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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,339 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julia Glass Narrator: Ann Marie Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9781415934951
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From the author of the beloved novel Three Junes comes a rich and commanding story about the accidents, both grand and small, that determine our choices in love and marriage. Greenie Duquette, openhearted yet stubborn, devotes most of her passionate attention to her Greenwich Village bakery and her four–year–old son, George. Her husband, Alan, seems to have fallen into a midlife depression, while Walter, a traditional gay man who has become her closest professional ally, is nursing a broken heart.

It is at Walter’s restaurant that the visiting governor of New Mexico tastes Greenie’s coconut cake and decides to woo her away from the city to be his chef. For reasons both ambitious and desperate, she accepts—and finds herself heading west without her husband. This impulsive decision will change the course of several lives within and beyond Greenie’s orbit. Alan, alone in New York, must face down his demons; Walter, eager for platonic distraction, takes in his teenage nephew. Yet Walter cannot steer clear of love trouble, and despite his enforced solitude, Alan is still surrounded by women: his powerful sister, an old flame, and an animal lover named Saga, who grapples with demons all her own. As for Greenie, living in the shadow of a charismatic politician leads to a series of unforeseen consequences that separate her from her only child. We watch as folly, chance, and determination pull all these lives together and apart over a year that culminates in the fall of the twin towers at the World Trade Center, an event that will affirm or confound the choices each character has made—or has refused to face.

Julia Glass is at her best here, weaving a glorious tapestry of lives and lifetimes, of places and people, revealing the subtle mechanisms behind our most important, and often most fragile, connections to others. In The Whole World Over she has given us another tale that pays tribute to the extraordinary complexities of love. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gillian | 2/19/2014

    " I really loved the authors previous book Three Junes and I read reviews of The Whole World Over that said it was not up to par. So I was pleasantly suprised at how much I loved this book. It is really about our need for belonging and to be understood. Her characters are very diverse and all richly developed and you find yourself both loving and hating them at different times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 2/12/2014

    " Best thing about this book-the quirky characters! Fenno, Saga and Walter are my favorites. "

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

    " I was disappointed. Because I LOVED Three Junes, I hoped Glass's next book would be awesome, too. This book deals with Sept. 11th tragedies through the eyes of characters who are too pathetic to care about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel Wallis | 1/26/2014

    " This was a really enjoyable read, but not a runaway, can't-put-it-down kind of thing. I'd like to read her first book though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki | 1/17/2014

    " Good, not great. The story lagged in places. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 1/15/2014

    " not as good as her others, but still worth the time! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie Janning | 1/15/2014

    " This was a decent love story for the most part. It tended to be wordy with a bit too much homosexual detail for my tastes "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cate | 1/8/2014

    " This is really good - a well written story. I really enjoyed it. It was like going into another world each time I opened it. Great characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April Thompson | 1/2/2014

    " I just loved this book and its characters... I love an effortless 500-page read! Has the most lovable Republican character in fictional history! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Yeh | 12/19/2013

    " I picked this book by the cover, as I am prone to doing. (Browsing at the library has a visual component for me), but I really enjoyed the writing and story. I have Three Junes to read next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison Warner | 12/12/2013

    " A long story for a disappointing ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sienna | 11/30/2013

    " This was an extremely cleverly written and entertaining book, and I would have given it a 5 if only the end was a little less rushed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gail Sharon Scearbo | 11/21/2013

    " The beginning of this book dragged on and on. The book is supposedly about the characters' mid life crisis but in the end it solves itself and it didn't feel like there was much of a solution or a point. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amber | 11/20/2013

    " As with the Janet Fitch novel I had high hopes. I hadn't read either Fitch's or Julia Glass's first novels that had gotten such great reviews. This, like Paint It Black, was disappointing (although TWWO wasn't nearly as terrible at PIB). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 7/11/2013

    " I love the way she develops characters. This book if full of lovable people finding their way toward and away from one another. I thought the ending was a little weak, but otherwise thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I'd also recommend her other book, Three Junes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurel | 2/21/2013

    " The second novel by this author. Great characters, dealing with huge issues of love, loss, and family. Wonderful story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lili | 9/17/2012

    " A lovely read by the same author as Three Junes. I enjoyed it very much, but perhaps not quite as much as Three Junes. It does feature one of the characters from the earlier novel, and it's nice to follow his life a little further. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Delight | 7/4/2012

    " Rich characters. An enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susannah | 6/22/2012

    " The best book I've read in at least a year. Tangentially related to Three Junes, her other book, but I don't even remember that book and it didn't detract from this experience. Great writing, interesting and unusual characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana Scarton | 6/21/2012

    " I think I liked this even more than Three Junes, which won the National Book Award. The thing that amazed me was how Glass zooms in on the lives of four distinct characters and, at the same time, makes you aware of their connections to one another -- and what those connections mean. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 5/30/2012

    " Glass' down to earth and compelling novels are some of my favorites! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrice Lincoln | 5/20/2012

    " This book was a little bit better than "three junes". Some of the same characters were in this book but it was not a sequel. There was still jumping back and forth between characters but for the most part, it was all written in the same time period. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brooke | 3/8/2012

    " This was a very long book that seemed to be quite slow-moving. I thought that the ending was very odd and slightly disappointing. It was an okay summer read, but not overly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 2/13/2012

    " Julia Glass stands out to me because she does not keep the book moving so much through the plot, but because she dives so much into the minds of her characters that you feel personally invested in their well-being. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 1/30/2012

    " I really loved this book. Glass combines my love of cooking and the Southwest and relationships. Add a lot of humor and it became a great bedtime book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne | 9/28/2011

    " Character formation was built naturally and situations arose realistically with believable reactions and consequences. Until a sequel's released, I'd like to join these new friends at a dinner party! "

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

    " A lot of characters and relationships. I really liked it -again reading and listening. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hillary | 4/16/2011

    " Overall, a really good book. That said, the pre-9/11 portion is an order of magnitude better than the post-9/11 portion, so that was disappointing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ellen | 3/24/2011

    " I disliked this book. I did finish it but with great irritation all the way with the predictable plot, stereotypical/cutesy characters, etc. I break out in a rash when I think about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libby | 3/16/2011

    " An enjoyable read. I wasn't compelled to start it, but once I did, it was hard to put it down. Told from multiple viewpoints, each is interesting. I especially liked the handling of 9/11 and how the characters were affected, in life-changing ways. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherrypg | 3/9/2011

    " This book was okay. I enjoyed the non-major characters most. Some scenes were a little far-fetched for my liking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 3/6/2011

    " This book took me a long time to read...I ended up liking it at the end as everything came together but I almost abandoned it a few times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 2/22/2011

    " not as good as her others, but still worth the time! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 2/2/2011

    " This was a really enjoyable read, but not a runaway, can't-put-it-down kind of thing. I'd like to read her first book though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 2/1/2011

    " Slow-moving, but a lovely depiction of relationships: husband/wife, male/female, male/male and parents/son, single woman/older man. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/31/2011

    " This book was terrible. Pointless. There were a few decent stories and characters, but it really wast more of a collection of ramblings than a well crafted story. "

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About the Author
Author Julia Glass

Julia Glass is the author of several books, including Three Junes, which won the National Book Award for Fiction. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her short fiction has won several prizes, including the Tobias Wolff Award and the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society Medal for the Best Novella.

About the Narrator

Ann Marie Lee is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. She is a Los Angeles–based actress with television credits that include ER, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Nip/Tuck. Her stage performances for Broadway National Tours and regional theater include Peter Pan, As You Like It, Heartbreak House, and The Cherry Orchard.