Anywhere But Here

  • by Mona Simpson
  • Narrated by Kate Rudd
  • 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A national best seller upon its publication, Anywhere but Here is a moving, often comic portrait of wise child Ann August and her mother, Adele, a larger-than-life American dreamer. As they travel through the landscape of their often conflicting ambitions, Ann and Adele bring to life a novel that is a brilliant exploration of the perennial urge to keep moving, even at the risk of profound disorientation. Simpson's first novel is ultimately a heart-rending tale of a mother and daughter's invaluable relationship.

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What the Critics Say

"Mona Simpson writes with confidence, with swagger. She is already a master." (Anne Tyler)
"Anywhere but Here is a wonder: big, complex, masterfully written, it's an achievement that lands [Simpson] in the front ranks of our best novelists." (Newsweek)

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Fantastic character study

A mother with borderline personality disorder (or similar affliction- it's never formally acknowledged); a daughter who is oddly detached and stoic; a supporting cast of characters endearing and infuriating, woven together in a sort of anti-coming-of-age story: fantastic. I was engrossed from start to finish.

And the narration: excellent. Most narrators irk me some way or another.
Kate Rudd, however, delivers an unpretentious, somewhat monotone, lovely narration that fans of 'This American Life' will enjoy.

So glad I took a chance on this wonderful novel.
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- jennifer

Living in a disfunctional family

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I found myself getting very frustrated with the characters in this book. I have known a woman with the same sort of personality disorder as Ann August and she was frustrating to deal with.


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Rudd?

No suggestions as to another narrator but someone who could give the different voices more of a difference.


Was Anywhere But Here worth the listening time?

Not for me


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- Joanne Kuhnlein

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-16-2012
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio