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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2018 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
The long-awaited audiobook from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad, Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression.
Anna Kerrigan, nearly 12 years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Anna observes the uniformed servants, the lavishing of toys on the children and some secret pact between her father and Dexter Styles.
Years later her father has disappeared, and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. She is the sole provider for her mother, a farm girl who had a brief and glamorous career as a Ziegfield folly, and her lovely, severely disabled sister.
At a nightclub she chances to meet Styles, the man she visited with her father before he vanished, and she begins to understand the complexity of her father's life, the reasons he might have been murdered.
Mesmerising, hauntingly beautiful, with the pace and atmosphere of a noir thriller and a wealth of detail about organised crime, the merchant marine and the clash of classes in New York, Egan's first historical audiobook is a masterpiece, a deft, startling, intimate exploration of a transformative moment in the lives of women and men, America and the world. Manhattan Beach is a magnificent audiobook by one of the greatest writers of our time.
©2017 Jennifer Egan (P)2017 Little, Brown Book Group
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By Rona Hunnisett on 02-16-18

Book of the year

Loved it! Great performances, great pace, amazing use of language and a compelling story. 10/10

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By sara on 02-15-18

MANHATTAN BEACH

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

YES SUCH A MATURE IN DEPTH LAYERED STORY

Who was your favorite character and why?

MAIN CHARACTER

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

DIDNT DETRACT FROM THE CHARACTERS

Any additional comments?

SUCH A BRILLIANT STORY FULL OF LAYERS AND WISTS AND TURNS

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By Alison on 11-22-17

Wonderful story and narration.

really enjoyed this story. great characters and story line. loved the water element throughout and the diving descriptions.

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By Avril on 01-05-18

It's an easy listen

I love the social history and would have loved some more to help pad out the story

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