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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (56 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank Conroy Narrator: Frank Conroy Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2004 ISBN: 9780739308257
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Frank Conroy first visited Nantucket with a gang of college friends in 1955. They came on a whim, and for Conroy it was the beginning of a lifelong love affair with this "small, relaxed oasis in the ocean." This book, part travel diary, part memoir, is a hauntingly evocative and personal journey through Nantucket: its sweeping dunes, rugged moors, remote beaches, secret fishing spots, and hidden forests and cranberry bogs. Admirers of Conroy’s classic and acclaimed memoir Stop-Time will again delight in what James Atlas, writing in the New York Times, called his "genius for close observation."

In Time and Tide, Conroy recounts the island’s history from the glory days of the whaling boom to the present, when tourism dominates. He vividly evokes the clash of cultures between the working class and the super-rich, with the fragile ecology of the island always in the balance. But most fascinating of all, he tells his own story--of playing jazz piano in the island’s bars; of raising a barn in the early '60s with the help of a bunch of hippie carpenters; of leasing an old, failed bar with two island pals and turning it into the Roadhouse, a club "that was to be ours, the year-rounders, and to hell with the summer people." There’s a marvelous story of his first golf game, played on an ancient nine-hole course with two friends, a part-time sommelier and a builder from the South who invented the one-handed pepper mill. 

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 12/7/2013

    " Listening to Frank Conroy read his work was a delight. The work sparkles with reminiscences that like beautiful leaves pressed between pages of a favorite book fall to your lap as the pages turn. Beautifully written, beautifully read. This is not great fiction, but it is rings true and heart-felt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jec | 9/16/2013

    " an enjoyable little book...who wouldn't want to live there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Obisbooks | 7/17/2013

    " Nothing special, a few interesting things but very unsatisfying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 12/26/2012

    " A history of Frank Conroy's love and habitation of Nantucket. It's light reading, but particularly worthwhile if you are vacationing there and want to get a feel for the mixing of the locals, the summer regulars, the newbies, and the ultra-rich. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 12/18/2012

    " Enjoyed listening to this book. Ruth read it and liked it, so I listened to it while I worked around the house. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen Valentine | 12/9/2012

    " I loved this book -- it is mostly a series of anecdotes and essays on Nantucket where Conroy lived for many years. His writing is lyrical and evocative about one of my favorite places on earth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 11/30/2012

    " An author's remembrances of his experiences on beautiful Nantucket. A pleasant listen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 11/17/2012

    " Interesting book. I hope to make it to Nantucket some day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 10/21/2012

    " This was such a good read. It was a great mix of history and personal experience. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ris | 12/3/2011

    " A nice book to read on vacation in Nantucket. A lovely ambience take on the island. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise | 7/7/2011

    " A pleasant read...respite from hard fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert B | 6/12/2011

    " The walk is through the author's memory of the island as much as it is through Nantucket itself. A nice, quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise | 4/19/2011

    " A pleasant read...respite from hard fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 2/23/2011

    " Enjoyed listening to this book. Ruth read it and liked it, so I listened to it while I worked around the house.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 4/28/2010

    " An author's remembrances of his experiences on beautiful Nantucket. A pleasant listen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 2/26/2010

    " Interesting book. I hope to make it to Nantucket some day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 6/8/2009

    " A history of Frank Conroy's love and habitation of Nantucket. It's light reading, but particularly worthwhile if you are vacationing there and want to get a feel for the mixing of the locals, the summer regulars, the newbies, and the ultra-rich. "

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About the Author
Author Frank Conroy

Frank Conroy is the longtime director of the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is the author of Time and Tide, Stop-Time, Midair, Body and Soul, and Dogs Bark, but the Caravan Rolls On.