Extended Audio Sample

Download The Next Step in the Dance: A Novel Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Next Step in the Dance: A Novel Audiobook, by Tim Gautreaux Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (178 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tim Gautreaux Narrator: Vernel Bagneris Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2016 ISBN: 9781461810469
Regular Price: $29.99 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

Paul Thibodeaux is a handsome young man married to Colette, the most beautiful woman in the small Louisiana town where they grew up. For Paul, life is complete: a wife he loves, machines to repair, and a lively local dance hall. But Colette wants more, and when she sets off for California in search of something better, Paul follows her there and back, waiting to see if she’ll change her mind about him and about their life together. In the meantime, the oil bust of the eighties has destroyed their hometown, and Paul and Colette must salvage not only their marriage but their livelihoods. How they do this, and come to realize the importance of home and marriage, makes for a novel that is at once an adventure, a love story, and a moving portrait of a place and a culture rarely explored in contemporary fiction.

Download and start listening now!

c7pz

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 12/12/2013

    " Good characters, good pacing, great read. He's an engaging storyteller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 10/26/2013

    " A little slow to start, but by the halfway point I couldn't put it down and finished in one sitting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 7/28/2013

    " Simplier style than later novels. Good story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana Apperley | 7/8/2013

    " Enjoyed thios book, would read more by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika | 6/7/2013

    " I read this in college b/c it's set in Louisiana - where I'm from, and I loved it then. That was over 10 years ago, and I have grown much since then, in what I enjoy reading. Therefore, I have no idea if this book is good literature or not, but I greatly enjoyed the story at that time in my life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne | 5/5/2013

    " Really loved this book because the settings and characters are so familar. Love Southern Lit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvonne | 5/1/2013

    " Not often a story draws a tear to the eye. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 3/12/2013

    " An early work by an author whose work I've come to love. The characters come from a singular place in America, and their experience trying to live elsewhere is universal, as is their struggle in relationships. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aileen | 3/10/2013

    " This book is wonderful! The story keeps you interested and there is a winsome sweetness in all the characters. It's very real and a fun read, but with depth. Enjoy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Truthmonkey | 2/4/2013

    " This book was okay. I loved the patois of the minor characters, and the setting was great. But the central relationship left me a bit cold. I felt the wife was completely unsympathetic and I couldn't like the husband as much as I wanted because he went along with her craziness. Overall, average. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 9/30/2012

    " Read this in English 101, while attending Nicholls State. Very good book!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 9/24/2012

    " Fun, quick read. It made me homesick for Louisiana. Gautreaux nails the lingo, culture and people. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hank | 9/18/2012

    " I read this based on the strength of his short stories and was kind of disappointed. I think if I read this first, I would have liked it -- his short stories are just amazing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Vincent | 9/12/2012

    " A great read with a wonderful sense of place. My relatives come from southern Louisiana and the language,the close knit family ties, and isolation of the area are spot on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 5/15/2012

    " Best Gautreaux yet, don't know why I passed it up earliier, thanks to Lee for re-recommending it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 1/6/2012

    " It was a creative, entertaining book about a love that never gives up. The setting was in the bayou in Louisiana which I found very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 12/2/2011

    " A very unique plot that was engaging and memorable. This book deals with sacrificice and trade-offs, key themes for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 5/20/2011

    " A little slow to start, but by the halfway point I couldn't put it down and finished in one sitting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 5/25/2010

    " Simplier style than later novels. Good story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marginalia2 | 3/3/2010

    " Descriptive and evocative writing combine with a story propelled by an excellent narrative — "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 2/10/2010

    " A great read with a wonderful sense of place. My relatives come from southern Louisiana and the language,the close knit family ties, and isolation of the area are spot on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 1/30/2010

    " Fun, quick read. It made me homesick for Louisiana. Gautreaux nails the lingo, culture and people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 1/19/2010

    " An early work by an author whose work I've come to love. The characters come from a singular place in America, and their experience trying to live elsewhere is universal, as is their struggle in relationships. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne | 6/18/2009

    " Really loved this book because the settings and characters are so familar. Love Southern Lit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs.Sasser | 3/19/2009

    " Really great book. Loved the Louisiana setting and Cajun culture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 2/2/2009

    " Good characters, good pacing, great read. He's an engaging storyteller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/17/2009

    " Paul and Colette are married and descended from long lines of Frenchmen on Tiger Island, LA. Wonderful descriptions of the landscape, food, people, relationships, bars, and the poverty. Life lessons learned: family, home, and culture are most important.

    Couldn't put this down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tricia | 10/14/2008

    " Another brilliant book - once again giving a great snapshot of Louisianan culture/poverty with very sympathetically portrayed characterisation, lots of humour and a great story of overcoming adversity. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hank | 8/1/2008

    " I read this based on the strength of his short stories and was kind of disappointed. I think if I read this first, I would have liked it -- his short stories are just amazing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aileen | 7/23/2008

    " This book is wonderful! The story keeps you interested and there is a winsome sweetness in all the characters. It's very real and a fun read, but with depth. Enjoy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 6/17/2008

    " It was a creative, entertaining book about a love that never gives up. The setting was in the bayou in Louisiana which I found very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 2/20/2008

    " A very unique plot that was engaging and memorable. This book deals with sacrificice and trade-offs, key themes for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 9/21/2007

    " Enjoyed thios book, would read more by this author. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations