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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,011 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adam Haslett Narrator: David Aaron Baker Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN: 9781440784392
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The eagerly anticipated debut novel from the author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist You Are Not a Stranger Here: a deeply affecting portrait of the modern gilded age, the first decade of the twenty-first century.

At the heart of Union Atlantic lies a test of wills between a young banker, Doug Fanning, and a retired schoolteacher, Charlotte Graves, whose two dogs have begun to speak to her. When Doug builds an ostentatious mansion on land that Charlotte’s grandfather donated to the town of Finden, Massachusetts, she determines to oust him in court. As a senior manager of Union Atlantic bank, a major financial conglomerate, Doug is embroiled in the company’s struggle to remain afloat. It is Charlotte’s brother, Henry Graves, the president of the New York Federal Reserve, who must keep a watchful eye on Union Atlantic and the entire financial system. Drawn into Doug and Charlotte’s intensifying conflict is Nate Fuller, a troubled high school senior who unwittingly stirs powerful emotions in each of them.

Irresistibly complex, imaginative, and witty, Union Atlantic is a singular work of fiction that is sure to be read and reread long after it causes a sensation on its first publication.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] profound, strikingly intelligent story about the cost of living in a world in which real values have been supplanted by a fiat currency of self-interest and empty promises.”

    Washington Post

  • “In Union Atlantic, swiftly and confidently, Haslett unwinds the ball of yarn that is the global financial crisis to reveal its core: a knot of ineluctable yearnings and individual needs.”

    New York Times

  • “Haslett's novel is in its own way a landmark of this young century.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • Selected for the February 2010 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2010 Financial Times Best Book of the Year
  • Shortlisted for the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize
  • A 2010 Washington Post Best Book for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2011 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 2/16/2014

    " I never warmed up to the main character. It was hard for me to care about him at all. I did enjoy some of the other character arcs, and how the individual stories connected. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurel | 1/24/2014

    " This book belongs to the new genre of post-Wall Street bailout literature. I listened to this one. I didn't like it- probably because I listened to it rather than read the prose. I think it was the production value. There are two intertwining story-lines here and thanks to the narration, it often took a couple of minutes to realize that the reader had moved from one plot to another. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 1/11/2014

    " I have mixed feelings about this book! Haslett is definitely a good stylist, crisp, funny, and observant. The plot moves right along, the characters are nutty and interesting, but in the end I felt like they were a little too glib--even the ones I liked. And it wasn't until the very last chapters that I felt real empathy for the main guy-- Nevertheless, I would recommend this as a fun and interesting "beach" read- or airplane--when you want something engaging but not too heavy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gayla Bassham | 1/2/2014

    " I wanted to like this book more than I did. I liked the theme and the ideas behind the book, but something about the characters left me cold. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ariane | 12/25/2013

    " Who knew a story about the banking crisis could be so much fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Seth | 11/23/2013

    " Haslett is a good writer. And, in a happy coincidence (or not), Union Atlantic is a well written book. P.S. - First library book I read using my eReader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alec | 11/3/2013

    " Definitely talented but felt like the parlor tricks of writing. Shock value doesn't sell me anymore. Incredibly typical character development that didn't do anything worthwhile. Great read for a used book pile but not a keeper "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 MaryAnn | 10/26/2013

    " This sounded like an intriguing read, but after nearly 50 pages, I gave up trying. Too scattered, hard to read, difficult to identify with characters. Maybe some other time! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 10/25/2013

    " Language!!!! Evil, dark tail of dishonety, greed, using people and the saddness of getting old. No recommendation!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alissa | 10/21/2013

    " Interesting novel - lots of different characters. Makes me want to know more about the Federal Reserve System. Kinda of bleak in the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John | 8/26/2013

    " I read this while reading Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. Read Ayn's book, it is far the better book. I would not recommend this book. "

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

    " I can't tell if this book was good or great. I ate it up in few days, and it was mighty compelling, but, for some reasong, it felt like just a short story. Davie, read it, and tell me what you think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/23/2012

    " This novel has gotten so many great reviews that I don't need to add more. A beautiful, tragic book. Best thing I've read in ages. Great book group material. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 1/22/2012

    " I love reading about a real cad who gets just what he deserves! Very timely novel relating to the economic downturn in the US. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 9/10/2011

    " Fast paced, great story telling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Martha Johnson | 6/28/2011

    " I thought the material was better than the delivery. There were some nice odd characters set alongside some typical rapacious business types. It had some potential but the imbalance made the story lurch. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mom | 6/20/2011

    " Bad bankers, crazy old lady, gay drggy teenager. Everybody compelled apparently without control to ruin. Creepy and didn't I learn somewhere that depictions of insanity don't make literature? Also the graphic sex scenes were icky. And would have been even if they were straight sex. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rod | 6/2/2011

    " I finished this book because of mis-guided something or other. Not worth. A plot that wanders all over the place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 5/3/2011

    " Solid prose, interesting characters. Worth a look. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 3/31/2011

    " Liked the grand-sweep novel that has characters that tie into the credit crisis and the "suburbanization" of the United States. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rheba | 3/23/2011

    " This book was really well written and absorbing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 3/22/2011

    " Interesting book with the financial meltdown as the backdrop. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 3/18/2011

    " Language!!!! Evil, dark tail of dishonety, greed, using people and the saddness of getting old. No recommendation!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 3/17/2011

    " I liked it, but didn't love it. I had a hard time getting all the dispirit stories and characters straight until the story really meshed towards the end. I think the writing was strong, but I just didn't feel real engaged in the story. "

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About the Author
Author Adam Haslett

Adam Haslett is the author of the short story collection You Are Not a Stranger Here, which was a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist, and the novel Union Atlantic, winner of the Lambda Literary Award and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize. His books have been translated into eighteen languages, and he has received the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin, the PEN/Malamud Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations. He lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

David Aaron Baker is a voice and film actor. He is an award-winning narrator of dozens of audiobooks, including the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz, Paradise Dogs by Man Martin, and The Bartender’s Tale by Ivan Doig. He has earned six AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a three-time finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration.