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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 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 - 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.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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