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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (312 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Regina McBride Narrator: Terry Donnelly Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2004 ISBN:
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Award-winning poet Regina McBride enters the realm of fiction with her stunning coming-of-age novel, The Nature of Water and Air. Flowing with lyrical prose and Irish myth, this mesmerizing story is permeated by a beautiful, romantic sadness.

Young Clodagh Sheehy's life is surrounded by mysteries. Her mother Agatha is a tinker woman who had appeared, seemingly out of nowhere, to gain the affections of the affluent man who becomes Clodagh's father. After his death, mother and daughter are sent to an aging, sea-sprayed estate on the Western coast of Ireland. After her mother's suicide, orphaned Clodagh begins a harsh journey into womanhood. In time, she will discover the truth about her mother and be forced to make a vital decision.

When paired with narrator Terry Donnelly's captivating accents and thoughtful inflection, McBride's sensitive tale will resonate in listeners' minds long after its enchanting conclusion.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 2/14/2014

    " So far it has my interest. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Debi Levins | 2/8/2014

    " YUK...why do authors think incest is something fundamentally interesting? Especially a writer who has so much potential and a gift with language? Had I known the subject of the book, I'd have NEVER bought it, much less read it. DON'T BOTHER. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 2/8/2014

    " This was a somewhat disturbing but haunting story. The subject matter was dark ... the characters were dark ... but the writing style was beautiful and made you forget how troubling the plot was. The Nature of Water and Air is not for everyone but I found it fascinating since it was a part of Ireland I didn't know existed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shana | 2/2/2014

    " Not sure what to say about this book...it was extremely well written given the dark and disturbing story that was told. The story was sad and haunting woven with Irish myth, forbidden love, and family mystery. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jamie Bryson | 1/29/2014

    " Absolutely repulsive. The author has skills, it's just too bad she took such a dark road...she could have taken this story a million different ways...I really enjoyed her writing skills just not the story~ if that makes any sense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 1/10/2014

    " Beautiful descriptions of the setting in Ireland. Kind of haunting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanie | 12/30/2013

    " An Irish tale of a dysfunctional family involving tinkers. Somewhat poetic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen Maclennan | 12/24/2013

    " Some mystic to this book. Ending unexpected . Would recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mairi | 12/18/2013

    " Terribly sad, beautifully crafted story. Regina McBride will tear your heart out and make you thank her for it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miriam | 12/3/2013

    " Beautiful writing. Intense story, McBride draws you into her world completely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bess | 11/24/2013

    " Wow. The language and symbolism are beautiful, and the story is intense. I don't want to ruin it, but there were two things that happened at the very end that made me like the book a little less. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merry | 9/30/2013

    " Fascinating, obscure novel about Irish Travellers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melisa | 5/7/2013

    " I'm really enjoying this one so far. I've heard good and bad things about this book - not a spoiler per se - but I have heard that there is something very "shocking" that happens. I'm intrigued. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Micaelyn | 4/8/2013

    " I thought it was beautifully written, but certain aspects were...uncomfortable. Be prepared for a female rendition of Oedipus Rex. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 12/17/2012

    " Very well written. However, it was dark and foreboding from the beginning, and the end became so twisted and nauseating that I nearly couldn't stomach finishing it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fergie | 12/12/2012

    " I found myself enjoying this book at times. However, its darkness overshadowed the story. The darkest revelations were saved for the last with little redemption. As a result, I would only rate this as a fair read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacq Jardin | 11/11/2012

    " I'm probably never gonna finish reading this book. Lost my copy yesterday. From where I stopped reading though, it looked like the story was headed to a dark ending. I'm moving on to the next book on my list. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 9/20/2012

    " McBride certainly has a way with words. I loved so many of the phrases in this one and thought the character development was terrific. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 6/16/2012

    " I wholeheartedly agree with everything Sidhe said in her review. I was hooked from the start - it especially helped that I was traveling through Ireland at the time - and then the ending was such a disappointment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 1/23/2012

    " This book was full of pain and beauty. It made my heart ache. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cindy | 1/12/2012

    " What a waste of time. Seemed promising. Tinkers and selkies in Ireland. Begins sliding downhill with the mother's suicide and ends up with incest. The back of the book says "delightful, lyrical and beautifully sad." Pleeese! The author did not have to sink this low to write a meaningful story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 4/21/2011

    " McBride mesmerizes one with her outside the box Oedipus-like story. The background of Ireland is told in fascinating prose. A good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 3/29/2011

    " I enjoyed the book at the time I read it, but I found it has come back to haunt me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nell | 3/12/2011

    " I loved it. But not for those with very conservative views or who might be easily offended. Looks like people either loved it or hated it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merry | 2/16/2011

    " Fascinating, obscure novel about Irish Travellers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 2/7/2011

    " I loved the visuals this book evoked - even though I kept thinking it was set in the 50s, even though it's the late 70s, there's little evidence for that. Plot didn't hold me, and left me turned off and annoyed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyssa | 8/8/2010

    " One of the more intriguing books I've ever read. Touchy subject matter, but what I rally liked about it was that I never could guess ahead of time where the author was going with something and something always surprised me. Definitely not predictable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jamie | 7/28/2010

    " Absolutely repulsive. The author has skills, it's just too bad she took such a dark road...she could have taken this story a million different ways...I really enjoyed her writing skills just not the story~ if that makes any sense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 5/9/2010

    " This book was full of pain and beauty. It made my heart ache. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miriam | 3/11/2010

    " Beautiful writing. Intense story, McBride draws you into her world completely. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanie | 1/3/2010

    " An Irish tale of a dysfunctional family involving tinkers. Somewhat poetic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 11/16/2009

    " I found myself enjoying this book at times. However, its darkness overshadowed the story. The darkest revelations were saved for the last with little redemption. As a result, I would only rate this as a fair read. "

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About the Author
Author Regina McBride

Regina McBride is the author of The Nature of Water and Air and The Land of Women and recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

About the Narrator

Terry Donnelly is a narrator and an actress who has appeared on television in Law & Order. She is the narrator of more than a dozen audiobooks, and her reading of Quentins by Maeve Binchy was a finalist in 2003 for the prestigious Audie Award in the category of Solo Narration – Female. She earned an AudioFile Earphones Award for her reading of The Gathering by Anne Enright in which she was praised for “capturing [the author’s] every subtlety.”