Olive Kitteridge: Fiction Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE The beloved first novel featuring Olive Kitteridge, from the number one New York Times best-selling author of the Oprah’s Book Club pick Olive, Again
“Fiction lovers, remember this name: Olive Kitteridge.... You’ll never forget her.” (USA Today)
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post Book World USA Today San Francisco Chronicle Chicago Tribune Seattle Post-Intelligencer People Entertainment Weekly The Christian Science Monitor The Plain Dealer The Atlantic Rocky Mountain News Library Journal
At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town of Crosby, Maine, and in the world at large, but she doesn’t always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance; a former student who has lost the will to live; Olive’s own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and her husband, Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse.
As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life - sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition - its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires.
The inspiration for the Emmy Award-winning HBO miniseries starring Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, and Bill Murray
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 2 minutes|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||02 April 2019|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 2,543 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
4 in Literature Anthologies
16 in Psychological Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
27 in Fiction Anthologies (Books)
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A good read.
It was refreshing to read about people who were far from perfect and I felt the main character was quite unlikable at times.
The book is made up of events in Olive's life rather than a story with a beginning and end.
She talks about her neighbours and old friends she has over the years. Each chapter tells a story of people in her life. It is set on a small seaside town in America.
This is a thought provoking novel.
I would recommend this to anybody to read. The descriptions of people has you seeing this person and nodding when she describes people's mannerisms.
This is a good read.
To top it off the book finishes when it should not.
It leads into a sentence which just stops with the book ending.
My advice is to not bother with this book as it is such a poor version on the kindle.
Do not waste your time and money on this.
Don't NOT read it just because I didn't enjoy it - give it a try - you might find the star quality that I missed!
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Olive Kitteridge is the indomitable presence throughout the book. Some stories have the faintest mention of Olive while in others she impacts with the overbearing resolve of a woman that is determined to get what she wants. Olive is rarely the focal point, but she acts as a magnet drawing each story to exist in her presence.
Olive is an ex-school teacher, a tall and often clumsy woman, but as the years progress she becomes big,
“… her ankles puffed out, her shoulders rolled up behind her neck, and her wrists and hands seemed to become the size of a man’s. Olive minds – of course she does; sometimes, privately, she minds very much. But at this stage of the game, she is not about to abandon the comfort of food, and that means right now she probably looks like a fat dozing seal wrapped in some kind of gauze bandage.”
Olive has a formidable presence and a complexity that is intriguing and undefinable. While she offers very little filter in her comments and consideration of others and thinks it ludicrous to cry at weddings, she cries when she sees a young anorexic girl, Nina.
“Olive shook her head again, blew her nose. She looked at Nina and said quietly, ‘I don’t know who you are, but young lady, you’re breaking my heart.’
‘I’m not trying to,’ said Nina, defensively. ‘It’s not like I can help it.’
‘Oh, I know that. I know.’ Olive nodded.”
The first story is a touching story of her husband, Harry, who is a pharmacist, and his relationship with a young married assistant who tragically loses her husband. The relationship is subtly transformed from a platonic friendship to the delicate suggestion of deeper feelings as he allows himself to imagine what life would be like with this young woman. The emotional conflict burdens him until he finally asks Olive if she would ever leave him. “Oh, for God’s sake Henry. You could make a woman sick.” she responds.
Most of the following stories reverberate with a sense of betrayal. You can feel the connection with the characters, laugh through incidents, be astounded by some events, nod in recognition with many, and shed a tear or two at others. The writing is emotionally stimulating and reveals such vivid moments that give breath to sentiments you may not have been expecting.
This is a wonderful reading experience, infused with beautiful prose, images and feelings that we all encounter or witness throughout our lives. I would highly recommend this book. The reason why I jumped to read this book after it sitting on my bookshelf for so long, was that the sequel, Olive, Again, is due for release on 31st October this year.
Thought it a thoroughly miserable read. Olive is not a pleasant woman who values no one but herself. Very disjointed book Few connections between one chapter and the next. The most positive thing I can say is that the characters in some chapters were interesting.
My advice is don't bother with this book.
Some did not like the format of 13 short stories about people in the community - 2 of which Olive was not even apparently relevant to.
Not a cheerful book - OK it is showing a community and how people's lives intertwine but surely some people could be happy too...