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Publisher's Summary

In Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Egan's highly acclaimed first novel, set in 1978, the political drama and familial tensions of the 1960s form a backdrop for the world of Phoebe O'Connor, age eighteen. Phoebe is obsessed with the memory and death of her sister Faith, a beautiful idealistic hippie who died in Italy in 1970. In order to find out the truth about Faith's life and death, Phoebe retraces her steps from San Francisco across Europe, a quest which yields both complex and disturbing revelations about family, love, and Faith's lost generation.

This spellbinding novel introduced Egan's remarkable ability to tie suspense with deeply insightful characters and the nuances of emotion.

©2012 Jennifer Egan (P)2012 AudioGO

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Too Many Metaphors

I love metaphors, but his was too much. Every action and object seemed to require one. This style slows down the story and keeps the reader at a distance. From such a talented writer this was disappointing. I usually enjoy reading in print more than audio books but this one would have frustrated me had I read it as a paper book.
The story is...okay. The characters are not as well developed as in other work by this author. So, just pretty good but not really good work from one of my favorite writers.

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Made it 3 minutes into chapter 6

Sorry, but I have 2 pet peeves. 1) Narrators that mispronounce words and, 2) Stories that take FOREVER to get started.

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Loved the Story

I very much loved the story,, but the narrator was way too much for me. At times I felt like she was just screaming the whole storyline of the main character and I didn't knew if I was going to make it through the whole book.

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Metaphor upon metaphor

This early Egan novel, set in the 70s, tells a story of growing up and family tragedy. It could have used a mighty editor who could have pared down the habit of describing every sound, sight, and atmospheric fact in clunky metaphor. The story kept me going but it was annoying. And I couldn’t quite forgive the narrator for pronouncing Chianti with a Ch like Charles….

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Narration sub-par

I’ve been spoiled with a few really good narrators and can’t listen otherwise. I could not get past the narration of this one tho I tried. Might be a good story otherwise. Got to chapter 7 by trying really hard. That was enough

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LEARN TO PRONOUNCE!

Oh my god… I really enjoy the story but it is incredibly jarring every time the narrator mispronounces names of places and people that anyone from the SF Bay Area would know. I am SO annoyed with this narrator.

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Hard to beat Jennifer Egan

Her writing is like listening to music. She makes it seem easy the way the story flows along. True genius!

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So wanted to enjoy this book

I couldn’t even finish a free book. Its just completely flat and not remotely engaging.

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Disappointing on many levels

I rarely review but I just needed to say that I was very disappointed in this book. I listened to the book because it was set mostly in the 70s which is when I was growing up, going to college, and getting married. Unfortunately the descriptions of that era were vague, except she did do a pretty good job describing some of the political unrest at the time. The writing is too flowery for me and the storyline was dull. None of the characters were endearing and I especially did not like the Phoebe character. She was immature and whiny. Ms. Lambert has a lovely speaking voice but I didn’t care for her voices. Finally, she mispronounced several words and I just can’t believe the producers or editors let that go. I made myself listen to the whole book but frankly, it was a waste of time.

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I can't actually decide...

I was entertained by the book. I enjoyed the narrator. The story? I can't decide if it was incredible or completely contrived.