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We Are Water is a disquieting and ultimately uplifting audiobook about a marriage, a family, and human resilience in the face of tragedy, from Wally Lamb, the New York Times best-selling author of The Hour I First Believed and I Know This Much is True.

After 27 years of marriage and three children, Anna Oh - wife, mother, outsider artist - has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her success. They plan to wed in the Oh family's hometown of Three Rivers in Connecticut. But the wedding provokes some very mixed reactions and opens a Pandora's Box of toxic secrets - dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs' lives.

We Are Water is a layered portrait of marriage, family, and the inexorable need for understanding and connection, told in the alternating voices of the Ohs: nonconformist, Anna; her ex-husband, Orion, a psychologist; Ariane, the do-gooder daughter, and her twin, Andrew, the rebellious only son; and free-spirited Marissa, the youngest. It is also a portrait of modern America, exploring issues of class, changing social mores, the legacy of racial violence, and the nature of creativity and art.

With humor and compassion, Wally Lamb brilliantly captures the essence of human experience and the ways in which we search for love and meaning in our lives.

The complete list of narrators includes Robin Miles and Sandy Rustin.

©2013 Wally Lamb (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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  • Wendi
  • 10/11/2013

Wally Lamb at his Finest.. Again

I've always loved Wally Lamb. Ever since 'She's Come Undone' and the story of Delores and her struggle with her family and weight, and then the amazing store 'I Know This Much is True,' I've been hooked on his writing/story telling style. While I sort of thought 'The Hour I First Believed' was a little discombobulated, I pre-ordered 'We Are Water' and looked very much forward to the day of it's release. I listened to the novel, told by several points of view, in a day and a half. I couldn't wait to see what would happen next, and I absolutely loved it and especially loved the narration by Lamb himself.

Voraciously, I ate up 'We Are Water,' and now I am disappointed that it's over and I have to wait years for Lamb to write another book! The story tells the tale of the Oh family. Patriarch Orien Oh and his wife Anna have raised three children, a set of twins and a younger daughter. After over twenty-five years of marriage Anna decides to leave Orien and marry Viveca, her female lover, and very rich art dealer who has made Anna a success. The book centres around the reactions of the Oh family to Anna making such a shocking decision.

As with any family, there are a lot of 'Oh' skeletons in their closet. Orien's father really never had anything to do with him. The twins are in a state of constant disarray, one wanting to be artificially inseminated at a young age, and the other turning to God and Jesus to reinforce his feelings about his mother's sexuality. The youngest is struggling to become an actress and Anna herself has had a tortured past. Anna tells her deepest secrets to the listener, like we are her best friend. We are horrified, empathetic, disgusted and at some points, pleasantly entertained.

All of the characters are due to get together for Anna's wedding however, of course, things go far from the way they are planned. The novel is dramatic, suspenseful, at times laugh-out-loud funny, and it ties together like the perfect bow on a gift. A gift from Wally Lamb.

5 starts, loved every minute of it. Can't wait for his next book.

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  • Suzn F
  • 27/10/2013

Lamb writes Fine Literature/What a Book!

We Are Water is the story of family, marriage, parenting, love, homosexuality, suicide, death, murder, racism---overt and subtle, wealth and poverty, anger, violence, secrets, ghosts, atheists, religion, the power of prayer, classism, drowning in a flood, physical abuse, pedophilia, disabilities, theft, art, alcoholism, politics---liberal and conservative, trauma, and community.
Each character in this book has her or his own voice in this story. The voices are braided together making this important novel unique and so special. The author narrates the voice of Orion Oh the patriarch in the book. Unlike some other authors, Mr. Lambs contribution to the narration is perfection.
Annie and Orion Oh are married and they have three children Ariane, Andrew, and Marissa. Annie is first struggling, then becomes a successful artist. Orion is a psychologist who cannot heal his own family. Annie's traumatic childhood and time in foster care and Orion never knowing his father impacts both parents and their children in profound ways. After over 20 years of marriage they divorce; Annie leaves Orion for a woman.
The backdrop of this story is the narrative of the short life of Josephus Jones and his brother. These black men are ostracized from and suffer abuse from their Connecticut community. Josephus's brother lives with a Dutch white woman. Josephus is a painter of "outsider art" never receiving recognition for his art until after his violent death. The story of the artist, his death and his art are woven throughout the book.
Another voice in this book is Kent, Annie's cousin who is a pedophile. This part, hearing Kent's voice and of Annie's abuse is very difficult but is an integral part of this book. I think it very brave of this author to include this peek into the persona and psyche of this man. Fortunately in the afterword the author explains his reasons for including Kent's voice.
This book touched me in a way few books do. I loved everything about this book; thank you Wally Lamb.

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  • Elena
  • 26/10/2013

My Hopes Fulfilled!

I waited patiently for the release of this one, and it did not disappoint. The performances are excellent, the characters complex, and the story simply swept me away. Chock full of heart and human frailty.

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  • EDotGirl
  • 23/01/2014

It really makes you think...

I did not have a childhood like Annie's, thank goodness, but nobody is perfect. This book really made me think about my childhood, and patterns of abuse; where did they start? How can they stop? What is the best way to overcome trauma?

