Olive Kitteridge: Fiction

Written by:
Elizabeth Strout
Narrated by:
Kimberly Farr

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2019
12 hours 2 minutes
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE • The beloved first novel featuring Olive Kitteridge, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of My Name is Lucy Barton and the Oprah’s Book Club pick Olive, Again

“Fiction lovers, remember this name: Olive Kitteridge. . . . You’ll never forget her.”—USA Today

“Strout animates the ordinary with astonishing force.”—The New Yorker

One of the New York Times’s 100 Best Books of the 21st Century

A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: The Washington Post Book World, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, People, Entertainment Weekly, The Christian Science Monitor, The Plain Dealer, The Atlantic, Rocky Mountain News, Library Journal
At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town of Crosby, Maine, and in the world at large, but she doesn’t always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance; a former student who has lost the will to live; Olive’s own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and her husband, Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse.

As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life—sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition—its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires.
The inspiration for the Emmy Award–winning HBO miniseries starring Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, and Bill Murray
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Lauren W.

I loved the book. It took me awhile to adjust to the structure: each chapter started a new story either with different characters or picking up on Olives story several years later. But she appeared in all the chapters so different facets of her personality opened up as the book progressed. Her story’s showed the inner Olive and her sharp edges intially, smoothed to a sensitive often conflicted character I eventually began to relate to. I loved the authors writing and the poetic beauty at the end of each chapter always made me pause to savor it. The narrator was very good but I felt her Olive voice was a little too abrupt which I don’t think I would have imagined if i was just reading the book. That would be my only complaint. But I still highly recommend the audio book!

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Molly B

A terrific read! Her characters were relatable and the narrative flow was easy and natural. A story that was carefully woven with clever diligence. Brilliant!

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Christopher L.

waste of time and money.

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