Tom Lake: A Novel Audiobook, by Ann Patchett Play Audiobook Sample

Tom Lake: A Novel Audiobook

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Read By: Meryl Streep Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: August 2023 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780063327559

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

24

Longest Chapter Length:

45:35 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

07 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

28:27 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

16

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Publisher Description

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK • READ BY MERYL STREEP

In this beautiful and moving novel about family, love, and growing up, Ann Patchett once again proves herself one of America’s finest writers.

“Patchett leads us to a truth that feels like life rather than literature.” —The Guardian

In the spring of 2020, Lara’s three daughters return to the family's orchard in Northern Michigan. While picking cherries, they beg their mother to tell them the story of Peter Duke, a famous actor with whom she shared both a stage and a romance years before at a theater company called Tom Lake. As Lara recalls the past, her daughters examine their own lives and relationship with their mother, and are forced to reconsider the world and everything they thought they knew.

Tom Lake is a meditation on youthful love, married love, and the lives parents have led before their children were born. Both hopeful and elegiac, it explores what it means to be happy even when the world is falling apart. As in all of her novels, Ann Patchett combines compelling narrative artistry with piercing insights into family dynamics. The result is a rich and luminous story, told with profound intelligence and emotional subtlety, that demonstrates once again why she is one of the most revered and acclaimed literary talents working today.

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"Great book, well written. Fully developed characters when needed. I did not anticipate the ending which made the story circle complete. This is a heart warming book that when I was not engaged with the audio book, made me reflect back on some of my past also. Round this all out with Meryl Streep reading the book and simple acting of the parts made it a 10 for me."

— BB (5 out of 5 stars)

Quotes

  • “A must-listen…Streep narrates with breathtaking sensitivity…Instead of character voices, she delivers realism, shifting rhythm and tone to reveal personalities…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    — AudioFile
  • “Meryl Streep…is ideal for narrating Tom Lake…Streep delivers with her signature whimsy, her cadence lilting from wide-eyed innocence to winking wisdom.”

    — New York Times Book Review
  • “Patchett leads us to a truth that feels like life rather than literature.”

    — The Guardian (London)
  • “A tender, absorbing tale about becoming who we are.”

    — People
  • “Tom Lake is about romantic love, marital love, and maternal love but also the love of animals, the love of stories, love of the land and trees and the tiny, red, cordiform object that is a cherry.”

    — Washington Post
  • “A swoony, luminous reminder about the endurance of love and happiness in a broken world.”

    — Oprah Daily
  • “Patchett expertly handles her layered plot, embedding one charming revelation and one brutal betrayal into a dual narrative that deftly maintains readers’ interest.”

    — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Awards

  • A #1 Audible.com bestseller in Fiction
  • A Reese’s Book Club Pick
  • A Barnes & Noble bestseller
  • A #1 Amazon bestseller
  • A #1 New York Times bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller in Audio
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year
  • Finalist for the Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year
  • Winner of the Audie Award for Best Fiction Narration

Tom Lake Listener Reviews

Overall Performance: 4.14285714285714 out of 54.14285714285714 out of 54.14285714285714 out of 54.14285714285714 out of 54.14285714285714 out of 5 (4.14)
5 Stars: 3
4 Stars: 3
3 Stars: 0
2 Stars: 1
1 Stars: 0
Narration: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 (4.00)
5 Stars: 3
4 Stars: 2
3 Stars: 0
2 Stars: 0
1 Stars: 1
Story: 3.33333333333333 out of 53.33333333333333 out of 53.33333333333333 out of 53.33333333333333 out of 53.33333333333333 out of 5 (3.33)
5 Stars: 1
4 Stars: 2
3 Stars: 2
2 Stars: 0
1 Stars: 1
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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    — Gabriele Peters, 4/13/2024
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Narration Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Story Rating: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    — MJ, 1/20/2024
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Narration Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Story Rating: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This was not Pachett best it took more than halfway into the book where you were able to realize the where the story was taken the reader "

    — Maysgranny , 12/27/2023
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    — Patty Rooney, 11/28/2023
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Narration Rating: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Story Rating: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    — Gail Miller, 11/26/2023
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    — Michelle Meier, 11/8/2023
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    — lillian squire, 9/2/2023

About Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett is the author of #1 New York Times bestselling novels, works of nonfiction, and children’s books. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the PEN/Faulkner, the Women’s Prize in the United Kingdom, and the Book Sense Book of the Year. Her novel The Dutch House was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Time magazine named her one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. President Biden awarded her the National Humanities Medal in recognition of her contributions to American culture. Visit her at annpatchett.com

About Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep, considered by many movie reviewers to be the greatest living film actress, has been nominated for an Academy Award an astonishing sixteen times and has won it three times. She has also garnered two Emmy Awards, seven Golden Globes, and six Drama Desk Awards. In 2004, she was awarded the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She is also an Audie Award and Grammy Award–winning narrator.