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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,519 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen White Narrator: Susanna Burney Publisher: Listen & Live Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On the night their mother drowns, sisters Marnie and Diana Maitland discover there is more than one kind of death. There is the death of innocence, of love, and of hope. Each sister harbors a secret about that night—secrets that will erode their lives as they grow into adulthood. After ten years of silence between the sisters, Marnie is called back to the South Carolina Lowcountry by Diana’s ex-husband, Quinn. His young son has returned from a sailing trip with his emotionally unstable mother, and he is refusing to speak. In order to help the traumatized boy, Marnie must reopen old wounds and bring the darkest memories of their past to the surface. And she must confront Diana, before they all go under. Download and start listening now!

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  • “With a poignant plot that delves into the complexities and emotions of family relationships, this story is as rich as its South Carolina Lowcountry setting and filled with sympathetic, endearing characters that resonate. It’s an engaging, deeply moving story.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “Darkly engaging…Careful plotting, richly flawed characters and a surprising conclusion mark this absorbing melodrama.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In this moving novel, White explores the bond between sisters, the link between artistic genius and mental illness, and the keen hold a place can have on a person. She vividly describes the lush Lowcountry and the pull of the sea. A chilling revelation, a love story, and a bittersweet ending add to this gripping tale.”

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  • “Beautifully written and as lyrical as the tides, The Memory of Water speaks directly to the heart.”

    Susan Crandall, author of A Kiss in Winter

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary Smith | 2/15/2014

    " Mental ill mother drowns in a storm. Sister helps nephew deal with past experience "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Angela | 2/6/2014

    " White's writing style is on the dramatic side and takes a little bit of time to adjust to much like dipping your toe in the water before diving in. Her characters are well thought out and captivating. Good story line however the mystery element wavered in and out of focus with irregularity lessoning its value as part of the whole. The family relationships are full of enough depth and heart to make up for it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mililani | 2/5/2014

    " I learned that all families, unless they are open and honest with each other, can lead to years of damaging lives, if not resolved, or exposed. No secret is worth alienation. I found myself annoyed at times, with the characters holding in their real feelings. But then we wouldn't have a subject to write about. The author spoke too intimately for a young boy, I thought. Also, speaking for the male character. I can see the women speaking this way. The fact that the story is told by the different characters, was different, but not hard to follow, because it was like a narrative by 4 people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Leslie | 2/1/2014

    " I did like the book - hard subject ! "

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About the Narrator

Susanna Burney has appeared in a wide range of plays on stages in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Minneapolis, and Seattle. Her favorite roles include Hamlet, Olga in Three Sisters, Mrs. Wilcox in a stage adaptation of Howard’s End, and as the solo performer in Man to Man, for which she was named best actress of the year in the Seattle weekly, the Stranger. She received her BFA in acting from Boston University.