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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,511 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Hamilton Narrator: Richard Poe Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN: 9781436125635
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An exquisite portrait of a family <#150> and the tragedy that shapes and alters those within it. A bike accident leaves Aaron's wife Madeline with severe brain damage. In the years that follow, Aaron and his second wife care for her. This powerful tale b Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hamilton’s careful, unpretentious prose finds moral nuances both in a full-blown antiwar debate and in the small details of Madeline’s care.”

    People

  • “Hamilton’s beautifully written When Madeline Was Young is both an absorbing, nontraditional family portrait and a shaky meditation on American political passions.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Mesmerizing…Bittersweet, funny…Hamilton affirms her status as one of our most magnetic and provocative novelists.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Hamilton brings characteristic empathy to the complex issues at the core of this patiently built novel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Richard Poe gives a fine and nuanced performance of Mac’s tale about his odd, but loving family. As young Mac, he reads with an exuberance that implies youth, then slows to his well-known gravelly warmth as Mac ages. He’s equally skilled with women’s voices, making them real without a squeak. And his even, clear pace matches the book’s atmosphere of remembrance.”

    AudioFile

  • “While Hamilton gives the political climate of the sixties considerable attention, her story is more about how people, by bonding together, can transcend tragedy and loss with love, tolerance, and humor. Recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Hamilton is exquisitely observant and unfailingly generous to the characters she creates: every life has weight and dignity.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dru | 2/16/2014

    " I got the vibe from the book that I was supposed to like one of the characters, yet I despised him. I felt disdain for him while others admired him. Maybe this is how the author intended the readers to feel? I don't know. It was an interesting read, but at the same time I couldn't wait to be finished with the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/16/2014

    " Hamilton's narrator is male in this book, albeit a sensitive male. I thought the book suffered from having three focal points -- Buddy, and Madeline, and Mac's parents' marriage. Overall it was a good book, but not Hamilton's best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Claudia | 1/26/2014

    " I listened to this audiobook and kept asking myself, "Where is this going?" The answer: Nowhere. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colleen | 1/16/2014

    " This book is a much slower read than what I expected. Strongly evokes a specific place and spans several decades. The title is a bit misleading, because Madeline seems to remain in the background througout the story. It does not compare to Map of The World as far as the tension level, but all in all it was a relaxing read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue Kapcoe | 1/10/2014

    " Just not as good as her other novels. This was kind of a letdown. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 12/30/2013

    " I read this book because it wss by Jane Hamilton and I loved loved A Map of the World. I didn't love love this one, but it was good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 12/6/2013

    " I was a little disappointed. There were lots of interesting family vignettes, but the plot wandered all over the place and went nowhere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 12/3/2013

    " Another great book by Jane Hamilton--heard her speak/got her autograph at the Visiting Writers' Series at Butler. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia Mukuddem | 11/12/2013

    " "A map of the world" by the same author is on my top 10 list, hence reading this book. I really enjoyed it a lot - I like the way at the end, the whole story comes full circle. If I had to describe it in one word, I would say "endearing". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Myla | 11/11/2013

    " Very interesting concept for a story - a young bride suffers a traumatic brain injury that leaves her with the mental capacity of a child. Her husband remarries and the two raise her as their child. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 rahima | 8/19/2013

    " something to read... although i do think timing of thought and emotion kind of feeds into the appreciation of this book... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 3/15/2013

    " Interesting story of cross generational issues. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Holly | 10/28/2012

    " implausible but well written... heard Jane speak at Lawrence University a could years ago.... she is charming and bright and is everything her writing suggests. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patty | 8/7/2012

    " I picked this book up thinking it sounded interesting and that it would be mainly about Madeline and the effect she had on those surrounding her. So far she's nothing more than a supporting character and even so hers is still the most interesting storyline. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 8/2/2012

    " Very insightful book; interesting dynamic between a family who is raising the husband's first wife who suffered a head injury and is now like a 6 year old. Told from the view of the son, now an adult. I like it so far... will keep you posted... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mom | 4/8/2012

    " If you saw the show "Light in the Piazza" this is sort of a sequel. Madeline's life after her brief romance in Rome forms the body of the novel. Quite good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raina | 4/5/2012

    " It took some time for me to get into this book. The author's style is unique and I couldn't understand her rhythm at first. The story is engaging and I would likely recommend it to female friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Staff Favorites | 3/16/2012

    " A novel that follows the Maciver family through four decades of life, tragedy and the triumph of unconditional love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Cullinane | 9/26/2011

    " This is the story of a young man who grows up in a family whose parents are raising a young woman who he believes is his sister. The story is unique and clever. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carrie | 6/7/2011

    " Finally I'm done and can move on to the next book...I think by tomorrow I will have forgotten this one. Nothing in it struck me, characters were flat, and I'm not even sure what the plot was. It wasn't even entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda Elizabeth | 4/23/2011

    " This book gets three stars purely for quoting a line from a Kate Bush song. It's misleading to consider this the sorry of Madeline, it's more a look at the family as a whole. It jumps back and forth a fair bit which is a little off putting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 2/23/2011

    " I like the plot of this story, it had a lot of potential. Didnt turn out to be as good as I thought, but kept me entertained. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 2/12/2011

    " Fascinating theme.. worth reading just to think about "what if"... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/11/2011

    " Interesting subject matter, especially for the time period. Well written. I probably would not read it again, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rballjax | 9/28/2010

    " Political differences play a large role in the plot. Otherwise, I would have given it 5 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerry | 8/28/2010

    " I love all of Jane Hamilton's books. This novel has an interesting premise--a married couple keep his first wife Madeline, who is brain-damaged, as part of the family, treating her like an older sibling to the other children. Hamilton re-invents the notion of family. "

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About the Author
Author Jane Hamilton

Jane Hamilton lives, works, and writes in an orchard farmhouse in Wisconsin. Her novels have won numerous awards, including the PEN Faulkner Award for Fiction, and The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World were both chosen as Oprah Book Club picks and made into movies. Her short stories have appeared in Harper’s Magazine. Hamilton lives in Rochester, Wisconsin.

About the Narrator

Richard Poe has worked extensively in movies, television, and on Broadway. He is best known for his portrayal of Gul Evek in three different Star Trek series: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager. He is a well-known and prolific audiobook narration who has won twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards.