Us

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (14.15 hours)
Product Number: Z100086922
Released: Oct 28, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780062368492
Narrator/s: David Haig
Publisher: HarperAudio
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Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize David Nicholls brings the wit and intelligence that graced his enormously popular New York Times bestseller, One Day, to a compellingly human, deftly funny new novel about what holds marriages and families together-and what happens, and what we learn about ourselves, when everything threatens to fall apart. Douglas Petersen may be mild-mannered, but behind his reserve lies a sense of humor that, against all odds, seduces beautiful Connie into a second date...?nd eventually into marriage. Now, almost three decades after their relationship first blossomed in London, they live more or less happily in the suburbs with their moody seventeen year-old son, Albie. Then Connie tells him she thinks she wants a divorce. The timing couldn't be worse. Hoping to encourage her son's artistic interests, Connie has planned a month-long tour of European capitals, a chance to experience the world's greatest works of art as a family, and she can't bring herself to cancel. And maybe going ahead with the original plan is for the best anyway? Douglas is privately convinced that this landmark trip will rekindle the romance in the marriage, and might even help him to bond with Albie. Narrated from Douglas's endearingly honest, slyly witty, and at times achingly optimistic point of view, Us is the story of a man trying to rescue his relationship with the woman he loves, and learning how to get closer to a son who's always felt like a stranger. Us is a moving meditation on the demands of marriage and parenthood, the regrets of abandoning youth for middle age, and the intricate relationship between the heart and the head. And in David Nicholls's gifted hands, Douglas's odyssey brings Europe-from the streets of Amsterdam to the famed museums of Paris, from the cafEs of Venice to the beaches of Barcelona-to vivid life just as he experiences a powerful awakening of his own. Will this summer be his last as a husband, or the moment when he turns his marriage, and maybe even his whole life, around?

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Author(s): David Nicholls
Awards:2014-Fiction-Longlist-Man Booker Prize
Original Publish Date: Oct 28, 2014

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CD
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Us
Author(s): David Nicholls
Narrator(s): David Haig
Product Number DD20901
Released: Sep 01, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Harper Audio
ISBN: #9780062420374
eBook
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Us
Author(s): David Nicholls
Product Number EB00298601
Released: Oct 28, 2014
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: Harper
ISBN: #9780062365606

Professional reviews

"British actor David Haig perfectly portrays the bumbling, good-hearted Douglas Petersen, who hopes to save his marriage while on a modern-day grand tour of Europe with his wife and sullen 17-year-old son. Haig's spot-on timing makes the humor pop, and his sympathetic performance connects listeners to Douglas's moments of despair and frustration, especially when heÕs trying to communicate with his son. Haig's portrayal of a straitlaced middle-aged scientist who is trying to fit in with his artistic, laid-back family is flawless, and listeners will be impressed with his ability to seamlessly transition among the characters, capturing each one's personality. This bittersweet comedy of errors and self-discovery is destined to be one of the most talked about audiobooks of the year. C.B.L. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, 2015 Audies Finalist © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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