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3.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 53.53 out of 5 3.53 (19 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edna O’Brien Narrator: Suzanne Bertish Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN:
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Edna O'Brien's masterly novel, Wild Decembers, charts the quick and critical demise of relations between Joseph Brennan and Mick Bugler, the warring sons of warring sons, in the countryside of western Ireland. With her inimitable gift for describing the occasions of heartbreak, O'Brien brings Joseph's love for his land to the level of his sister Breege's love for both him and his rival, Bugler. Breege sees the wrong of years and the recent wrongs fuel each other as Bugler comes to claim recently inherited acreage on what her brother calls my mountain.

A classic drama ensues, involving the full range of human bonds and betrayals and leavened by the human comedy of which Edna O'Brien rarely loses sight. A dinner dance in the local village and the seduction of Mick Bugler by an eager pair of uninhibited sisters rival Joyce in their hectic exuberance. But as the narrative unfolds, the reader is drawn into the sense of foreboding in a place where fields mean more than fields, more than life, and more than death too. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Macy | 3/6/2013

    " Very interesting writing style. Rather than starting out with character development, you just drop right into the story. Just as sad, but not the best of her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 12/15/2012

    " The story felt like a Greek tragedy. The end was inevitable from the beginning, but the writing ..... beautiful. Poetic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sabine Tramaseur | 11/9/2012

    " Even though I quite enjoyed the story line and the setting in Ireland, I found it a very "slow" read. But I finished the book and it did get better towards the end. I just might try and read another book by Edna O'Brien before deciding I don't like her style of writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dalen Yeah | 10/25/2012

    " Good read if not a little depressing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alicia Wikstrom | 10/22/2012

    " If you like poetry or finding a story through symbolism, you might like this book. The last 50 pages were "good" only because the first 209 were so excruciatingly hard to get through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 8/24/2012

    " Enjoyed this book very much... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 6/1/2012

    " I found this a hard book to get into. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggi | 11/13/2011

    " Wow. What a book. This is a lyrical, poetic, utterly engaging book. The theme is as old as books - star crosses would be lovers. But she just nails it. A story of the warring sons of warring sons in rural Ireland. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Maroulis | 10/13/2011

    " This book really gives an insight into the daily lives and complications of a small Welsh village in the sixties. The characters are complex and very earthy as well. A little hard to get into, but worth it if you persevere. Not a typical style of writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassandra | 8/3/2011

    " I loved this book. I could have done with a happier ending, but it was a great read nonetheless. "

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

    " Wonderful lyrical prose. Edna O'Brien just gets better and better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassandra | 7/14/2010

    " I loved this book. I could have done with a happier ending, but it was a great read nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 9/26/2009

    " I held my breath reading this book. Not that I didn't know it couldn't have a good ending.

    It's a timeless story, probably as old as humankind.

    Good read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Macy | 6/15/2009

    " Very interesting writing style. Rather than starting out with character development, you just drop right into the story. Just as sad, but not the best of her books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robin | 4/13/2009

    " I ended up skimming most of this book and didn't finish even at that. It has a lot of language and was often crude. I don't recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggi | 2/7/2009

    " Wow. What a book. This is a lyrical, poetic, utterly engaging book. The theme is as old as books - star crosses would be lovers. But she just nails it. A story of the warring sons of warring sons in rural Ireland. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 10/5/2008

    " The story felt like a Greek tragedy. The end was inevitable from the beginning, but the writing ..... beautiful. Poetic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 4/6/2008

    " I didn't like it as much as the same author's "The Light of Evening,"
    but want to read some of her short stories and see if the people in
    them show some signs of a sense of humor, some sense of perspective
    on what fate has handed them.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dalen | 3/14/2008

    " Good read if not a little depressing. "

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About the Author
Author Edna O’Brien

Edna O’Brien has authored over fifteen novels, including Wild Decembers and In the Forest. She was the winner of the prestigious 2011 Frank O’Connor Short Story Award.

About the Narrator

Suzanne Bertish is an English actor known for her roles in the films The 13th Warrior, The Hunger, and The Upside of Anger. Her Broadway credits include Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Wit, and The Moliére Comedies, for which she received a Tony Award nomination.