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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (43,622 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sue Monk Kidd Narrator: Eliza Foss Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2004 ISBN: 9780786553365
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Sue Monk Kidd's stunning debut, The Secret Life of Bees, became a bestselling phenomenon and a modern classic. Now, in her luminous new novel, Kidd has woven a tale that will cement her reputation as one of the most remarkable writers at work today.

Inside the church of a Benedictine monastery on tiny Egret Island, just off the coast of South Carolina, resides a mysterious chair carved with mermaids and dedicated to a saint who, legend claims, was a mermaid before her conversion.

When Jessie is summoned home to the island to cope with her mother's inexplicable act of violence, she is living with her husband, Hugh. Jessie loves Hugh, but she finds herself drawn to Brother Thomas, a monk who is soon to take his final vows.

Is the power of the mermaid chair only a myth? Or will it alter the course of Jessie's life? What transpires will unlock the roots of her mother's tormented past and it will allow Jessie to make a marriage unto herself.

The Mermaid Chair is a vividly imagined novel about the passions of the spirit and the ecstasies of the body. It illuminates the awakening of a woman to her own deepest self with a brilliance and power that only a writer of Kidd's ability could conjure.                                          

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra Guzman | 2/17/2014

    " Loved this book. Short chapters and loved her writing. She also had some challenging vocabulary words which I loved! Awesome read :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Llyn Carter | 1/31/2014

    " not nearly as good as The Secret Life of Bees "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deb | 1/17/2014

    " I really enjoyed The Secret Life of Bees and looked forward to The Mermaid Chair. What a disappointment. Nothing much about this story worked for me. I didn't like the writing, nor did I care for the characters. The word contrived comes to mind when thinking about the story, the ending in particular. A pathetic follow up to Bees. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cbrion | 1/15/2014

    " Well written and entertaining. Read it on the beach on vacation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamara | 1/14/2014

    " Jessie's story of rediscovering herself and the people in her life fit so perfectly into the background of a small island. I loved that she had to go home and find acceptance there and let go of her past in order to embrace her future. And just like life, it was messy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Casey Bowers | 1/11/2014

    " Wow. What a journey. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 1/11/2014

    " A little slow-moving and a theme that's been done many times before. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy Maples | 1/4/2014

    " Didn't love this one nearly as much as Bees. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 12/28/2013

    " I honestly expected more from this authoer, as I thought she did a great job with 'The Secret Life of Bees.' I felt like this was more of a 'beach read,' but it was still an enjoyable book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela Lintner | 11/9/2013

    " I love the author's use of language and she writes beautifully. I just couldn't love this story. I loved the women of the island and would much have preferred their story to the one being told. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debra Shapiro | 11/9/2013

    " Disappointing after Secret Life of Bees! Choppy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gabrielle | 10/14/2013

    " Like "The Secret Lives of Bees" in the powerful relationships between women and description of place. A good summer romance, but it didn't transcend that genre for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Ayala | 8/25/2013

    " A very good story of facing one's past in order to fully live in the present. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenna | 6/21/2013

    " Great story, I liked the spiritual/psychological/physical aspects! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sabra | 4/9/2013

    " Was annoyed at all the uneccessary drama, but still unable to put book down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kayla Anderson | 4/1/2013

    " I think I liked this much better than a lot of people. I enjoy this author and enjoyed the plot (though it started slow). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vanessa | 10/1/2012

    " Interesting story, but nowhere as good as The Secret Life of Bees. I like her writing style and characters, easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lis | 8/27/2012

    " The Mermaid Chair improved as it went along and I enjoyed the way the truth was revealed and liked the character of Nelle. The questions for reading group discussions in my copy added a depth to the tale but I found a lot of it quite unbelieveable. Definitely a holiday/beach read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 7/7/2012

    " I usually like Sue Monk Kidd books but I didn't like the premise of this one. A middle aged woman who leaves her husband to care for her mentally unstable mother only to have an affair with a monk. Rather far fetched, don't you think? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tilynn Wakefield | 5/24/2012

    " Not as good as Secret Life of Bees "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dmahon | 1/26/2012

    " I was severely disappointed in what could have been a great story if the characters, plot, well, frankly everything, had been more completely thought out and developed so that the reader could buy in to the story. I kept reading hoping for a revelation, a spark...but nothing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patty | 1/23/2012

    " Awful! I loved The Secret Lives of Bees, so I thought I would like this. The story was implausible (she falls in love with a monk?!) and predictable and I thought the main character was selfish and whiny. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joanna | 12/8/2011

    " Nicely written, well constructed etc but rather dull. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 10/2/2011

    " I was in Italy when I read my first novel by Sue Monk Kidd. It was nice to get a bit of home from this love story set in my home-state of South Carolina. The mixture of Southern Catholic traditions and folklore added an appealing dimension to the plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 5/17/2011

    " It took me a few chapters to get hooked into the story but then I read the second half in one go! It was a very poignant story which brang tears to my eyes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allison | 5/16/2011

    " Did she really have to have an affair to find herself? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crestina | 5/16/2011

    " An excellent read. Makes me think of home and all... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 5/16/2011

    " Really enjoyed the author's descriptions of this book's setting: the Carolina barrier islands that I explored a little bit last summer. Also learned a bit more about the Gullah culture. The story line was a little predictable,though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andi | 5/14/2011

    " I really liked and enjoyed this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 4/27/2011

    " Great Book! Good story, although I wasn't a fan of the affair. I couldn't put it down. "

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