to read the 'Weight of Water' first! "

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

    " I stayed up all night and read this book in one sitting. For some reason it resonated with me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassey | 12/3/2013

    " Really good....but I could almost read it again...to make more sense of the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Wilson | 12/1/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book right up until the end. I felt "tricked". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mackenzie | 8/23/2013

    " Kind of slow in the middle, but interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Perrin | 5/31/2013

    " Hmm..what to say. I was engrossed. Then perplexed. A Jodi Picoult twist. Didn't need it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 4/12/2013

    " This book hit a real romantic spot with me seven years ago; I'm thinking of re-reading to find if it still generates the same appeal since I am not a fan of her other novels. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Missy Atkin | 2/10/2013

    " I liked this book until the very last page. Then I was just angry that I'd wasted my time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy Anderson | 8/19/2012

    " did not care for the subject matter of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Quinna Yergensen | 6/25/2012

    " This is my favorite novel by Anita Shreve. This a book I will read again every few years. I just LOVE it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 2/2/2012

    " I was disappointed in the ending of this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashleigh | 1/24/2012

    " Wow! Loved this book--the first book I read by Anita Shreve and definitely not my last. Hope this one didn't ruin me for her other ones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yonah | 11/9/2011

    " Interesting tale, with some unique twists in time. Some great cultural information weaved into the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 10/12/2011

    " I love that her plots are never predictable and always make you think. Her writing style is beautiful; this was a heart-wrenching story with many thought provoking themes. Unfortunately, not a happy ending...I want her to write one that ends happily!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 10/9/2011

    " Not as great as Sea Glass, but you can't stop reading about the former lovers, both writers, who rediscover each other after many years. Sometimes feels a little bit romance novel, but Shreve rescues it from that. "

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

    " It was a very interesting read, and I love how Shreve ended the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 6/26/2011

    " The ending came as a complete shock, yet looking back I could see how it had been slightly and cleverly forshadowed. Great what-if-to-the-second-power kind of book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/23/2011

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this. I love Shreve's style, characterization, and general way with words. I especially love how the book is filled with . It pulled at my emotions and left me thinking about it well after I put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 6/20/2011

    " Man and Woman Share a Lifelong Passion for Each Other Even Tho They Only Meet 3x in Their Lives. I was totally shocked by the ending. Did not see it coming at all.

    My rating: 3.5 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 6/14/2011

    " I love Anita Shreve. Every book just grabs you and makes it impossible to put down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue | 6/13/2011

    " What the eff, Anita? All that I went through reading the book and that last page, was, God, can't say it, but, damn, man! Not fair! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassie | 6/8/2011

    " A lovely read with unexpected twists. "

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

    " Ok. Interesting how she wove their lives together. Didn't realize it was an extension of The Weight of Water. Her books seem dreary and always have so much loss. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Misty | 6/1/2011

    " It was ok. It kept me reading, and yes the ending was a bit of a shocker, but I didn't really like the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 5/31/2011

    " I stayed up all night and read this book in one sitting. For some reason it resonated with me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 5/19/2011

    " The start of the book almost made me stop reading. I am glad I decided to keep going. It was a very good book, with an ending that will make it worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 5/12/2011

    " Loved the writing style - thought it was beautiful. This is one that will probably make me think about it for some time to come. I would give it 3.5 stars if that was possible on Goodreads. Who knows, might change my mind after a bit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 5/12/2011

    " An amazing story -- A gripping tale from start to its surprising finish! "

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

    " Just finished it. All I can say is my jaw is still on the floor after reading the last page. It wasn't a page turner for me, but was shocked by the ending...good book club pick. Can't wait to discuss! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 5/10/2011

    " Follow up book to The weight of water. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Blair Brown is a Tony Award–winning actor. Her best known role is Nina Sharp from the television series Fringe. She prepares for recording audiobooks the same way she does for her other roles: by reading the text three times.