The Rocks

  • by Peter Nichols
  • Narrated by Steve West
  • 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A romantic pause resister propelled by the 60-year secret that has shaped two families, four lovers, and one seaside resort community.
Set against dramatic Mediterranean Sea views and lush olive groves, The Rocks opens with a confrontation and a secret: What was the mysterious, catastrophic event that drove two honeymooners apart so suddenly and absolutely in 1948 that they never spoke again despite living on the same island for 60 more years? And how did their history shape the Romeo and Juliet-like romance of their (unrelated) children decades later? Centered around a popular seaside resort club and its community, The Rocks is a double love story that begins with a mystery, then moves backward in time, era by era, to unravel what really happened decades earlier.
Peter Nichols writes with a pervading, soulful wisdom and self-knowing humor and captures perfectly this world of glamorous, complicated, misbehaving types with all their sophisticated flaws and genuine longing. The result is a bittersweet, intelligent, and romantic novel about how powerful the perceived truth can be - as a bond and as a barrier - even if it's not really the whole story and how one misunderstanding can echo irreparably through decades.

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What the Critics Say

"A wondrous novel. The Rocks is clearly the odyssey Peter Nichols was born to undertake." (Richard Russo)
"A Mediterranean idyll, a family saga, a mystery. A love story that's as weird as real life, as rich and surprising and tender and affecting. The Rocks is all these things. Like Beautiful Ruins, it reminds me of all the reasons I read novels." (Jennifer Haigh, Pen/Hemingway Award-winning author of Faith)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Extremely boring and not a love story at all

Very difficult to keep track as the book goes back and forth. The synopsis is misleading. I went into this book thinking I was going to read a two generation love story but that wasn't the case. I found this book excruciatingly boring.
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- JorgeJenvey

Oh, this made me want to go to Mallorca!

Would you listen to The Rocks again? Why?

Out of the hundreds of books in my library, this is the only one I listened to twice back to back.


What about Steve West’s performance did you like?

Steve West's performance was amazing. I enjoyed his interpretation of the different accents.


Any additional comments?

There were certain aspects of the story I didn't care for but the writing was so wonderfully descriptive I felt transported to exotic locales and because of this it was still a 5 star listen for me.

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- Amazon Customer "knyshop"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-26-2015
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio