Now a Major Motion Picture starring Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, and Fionn Whitehead. One of the Best Books of the Year: The Washington Post, NPR, Vogue, BookRiot Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge who presides over cases in the family division. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude, and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now her marriage of thirty years is in crisis. At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: Adam, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, is refusing for religious reasons the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents echo his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely expressed faith? In the course of reaching a decision, Fiona visits Adam in the hospital-an encounter that stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both.
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by Ian Slater
by Ian McEwan
"McEwan is a novelist for Òthinking readers,Ó and Lindsay Duncan could be considered a narrator for Òthinking listeners.Ó This audiobook, then, features a suitable match. Duncan lends her voice to Fiona, a skilled, committed London High Court judge whose dedication to her work earns her wide respect. At home, however, FionaÕs marriage is disintegrating, and sheÕs left feeling unmoored and fraught with self-doubt. DuncanÕs voice has a maturity and pragmatism that suit FionaÕs characterization. Even as Fiona copes with difficult cases involving children and returns home to an empty house, Duncan remains steady and never maudlin. One can fully imagine Fiona retaining her dignity in the presence of these personal and professional storms, and so Duncan succeeds in this high-quality audiobook. L.B.F. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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