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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,728 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Curtis Sittenfeld Narrator: Susan Denaker Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In her acclaimed debut novel, Prep, Curtis Sittenfeld created a touchstone with her pitch-perfect portrayal of adolescence. Her prose is as intensely realistic and compelling as ever in The Man of My Dreams, a disarmingly candid and sympathetic novel about the collision of a young woman's fantasies of family and love with the challenges and realities of adult life.

Hannah Gavener is 14 in the summer of 1991. In the magazines she reads, celebrities plan elaborate weddings; in Hannah's own life, her parents' marriage is crumbling. And somewhere in between these two extremes, just maybe, lie the answers to love's most bewildering questions. But over the next decade and a half, as she moves from Philadelphia to Boston to Albuquerque, Hannah finds that the questions become more rather than less complicated: At what point can you no longer blame your adult failures on your messed-up childhood? Is settling for someone who's not your soul mate an act of maturity or an admission of defeat? And if you move to another state for a guy who might not love you back, are you being plucky, or just pathetic?

None of the relationships in Hannah's life are without complications. There's her father, whose stubbornness Hannah realizes she's unfortunately inherited; her gorgeous cousin, Fig, whose misbehavior alternately intrigues and irritates Hannah; Henry, whom Hannah first falls for in college, while he's dating Fig; and the boyfriends who love her more or less than she deserves, who adore her or break her heart. By the time she's in her late twenties, Hannah has finally figured out what she wants most, but she doesn't yet know whether she'll find the courage to go after it.

Full of honesty and humor, The Man of My Dreams is an unnervingly insightful and beautifully written examination of the outside forces and personal choices that make us who we are. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by carolyn | 2/12/2014

    " Ugh. I wish I could give this 2.5 stars, since the writing was better than decent. But the people were so unlikeable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Geraldine | 2/10/2014

    " I read this book under protest, because I hated "Prep" (what a letdown after all the hype, especially since I've been obsessed with boarding school since reading "A Little Princess" at age six. Plus, I secretly resent people who are not much older than I am, yet manage to write bestsellers.) However, I can't get a library card until I can prove that I live in this godforsaken state, so I bought it for three bucks. Anyway, I thought it was lightyears better than "Prep," which sold way more copies and got much more attention. The NYT described the main character as a "female Charlie Brown," which is pretty accurate in that she's a wallflower who hates herself without being at all whiny about it. I don't know, I just LIKE that in a girl! Okay, so the book was too long and the middle section dragged a lot, plus Sittenfeld bends over backwards pinning the narrator's entire personality on a crappy dad. But I thought she did a wonderful job portraying the main character's depression, anxieties, and feelings of exclusion--not particularly entertaining things to read about--and resisted the urge to chick-lit-ize the ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Christy | 1/31/2014

    " Sittenfeld has a great way of making her characters come to life, but I have found with every book that I have read by her that I really just want the women to stand up for themselves and quit being doormats! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Anya | 1/30/2014

    " The Man of My Dreams was definitely not my favorite book I have read, even though I did not finish it. I decided to abandon it because it seemed very boring to me. It was repetitive and I did not enjoy the plot of the book. Maybe if I continue reading it later on, it will get better and I will like it, but as for now, I am going to pursue a different book and stop reading this one. "

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