Cruel Beautiful World

  • by Caroline Leavitt
  • Narrated by Xe Sands
  • 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Caroline Leavitt is at her mesmerizing best in this haunting, nuanced portrait of love, sisters, and the impossible legacy of family.
It's 1969, and 16-year-old Lucy is about to run away with a much older man to live off the grid in rural Pennsylvania, a rash act that will have vicious repercussions for both her and her older sister, Charlotte. As Lucy's default caretaker for most of their lives, Charlotte's youth has been marked by the burden of responsibility, but never more so than when Lucy's dream of a rural paradise turns into a nightmare.
Cruel Beautiful World examines the intricate, infinitesimal distance between seduction and love, loyalty and duty, and explores what happens when you're responsible for things you cannot make right.

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Kept me listening intently

I was hooked from the first chapter. Surprised in places. Thanks to the wonderful narration, I felt like I was in the story. Definitely recommend.
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- Leah

Could not finish listening - narration not for me

I rarely stop a book before I finish, but I found myself dreading this one, and I realized it was the narration. The narrator sounds uncertain and tentative, all the characters speak in the same way (not surprisingly, tentative and uncertain!) The way she modulates her voice caused a lot of volume issues for me, too -- the lack of emphasis on certain words made their volume fall way below the others, and I was constantly trying to figure out what had been said.

I can't say a lot about the story. It might have been glorious, but the narration was so distracting I couldn't really get into it at all.
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- Nancy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-04-2016
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books