Loud and Clear

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Written By: Anna Quindlen

Narrated By: Kathe Mazur

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: January 2004

Duration: 8 hours 8 minutes


In this remarkable book, 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 number one New York Times bestseller 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, everywhere evident in her previous bestsellers, including A Short Guide to a Happy Life and Living Out Loud, can be found on every page of this provocative and inspiring book.


  • Peggy Stortz

    This book is a series of essays Quindlen has written through the years. I found my mind wandering and ended up returning the book after just one CD.

  • Anonymous

    Three out of five because I liked about 3/5th of the editorials she wrote/reads. I didn't want to hear Hillary Rodham Clinton's name one more time, but there were some points well made. Don't know if the guys would like this one too much as it appeals to the feminine mystique.

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