The Swimmer

  • by John Cheever
  • Narrated by John Cheever
  • 0 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Neddy Merrill decides to swim home from a friend's pool party, traveling from fashionable swimming pool to swimming pool on a perfect mid-summer's day. But as night falls and the season changes, Neddy sinks from optimistic bliss to utter despair. A selection from the John Cheever Audio Collection.

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Time to Take Another Lap with the Swimmer

Would you consider the audio edition of The Swimmer to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the short story or seen the movie in more than 20 years. I became interested after reading rave reviews of the new Blu-ray edition. It includes this audible story. Well, I listened to it as I drove home. And, it was wonderful. John Cheever's reading is heartfelt and you feel like you are in the room with him. One of the best 20 minutes you can spend with a book. Try it again.


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- Fred

Swimming lessond

What made the experience of listening to The Swimmer the most enjoyable?

Listening during a melting heatwave I would have a dip with the swimmer each time.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Swimmer?

Definitely nearing the end when realization or some form of it came upon him.


Which scene was your favorite?

He gets home and it is not home anymore.has not been for a long time.


Who was the most memorable character of The Swimmer and why?

The main character the"swimmer" is an exceptional example of a man"s psychological devolution.


Any additional comments?

I met my own neighborhood and some of it's inhabitants in cheever" s story.faced some of my own ghosts.

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- Mary

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-22-2009
  • Publisher: HarperAudio