The Other Story

The Other Story

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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"Vacationing at a luxurious Tuscan island resort, Nicolas Duhamel is hopeful that the ghosts of his past have finally been put to rest... Now a bestselling author, when he was twenty-four years old, he stumbled upon a troubling secret about his family - a secret that was carefully concealed. In shock, Nicholas embarked on a journey to uncover the truth that took him from the Basque coast to St. Petersburg - but the answers wouldn't come easily. In the process of digging into his past, something else happened. Nicolas began writing a novel that was met with phenomenal success, skyrocketing him to literary fame whether he was ready for it or not - and convincing him that he had put his family's history firmly behind him. But now, years later, Nicolas must reexamine everything he thought he knew, as he learns that, however deeply buried, the secrets of the past always find a way out. Page-turning, layered and beautifully written, THE OTHER STORY is a reflection on identity, the process of being a writer and the repercussions of generations-old decisions as they echo into the present and shape the future"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
ISBN: 9781427244710
Branch Call Number: Downloadable Audiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: HCPLC OverDrive

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Jul 25, 2014

1/2 STAR. The protagonist of this novel is 29-year-old Nicolas Kolt who sits around feeling sorry for himself at an expensive resort off the Tuscan coast. He's rich and famous, thanks to his globally best-selling first novel, The Envelope. But that was published four years ago and was based on the true history of his own father. Without real-life inspiration to lean on, Nicolas is having a hard time coming up with a new book. He is having no difficulty, however, spending the advance. Though he assures his anxious publisher that he's writing away, he?s mostly wasting time on social media, exchanging pornographic instant messages with a married woman in Germany, and keeping track of his popularity on the net. He muses about how much he misses his former love Delphine and how he should really call his mother, all the while checking his Facebook page to see if there are any new photos taken by an anonymous fan. His 22-year-old girlfriend, Malvina, is a whiny bore. The extensive flashbacks not much more interesting as they examine Nicolas? childhood, his father?s mysterious death and his discovery of previously unknown Russian roots. The final event is predictable and trite. ****** I had high hopes for this book because of the author's previous book "Sarah's Key" which I liked very much. In this novel, however, I did not bond with the Nicolas at all. The book is almost as vacuous as the protagonist. Boring!! Boring!! Boring!! My recommendation: DON'T BOTHER!!!

Jun 18, 2014

Beautifully written and read--the perfect reader for this book--The Other Story is often sensual, sometimes poignant, and also disturbing in that it demonstrates the dangers of living life 'virtually' through social media, and how it can destroy 'real' lives.


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