Early Warning

Early Warning

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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From the best-selling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize: a riveting, emotionally engaging journey through mid-century America, as lived by a remarkable family with roots in the heartland of Iowa Early Warning opens in 1953 with the Langdon family at a crossroads. Their stalwart patriarch, Walter, who with his wife, Rosanna, sustained their farm for three decades, has suddenly died, leaving their five children, now adults, looking to the future. Only one will remain in Iowa to work the land, while the others scatter to Washington, D.C., California, and everywhere in between. As the country moves out of post́??World War II optimism through the darker landscape of the Cold War and the social and sexual revolutions of the 1960s and '70s, and then into the unprecedented wealth́??for somé??of the early 1980s, the Langdon children each follow a different path in a rapidly changing world. And they now have children of their own: twin boys who are best friends and vicious rivals; a girl whose rebellious spirit takes her to the notorious Peoples Temple in San Francisco; and a golden boy who drops out of college to fight in Vietnaḿ??leaving behind a secret legacy that will send shock waves through the Langdon family into the next generation. Capturing a transformative period through richly drawn characters we come to know and care deeply for, Early Warning continues Smiley's extraordinary epic trilogy, a gorgeously told saga that began with Some Luck and will span a century in America. But it also stands entirely on its own as an engrossing story of the challengeś??and rewardś??of family and home, even in the most turbulent of times, all while showcasing a beloved writer at the height of her considerable powers. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Audio, 2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781101889060
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file) : digital
audio file,CD audio
Additional Contributors: King, Lorelei


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Nov 20, 2017

The description says "a riveting, emotionally engaging journey" -- must have been reading a different book. Have to agree with IV27HUjg that it was boring as all get out. Listened for a little over an hour thinking something would happen but no; it just went on and on and...

May 16, 2017

It is refreshing to be able to follow a generational story for 100 years. It feels indulgent! The writing in this series is so good - while there are many, many characters, the intimacy of the shared moments are enough to connect to each family member. It is easier to connect to the older generation, since there was more time to integrate these characters than the younger ones. The audiobook is the way to go on this series because I think it might get a bit drawn out in print.

Feb 14, 2016

After listening - forwarding a lot - I think the title means...early warning this is a very gabby book, boring as all get out. At least the reader had a decent voice. Still, returned early without completion.


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