On Chesil Beach

Written by:
Ian McEwan
Narrated by:
Ian McEwan

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
June 2007
4 hours 29 minutes
BONUS FEATURE: Exclusive interview with the author!

A novel of remarkable depth and poignancy from one of the most acclaimed writers of our time

It is July 1962. Florence is a talented musician who dreams of a career on the concert stage and of the perfect life she will create with Edward, an earnest young history student at University College of London, who unexpectedly wooed and won her heart. Newly married that morning, both virgins, Edward and Florence arrive at a hotel on the Dorset coast. At dinner in their rooms they struggle to suppress their worries about the wedding night to come. Edward, eager for rapture, frets over Florence’s response to his advances and nurses a private fear of failure, while Florence’s anxieties run deeper: she is overcome by sheer disgust at the idea of physical contact, but dreads disappointing her husband when they finally lie down together in the honeymoon suite.

Ian McEwan has caught with understanding and compassion the innocence of Edward and Florence at a time when marriage was presumed to be the outward sign of maturity and independence. On Chesil Beach is another masterwork from McEwan–a story of lives transformed by a gesture not made or a word not spoken.
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Miriam M.

Great narration. Some of the detail was excruciating, but McEwan does a masterful job of painting pictures with words. It’s an interesting insight into the mind of someone potentially asexual, and it does a good job of showing the many misconceptions or misunderstandings that arose in the olden days when a discourse or more literature was available on this topic.

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Horrible. I just didn't get it. Found it boring and forgettable.

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