The Man of My Dreams

  • by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Narrated by Susan Denaker
  • 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In her acclaimed debut novel, Prep, Curtis Sittenfeld created a touchstone with her pitch-perfect portrayal of adolescence. Her prose is as intensely realistic and compelling as ever in The Man of My Dreams, a disarmingly candid and sympathetic novel about the collision of a young woman's fantasies of family and love with the challenges and realities of adult life. Hannah Gavener is 14 in the summer of 1991. In the magazines she reads, celebrities plan elaborate weddings; in Hannah's own life, her parents' marriage is crumbling. And somewhere in between these two extremes, just maybe, lie the answers to love's most bewildering questions. But over the next decade and a half, as she moves from Philadelphia to Boston to Albuquerque, Hannah finds that the questions become more rather than less complicated: At what point can you no longer blame your adult failures on your messed-up childhood? Is settling for someone who's not your soul mate an act of maturity or an admission of defeat? And if you move to another state for a guy who might not love you back, are you being plucky, or just pathetic? None of the relationships in Hannah's life are without complications. There's her father, whose stubbornness Hannah realizes she's unfortunately inherited; her gorgeous cousin, Fig, whose misbehavior alternately intrigues and irritates Hannah; Henry, whom Hannah first falls for in college, while he's dating Fig; and the boyfriends who love her more or less than she deserves, who adore her or break her heart. By the time she's in her late twenties, Hannah has finally figured out what she wants most, but she doesn't yet know whether she'll find the courage to go after it. Full of honesty and humor, The Man of My Dreams is an unnervingly insightful and beautifully written examination of the outside forces and personal choices that make us who we are.


What the Critics Say

"Sharply written....A novel that rings completely true." (Booklist)


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The Man of My Dreams

This was my first read by Sittenfeld & I found his writing refreshing and candid. It reminded me so much of my own uncomfortable adolescence and college experience as a young woman trying to find her way. He was able to bring relevance to suffering in young adulthood and a dry wit through Hanna that was actually funny. The reader along with Sittenfelds obvious talent w/ writing brought the story to life. Hard to put down as the characters evolved. I've listened to a lot of audible books over the last 7 yrs and enjoyed the reader immensely. Unlike the one review I read, I thought the reader, S.Denekar enhanced the story. She had a great voice and captured the nuances of the main character and others well.I actually remember a moment in the book that I stopped and thought-'this reader is awesome'-which doesnt often happen. It's not a high action thriller--but this book is a slow loveable simmer. I would highly recommend it. A+ Loved it!
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- Susan

I wonder about the casting

While I enjoyed this book and like Sittenfeld's work a lot, I really didn't enjoy the performance as read by Denaker. It made me wonder if I would have felt differently about the characters-- particularly the main character-- had I read the book or listened to the Anne Heche version instead.
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- Suzanne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-10-2006
  • Publisher: Books on Tape