The Nature of Water and Air

  • by Regina McBride
  • Narrated by Terry Donnelly
  • 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Award-winning poet Regina McBride enters the realm of fiction with her stunning coming-of-age novel, The Nature of Water and Air. Flowing with lyrical prose and Irish myth, this mesmerizing story is permeated by a beautiful, romantic sadness. Young Clodagh Sheehy's life is surrounded by mysteries. Her mother Agatha is a tinker woman who had appeared, seemingly out of nowhere, to gain the affections of the affluent man who becomes Clodagh's father. After his death, mother and daughter are sent to an aging, sea-sprayed estate on the Western coast of Ireland. After her mother's suicide, orphaned Clodagh begins a harsh journey into womanhood. In time, she will discover the truth about her mother and be forced to make a vital decision.
When paired with narrator Terry Donnelly's captivating accents and thoughtful inflection, McBride's sensitive tale will resonate in listeners' minds long after its enchanting conclusion.


What the Critics Say

"McBride writes in a shimmering and often hypnotic prose style....The Nature of Water and Air casts an undeniable spell." (The New York Times Book Review)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great narrator, well written, engaging story

I really enjoyed this. It is, I suppose "chick lit", but it's definitely in a league above the usual trite stories and simple language of much of the chick lit genre. A wonderful glimpse of Ireland, great author, perfectly narrated. Very worthwile.
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- Dana

Highly Recommended

Beautifully written and narrated, this book is a must listen to anyone who enjoys Irish literature. A real winner!
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- Jodi

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-26-2004
  • Publisher: Recorded Books