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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Nichols Narrator: Steve West Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2015 ISBN: 9780698402317
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A romantic page-turner propelled by the sixty-year secret that has shaped two families, four lovers, and one seaside resort community.

Set against dramatic Mediterranean Sea views and lush olive groves, The Rocks opens with a confrontation and a secret: What was the mysterious, catastrophic event that drove two honeymooners apart so suddenly and absolutely in 1948 that they never spoke again despite living on the same island for sixty more years? And how did their history shape the Romeo and Juliet–like romance of their (unrelated) children decades later? Centered around a popular seaside resort club and its community, The Rocks is a double love story that begins with a mystery, then moves backward in time, era by era, to unravel what really happened decades earlier.

Peter Nichols writes with a pervading, soulful wisdom and self-knowing humor, and captures perfectly this world of glamorous, complicated, misbehaving types with all their sophisticated flaws and genuine longing. The result is a bittersweet, intelligent, and romantic novel about how powerful the perceived truth can be—as a bond, and as a barrier—even if it’s not really the whole story; and how one misunderstanding can echo irreparably through decades. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “The Rocks is a tragic double romance, told in reverse, primarily set on Mallorca…Nichols has a firm grasp of the chronology and a clear sense of control over the novel’s trajectory and purpose: to illuminate the wreckage of romantic love and the end of a marriage and, finally, to reveal the mystery at the heart of its death.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Glamorous…A riveting mystery and a decades-long love story.”

    Travel & Leisure

  • “[With its] cinematic setting, lovably flawed characters ,and dry wit, [The Rocks is] a literary love story and captivating family saga.”


  • “Sixty years of misunderstandings, swindles, and star-crossed lovers fill the pages of this captivating debut, a seaside saga that’s perfect for summer reading…As the years leading up to this calamity are chronicled in reverse order, Nichols shows the literary chops that make this sea-swept story more than a guilty pleasure.”


  • “Steve West narrates in sonorous…tones, subtly shifting accents from Spanish to French, British, and Eastern European.”


  • A BookPage Top Pick in June 2015 for Literary Fiction
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About the Author

Peter Nichols is the author of the international bestsellers A Voyage for MadmenEvolution’s Captain and three other books of fiction, memoir, and non-fiction. He spent ten years at sea working as a professional captain and has taught creative writing at Georgetown University. NYU in Paris, and Bowdoin College. He divides his time between Europe and the United States.

About the Narrator

Steve West, the winner of multiple Audiofile Earphones Awards for narration, is an actor of international standing. He is known for his appearances on London’s West End Stage in Mamma Mia!, contemporary plays, and Shakespearean classics. He has appeared in Hollywood movies and on television screens in the United States and the United Kingdom and performed for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. His work has also been screened at the Cannes International Film Festival.