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Modern Lovers

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Emma Straub

Narrated By: Jen Tullock

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: May 2016

Duration: 9 hours 2 minutes

Summary:

“It’s ‘Friends’ meets ‘Almost Famous’ meets the beach read you’ll be recommending all summer.” –TheSkimm

From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Vacationers, a smart, highly entertaining novel about a tight-knit group of friends from college— and what it means to finally grow up, well after adulthood has set in. 

Friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring.
Back in the band's heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed.

Straub packs wisdom and insight and humor together in a satisfying book about neighbors and nosiness, ambition and pleasure, the excitement of youth, the shock of middle age, and the fact that our passions—be they food, or friendship, or music—never go away, they just evolve and grow along with us.

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  • Susan C

    This book is a good summer read. It didn't bore me but while I thought Straub did an amazing job with character development, it didn't grab me. I just didn't love the way it came together so very slowly at the end. Too bad because I really loved characters.

  • Kathleen McMahon

    Of this genre, not worth the time. "The Vacationers" is a better bet for light summer listening. Why was the narrator is such a hurry? Voice and inflection were good, but whoever told her to speed it up was wrong.

  • LeeAnn Konrad

    This book is insipid. Don't bother. No plot, flat characters with tiny brains.

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