Ladder of Years

  • by Anne Tyler
  • Narrated by Kelly Lintz
  • 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"Baltimore woman disappears during family vacation" declares the headline. Forty-year-old Delia Grinstead is last seen strolling down the Delaware shore, wearing nothing more than a bathing suit and carrying a beach tote with $500 tucked inside. To her husband and three almost-grown children, she has vanished without trace or reason. But for Delia, who feels like a tiny gnat buzzing around her family's edges, "walking away from it all" is not a premeditated act, but an impulse that will lead her into a new, exciting, and unimagined life.


What the Critics Say

"Perhaps no one writing fiction today can so clearly evoke middle-age angst as Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Tyler.... Poignant, warm, and quirky." (Library Journal)
"A fine story of mid-life changes and newfound realizations." (Midwest Book Review)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Another interesting, dysfunctional, family

Anne tyler's characters are always so believable to me. Most families have them. Anne's are just on steroids. This story started a little slowly, but soon had me anxious to find out what happens next. The ending had me in suspense until the last minute.
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- Mary E. Mcgibbon

Enjoyed it again!

Would you listen to Ladder of Years again? Why?

Yes I can relate to many of Anne Tyler's books.

What did you like best about this story?

I think Anne Tyler puts down on paper what many of us experience in our family relationships.

What does Kelly Lintz bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I enjoyed the tone of her voice, the speed at which she read the story and the personalities she gave to the characters.

If you could rename Ladder of Years, what would you call it?

For Better or for Worse

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- Gregory L Mousseau

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-01-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios