• On Chesil Beach

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Ian McEwan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 03-23-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
  • 4.4 (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It is June 1962. In a hotel on the Dorset coast, overlooking Chesil Beach, Edward and Florence, just married that morning, are sitting down to dinner in their room. Neither is entirely able to suppress anxieties about the wedding night to come.On Chesil Beach is another masterwork from Ian McEwan - a story about how the entire course of a life can be changed by a gesture not made or a word not spoken.
©2007 Ian McEwan; (P)Random House Audio
Excerpts taken from String Quintet in D major, K.593 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Licensed by kind permission of Naxos Rights International Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"McEwan's masterful 13th work of fiction most resembles a five-part classical drama rendered in prose....[His] flawless omniscient narration has a curious (and not unpleasantly condescending) fable-like quality, as if an older self were simultaneously disavowing and affirming a younger." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Terri on 03-07-11

difficult to believe

well written and narated by Ian McEwan. Difficult to accept outcome of couple. I feel all couples have issues and difficulties that they have to over come. Love usually gets them through. I found it hard to accept this couple's decision.

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By Joan on 04-14-07


I don't think anyone else but Ian McEwen could have pulled off this poignant little story of a honeymoon night. As always with Ian, right from the beginning you have a feeling almost of dread about what is about to happen. You would really rather not know, but the author casts such a spell with his words that you are unable to break free. Unflinching, honest and touching, this is exquisitely well written, and also beautifully read by the author. His voice is soothing and reassuring, even as he makes you squirm with discomfort! The book is set in that long ago period just before the sixties started swinging and that era is perfectly recreated. This audiobook is short enough to devour in one sitting, and I would urge you to do just that.

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By chris on 05-14-07

Interesting observation on the human condition

Short but effective exposition of relationships, expectations and communications (or lack thereof) in post-war Britain, prior to the sexual revolution of the sixties. Seen through the eyes of two caricatures who had me alternately squirming and chuckling as I recognised aspects of their uncomfortable behaviour.

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By Anonymous User on 09-23-17

I think he's my favorite author

Captivating and precise. As with all the other McEwan novels I've read. I especially enjoyed the interview at the end.

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By Deb on 10-16-16

interesting look at relationships

interesting. The relationship between the two main characters is something all couples could relate to. The family dynamic and the sorrow of what could have been.

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