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Olive, Again

Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
Series: Olive Kitteridge, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
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Brought to you by Penguin. 

An extraordinary new novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning, number one New York Times best-selling author of Olive Kitteridge and My Name is Lucy Barton.

Olive, Again follows the blunt, contradictory yet deeply loveable Olive Kitteridge as she grows older, navigating the second half of her life as she comes to terms with the changes - sometimes welcome, sometimes not - in her own existence and in those around her. 

Olive adjusts to her new life with her second husband, challenges her estranged son and his family to accept him, experiences loss and loneliness, witnesses the triumphs and heartbreaks of her friends and neighbours in the small coastal town of Crosby, Maine - and, finally, opens herself to new lessons about life. 

©2019 Elizabeth Strout (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"One of America's finest writers." (Sunday Times)

 "A powerful storyteller immersed in the nuances of human relationships." (Observer)

"Strout really can write you into a world until you feel you are there with her, in that house, that life, that little Podunk of a place." (The Times)

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Totally absorbed by its candor

I was unexpectedly drawn into this book. I’m an older reader and I find most material trivial. This however, was to me, full of honest discussions of real life, mixed with a heartfelt understanding revaling things i have seen a thousand times but never really ‘seen’. It’s rare for me to find a book worth finishing but this was one of them.
Perhaps, I do think you need to reach a certain age where it is most valuable but it is nevertheless provoking and well told. The ‘voices’ were wonderfully engaging and I compliment the reader for such a beautiful portrayal

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wonderful and absorbing

Loved this book, reader really brought it to life. Elizabeth Strout is a wonderful writer.

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  • Catherine
  • 17-04-2020

Indomitable Olive

Elizabeth Strout does it again
Strout is such an insightful and generous writer and in Olive she has created someone we can all relate to. Olive has insight enough but no real inclination to change her ways and it is, I think, this unwillingness or inability to people-please I admire most about her. There are many poignant moments in this book and I will never forget the visceral thwack I felt as I listened to the chapter entitled The Poet. The poem is brutal and honest but Olive really is indomitable and she always picks herself up, dusts herself off and starts all over again.
Walking with Olive, I feel less out of step with the world. Strout shows us human nature in all its complexity and shines a light on all of us.

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  • Rachel Redford
  • 13-11-2019

Every-day lives made to matter

Eleven years ago Elizabeth Strout published "Olive Kitteridge" set in ordinaryville, Crosby, in Maine, which finished with strident, all-seeing Olive at 70.

"Olive Again" takes Olive further: widowed, into a second marriage with Jack (overweight and not the man he was since his prostate surgery); into old age with all its alone-ness, frustrations and indignities - and a second widowhood. That sounds beyond depressing, but these inter-linked, powerfully charged stories in which characters come and go tug at the heartstrings with such poignancy, such insights - and humour - that we're drawn right in.

These are ordinary characters living ordinary lives but Strout makes them matter, and makes us feel the magnitude of their apparently insignificant disappointments and sadnesses. A grandmother plagues her uninterested visitor with pictures of her grandchildren on her phone, rattling on at length about their cuteness. "Oh I talk too much about them," she gushes. "Yes, you do," replies the visitor and the grandmother's world collapses.

The tragic failures of relationships are explored with infinite subtlety - between Olive and her grown-up son and his hostile step children who stare sullenly; the silent, alienated old couple who have divided their living space with tape. "Tell your father to take you out because I'm not!" says the wife to the dog.

I loved this and the narrator Kimberly Farr's presentation of the dialogue and Olive's thoughts is masterly..

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-01-2020

Absolutely loved it

This book made me laugh and cry, Olive was such a snob and yet I couldn't help feeling sorry for her.
I loved the way the author involved her in other stories as we got to know other characters.
Most wonderful narration by Kimberly Farr...I could listen to any book narrated by her, she has a great voice and protrayed the story so well.

Would definitely recommend this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-05-2020

Fabulous book

Everyone should have an Olive in their life. What a character! Wise, strong, witty and terrifyingly truthful about a woman's journey into old age and wisdom. Beautifully narrated...off to buy another! Olive Kitteridge was great...Olive Again even better

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  • Ms Hilary Thornton
  • 21-05-2020

Gentle narrative

I have thoroughly enjoyed both “Olive” books. The attention to detail in the stories is illuminating and makes Olive into a very real, flawed person. Nevertheless, there is a narrative throughout that keeps the reader’s attention. The performance is perfect and beautifully paced to match the subject matter.
Do you have to be a woman of a certain age to enjoy the stories? Not necessarily - but it helps!

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  • MaggieM
  • 18-05-2020

Bitter Sweet story wonderfully told

Sad to have finished Olive Again. Wonderful thought provoking & astute. Hope there's more Olive!

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  • Miss
  • 05-03-2020

Wonderful, again.

I just loved Olive Kitteridge and Olive, Again. Elizabeth’s writing is so intelligent, so subtle and there’s such humour. I LOVED the narration too. Kimberly really brought Olive to life for me. I’m sad I’ve finished the books!

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  • myttentwitten
  • 28-01-2020

A Masterpiece

Deeply moving and brilliant follow up to Olive Kitteridge. Poignant and at times funny, you never want to say goodbye to Olive!

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  • katea
  • 18-01-2020

Olive.

I love Olive Kitteridge. She’s feisty, honest, awkward and difficult but she’s also kind in her own way. I’m going to miss her

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  • LP
  • 17-01-2020

Sensational

Farr captures the essence of Olive and what a delight these stories are! They are moving, often laugh-out loud funny and very uplifting - quite a feat considering the subject - old age.

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  • D.N.Worthington
  • 16-01-2020

Stupendous

Wonderfully detailed writing and character study, superbly read by someone who's truly understood the author's intent