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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,678 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Dee Narrator: David Aaron Bake Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Smart and socially gifted, Adam and Cynthia Morey are perfect for each other.With Adam’s rising career in the world of private equity, a beautiful home in Manhattan, gorgeous children, and plenty of money, they are, by any reasonable standard, successful. But for the Moreys, their future of boundless privilege is not arriving fast enough. As Cynthia begins to drift, Adam is confronted with a choice that will test how much he is willing to risk to ensure his family’s happiness and to recapture the sense that the only acceptable life is one of infinite possibility.

The Privileges is an odyssey of a couple touched by fortune, changed by time, and guided above all else by their epic love for each other.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Privileges is verbally brilliant, intellectually astute, and intricately knowing. It is also very funny and a great, great pleasure to read. Jonathan Dee is a wonderful writer.”

    Richard Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Canada

  • “Here is an incredibly readable, intelligent, incisive portrait of a particular kind of American family. Jonathan Dee takes us inside the world of what desire for wealth can do, and cannot do, for the self, the soul, and the family. The Privileges is told with admirable conciseness and yet with great breadth, and the reader is swept along, watching the complications of such desire unfold.”

    Elizabeth Strout, New York Times bestselling author of Olive Kitteridge

  • The Privileges is an intimate portrait of a wealthy family that gradually becomes an indictment of an entire social class and historical moment, while also providing a window onto some recent, and peculiarly American, forms of decadence. Jonathan Dee is at once an acerbic social critic, an elegant stylist, and a shrewd observer of the human comedy.”

    Tom Perrotta, New York Times bestselling author of The Leftovers

  • “The subjects of money and class are seldom tackled head-on by our best literary minds, which is one of the reasons that Jonathan Dee's The Privileges is such an important and compelling work.The Privileges is a pitch-perfect evocation of a particular stratum of New York society as well as a moving meditation on family and romantic love. The tour de force first chapter alone is worth the price of admission.”

    Jay McInerney, New York  Times bestselling author of The Good Life

  • “Dee notably spurns flat portraits of greed, instead letting the characters' self-awareness and self-forgetfulness stand on their own to create an appealing portrait of a world won by risk.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A 2010 Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Book for Fiction
  • Selected for the January 2010 Indie Next List
  • A 2011 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Fiction
  • One of the 2010 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laura Jean | 2/14/2014

    " This novel is ultimately about money and modern capitalism, and what money can afford you, and what it can insulate you from (for good or bad). All of Dee's work I find easy to digest, enjoyable to read. He used close 3rd person to jump between characters, and his first chapter, where he takes an omniscient view, was an excellent example of how that can be done to great effect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brenna | 2/13/2014

    " I liked this book. Characters were really into themselves and couldn't didn't seem to need anyone else. Liked the last part when she reconnected to her dying father.....always want daddy's love even with no contact most of her life. Good character study of people who always want more and feel they are privileged in every way. Jonus tried to fight of this, but succumbed to it in the end. I think he was the one person who did relate to the world differently than the rest of the family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kate SouthernBelleSimple | 2/10/2014

    " This book was strange in that it covered a great amount of time, but felt like it rushed the reader through the story. And because it looked at the individual stories of so many of the characters, it felt chopped up at times. The author is obviously very smart, and I like how he wove other subjects into the story (the whole outsider art scene, etc.), but by the time I finished it, I couldn't really remember what book I had started reading in the first place. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joann | 1/28/2014

    " I loved this book until I got to the end. What? The book just stops without a resolution to the issues going on at the time. I was deeply disappointed. If this is a set up to a sequel, OK, but in the meantime I'm frustrated by the fact I'm left hanging on the edge of a cliff. "

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