Malibu Rising: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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From the author of Daisy Jones & The Six and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo...
Named One of the Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post and Marie Claire
“Irresistible ... High drama at the beach, starring four sexy, surfing siblings and their deadbeat, famous-crooner dad.” (People)
Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of 24 hours, the family drama that ensues will change their lives will change forever.
Malibu: August 1983. It’s the day of Nina Riva’s annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their adored baby sister, Kit. Together the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over - especially as the offspring of the legendary singer Mick Riva.
The only person not looking forward to the party of the year is Nina herself, who never wanted to be the center of attention, and who has also just been very publicly abandoned by her pro tennis player husband. Oh, and maybe Hud - because it is long past time for him to confess something to the brother from whom he’s been inseparable since birth.
Jay, on the other hand, is counting the minutes until nightfall, when the girl he can’t stop thinking about promised she’ll be there.
And Kit has a couple secrets of her own - including a guest she invited without consulting anyone.
By midnight the party will be completely out of control. By morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames. But before that first spark in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play, and the loves and secrets that shaped this family’s generations will all come rising to the surface.
Malibu Rising is a story about one unforgettable night in the life of a family: the night they each have to choose what they will keep from the people who made them...and what they will leave behind.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 5 minutes|
|Author||Taylor Jenkins Reid|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 01, 2021|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #242 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2 in Fiction Sagas
#11 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#15 in Literary Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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First book by this author for me was The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo which I gave 4 stars. This book was a disappointment. There was no character development. I wanted more story with the siblings. The second half was filled with so many additional characters that added nothing to the story; they just crowded the whole second half.
Malibu Rising reminds me of Alice Hoffman's writing - multi-generational, character-driven, family-oriented. Both are brilliant story tellers. Reid's writing is modern, exciting, sexy. There is room for both, of course- If you love Reid, check out Hoffman as well. I love Reid's wittiness, her astute life observations. I often feel I am getting great advice on love, life, and the world, as I read. She writes fierce, flawed, and astounding female characters. I love them all. The characters of Malibu Rising, like her others, stick with you long after you've finished reading. You find yourself wanting to catch up with them, see how they are doing. Like a tv drama you love, you get to know the love the characters and you have to tune in every week to catch up on their lives. In that way, I am sad this story is over and I miss them already. ;-) That is my true indication of brilliant character writing, when I can't stop thinking about the characters long after the book has been finished!
While I was reading, I thought perhaps the party scene went on a bit too long, it seemed like never ending catch-up with many secondary characters that I did not necessarily care about. But I realize now after giving it some time, that that approach lent to the hurried, almost anxious feel of a party out of hand - what are these people doing? What has happened over here? How is this couple getting along now after an argument? What was that shattering sound? I can see the scene playing out in a movie, hurried camera work, anxiously scanning the party as everything comes to a head. Unsolved problems, characters lost, secrets untold, all come to a head. As I remember myself hurriedly reading, impatient to get back to what is going on with the main characters, I realize that is exactly what Reid had planned, expertly designed. Well done. Another great novel, thank you!
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Malibu Rising is sadly not as good as either even though there's a lot to love in here.
I think the main problem is that it is under-developed and sort of half-written. A couple more drafts and some editing, re-arranging and cutting would have elevated this novel to the standard this author is capable of.
It feels as if her publisher might have rushed her into print too soon. Or her editor blew smoke up her posterior & told her it was fantastic when it was still a work in progress.
I think this author is incredibly talented and I will read her next one and I'm not sorry I read Malibu Rising it's just not what it should have been.
I’m unpopular with my opinion I know.
But this book took me by surprise. What I thought it was going to be (like a Jackie Collins novel) with horrid little rich people sniping at each other and Botox lol….turned out to be nothing of the sort.
This had a lot of depth to it.
Loss of a parent in death and a father who couldn’t handle fatherhood.
Yes, they had money, but they worked for it.
The eldest daughter made sacrifices.
The family dynamics were intense and I loved every word and shocked myself that I enjoyed it so much.
I only read it thinking I needed an escape from thrillers, maybe a nice summer read. What I got was much more.
So maybe I’ll give her yet another chance when she brings her next book out!
The novel flits back and forth between the night in question - when the annual Riva party takes place - and the early years of the siblings' (Kit, Hud, Jay and Nina) lives and the relationship between their rock-icon father Mick and their mother June. It's all very dull - I had to force myself to keep reading, hoping it would pick up and get better.
As for the party itself, at that point a lot of unlikable characters are introduced very briefly and quickly - after all, the author needed people to populate the party with. But they're cardboard cutout characters - there as space-fillers (literally) and the reader can't care about them because they're unimportant and their time in the spotlight of the novel brief. One example is a mini-story (literally covering a couple of pages) about a guest called Eliza and how she'd like a certain type of man but decided not to stay at the party but go home and read a script (who cares - she's not relevant to the novel) - and here's an example of the frustrating style of writing. We're told 'And so, she did not go inside. Instead, she hung out in the front yard, talking to her friends. And Seth hung out in the backyard, looking for love'. It's written with the type of gravity you might reserve for characters who are the focal point of a novel - star-crossed lovers who might later meet. But nah, Eliza has a few pages and that's it. Like I say, filler material - and not even good filler. Or this - where an actor at the party is introduced: 'Back in high school in Dayton, Ohio, Robert Vaughn Donovan III did not make the football or the baseball team. But the moment he stepped into the school auditorium, he had found a home. With his quick wit and charmingly exasperated delivery of almost every line, he had the drama kids in stitches. His dad's college roommate...' Actually, I won't bore you with the rest. But all this setup for someone at a party who does nothing at all - who has no role in driving the overall plot forward - frustrated me as a reader.
This novel lacks plot, pacing, interesting characters. It's a slow amble across the years, repeatedly flagging up how nice Nina is, how errant Mick is - and it's all tell, tell tell. It's not even titillating. Barely any sex scenes and when there were, they were brief, boring and pretty chaste.
If you are looking for a summer bonk-buster or even a summer page-turner, this book isn't it. It doesn't even feel like it's written by someone who has any insider knowledge of the LA set. I've read that the author used to be a casting agent - but it doesn't feel like she's been close to celebrity or has any interesting stories; unlike Jackie Collins who was clearly close to all the gossip, scandal and sizzle and conveyed every ounce of it in her books. Honestly, what a damp squib of a novel this was.