The Matchmaker: A Novel Audiobook, by Elin Hilderbrand Play Audiobook Sample

The Matchmaker: A Novel Audiobook

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Read By: Erin Bennett Publisher: Little, Brown & Company Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 8.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: June 2014 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781478952442

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

60

Longest Chapter Length:

92:30 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

11 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

12:29 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

37

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Publisher Description

In this moving story about losing and finding love again, a woman sets out to find the perfect matches for those closest to her.



Forty-eight-year-old Nantucketer Dabney Kimball Beech has always had a gift for matchmaking. Some call her ability mystical, while others, her husband, celebrated economist John Boxmiller Beech, and her daughter, Agnes, who is clearly engaged to the wrong man, call it meddlesome. But there's no arguing with her results: With 42 happy couples to her credit and all of them still together, Dabney has never been wrong about romance.

Never, that is, except in the case of herself and Clendenin Hughes, the green-eyed boy who took her heart with him long ago when he left the island to pursue his dream of becoming a journalist. Now, after spending twenty-seven years on the other side of the world, Clen is back on Nantucket, and Dabney has never felt so confused, or so alive.

But when tragedy threatens her own second chance, Dabney must face the choices she's made and share painful secrets with her family. Determined to make use of her gift before it's too late, she sets out to find perfect matches for those she loves most.

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“Hilderbrand’s latest is surprisingly bewitching. Readers will be seduced and will feel their hearts pounding after reading the first few pages of this intriguing and bittersweet love story. Dabney’s journey to finding her own true love is full of the trials and tribulations one faces when trying to do what’s right versus what truly makes one happy. Readers are bound to remember this novel long after finishing it, and may require a box of tissues to cope with the story’s end.”

— RT Book Reviews (4½ gold stars, Top Pick) 

Quotes

  • “Hilderbrand’s charming, poignant thirteenth novel chronicles what happens after a woman’s true love returns to her twenty-seven years after they’ve agreed to no longer be in touch…Hilderbrand’s narrative is thoroughly readable, with likable heroes and believably despicable antagonists…An engaging read.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “Hilderbrand has crafted another of her delectable beach reads, complete with a fairy-tale romance. And her depiction of a perfect Nantucket summer day will have readers inhaling a plate of Kumomoto oysters and downing a cold glass of good white Bordeaux right along with Dabney. Delicious.”

    — Booklist
  • Hilderbrand's surprisingly original take on the wedding disaster novel...A wedding readers won't be able to resist crashing.

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • Hilderbrand's latest is the perfect beach read....[her] straightforward style pulls the reader into the minds of her characters, and all the secrets and sorrows that create the universal messiness of major family events.

    — Publishers Weekly
  • Summerland is as readable as any beach book, but with a much bigger heart.

    — Boston Globe
  • The Queen of the Summer Novel...Hilderbrand blends real-life issues - depression, teen alcoholism, bullying - with her signature soapy twists and illicit romances.

    — Joanna Powell, People
  • Hilderbrand has once again written an engaging story wonderfully illustrating the often complex lives of young people struggling toward adulthood.

    — Booklist
  • A sensitive glimpse into the lives of damaged people groping their way toward healing.

    — Kirkus Reviews

Awards

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller
  • A Washington Post bestseller
  • An iTunes Top Seller
  • An NPR bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly bestseller
  • Barnes & Noble's Biggest Books, June 2014
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A June 2014 LibraryReads Pick

The Matchmaker Listener Reviews

Overall Performance: 4.66666666666667 out of 54.66666666666667 out of 54.66666666666667 out of 54.66666666666667 out of 54.66666666666667 out of 5 (4.67)
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Narration: 4.66666666666667 out of 54.66666666666667 out of 54.66666666666667 out of 54.66666666666667 out of 54.66666666666667 out of 5 (4.67)
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Story: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 (4.00)
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4 Stars: 3
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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    — Cozy, 10/11/2023
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    — Nickey Braly, 9/17/2022
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Narration Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Story Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    — Gabriela Torres-Tapia, 5/14/2020

About Elin Hilderbrand

Elin Hilderbrand is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including the Nantucket series, the Winter series, and over a dozen stand-alone novels, as well as two novellas. Her book Barefoot was a finalist for the 2008 Romantic Novel of the Year Award.

About Erin Bennett

Erin Bennett is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and a stage actress who played Carlie Roberts in the BBC radio drama Torchwood: Submission. She can be heard on several video games. Regional theater appearances include the Intiman, Pasadena Playhouse, Arizona Theatre Company, A Noise Within, Laguna Playhouse, and the Getty Villa. She trained at Boston University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.