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Loss of Innocence

Patterson, Richard North (Audiobook CD - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Loss of Innocence
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June, 1968. America is in a state of turbulence, engulfed in civil unrest and uncertainty. Yet for Whitney Dane--spending the summer of her twenty-second year on Martha's Vineyard - life could not be safer, nor the future more certain. Educated at Wheaton, soon to be married, and the youngest daughter of the patrician Dane family, Whitney has everything she has ever wanted, and is everything her all-powerful and doting father, Charles Dane, wants her to be. But the Vineyard's still waters are disturbed by the appearance of Benjamin Blaine. An underprivileged, yet fiercely ambitious and charismatic young man, Blaine is a force of nature neither Whitney nor her family could have prepared for. As Ben's presence begins to awaken independence within Whitney, it also brings deep-rooted Dane tensions to a dangerous head. And soon Whitney's set-in-stone future becomes far from satisfactory, and her picture-perfect family far from pretty.
Authors: Patterson, Richard North
Title: Loss of innocence
[sound recording]
Publisher: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audiobooks, p2013.
Edition: Unabridged.
Characteristics: 9 sound discs (ca. 10 1/2 hr.) :,digital, stereo ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Title from container.
Compact discs.
Duration: 10:30:00.
Summary: June, 1968. America is in a state of turbulence, engulfed in civil unrest and uncertainty. Yet for Whitney Dane--spending the summer of her twenty-second year on Martha's Vineyard - life could not be safer, nor the future more certain. Educated at Wheaton, soon to be married, and the youngest daughter of the patrician Dane family, Whitney has everything she has ever wanted, and is everything her all-powerful and doting father, Charles Dane, wants her to be. But the Vineyard's still waters are disturbed by the appearance of Benjamin Blaine. An underprivileged, yet fiercely ambitious and charismatic young man, Blaine is a force of nature neither Whitney nor her family could have prepared for. As Ben's presence begins to awaken independence within Whitney, it also brings deep-rooted Dane tensions to a dangerous head. And soon Whitney's set-in-stone future becomes far from satisfactory, and her picture-perfect family far from pretty.
Local Note: 1 15 33 53 60 61 67 109 118 133 143 148 151 177 193 210 216 222 226 228 232 242 243 244 245 262 264 276
Additional Contributors: Whelan, Julia - 1984-
ISBN: 9781482926279
Statement of Responsibility: Richard North Patterson
Performers: Read by Julia Whelan.
Subject Headings: Families Massachusetts Fiction. Young women Fiction. Family secrets Fiction. Martha's Vineyard (Mass.) Fiction.
Genre/Form: Suspense fiction.
Audiobooks.
Topical Term: Families
Young women
Family secrets
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Feb 06, 2014
  • mzch rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Compelling story, excellent narrator. Disks 7 and 8 could make for awkwardness in mixed company.

Dec 27, 2013
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Hadn't read this author in a while and was looking for an audiobook so grabbed this one. The story is framed as the reminiscences of an older woman to a younger one, looking back at the summer of 1968 when Whitney Dane had finished university and was planning her wedding, to take place at the end of the summer. Whitney is a daughter of privilege, and she spends the summer at her parents' summer home on Martha's Vineyard. Her fiance has been given a job in her father's investment firm and comes back and forth, staying in the guest house on weekends. Her parents have bought the couple an apartment in New York City in the same building they started their own married life. Whitney feels that her life is planned to be a replica of her parents, and isn't entirely sure that is what she wants.
Lots is going on in the world, the assassination of Robert Kennedy, the Vietnam war and the draft, civil unrest, particularly from black Americans, and even internationally with the Russian smothering of rebellion in Czechoslovakia. Whitney is also worried about her older sister, "the pretty one", and whether her life is really what it is what she claims. She is befriended by a local young man, a man with his own baggage, but who listens to her and values her intellect, encouraging her to think of new possibilities. As Whitney observes those around her and struggles to figure out what she really wants, she learns more about those close to her than she wants to know. A very engaging novel.

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