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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (356 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Emily St. John Mandel Narrator: Morgan Hallett Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781464044977
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Canadian-born author Emily St. John Mandel established herself as a talent to watch with the release of Last Night in Montreal, a finalist for ForeWord magazine’s Book of the Year Award. Here Mandel crafts an intricate tale about love, loss, and the consequences of seemingly mundane actions. After being fired from his job, New York journalist Gavin Sasaki reluctantly returns to his hometown of Sebastian, Florida. There Gavin’s world is turned upside down when he learns that his high school girlfriend—who went missing 10 years earlier— had a daughter.n Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The mystery surrounding the two percolates with suspense—the friends are hiding something—but the most interesting aspect of Ms. St. John Mandel’s novel, her third, is how aggressively unglamorous it is, starting with Gavin himself. But he’s hardly the only one with a “fallen-down life” in a world of weed-fringed cul-de-sacs, 7-Elevens and ‘Cinnabon-scented’ mall air.”

    New York Times

  • “The book, like its brilliant predecessor, The Singer’s Gun, virtually trumpets its author’s talents: her charismatic verbal grace and acuity, the rich atmosphere she creates, and the thoughtful way she tries to tease meaning out of the collateral damage her characters, in screwing up, have wrought.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A remarkable morality play. Perhaps all novelists can be said to wrestle with morality; Mandel seems to wrestle with it at greater length and in greater depth than most novelists, a statement that applies to her previous novels, Last Night in Montreal and The Singer’s Gun….Reared in the Canadian province of British Columbia, a student of dance in Toronto and eventually a resident of Brooklyn, Mandel gained insights into human nature that promise more first-rate fiction.” 

    Dallas Morning News

  • “Mandel strikes a confident chord in her third novel…The author again melds mystery plotting with literary techniques like shifting points-of-view, resulting in both sophistication and suspense…Mandel’s novel excels as a character study that considers the slow degradation of hopes, dreams, and expectations of people who are only in their late twenties but already feel ancient.”

    Publisher's Weekly

  • Selected for the May 2012 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 2/18/2014

    " This book as okay. Most of the characters were horrible. Horrible people, especially Anna. But I was intrigued by the story and wanted to know what happened in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Henrich | 2/12/2014

    " This is a story about the person someone wants to be, and how they fall short, and it is told in a gripping fashion with interesting, complex characters. It is a page turner, and it has substance, which is a rare quality in a book. "

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

    " This is the third published novel for Emily St. John Mandel from British Columbia, Canada. She has chosen the southern city of Sebastian, Florida as setting for a story of disappointment and poor choices. The main characters were in a quartet in high school when music was an important part of their lives. We follow the character, especially Gavin Sasaki, who after graduating from college, moved to New York and fulfilled his dream of being a reporter on the New York Star. We find him after his fiance Karen ahsd left him and he lives alone in the apartment where he realizes he knows nothing about the day to day maintance of the place. There is a hot water drip in the sink that finally escalates to the point where is existing in a viritual jungle atmosphere. Next, he forgets to write down the name of people he interviews and resorts to making up names for quotes in his articles. Finally, he is asked to return to his hometown and do an investigation on monitors and pythons living in the area. He is fired from the Star and his sister Eilo buys a ticket for him to fly home and stay with her. The sister works in mortgaged homes in the process of bankruptcy and sees a girl who bears a striking resemblance to her when she was younger. She snaps a picture that brings about the inciting force for all that follows, reuniting the high-school graduates. "

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

    " quite enjoyable, quick read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ginny Pennekamp | 1/18/2014

    " Sometimes... you read a book, and you recognize that it's a train wreck and yet... you can't turn away. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Red | 12/9/2013

    " I especially liked the pensive quality of the storytelling, the domino effect of unintended consequences, and the slow unveiling of secrets through varying points of view and flashbacks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 12/1/2013

    " A fast paced read about four high school musician friends and what turns their lives take based on what happened in high school and shortly thereafter. Good writing, good characterizations. Does not end how I had anticipated. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine Flemming | 11/15/2013

    " Just OK. The story wasn't believable, really. I also didn't like the ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christie | 11/14/2013

    " Not bad enough to abandon, but not good enough to pick up. I decided I liked the plot well enough, but I hated the characters. They were poorly motivated. There was nothing liable about them, and I didn't care if they did the right thing or the wrong thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 10/23/2013

    " 3.5. Not as good as her other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Wolverton | 10/23/2013

    " I always enjoy Mandel's novels--there's something about her writing style. A nicely-crafted book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 10/4/2013

    " Great book-an Indie pick, I'm glad I read it. A bit unusual and a little dark- Its about four old high school friends and how one bad decision reverberates through their young adult lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Serendipitous | 9/27/2013

    " read this over the last 2 days, very interesting, I was very intrigued "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 6/10/2013

    " This was a let down. I wanted there to be more to the plot, but there just wasn't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 PM | 3/8/2013

    " A coming of age story for several characters. It gives glimpses into the problems they face and the life altering decisions they make. And, finally, the paths they must travel as a result of those decisions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick Cato | 9/21/2012

    " (review coming soon) "

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