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The Air You Breathe

A Novel
Lu par : Rebecca Mozo
Durée : 16 h et 38 min
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"[A] glorious, glittery saga of friendship and loss.... I read The Air You Breathe in two nights. (One might say I inhaled it.)." (NPR)

"Echoes of Elena Ferrante resound in this sumptuous saga." (O, The Oprah Magazine)

"Enveloping...Peebles understands the shifting currents of female friendship, and she writes so vividly about samba that you close the book certain its heroine's voices must exist beyond the page." (People)

The story of an intense female friendship fueled by affection, envy and pride - and each woman's fear that she would be nothing without the other.

Some friendships, like romance, have the feeling of fate.

Skinny, nine-year-old orphaned Dores is working in the kitchen of a sugar plantation in 1930s Brazil when in walks a girl who changes everything. Graça, the spoiled daughter of a wealthy sugar baron, is clever, well fed, pretty, and thrillingly ill behaved. Born to wildly different worlds, Dores and Graça quickly bond over shared mischief, and then, on a deeper level, over music. One has a voice like a songbird; the other feels melodies in her soul and composes lyrics to match. Music will become their shared passion, the source of their partnership and their rivalry, and, for each, the only way out of the life to which each was born. But only one of the two is destined to be a star. Their intimate, volatile bond will determine each of their fortunes - and haunt their memories.

Traveling from Brazil's inland sugar plantations to the rowdy streets of Rio de Janeiro's famous Lapa neighborhood, from Los Angeles during the Golden Age of Hollywood back to the irresistible drumbeat of home, The Air You Breathe unfurls a moving portrait of a lifelong friendship - its unparalleled rewards and lasting losses - and considers what we owe to the relationships that shape our lives.

©2018 Frances de Pontes Peebles (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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"[A] glorious, glittery saga of friendship and loss.... Along the way [the two main characters] acquire...total interconnectedness, the likes of which I last found in Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend.... I read The Air You Breathe in two nights. (One might say I inhaled it.).... The Air You Breathe is genuinely exciting to watch." (NPR) 

"Gorgeous.... Peebles captures the complexity of these two women forever linked by their early bonds, and she vivifies their colorful times and the nuances in their relationship as it evolves over the decades." (The National Book Review)

“Peebles presents a captivating...portrait of friendship...[the book’s] reflections on love, music, envy, and loyalty ache with feeling, and a hint of mystery surrounding the central relationship’s dissolution will keep readers intrigued until the end.” (Publishers Weekly)

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  • 11/09/2018

Review of The Air You Breathe

A very engrossing story. It takes you to another time, country and way of life. It’s a story full of everything. Narrator’s voice is rich and engaging.

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  • Wiserolder
  • 27/01/2020

I tried to like it

This book needed a better editor...it went on and on and on. The two women were not likeable. One a spoiled manipulative brat and the other exceedingly violent. It started out w/promise and fizzled quickly. I am looking at all the good reviews this book has received and I have no idea why.

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  • Mary Krauss
  • 10/09/2018

Speed up narration and enjoy much more

The reader over-emphasizes every line so that each note is high drama. She improves markedly about half way through. But I also discovered that putting the narration on 1.5 speed worked to decrease the melodrama somehow. Kind of amazing actually. Once the speed went up, the dramatic pauses quit wrecking a wonderfully complex story of love and art.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09/09/2018

Lyrical

Stunning masterpiece! How can words do justice to complex, soul-stirring music, & depth of characters capture your heart? This book is a miracle of that genius.

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  • Linda
  • 31/08/2018

Wonderfully written and narrated!

As I listened to this wonderful book I was transformed to another century in another culture. The story was interesting, uncomfortable, happy and tragic. What more could a reader want? I did want one more thing—to hear the songs sung instead of the words spoken. That would have been the icing on a memorable cake. Brava Ms. de Pontes Peebles and Ms. Mozo!!!

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  • jaime
  • 25/10/2020

I have NEVER made a book review!!!! This is a MUST READ!!!!

I am SERIOUSLY OBSESSED with this book!!!!!! Holy Good Lord the lessons this book alone could teach SOOO MANY close minded, hateful, judgmental, insecure, lost, confused, neglected, alone..... the list goes on and I am only maybe halfway through the book!!!!!! Oh my gosh if I was stranded on an island and I had to pick one book this would be it I think I'm going to listen to it again just in case I missed anything!!!!

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  • MaryD Hausman
  • 15/08/2020

One of the most beautifully written novels I’ve listened to in awhile

Peebles took me on a breathtaking, heartbreaking, visceral journey of the heart and land. So much history I did not know of Brazil but also a rich, moving story of music, friendship, deep love, and deeper guilt, yet redemption. And Rebecca Mozo's narration carried me away in each scene-- I felt, heard, saw what she did as each character.

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  • Debra Piazza
  • 11/06/2020

Great story

Great story, beautifully written , but the narrator spoke way too fast. I couldn’t absorb and become one with the story because it moved at a comical pace. Almost like a radio advertisement where they speak as fast as possible to get everything in. What a shame. It really is a masterpiece when read, I’m sure, but on Audible it was hard to listen to.

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  • Cincy Jeanne
  • 26/04/2020

Lyrical Masterpiece

I feel that I did not just read this book, I moved into it! it pulled me in and took me to a different time and place. When it ended, I so missed the characters!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04/03/2020

Incredible!

This story was so amazing! Never a dull moment and really captures the complexity of a close female friendship, When friends become like sisters. The narrator’s voice was perfect for this book! I’ve never loved a narrator’s voice more than this one. I loved being immersed in Brazil culture and music. It was a fun, thoroughly enjoying, story! I’m sad that it ended