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Publisher's Summary

From acclaimed author Richard North Patterson comes a sweeping family drama of dark secrets and individual awakenings, set against the backdrop of the tumultuous summer of 1968.

America is in a state of turbulence, engulfed in civil unrest and uncertainty. Yet for Whitney Dane - spending the summer of her twenty-second year on Martha's Vineyard - life could not be safer, nor the future more certain.

Educated at Wheaton, soon to be married, and the youngest daughter of the all-American Dane family, Whitney has everything she has ever wanted and is everything her all-powerful and doting father, Charles Dane, wants her to be.

But the Vineyard's still waters are disturbed by the appearance of Benjamin Blaine. An underprivileged yet fiercely ambitious and charismatic figure, he is a force of nature neither Whitney nor her family could have prepared for.

As Ben's presence begins to awaken independence within Whitney, it also brings deep-rooted family tensions to a dangerous head. And soon Whitney's set-in-stone future becomes far from satisfactory and her picture-perfect family far from pretty.

©2013 Richard North Patterson (P)2013 AudioGO

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Dreadful! Stereotyped Characters, Soapy Plot

Would you try another book from Richard North Patterson and/or Julia Whelan?

Maybe - I liked Richard North Patterson's earlier books, but this was an unfortunate departure into romance and a preachy, ham-handed evocation of the sixties.

Would definitely listen to Julia Whelan perform another book.

What was most disappointing about Richard North Patterson’s story?

Characters were cardboard and either admirable or despicable--absolutely without subtlety. And much about these people was not shown or developed but lengthily described and explained. The period setting was shaky and the plot was completely predictable. There were a couple little anachronisms that should have been caught in editing, The political point of view, which I happen to agree with, was delivered with bludgeoning preachiness. Perfunctory, but unconvincing sex scenes. Awful. Much of it read like a bad historical romance. I could not believe it was the same writer I previously enjoyed.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Good variation of voices (though her Bobby Kennedy bits were rough, but that's not a big part of the book)

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Barely. Some bits describing the sixties were almost okay...

Any additional comments?

Very disappointing.

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Loss of Innocence

Took me awhile to get into this book, but once in, loved the story, the characters and loved how it ended. The emotions it took you through was amazing. The narration was very good.

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More a prequel than a continuation.

Not quite what I expected. Rather than being a continuation of Book 1, it was more a reflection on what came before, delving into the man, Benjamin Blain, and all that went into making him what he became. There were a bit more descriptive sex scenes than I would have liked, and were not, to my way of thinking absolutely necessary to the story line. While the plot was partially driven by the dysfunctional sexuality of the people in this tight community, it could have been handled a bit more discretely. All in all, however, I will give this one 4 stars and move on to the third and final book of this trilogy.

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  • 06-11-15

Best book in the series!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, great book!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ben and Whitney. They were true to who they were and honest about what they wanted.

What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

Great voice for narration and did a good job with all the character voices.

If you could take any character from Loss of Innocence out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Whitney, I really like her as a person.

Any additional comments?

Got through this book faster than book 1!

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Slow start satisfying ending

Struggled to get into shallow characters. I did not like them at all. Pleasantly surprised at their slowly revealed complexity. Worth the read.

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Turned out to be better in the end !

This book started out a little slow, but as the writer continued the characters come into focus. You gain an appreciation for Whitney the woman the story focuses on. This was a free audio book which you will enjoy.

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Started in the middle of this series....

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Inferior to Vol 1, but will read Vol 3 of series

Have read about all he's done but this set sobs a bit too much for the shattered Camelot " might have been "but never was " mythology.

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I couldn't get interested in this book. And the narrator was dull. Not for me

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Took a second try

Best in a while. I t was worth trying to listen to it again . I really enjoyed it . I was sorry it was finished.

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  • 06-06-22

Very slow progress

Hard to see what it's about even after half the book. Some of the characters were read tediously slowly. Too much description on politics which is not even relevant to the story line. The end is a humdinger though

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  • 05-20-22

A masterpiece

A masterpiece - the story, the quality of the writing, and (so important) the narration.