Great Circle

Great Circle Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

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Listening Length 25 hours and 16 minutes
Author Maggie Shipstead
Narrator Cassandra Campbell, Alex McKenna
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Audible.com.au Release Date 05 May 2021
Publisher Penguin Audio
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
ASIN B08SDVS2VZ
Best Sellers Rank 2,854 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
5 in Native American Literature
9 in United States Literature
11 in World War II Historical Fiction

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Reviewed in Australia on 27 February 2022
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charting the unknowable
Reviewed in Australia on 27 February 2022
As a reader, there’s something deeply satisfying when a propulsive plot is underpinned by thematic depth. What happens next? You’re compelled to turn the page, not to solve some mystery (though there’s a meaty one here), but because you’ve become so personally invested in the writing, characters and themes you are now, somehow, part of the story itself.

Maggie Shipstead’s Booker-shortlisted Great Circle charts the life of Marian Graves, a woman born to be a wanderer, whose dream – an unlikely one for a woman born early in the 20th century - is to fly.

Over 600 pages, the reader is inexorably drawn into this tale of empowerment, determination, and adventure. From escaping a sinking cruise liner to flying spitfires during WWII, from freighting black market booze to attempting to circumnavigate the globe (a ‘great circle’ from pole to pole), there’s plenty to propel the story – and our attention – forward.

Underpinning all this, however, are profound interrogations about our ability to see our lives, and the lives of others, with proper perspective. Marian flies because altitude gives her a sense of the wider world and her place within it. It gives her the wider view she needs to connect the dots of her own life so that they may tell a cohesive story. She chases the full picture, the great circle, even though the curved horizon can only give her a partial glimpse. The meaning of (a) life, the author seems to say, can only be grasped with the benefit of distance and time, a vantage point from which one can take in the whole.

Without this map-like view of their own lives, the women in Great Circle are buffeted by the elements, with only enough visibility to ponder the next course correction, when what they truly desire is to set their own destination.

More than a tale of female emancipation, Great Circle is about our yearning, as humans, to pull the word down to a scale that makes sense. Understanding one another requires proximity and intimacy. Understanding the grand mysteries of life – and love, and death – requires distance and perspective. How we navigate this contradiction is the question this genuinely wondrous novel sets out to answer.
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sharpy
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly amazing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 August 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly amazing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 August 2021
Just finished 'Great Circle' by Maggie Shipstead and am honestly lost for words. I sat for 30mins in awe and then went back and read the first few chapters again!

An epic, and I mean epic at over 600 pages, story about love, lose, family, friends, legacy and ultimately life.

Follows the journey of a female pilot, Marian Graves, who in 1950 attempted to fly the 'great circle' around the earth, flying over both North and South poles.

The story starts shortly before Marian's birth and takes us up to 2015 when a movie is being made about her life and journey.

The book follows 2 narratives intertwined throughout; the past - of Marian's story through the years and the present; of the actress given the task (the honour) of bringing Marian to the big screen.

The story is so well researched and planned; historical fiction standing side by side with history itself.

I took my time reading this as I didn't want it to end, and wanted to appreciate every part of the story.
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Richard Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars A 600 page turner- that you are sad to finish
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 July 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new classic
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 September 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star, engrossing life fiction
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too long - with weak modern timeline
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 October 2021
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