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

Narration spoils this book

The story was interesting but the narrator's cadence is reminiscent of a 1940's Micky Spillane movie. Very inappropriate to the story and very disturbing.
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- Rosie P

Book Details

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