Faithful: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From the New York Times best-selling author of The Marriage of Opposites and The Dovekeepers comes a soul-searching story about a young woman struggling to redefine herself and the power of love, family, and fate.
Growing up on Long Island, Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate. Her best friend's future is destroyed in an accident while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt.
What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is the story of a survivor filled with emotion, from dark suffering to true happiness - a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future. In New York City she finds a circle of lost and found souls - including an angel who's been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night.
Here is a character you will fall in love with, so believable and real and endearing that she captures both the ache of loneliness and the joy of finding yourself at last. For anyone who's ever been a hurt teenager, for every mother of a daughter who has lost her way, Faithful is a road map.
Alice Hoffman's "trademark alchemy" (USA Today) and her ability to write about the "delicate balance between the everyday world and the extraordinary" (WBUR) make this an unforgettable story. With beautifully crafted prose, Alice Hoffman spins hope from heartbreak in this profoundly moving novel.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 27 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 01, 2016|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #59,153 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#209 in Magical Realism Fiction
#1,463 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,660 in Magical Realism
Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2016
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However, being a Hoffman lover, I couldn't stop myself from pressing "BUY" when I saw she had a new book out. Am I sorry? Only a little. This novel is not as lyrical or as wow-inducing as some of her others (Red Garden was a favorite of mine), but it kept my interest and I did finish it. Here's the rub--there were days I felt like reading, but didn'the feel like reading THIS book. Why? It is depressing as hell sometimes.
A tragic event substantially changes the lives of two teenage girls--one irreparably, and one not quite. While I can certainly remember times earlier in my life where I allowed myself to wallow in a bit of self-loathing, but one of these girls takes it to such an extreme that I felt put off. Guilt, I get--we've all done stupid things in our youth--but years of physically and psychically harmful self loathing? Nope.
So, yes, I finished the book...eventually; but it wasn't a book that pulled me in, made me want to keep reading. That is a disappointment...from this author, and at the price of 15 bucks for a Kindle book.
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I'd read some of Alice Hoffman's stuff in the past, but this was, to me, unreadable. I managed to wade through 22% of ... frankly desperately uninteresting rubbish.
One minute the protagonist Shelby has taken to her death bed in the cellar unable to move, feed herself, get out of bed, talk to anyone, interact, or face life. The next we read she's upped and offed and gone with Ben (her weed supplier) to live in New York, where, daft as it may seem, she suddenly has a job and is rapidly elevated to store manager. And yes, to thicken the plot we have her kidnapping two damaged stray dogs used by beggars on a rotational basis to wean money from idiots.
Nothing about the book as far as I'd read it was realistic, particularly sensible, or in any way uplifting. There was no plot as far as I could see except for some disjointed individual bathing page after page in utter misery and making you, the reader, feel like you wanted to give her a right good kicking for being so feckless.
How this book has been so generously reviewed and warmly received is TOTALLY beyond me. At least Catcher In The Rye went somewhere and did so pretty fast in ways that were interesting, intriguing and memorable. Trust me, this is nothing like that. I absolutely hated it.
I did find certain parts of the book exhausting at times, some aspects emotionally draining as realistic.