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Anywhere But Here Audiobook

Anywhere But Here

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Publisher's Summary

A national best seller upon its publication, Anywhere but Here is a moving, often comic portrait of wise child Ann August and her mother, Adele, a larger-than-life American dreamer. As they travel through the landscape of their often conflicting ambitions, Ann and Adele bring to life a novel that is a brilliant exploration of the perennial urge to keep moving, even at the risk of profound disorientation. Simpson's first novel is ultimately a heart-rending tale of a mother and daughter's invaluable relationship.

©2012 Mona Simpson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Mona Simpson writes with confidence, with swagger. She is already a master." (Anne Tyler)

"Anywhere but Here is a wonder: big, complex, masterfully written, it's an achievement that lands [Simpson] in the front ranks of our best novelists." (Newsweek)

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  • jennifer
    BROOKLYN, NY, United States
    29/03/13
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    "Fantastic character study"

    A mother with borderline personality disorder (or similar affliction- it's never formally acknowledged); a daughter who is oddly detached and stoic; a supporting cast of characters endearing and infuriating, woven together in a sort of anti-coming-of-age story: fantastic. I was engrossed from start to finish.

    And the narration: excellent. Most narrators irk me some way or another.
    Kate Rudd, however, delivers an unpretentious, somewhat monotone, lovely narration that fans of 'This American Life' will enjoy.

    So glad I took a chance on this wonderful novel.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Joanne Kuhnlein
    1/04/14
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    "Living in a disfunctional family"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I found myself getting very frustrated with the characters in this book. I have known a woman with the same sort of personality disorder as Ann August and she was frustrating to deal with.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Rudd?

    No suggestions as to another narrator but someone who could give the different voices more of a difference.


    Was Anywhere But Here worth the listening time?

    Not for me


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer Knight
    Napa, CA
    28/02/14
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    "Loved it."
    What did you love best about Anywhere But Here?

    It's a dark and engaging story. The characters are complex and edgy.


    Who was the most memorable character of Anywhere But Here and why?

    Adelle. Adelle is so complex and interesting. The narrator elegantly brings her to life.


    Any additional comments?

    Beautiful and skillful narration. The actor really brings these characters and places to life. Fantastic.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mandy
    San Antonio, Texas
    1/04/13
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    "Great Book From Multiple Perspectives"
    What did you love best about Anywhere But Here?

    I really enjoyed how the book was written giving the perspectives of several different generations of the family. It gave the story so much more depth and texture than if the author had taken a single perspective approach. The author created a storyline that drew me in and made me feel emotionally attached to the characters.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    I really enjoyed the main characters voices but Ms. Rudd over emphasized the endingS of wordS so ofteN that it drove me nuts. There were times I had to force myself to keep listening because it was so irritating. She didn't do it until around chapter 3. I guess someone must have critiqued her work and told her to be more clear or something? Either way, it was bad advice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!


    Any additional comments?

    If any of you have known someone whose entire personality and mood could flip on a dime and suddenly YOU are to blame for everything wrong in their life you will be able to appreciate the main character in the book.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Sara
    20/05/14
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    "Can't get past the narrator"
    What disappointed you about Anywhere But Here?

    The only way I'll know if this book was a great read is if I actually read it. The narrator's voice doesn't work well as a child/teen.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a credit I'll never get back.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dianne
    Oregon, Untied States
    19/05/14
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    "Mother & Daughter one is nothing without the other"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not really, you got a true insight into the daughters thoughts and lives.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes it would make a good story - chick flick


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Virginia
    Barneveld, WI, United States
    11/04/14
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    "Painfully too long"

    This story had little substance and could have ended about 10 hours earlier. Most of the story felt forced and artificial.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jen Sanders
    Las Vegas
    30/06/16
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    "Thumbs down"

    I just couldn't get into this book. I tried twice. The storyline, narration and characters did not do it for me. Can I get my credit back?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cassie
    10/05/14
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    "Boring"
    What would have made Anywhere But Here better?

    More action, any plot twists, less long pointless stories. Oh wait, there was one plot twist.


    What was most disappointing about Mona Simpson’s story?

    It dragged on and on and seemed to have no point.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Rudd?

    Oh she was alright.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment and boredom


    Any additional comments?

    couldn't finish it, too long and slow.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Meagan vR
    Ohio
    13/04/14
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    "Why was there no story?"
    Would you try another book from Mona Simpson and/or Kate Rudd?

    Maybe


    What was most disappointing about Mona Simpson’s story?

    Great characters who do nothing


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kate Rudd?

    Yea


    Was Anywhere But Here worth the listening time?

    Nah


    Any additional comments?

    Too bad. Well written for what it was but just became dull after a little while with nothing happening.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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