The Intangible: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
In C.J. Washington’s riveting debut novel, a deadly secret and a devastating betrayal collide to unravel the lives of two couples in crisis.
Amanda Jackson and her husband Derrick long to have a baby. But Amanda’s meandering road to motherhood has strained her marriage and she finds herself keeping secrets, even from her mother and sister. Feeling adrift - and beset by the sense that she can’t trust her own mind - Amanda turns to neuroscientist Patrick Davis for answers.
Patrick understands the strange twists and turns of the human mind better than anyone. But his expertise hasn’t helped as his own homelife crumbles. Like Amanda, his brilliant wife Marissa is harboring secrets and an immense guilt. But instead of turning to Patrick, she becomes obsessed with finding a scientific theory to restore what she’s lost.
As the two couples confront the fraught intersection of hope and regret, what they find could change their lives forever.
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|Listening Length||11 hours|
|Narrator||Jordan Cobb, Will Damron, Megan Tusing, Andrew Eiden|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||January 01, 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #16,791 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#112 in Domestic Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#201 in African American Literature
#456 in Domestic Thrillers (Books)
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If you like something fast paced with a lot of action, this is the exact opposite. It is a slow burn, cerebral story, almost completely void of ANY action. It is essentially a story about the gradual disintegration of two marriages. The reasons for the break down of these relationships are not particularly unique. One is brought on by the pressures of infertility. The other is brought on by a failure to prioritize the relationship, essentially neglecting to nurture it.
These two couples are essentially nice, well liked, successful, and extremely intelligent people. They behave like adults. The breakups are unusual only for the LACK of drama and emotional hostility that we 've come to expect from divorce. We learn a lot about these four individuals. We take a deep dive into their backgrounds, childhood traumas and their current relationships with their parents and siblings. We come to know them very well and understand their motivations, even if we would have handled their situations much differently
Much of the book, I was waiting for something to happen or some substantial twist to take place. Don't hold your breath.
What the story does offer is a rather metaphysical look at the unanswered questions about human life and the properties of the universe. There are also some very astute observations about what it means to be human and the importance of continuing to make new connections and nourishing the ones we already have.
This is a VERY smart book. All of the main characters are highly educated and involved in some aspect of medicine, academia or research. One of the women at the center of the story is an accomplished and tenured Mathematics Professor. She is obsessed with making a name for herself. She is in the process of working through an original mathematical proof, that will change the world of physics forever. Her work is so respected, impressive, and groundbreaking, that people that travel in her elite circles are more than willing to overlook the goal of her research: to communicate with the dead!
I liked the book, i did not love it. It is not boring, even if it is a bit uneventful.
In addition to the intrigue, The Intangible is a compelling novel about the different ways we deal with loss, and how the mind can help us process loss in very different ways. To try to explain in more detail would spoil the book, but Amanda and Derrick as well as Patrick and his wife, Marissa, both demonstrate the varied reactions people can have to loss and the different ways in which we grieve.
Between the more emotional and psychological aspects of dealing with loss with the intellectual puzzle of trying to figure out what will happen, The Intangible delivers an amazing read.
There were so many characters given families and back stories, it was difficult to keep everyone straight. On the other hand, the personalities, perspectives and drama were relatable. Holidays, in-laws, the handling of one's life including marriage, divorce, tensions, drug use, workaholics, strong and cynical siblings: my personal experience or being a friend to others relates directly.
The imperfectness of being a human versus having "heroes to cheer for"--- too bad readers who want to cheer gave low ratings for that reason. If the characters were heroes, they'd have made better decisions and there would not be much of a story. My marriage advice is always " Don't go to bed mad, and always turn toward each other (as opposed to outside the marriage)."
Washington is a gifted writer. I have mixed feelings about the end but have no suggestion for a better one. It's a book that is sticking with me and making me think.