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Commonwealth Audiobook

Commonwealth

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Publisher's Summary

It is 1964: Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating's christening uninvited, where he notices a heart-stoppingly beautiful woman. When Bert kisses Beverly Keating, his host's wife, he sets in motion the joining of two families. In 1988, Franny Keating, now 24, meets one of her idols, the famous author Leon Posen.

After telling him about her family, she unwittingly relinquishes control over their story. Franny never dreams that the consequences of this encounter will extend into the lives of her scattered siblings and parents.

©2016 Ann Patchett (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"There is a stillness and beauty to Ann Patchett's writing that takes the breath away.... Patchett's mastery of language is matched only by her narrative abilities." (The Times)

"Enchanting prose and wondrous storytelling." (Economist)

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    Louise 17/11/2016
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    "Beautifully constructed story of a blended family"

    This story will resonate with so many people. Ann Patchett tells a story with so much patience and restraint but captures so much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy E. 24/10/2016
    Nancy E. 24/10/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Voices"

    The voices for the characters were very unappealing
    Hard to follow story
    Here there and everywhere

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    Cathie Dalliwall 13/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Unusual family saga"

    An enjoyable read, focussing on a split family and the issues they face over many years - was well written.

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    Bianca Coleman 23/09/2016
    Bianca Coleman 23/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Found narrator difficult..."

    I am a big fan of Ann Patchett. State of Nature and Run are amongst my favourite novels. I don't rate Commonwealth as highly although I did enjoy it. I struggled with the narrator. She had a hard time with male voices and I think it would have been better for her to have read ing her own voice than to attempt a bad remediations of men.

    Overall, the book was satisfying and I look forward to Patchett's next.

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    Sorry narrater.
    Pretty OK story but hard to enjoy due to narrator's inadequate reading ability.

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  • jennifer
    14/09/16
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    "For the first time"

    Ann Patchett is a genius but the person narrating her audiobook is so painfully bad that I can't make it through the whole thing. It's genuinely distracting.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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