On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan audiobook

On Chesil Beach

By Ian McEwan
Read by Ian McEwan

Random House Audio
4.50 Hours Unabridged
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BONUS FEATURE: Exclusive interview with the author! A novel of remarkable depth and poignancy from one of the most acclaimed writers of our time It is July 1962. Florence is a talented musician who dreams of a career on the concert stage and of the perfect life she will create with Edward, an earnest young history student at University College of London, who unexpectedly wooed and won her heart. Newly married that morning, both virgins, Edward and Florence arrive at a hotel on the Dorset coast. At dinner in their rooms they struggle to suppress their worries about the wedding night to come. Edward, eager for rapture, frets over Florence’s response to his advances and nurses a private fear of failure, while Florence’s anxieties run deeper: she is overcome by sheer disgust at the idea of physical contact, but dreads disappointing her husband when they finally lie down together in the honeymoon suite. Ian McEwan has caught with understanding and compassion the innocence of Edward and Florence at a time when marriage was presumed to be the outward sign of maturity and independence. On Chesil Beach is another masterwork from McEwan–a story of lives transformed by a gesture not made or a word not spoken.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A 2007 Man Booker Prize Finalist

One of the 2007 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

A USA Today bestseller

An ALA Notable Book Finalist for Fiction

BONUS FEATURE: Exclusive interview with the author!

A novel of remarkable depth and poignancy from one of the most acclaimed writers of our time

It is July 1962. Florence is a talented musician who dreams of a career on the concert stage and of the perfect life she will create with Edward, an earnest young history student at University College of London, who unexpectedly wooed and won her heart. Newly married that morning, both virgins, Edward and Florence arrive at a hotel on the Dorset coast. At dinner in their rooms they struggle to suppress their worries about the wedding night to come. Edward, eager for rapture, frets over Florence’s response to his advances and nurses a private fear of failure, while Florence’s anxieties run deeper: she is overcome by sheer disgust at the idea of physical contact, but dreads disappointing her husband when they finally lie down together in the honeymoon suite.

Ian McEwan has caught with understanding and compassion the innocence of Edward and Florence at a time when marriage was presumed to be the outward sign of maturity and independence. On Chesil Beach is another masterwork from McEwan–a story of lives transformed by a gesture not made or a word not spoken.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Completely absorbing…Infused with a bitter poignancy…Intense and powerful…A masterpiece.” Philadelphia Inquirer
“Dazzling…McEwan treats [his subject] with a boundless sympathy, one that enlists the reader even as it disguises the fact that this seeming novel of manners is as fundamentally a horror novel as any [he’s] written.” New York Times Book Review
“Remarkable, engaging, and gripping…On Chesil Beach is not only a wonderful read but also perhaps that rarest of things: a perfect novel.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Heartbreaking…Breathtaking…Masterly…No one now writing in English surpasses or even matches McEwan’s accomplishment.” Washington Post Book World
“Vintage McEwan…His finely honed prose is a deep pleasure to experience.” Chicago Sun-Times
“A small, perfect, haunting work of art…McEwan draws a humane, touching, sometimes comic portrait of marital misunderstanding in an era when so much less was sayable, or said.” Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Marvelously realized…Wrenching, funny, smart, and hugely gratifying in unexpected ways…On Chesil Beach is as merciful to its characters as it is merciless in its heartbreak.” Boston Globe
“A poignant meditation on love’s ebb and flow.” Vogue
“A parable of failed empathy…Mordant [and] melancholy.” Village Voice
“Quietly riveting…McEwan has never written more beautifully than he does in [this] melancholy and haunting new novel.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“Exquisite…Compressed, crisp, [and] warmly specific…[A] small masterpiece.” Entertainment Weekly
“Impeccable…Beautifully crafted…Fluid, richly textured…Engrossing. Entertainment Weekly
“McEwan is in the first tier of novelists writing in English today.…He has achieved a complete mastery of his craft. New York Observer
In Saturday, the marvelously gifted Ian McEwan turns a single day into nearly twenty-four hours emblematic of an entire era. Chicago Tribune
“McEwan is supremely gifted.…Saturday is a tour de force. Washington Post Book World

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Author

Author Bio: Ian McEwan

Author Bio: Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan is the author of more than a dozen books, including either New York Times bestsellers. His novel Amsterdam won the 1998 Book Prize; Atonement, won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the W. H. Smith Literary Award; and The Child in Time won the Whitbread Award. His story collection, First Love, Last Rites, won the Somerset Maugham Award.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 4.50
Audience: Adult
Language: English