The Story Hour

  • by Thrity Umrigar
  • Narrated by Sneha Mathan
  • 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An experienced psychologist, Maggie carefully maintains emotional distance from her patients. But when she meets a young Indian woman who tried to kill herself, her professional detachment disintegrates. Cut off from her family in India, Lakshmi is desperately lonely and trapped in a loveless marriage. Moved by her plight, Maggie treats Lakshmi in her home office for free, quickly realizing that the despondent woman doesn't need a shrink; she needs a friend. Determined to empower Lakshmi, Maggie abandons protocol, and soon doctor and patient have become close friends. But while their relationship is deeply affectionate, it is also warped by conflicting expectations. When Maggie and Lakshmi open up and share long-buried secrets, the revelations will jeopardize their close bond, shake their faith in each other, and force them to confront painful choices.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A stellar performance almost carried the book...

What would have made The Story Hour better?

I found the shifts back and forth quite confusing. First-person, third-person, Maggie, Lukshmi, Peter... and with one narrator - even one as talented as Sneha Mathan - it was just too hard to follow.

I also found that not only did I not like any of the characters, I couldn't wrap my head around their motivations.

What do you think your next listen will be?

"Rose Under Fire" by Elizabeth Wein

Any additional comments?

I tried to like this book, and in some ways I did, but at the end of the day I just lost interest and didn't care anymore.

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- Daryl

Another Umrigar book to savor

Excellent narration -- brought the characters to life, particularly my favorite character, Lakshmi, the 32 year old Indian woman who meets Maggie in Maggie's professional capacity as a therapist. Their lives become intertwined with both learning from and helping each other, with difficulties and pain at times. The book left me hoping all would be well, but lives do not have fairy tale endings, which is likely true for these characters. Umrigar has so much insight into the intricacies of human behavior and interactions and weaves stories within stories. Love her books !
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- Grace

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-20-2014
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC