The Gathering

  • by Anne Enright
  • Narrated by Terry Donnelly
  • 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Man Booker Prize, Fiction, 2007
Regarded as one of her country's foremost voices, Irish author Anne Enright makes a fresh mark on a rich literary tradition. The Gathering is a deeply insightful family saga, steeped in secrets and intrigue, unfolding over three generations.

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What the Critics Say

"Enright's hypnotic prose turns...desperation into something fierce and beautiful." (Booklist)
"A melancholic love and rage bubbles just beneath the surface of this Dublin clan, and Enright explores it unflinchingly." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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Not For Everyone

This book has received a lot of negative ratings. I agree it is not a book for everyone's tastes. It's not an easy listen, but the narration is perfect. I loved the book. I felt like I was inside Veronica's confused and guilt-ridden head... experiencing all the twists and turns that happen when trying to make sense of things after a tragedy, on top of a lifetime of hurt. I will go back and listen again.
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- Lori

So Irish, yet Universal

If you could sum up The Gathering in three words, what would they be?

Family, Irish, Generations


What did you like best about this story?

The flow of familial ties from generation to generation - the sense of time and blood ties flowing like a river without beginning or end.


Which scene was your favorite?

The wake - recognizing Liam's child.


If you could rename The Gathering, what would you call it?

Perfect title.


Any additional comments?

It appears some listeners are put off by the darkness of the book. As a survivor of family suicide I can say the book is spot on about the aftermath of suicide. It is dark, but charmingly Irish, and relieved by the dark humor so essential to surviving family tragedies. The narrator is a gifted actress and made the story authentic and more enjoyable.

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- JC

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-07-2008
  • Publisher: Recorded Books