The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars was because I did not feel like it was all that balanced. Especially towards the end. I don't know if the author did this on purpose or not, though.

I will say that you really feel for the characters, and I was able to see a little bit of myself in all of the children. Definitely worth the listen!!

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  • Sand
  • 10/01/2014

Lamb + pros narrating = fabulous listening

Audible narration is perfectly suited to Lamb's confessional/therapy session style, especially when the characters are read by seasoned actors and established audible narrators. And that includes the author, as Orion Oh, who is no stranger to book readings and narration.
If you've scrolled down this far you already know the book is good; it will hook you from the start, plunge you into some pretty bumpy uncomfortable territory, but will ultimitely leave you feeling uplifted and healed.
Is it Lamb's best? Probably not, but if you've read the others already and are in the mood to get immersed in a long, leisurely listen, you've come to the right book!

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  • Linda
  • 02/11/2013

Wally Lamb: omniscient

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How this author manages to understand how so many different people think is beyond me. His characters so realistically flawed but likable nonetheless. Felt so sad when finished: I will miss the characters but still harbor a hope that its a true story and Ill meet them someday. Still pondering over this interesting story.

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  • impatti
  • 01/11/2013

just plain WOW!

Would you listen to We Are Water again? Why?

oh yea this was a great book keeps you wanting more. sweet revenge maybe

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  • Cynthia
  • 11/11/2013

Not a bad story.Terrible Narration

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes. The Plot twisted around and got slow in parts, but when it sped it up it was compelling.

How could the performance have been better?

The Narration was terrible. The Narrators for Annie and Vivica were difficult to listen to. Annie had a sing song cadence and seemed to end each sentence with a question. Vivica sounded like Lovey on Gilligans Island.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

possibly

Any additional comments?

The Reader spends quite a lot of time waiting for things to happen and the themes are fairly typical in the end

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  • Natalie
  • 05/11/2013

The readers drove me crazy

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I kept listening because I have loved authors other books. It was really hard because I could not stand the people reading this book!

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  • Laura Fisher-Day
  • 29/11/2013

Another great book from Wally

Very engaging sort line, enjoy how the author ties past and present together. Storyline was really good. Only thing I didn't like was the female reader for Anne / Anna - seem to be a bit dramatic when not needed. Wally Lamb did an excellent job as Orion and Kent (he was really creepy sounding). Love Wally Lambs other books.

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  • Frau Schmidt
  • 03/01/2015

geht unter die Haut

Würden Sie We Are Water noch mal anhören? Warum?

Ich höre mir dieses Buch sicher nochmals an, der Umfang und die Vielschichtigkeit der unterschiedlichen Beziehungen der Charaktere zu einander und die Tiefe und Komplexität ihrer Persönlichkeiten haben mich in Bann gezogen. Jede noch so dramatische Biografie kann sich wandeln - auch wenn es manchmal seine Zeit braucht.

Welche Figur hat Ihnen am besten gefallen? Warum?

Jeder der Charaktere ist bemerkenswert auf seine/ihre Weise, der Einsatz verschiedener Sprecher, die den Leser so hervorragend in die jeweilige Perspektive mitnehmen, ist eine extrem gute Lösung für diesen Roman und hat mir - entgegen meiner ersten ablehnenden Reaktion wieder eine neue Stimme zu hören - im Verlauf extrem gut gefallen, da ich noch tiefer in die Personen eintauchen und vieles nachempfinden konnte bzw. mich vehement abgrenzen konnte gegen den Peiniger. Ich habe das Buch in der Original Fassung gehört und möchte für Nichtmuttersprachler (amerikanisches Englisch) anmerken, das der Akzent des ersten Sprechers (Figur des afro-amerikanischen Malers) für ungeübte Ohren etwas schwer zu verstehen ist - durchhalten, alle anderen Sprecher versteht man leicht.

Welche Szene hat Ihnen am besten gefallen?

Die traumatische Erfahrung der Flut der Kinder, vor allem Annie, ist so greifbar geschrieben, dass ich stellenweise das Gefühl hatte, ich bin selbst auf der Flucht vor den eiskalten, dunklen Wassermassen.

Wenn Sie dieses Hörbuch verfilmen könnten wie würde der Slogan dazu lauten?

We are water - genau wie das Hörbuch, es gibt keinen passenderen Titel. Der Roman erinnert mich an eine Textzeile aus einem Song von Sting - "how fragile we are" - wie zerbrechlich wir sind, wenn man erst die Schichten und Schutzwälle aus Wut, Zorn, Angst und Ohnmacht weg blättert und zum Vorschein kommt, womit die Menschen kämpfen und was sie erlebt haben. Warum sie heute sind wer und was sie sind. Der Roman schafft sehr viel Verständnis und es braucht eine gute Portion Mut sich auf alles einzulassen.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Es ist ein langes Buch und man sollte wissen, sobald man eintaucht, fällt es schwer wieder aufzutauchen. Genau wie unter Wasser, man verliert ein wenig die Orientierung und das Zeitgefühl. Absolut empfehlenswert für mutige Tiefgänger.

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  • Annette
  • 11/03/2016

No authenticity

Artificial, uninteresting, boring - the diary of a housewife with artistic ambition. Hollow descriptions of the creative process - allover not generating joy ..