Extended Audio Sample

Download We Were the Mulvaneys Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample We Were the Mulvaneys Audiobook, by Joyce Carol Oates Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (40,717 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joyce Carol Oates Narrator: Scott Shina Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781449861155
Regular Price: $34.99 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

Author of 27 novels, Joyce Carol Oates has won a National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award. She has been nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Readers around the world marvel at her ability to trace the subtle dynamics at work in the modern American family.

Judd is the youngest of the four Mulvaney children—three boys and a girl—who grow up on their parents’ lush farm in upstate New York. In his childhood, Judd is swept along by the sheer energy of the Mulvaneys and their wealth of beloved family stories. But now, 30 years old, Judd looks back through his memories to tell the secrets that eventually ripped apart the fabric of his storybook family.

Reminiscent of the works of Jane Smiley and Anne Tyler, Oates’ novel tells a tale that could be tragic, but is, instead, a ringing affirmation. Narrator Scott Shina’s performance perfectly captures the complex relationships within the Mulvaney clan.

Download and start listening now!

c34r

Quotes & Awards

  • “Will break your heart, heal it, then break it again.“

    Los Angeles Book Review

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shannon | 2/7/2014

    " I feel like this could have been a good book if it were half the length it is. I have rarely disliked character as much as I dislike the mother. So glad to be done with this! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caitlin | 1/27/2014

    " Definitely one of her masterpieces. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackson | 1/21/2014

    " I love Joyce Carol Oates and enjoy her way of describing the characters in such detail while still advancing the story. This is the second book I've read by her (I read "Them" last month) and it fell a bit short of "Them" but was still a very good book. You have to like somewhat sad and depressing stories to like Oates and this one is no different. Your heart breaks at times and you can't help but feel for the family as they progress or regress in certain scenarios. This book is definitely worth reading and do not skip over the epilogue, it was one of my favorite parts and is the same as having a final chapter. I know that sometimes people skip prologues and epilogues but I've found they often add so much more to the book. Do yourself a favor and start reading Oates right away, especially "Them." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 K likes Tea | 1/21/2014

    " This has to be one of the most depressing books i've ever read. I guess the writing was good, but i just kept asking myself why i kept reading it. Honestly, it was 500 pages of shot-me-now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alyson | 1/20/2014

    " I found this just okay. The story centers around an awful event that happens to the Mulvaney family, specifically to one member, and the effects that spread through the family. The book takes you through the years following the event, and unfortunately it just dragged with an almost stream of consciousness meandering through the lives of the family members. It does come together at the end, but at that point, it felt too rushed and thrown together for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn Paddock | 1/17/2014

    " Such a good book! Depressing at times, but the ending redeems itself and makes the book worth the read. Beautifully developed characters, you can really relate to and empathize with the Mulvaneys. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 1/16/2014

    " The book has some really good parts but just a lot of lulls that make it seem a little long. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Karpinski | 1/14/2014

    " Topically, this isn't the sort of story I enjoy, but I found this novel engaging, believable, beautifully written and emotionally compelling. Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Britt Wegner | 12/20/2013

    " Great-my hat is off to you all of the time Joyce "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steph | 12/15/2013

    " Ehh... long, slow build-up to a rather abrupt ending. The imagery and characterization were OK, I guess, but it felt way too drawn out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Colgan | 11/25/2013

    " This is a book that I read so long ago that the details of the book have been lost, but the fact that I remember I loved it stayed with me all these years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabethr | 11/21/2013

    " Had to demote to 3 stars because all of those quotations she uses get a little distracting! I do love her writing, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dennis | 11/14/2013

    " loved, loved, loved this book - one of my all time favorites - reminds me so much of the dysfunction that would haunt my own birth family - so sad, so triumphant in the end, truly reflects the many passages of a family thru life "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim Faires | 10/31/2013

    " Very sad book about one event that ultimately disintegrates an entire family. I liked the writers style of writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 5/8/2013

    " Typically Oatesian in its density and sadness. The happy (?) ending was not typical Oates, however. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bria | 12/29/2012

    " I loved her depiction of difficult family life with all its pain and beauty. Glad I read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy | 2/13/2012

    " One of those books I'm glad I read even though I didn't really enjoy it while I was reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Gouldsmith | 1/10/2012

    " It wasn't an easy read. I think it was OK. I need recommendations of page-turners. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Robinson | 12/30/2011

    " I have never read a book like this. so sad yet I could not stop thinking about it if I was not reading it. how one event changes the dynamics of an entire family. Recommendation - do not read at the beach!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn | 12/1/2011

    " Although this book was a bit confusing it is well worth the read. I read it twice to try to understand it better. It has a good storyline, it just kinda bounces around some. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 8/17/2011

    " I liked it! It was sad, but hopeful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandi | 6/21/2011

    " This was a rather depressing story in all. I read it several years ago and that's the impression I was left with. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lillie | 6/12/2011

    " I had a really hard time getting into this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 5/18/2011

    " A heavy drama, but something that was really profound for me. A good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 5/16/2011

    " Heartbreaking story. I becamne so involved in this book - read it a couple of days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 5/14/2011

    " First novel I read by this author. I'm hooked! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patty | 5/11/2011

    " I found this book hard going. It was not upbeat and the family was weird and dysfunctional. It would be a good book club book though because I think it could spark a lot of discussion. Since I'm not currently in a book club, I'm glad I'm done with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marti | 5/6/2011

    " JCO takes us on a journey about the costs of keeping secrets. "

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

    " This book is beautifully written with strong characters but I really didn't like that the characters didn't seem to change/develop with time. The writing frequently made up for it, but what seemed like it would be a great family epic drama fell a little flat for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsey | 5/5/2011

    " Who doesn't love an Oprah Book Club book! Joyce Carol Oates has over 70 publications, which is intimidating when trying to pick which of hers to read first. This is a great choice for a newbie! After Steinbeck and Sedaris, she is my favorite author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 4/25/2011

    " This was a great epic novel. I loved the Mulvananey family! This novel took me through an entire range of emotions. I was happy for the family, sad and sometimes mad at the characters. I highly recommend this read. Thanks Mary Beth! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pat | 4/24/2011

    " I've read other books by Oates too. Completely unmemorable; don't get why people think she is good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 4/21/2011

    " Very well written, but left me feeling sad. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cindy | 4/17/2011

    " I did not like this. A real downer. A 16 year old gets date raped. This destroys her family. The "happy ending" was unrealistic. Yuck! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 4/8/2011

    " I read this book last month. I thought it was very good. I am enjoying reading more books by this author. No two books are the same. She is a very talented writer. One of america's best. This story is about a family trying to deal with a tragedy. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and the New York Times bestsellers The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina Etranger, and The Gravedigger’s Daughter. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. In 2003 she received the Common Wealth Award for Distinguished Service in Literature and the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement, and in 2006 she received the Chicago Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award.

About the Narrator

Scott Shina is the narrator of such audiobooks as The Kid Who Became President by Dan Gutman and Finding Caruso by Kim Barnes.