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Publisher's Summary

Paul was reading a newspaper. Catherine was reading a novel. So begins Room on the Sea, André Aciman's scorching and elegiac love-story about a middle-aged man and woman who meet in the bullpen of jury selection and spend a sultry summer’s week trespassing ever further into each other's hearts.  

What begins as a flirtation quickly evolves into something deeper, something Paul and Catherine must carry on in secret - and with the understanding that anything more than a casual crush is out of the question. But as the week draws to a close, the end of their rendezvous comes into focus, and Paul and Catherine are forced to decide whether to act on their feelings or leave the fantasy of what could have been to the annals of the past.  

By turns scintillating and philosophical, Room on the Sea is a compulsively listenable story of love, fate, and last chances.    

©2021 André Aciman (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator

André Aciman was born in Alexandria, Egypt and is an American memoirist, essayist, novelist, and scholar. He is the New York Times best-selling author of Call Me by Your Name and Find Me as well as of Out of Egypt and Eight White Nights, Harvard Square, False Papers, and Alibis. Homo Irrealis, his latest collection of essays, will appear in January 2021. Audible will soon release his novellas The Gentleman from Peru and Mariana. Aciman is the director of The Writers’ Institute and teaches Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center, CUNY. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, The New Republic, Condé Nast Traveler, as well as in many volumes of The Best American Essays.

About the Performer

Daniels is a five-time Emmy nominee, winning in Best Lead Actor for The Newsroom and Best Supporting Actor for Godless. He has also received Golden Globe nominations on the big screen for his performances in The Purple Rose of Cairo, Something Wild, and The Squid and the Whale, as well as one for The Newsroom. Daniels is also a three-time individual Screen Actors Guild Award nominee. His other major screen roles include the Dumb and Dumber franchise, The Martian, Looper, Good Night and Good Luck, Gods and Generals, The Hours, Pleasantville, Gettysburg, Radio Days, Terms of Endearment, and Ragtime. Daniels is also a three-time Tony nominee, for To Kill a Mockingbird (the highest grossing American play in Broadway history), Blackbird, and God of Carnage. Most recently, Daniels was seen as former FBI director James Comey in The Comey Rule, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination. He also starred in the Showtime drama American Rust and just reprised his role as Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird’s run on Broadway.
Photographed by Sam Jones

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Captivating!

A short novel, beautifully written. Main characters meet while awaiting jury selection. The narrator read without changing his voice for the female character. Some have found this confusing. I found it so refreshing and not difficult to distinguish who was speaking. If I made errors in my judgments as to who was speaking, it mattered little. The flow of dialogue was compelling and heartwarming. For those who have experienced the loss of meaningful conversation, this story is full of hope and delight.

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Love and jury duty

Well-educated, mature New Yorkers fall in love at jury duty. A pleasant 2 and a half hour tale.
No problem listening to wonderful Jeff Daniels' rich, relaxed voice, but I really wish he - or the director - had taken the decision to vary the two main characters' voices.
This story is told via an extended conversation over the course of five days. There is very little "he said" and "she said" and unfortunately the narrator does not distinguish the two voices or even pause when switching between them. They flow into one another, resulting in confusion as to who is speaking when.

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Finally

A narrator who doesn’t change his/her voice when speaking as the opposite sex. I can no longer listen to hysterically high pitch voices or deep pressed timbres when the reader reads as female/ male.
By now I only pick books by narrators who can elevate any novel to a delightful listen.
Juliette Stevenson, Rosamund Pike, Eduardo Bellini and Steven Weber come to mind.
Unfortunately I had to skip very many books who I know are worthy of best reviews due to the very poor selection of narrators Audible offers.

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wonderful romance

I loved it. It is a great story for
baby boomers, or anyone over 50💖💖

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Beautiful love story

Andre Aciman uses words as if adding spices to a dish. As a 70 year old woman, he captures quite accurately the feelings of knowing love, having lost love and the rare opportunity of finding love again.
I throughly enjoyed this short story.
Jeff Daniels is brilliant as a reader!

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Captivating novella

Loved this and wished the story could unfold further. Narration brilliant. Loved the characters.

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Very touching and romantic.

It made me revive my own life’s story and deep feeling for the almost forgotten past. It’s a sweet sadness that probably lies within all of us, if we can conjure up the language to express it. I’m nearly 90.

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Sweet. Touching. Relatable.

Something about this story struck a chord with me. Maybe because I’m at a certain age where I long for an experience such as this. I want to know what happens next…

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Nicely done.

This short novel is loaded with great settings, characters, dialogue, and the realities of aging. I highly recommend it. It’s the kind of story that keeps you wondering about the questions it raises.

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What a marvelous writer!

Superbly captures human emotions and conversations through compelling words and dialogs. Characters are so real. I want to go back and listen all over again so as not to miss a nuance.

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  • 07-02-22

A perfectly written story about love in later life

A very enjoyable and relateable story. Would definitely recommend, especially if you are in the 'older' age bracket! Very tender and insightful.

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wow

Worth listenind. Its short..
The story provocates deep thought about what is partnership.. etc etc..

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  • 02-20-22

Just beautiful

Such a beautiful story told with tenderness and humor … it was captivating from the start and while it’s a very short read, it was completely captivating thank you - I loved it!

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  • 02-12-22

Not a good narrative

The plot and story was okay, but I didn't like the narrative. I couldn't finish it.

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  • Nigel
  • 02-02-22

a good listen

this book is great for those of us who are getting older gentle and looking at how things could have been but it's never to late

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  • 06-23-22

i want more

this is an excellent novella, full of tge wisdom of experience, I want to read more Andre Aciman

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  • 05-17-22

enjoyable

I loved Jeff Daniels narration, and enjoyed the premise of the short story..I love anything that shows older people getting a rejuvenation of their life. I do like Aciman as an author, but for some reason it took me a long time to finish it, going back and re-listening over and over again. maybe I shouldn't have listened at night time!