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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,850 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lionel Shriver Narrator: Tanya Eby Sirois Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN:
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Children's book illustrator Irina McGovern enjoys a quiet and settled life in London with her partner, fellow American expatriate Lawrence Trainer, a smart, loyal, disciplined intellectual at a prestigious think tank. To their small circle of friends, their relationship is rock solid, until the night Irina unaccountably finds herself dying to kiss another man: their old friend from South London, the stylish, extravagant, passionate top-ranking snooker player Ramsey Acton.

The decision to give in to temptation will have consequences for her career, her relationships with family and friends, and perhaps, most importantly, the texture of her daily life.

Hinging on a single kiss, this enchanting work of fiction depicts Irina's alternating futures with two men temperamentally worlds apart yet equally honorable. With which true love Irina is better off is neither obvious nor easy to determine, but Shriver's exploration of the two destinies is memorable and gripping. Poignant and deeply honest, written with the subtlety and wit that are the hallmarks of Shriver's work, The Post-Birthday World appeals to the what-if in us all. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lina | 2/10/2014

    " Terrible book. Waste of time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cassie | 2/9/2014

    " Annoying from start to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabrielle | 2/9/2014

    " Life is never perfect-- "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tiffany | 2/2/2014

    " I started this book in June and had to take a break for books that could hold my interest. I had to make myself finish it over Christmas break. It wasn't a horrible read, I just thought it was drawn-out and a little predictable in the end. Perhaps I had too high of expectations because of the interesting premise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zoe | 1/27/2014

    " The Sliding Doors-esque plot is definitely a great one to explore, and I enjoyed the characters in this book, but the dualing plots started to become way too predictable, as you could see if something didn't happen in one version of Irena's life, it would happen in the other. Lame. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gio | 1/26/2014

    " I would have rated this one more if it wasn't sooooo darn long! The author needed to shave like 150-200 pages off this book. It was long! It's a "What if" book...like Sliding Doors. Good...but could have been great...if only the author had a better editor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liska | 1/18/2014

    " I wish that the characters in this book had been more likable. Because the book was really interesting, but once I found out that I didn't like the characters, I didn't really like reading it anymore. Unfortunate, no? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kailin | 12/7/2013

    " This book is about truth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne | 12/1/2013

    " Snooker playing! No, it bores be silly but this is such an insightful story. Choices are made and their impact skillfully contrasted. A sliding doors (film) scenario. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Izzybeedesigns | 11/15/2013

    " Couldn't get through it; didn't finish. Not my favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracey Neumuth | 10/15/2013

    " hard to get into... Try SO much for that from this same author!! MuCH BETTER! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lady Di | 7/6/2013

    " Only made it half way through. The whole thing was two perspectives of an affair and they used the "f" word A LOT! TO THE TRASH! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl Pashlin | 5/29/2013

    " I found this book to be very frustrating. Each chapter is repeated from 2 different perspectives. I found it annoying and time consuming but I did like the characters and the story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda fonseca | 4/11/2013

    " This was probably one of the best books I've read in a long time. It was amazing how the author managed to intertwine the two realities, so that the characters were always true to themselves in both circumstances and the situations were consistent throughout. It was beautifully written. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erica | 1/5/2013

    " I was so disappointed with this book - I finished it, but really didn't enjoy reading it at all. All three main characters were so unlikeable and I really didn't care much about any of them. The premise was interesting, but it just fell flat in this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mia | 4/10/2012

    " Wanted to like this... intriguing premise, but it just goes on and on and on... and the characters just become more unlikeable as the novel drags on to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isabel Lara | 4/9/2012

    " Interesting structure, the symmetry between the two possible lives works, sometimes the sames words or same fragments of dialogue work to different effect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Irene Latham | 8/7/2011

    " Fantastic "what if" premise and a very honest look at love and how complicated we humans can be. I dog-eared SO MANY pages! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 6/3/2011

    " A strange and enjoyable book - very unexpected. Actually bought it to loan out instead of just reading the library one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristina | 4/30/2011

    " I really enjoyed "We need to talk about Kevin", so I immediately started on this book. I have to say I don't feel the same chemistry with the author. I want to find out what happens to the characters... just not enough to finish it. Weird. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 4/23/2011

    " Very true in it's conceit and that the grass is green in neither place when it comes to choosing another's desires over your own. Irina is sad yet a true picture of an insecure woman. I liked this novel very much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lily | 4/8/2011

    " Choose your ending. Fun. Post-feminist feminist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clare | 4/6/2011

    " Having appreciated "Kevin" pounced on this one and not disappointed. Having familiarity with life in the US and UK, was of particular interest to me and felt submerged into the snooker world in a way I wouldn't have thought possible. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meredith | 4/4/2011

    " Well - I didn't hate it, I just couldn't keep interested in it and ultimately ended up putting it down before finishing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mia | 3/27/2011

    " Wanted to like this... intriguing premise, but it just goes on and on and on... and the characters just become more unlikeable as the novel drags on to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Polly | 3/19/2011

    " I loved it. I liked the idea of following two different paths into the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Irene | 3/10/2011

    " Fantastic "what if" premise and a very honest look at love and how complicated we humans can be. I dog-eared SO MANY pages! "

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About the Author
Author Lionel Shriver

Lionel Shriver is a novelist whose books include Orange Prize winner We Need to Talk about Kevin, The Post-Birthday World, A Perfectly Good Family, Game Control, Double Fault, The Female of the Species, Checker and the Derailleurs, and Ordinary Decent Criminals. She is widely published as a journalist, writing features, columns, op-eds, and book reviews for the Guardian, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Economist, Marie Claire, and many other publications. She is frequently interviewed on television, radio, and in print media. She lives in London and Brooklyn.