Gold Fame Citrus

  • by Claire Vaye Watkins
  • Narrated by Jorjeana Marie, MacLeod Andrews
  • 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An acclaimed "5 Under 35" fiction writer's much-anticipated first novel
In 2012 Claire Vaye Watkins' story collection, Battleborn, swept nearly every award for short fiction. Now this young writer, widely heralded as a once-in-a-generation talent, returns with a first novel that will more than meet listeners' hopes, harnessing the sweeping vision and deep heart that made her debut so arresting to a love story set in a devastatingly imagined near future.
In a parched Southern California of the near future, Luz, once the poster child for the country's conservation movement, and Ray, an army deserter turned surfer, are squatting in a starlet's abandoned mansion. Most "Mojavs", prevented by armed vigilantes from freely crossing borders to lusher regions, have allowed themselves to be evacuated to encampments in the east. Holdouts like Ray and Luz subsist on rationed cola and water and whatever they can loot, scavenge, and improvise.
For the moment, the couple's fragile love, which somehow blooms in this arid place, seems enough. But when they cross paths with a mysterious child, the thirst for a better future begins. Heading east, they are waylaid in the desert by a charming and manipulative dowser - a diviner for water - and his cultlike followers, who have formed a colony in a mysterious sea of dunes.
Immensely moving, profoundly disquieting, and mind-blowingly original, Watkins' novel explores the myths we believe about others and tell about ourselves, the double-edged power of our most cherished relationships, and the shape of hope in a precarious future that may be our own.

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Narrator can't pronounce main character's name

The narrator cannot pronounce the name of the main character correctly, and in fact pronounces it exactly the way the story says not to, about twenty minutes in. I could not keep listening. Only made it about a half hour in. I cannot stand this kind of assheadedness from a narrator. Drove me batty. Could not stop getting distracted.
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- Maximilian Smith

Depressing...yet the story was well written

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'm giving the Story only 3 * because it was such a depressing story, yet well written. If you like those kind of books, this one is the book for you. For me, it left me feeling empty and sad.


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-29-2015
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio