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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,400 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jenna Blum Narrator: Celeste Ciulla Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9781449836580
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New York Times bestselling author Jenna Blum is a master storyteller, who delivers brilliant insight into the depths of human emotion. In this powerful and provocative novel, Blum explores the dark and mysterious link that connects twins Charles and Karena—and how far one will go to protect the other. Karena Jorge has kept a watchful eye on her brother Charles since they were teens. But when he stops taking his medicine and his bipolar disorder worsens, she’s torn between respecting her brother’s choices and fearing for his life. Obsessed with the untamed energy of storms that mirror his own impulses, Charles begins chasing violent thunderstorms and tornadoes. As his behavior grows increasingly erratic, a terrifying chase with Karena turns deadly—tearing the twins apart and changing their lives forever. As Blum’s well-drawn characters journey from despair to hope, Celeste Ciulla’s pitch-perfect narration inexorably draws listeners into the swirling vortex of this compelling tale. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The unpredictable and dangerous storms provide a framework for an exploration of the bond between siblings (and its limitations), and Blum renders the stormy backdrop as richly as she does her nuanced characters.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The outer landscape of Tornado Alley and the inner terrain of sibling devotion are brought vividly to life in Jenna Blum’s new novel, a powerful story that reminds us that love is always a pursuit—one that demands, over and over again, that we put ourselves in harm’s way.”

    Stephanie Kallos, author of Broken for You and Sing Them Home

  • “I could not put down Jenna Blum’s tornado of a novel about the secrets we keep from even those we love the most. Her heroine, Karena, is a fearless and fascinating companion on one hell of a ride.”

    Amanda Eyre Ward, author of How to Be Lost and Love Stories in This Town

  • “A somber, effective portrait of twins [and] a meticulous portrait of bipolar disorder and the heartbreaking damage it does to those it affects…Beautifully rendered…A strong second novel.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenni VanDeVoorde | 2/10/2014

    " This book divides into 3 different sections. The first section was compelling and impossible to put down; the last two sections didn't quite match the level of the beginning but were still good. I enjoyed this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/28/2014

    " It was an ok book, a far cry quality-wise from her first book, Those Who Save Us. I realized halfway through I have a lack of an interest whatsoever in storms and the like! The author goes into great detail about the progress of storms and what it is like when in close proximity to a major storm (tornado, etc.). The main character is determined to find her bipolar twin brother whom she hasn't seen in 20 years. There are many parallels made between storms and the brain/behavior of a bipolar person, some of them more effective than others. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kris | 1/19/2014

    " I wanted to like this book, but I got about halfway and felt bored. I listened to this in the car, and I didn't like the reader, so maybe that's part of the problem. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 1/12/2014

    " I've always been fascinated with severe weather and this book was a pretty good peek into storm chasing. The main characters, who are twins, were interesting. One has bi-polar disorder and one picks up the pieces of the aftermath. The story is fairly well-written. I'm not sure I know of a better way to teach/inform readers other than having a strategically-placed character schooling the heroine at the same time. If you are at all interested in learning about the form and structure of tornadoes, and stories about family relationships draw you, then I would recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/10/2014

    " Very good novel. Draws you in and keeps you there until its ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claudia Mundell | 1/9/2014

    " Wasn't sure I wanted to delve into tornados and storms, but I knew the author was a good writer so I gave it a chance. Fast and informative read. Deals with both stormchasers and with bipolar disease. Has lots to consider on the pages...is a good read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Hodges Young | 1/8/2014

    " The book is about twins, one of which is bi-polar and how it effects them and their families lives. Karena goes looking for her brother Charles who she has not seen in twenty years. In order to find him she joins a group who are professional stormchasers. The writing is so good that I found myself feeling like I was in the car while they are chasing the storms. The story is good, the people real and believable. You feel sorry for Karena as well as wonder what the heck she is doing and I liked her even at her worst. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 1/3/2014

    " Decent read, with fair depiction of a families struggle with bipolar. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jo | 12/27/2013

    " Her other book was great this one not so much "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lea | 11/7/2013

    " This was a good read but for some reason I found it almost tedious going - I was never bored or anything but it was a bit of a slog. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene Schneiker scallon | 11/4/2013

    " It was good, but not nearly as good as Those Who Save Us." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 4/6/2013

    " Reading this made me want to see the Midwest ... and how many books can you say that about? The setting details and descriptions of the storms' power are amazingly vivid, and I loved the twins' relationship and the gradual unfolding of the tragedy that both bonds them and separates them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 3/23/2013

    " Excellent book! A lot more suspenseful than I expected. There were times when I couldn't stop reading in anticipation of what was going to happen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 10/11/2012

    " I really liked this book, it was a great vacation read and reminded me a lot of Twister only with some added mental health issues thrown in for flavor! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene Corcoran | 9/21/2012

    " mental illness and twisters doesn't get much better oh and a love story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 8/8/2012

    " Interesting story, fascinating to learn about twins. Profound how a family has to live with mental illness - Charles is bi polar. Karena is obsessed with finding him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geno | 5/12/2012

    " Her first book I rated a five. This book has a good story line but I felt it moved a little too slowly for my interest. JB was much more descriptive in this book in places I did not feel necessary. Regardless, still a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 2/6/2012

    " Not nearly as good as Those Who Save Us, but an enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 5/11/2011

    " Enjoyable and different. It got me hooked on the author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 3/29/2011

    " Two themes in book: informative depiction of tornados/violent weather and those who chase these storms and the destructive/sad ramifications of bipolar disorder (Charles) particulary on his identical twin sister (Karena). In the end the two plots merge nicely. Educational and hard to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Clemons-Porter | 12/18/2010

    " I couldn't put it down. A really interesting view of mental illness and its affect on everyone in a family, and the storms weren't half bad either! "

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About the Author
Author Jenna Blum

Jenna Blum is the New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers. She has been writing professionally since she was sixteen, when her short story “The Legacy of Frank Finklestein” won Seventeen magazine’s national fiction contest. She earned her BA from Kenyon College and her MA from Boston University. 

About the Narrator

Celeste Ciulla is an accomplished actress and voice-over artist based in New York City. For her stage performances, she has received the 2010 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship and the Callaway Award. As an audiobook narrator, she earned an AudioFile Earphones Award for her reading of Great House by Nicole Krauss.