A Summons to Memphis

  • by Peter Taylor
  • Narrated by Boyd Gaines
  • 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Born in 1917, Tennessee author Peter Taylor won the Pulitzer Prize for this exceptional work of literature. The well-to-do Carver family moves to Memphis from Nashville, where they become embroiled in a domestic dispute over the widower patriarch's decision to remarry.

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What the Critics Say

"A beautiful, ironic novel..." (New York Times Book Review)
"Every inch the classic." (Kirkus Reviews )

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Customer Reviews

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Not at all interesting

The story in this book was not really bad, but it just never developed into somthing you care about. The main character was selfish and boring, he did not really care about anythign in life, and so I did not really care about him. There was such promise, but nothing ever developed beyond the surface. The main character hears that father and sisters interefered with the one love of his life, therefore ruining his ability to really love for the rest of his life and what does he do...nothing. Nothing is about what sums up the plot development of the book.
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- Nichole

Summons to Boredom

I am dumbfounded as to how this book won a Pulitzer Prize. I can only conjecture that Peter Taylor's powerful friends persuaded the powers that be to give him the award as a prize for his total career. Nothing much happens in this completely humorless book. And I am at a loss to explain why the reader chose to narrate the book without a trace of the Nashville/Memphis accent of the book's narrator.
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- Theodore

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-24-2008
  • Publisher: Recorded Books