Loud and Clear

  • by Anna Quindlen
  • Narrated by Anna Quindlen
  • 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this remarkable audiobook, Anna Quindlen, one of America's favorite novelists and a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, once again gives us wisdom, opinions, insights, and reflections about current events and modern life. "Always insightful, rooted in everyday experience and common sense...Quindlen is so good that even when you disagree with what she says, you still love the way she says it," said People magazine about her New York Times best seller Thinking Out Loud, and the same can be said about Loud and Clear. With her trademark insight and her special ability to convey the impact public events have on ordinary lives, Quindlen here combines commentary on American society and the world at large with reflections on being a woman, a writer, and a mother. In these pieces, first written for Newsweek and The New York Times, Loud and Clear takes on topics ranging from social change to raising children, from the political and emotional aftermath of September 11 to personal values, from the impact on individuals of global events to the growth that can be gained by spending summer days staring into the middle distance. Grounding the public in the private, connecting people to each other and to the greater world, Quindlen encourages us to develop authentic lives, even as she serves as a catalyst for political and social change.
"Anna Quindlen's beat is life, and she's one hell of a terrific reporter," said Susan Isaacs, and Quindlen's unique qualities of understanding and discernment can be found in every part of this provocative and inspiring book.


What the Critics Say

"Quindlen continues to unscramble gnarly social issues with splendid clarity and pithiness, wit and compassion, and uncommon common sense." (Booklist)
"You'll want to send copies of this audiobook to all the important people in your life, young, old, and in-between." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

good but serminizes a bit

Would you consider the audio edition of Loud and Clear to be better than the print version?

yes because this is a book you can easily start and stop easily.

Have you listened to any of Anna Quindlen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I liked her "Lots of Candles" better, not as much sermonizing.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were were definitely places where I laughed and cried, Anna is able to make you think about your own mundane life with new perspective.

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- L. Dicken


I enjoyed being reminded of the simple core of living in America and being a woman of strength that had always been inside me.
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- Jan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-15-2004
  • Publisher: Random House Audio