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Unabridged CDs • 10 CDs, 12 hours

A sparkling new novel from the New York Times- bestselling author of The Beach House.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the latest inviting summer read from bestseller Green (The Beach House), divorced mom Kit Hargrove learns about family, love, and the price of secrets while rediscovering passion for life and her small Connecticut beach town. As the off-season begins, Kit is still recovering from the breakup of her marriage (to solicitous but work-obsessed Adam), working for famously reclusive author Robert McClore, and practicing yoga with her new friend Tracy. Upheaval soon arrives in the form of a mysterious new boyfriend and a long-lost sister, as well as a scandalous secret regarding Kit's much-desired employer. Green's newest has all the right elements for a sun-baked afternoon of reading: sandy locales, hints of sex and scandal, and lots of strong female characters. With three main plots, however, Green tries to pack in too much story, ultimately shortchanging her characters and her readers.
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New York Times best-selling author Green's (www.janegreen.com) 11th novel, following The Beach House (2008), also available from Recorded Books and Penguin Audio, tells of a Connecticut divorcee's evolution from a married socialite to a free woman unbound by social constrictions. A lengthy exploration of her divorce and feelings finally yields an engaging story of strong women who prevail on their own terms. Actress Cassandra Campbell (The Beach House) reveals the characters' inner thoughts and relays their conversations in a soft-spoken voice and mellow manner appropriate to this free-flowing narrative. Good as light vacation listening or for those anticipating a long car ride. [The Viking hc was described as a "quick, easy beach read," LJ 6/15/09.—Ed.]—Beth Traylor, Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libs.
Kirkus Reviews
British author Green (The Beach House, 2008, etc.) has moved from England to Connecticut, and her novel's heroines have fallen suit. Exit the chippy London career girl looking for love and a sample sale, enter the New England mother questioning whether there is a bit more to life than the requisite diamond-stud earrings and showcase country house. This is what Kit wondered before she divorced Adam, but now two years later, she is finally fulfilled. The mansion, and the prestige of being married to one of Wall Street's players, is gone. Still, in Highfield (think Greenwich), the mansion has been replaced with a charming house a few blocks from Main Street, and she now has an eccentric and perfectly indispensable new neighbor in octogenarian Edie. Best yet, she has a great job as personal assistant to Robert McClore (think Tom Clancy). The kids have adjusted, her friends Charlie and Tracy are lovely. In fact, everything is terrific. Until it isn't. There are clouds on the horizon: America's financial crisis is about to hit this community hard; Tracy begins to woo Robert (his first wife, a wild-child model, died in a boating accident-or was it?- in the swinging '70s); and Annabel, a British half-sister Kit has just found out about, shows up. Green's novel begins lightly and then shifts gears, producing a kind of thriller-lite effect. A few key players have some nasty intentions, and Kit has to sort it all out. Meanwhile, she is trying to decide if her new romantic interest (the dishy Steve, who is literally too good to be true) can compare with Adam, whom she is beginning to think she still loves. Green has some good fun with the shallow lifestyles of the ladies who lunch, and by the endthe greedy are punished and the good (that would be Kit) prevail. The competing styles-chatty friendships, shopping, middle-aged enlightenment and crime/suspense-make for a disjointed read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143144649
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/16/2009
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 10 CDs
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 5.26 (h) x 1.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Green

Jane Green was born and brought up in London. After abandoning a Fine Art degree and a stint in journalism, she went into public relations and worked for a time on This Morning. Jane then went back into the newspaper world and became a popular feature writer with the Daily Express, before going freelance and starting her first novel. A string of international bestsellers and marriage to an American later, Jane now lives in Connecticut – but flies home to London as often as four children and lots of animals allow.

Jane's hugely successful books include; Straight Talking, Jemima J., Mr Maybe, Bookends, Babyville, Spellbound, The Other Woman and Life Swap. Her latest novel is Second Chance.


British import Jane Green is a founding member of the genre known as "chick lit," a literary territory populated by funny, likable, underdog heroines who triumph over life's adversities and find true love in the end. If someone turned Green's life into a novel, she might emerge as a chick-lit heroine herself. She toiled for years in the trenches of entertainment journalism and public relations (two fields that sound far more glamorous than they are!) before moving up to become a popular feature writer for The Daily Express in London.

In 1996, Green took a leap in faith when she left the paper to freelance and work on a novel. Seven months later, she had a publishing deal for her first book, Straight Talking, the saga of a single career girl looking for (what else?) the right man. The novel was a hit in England, and Green was, as she admitted in a Barnes & Noble interview, an "overnight success." The success got even sweeter when her second novel, Jemima J, became an international bestseller. Cosmopolitan called this cheerful, updated Cinderella story "the kind of novel you'll gobble up in a single sitting."

Since then, Green has graduated to more complex, character-driven novels that explore the concerns of real women's lives, from marriage (The Other Woman) to motherhood (Babyville) to midlife crises (Second Chance) -- all served up with her trademark wit and warmth. Whether she has outgrown chick lit or the genre itself is growing up, one thing seems certain: The career of Jane Green is destined for a happy ending.

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Some outtakes from our interview with Green:

"My life is actually very boring. The life of a bestselling novelist sounds like it ought to be spectacularly glamorous and fun, but in fact I spend most of my time incognito, and in fact were you to pass me in the street you would think I was just another dowdy suburban mom."

"I'm still a failed artist at heart and never happier than when I'm sitting behind an easel, painting, which is something I rarely do these days, although I have a few of my paintings around the house, competing, naturally, with far greater works."

"I am completely addicted to gossip magazines that are, I have decided, my secret shame. I know everything there is to know about who's been wearing what and where, the only problem is I have an inability to retain it, so although I enjoy it whilst flicking through the pages, as soon as I close the magazine all the information is gone."

"I am a passionate gardener and happiest when outside planting, particularly with the children, who have their own vegetable gardens."

"My favorite way to unwind is with friends, at home, with lots of laughter and lots of delicious food. I'm a horrible baker -- everything collapses and tastes awful -- but a great cook, particularly comfort food: stews and casseroles."

"I have a deep and passionate love of America. It is where I have always thought I would be happiest, and although I miss England desperately, I find that my heart definitely has its home over here."

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    1. Also Known As:
    2. Hometown:
      Westport, Connecticut
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 31, 1968
    2. Place of Birth:
      London, England
    1. Education:
      "Managed to drop out of Fine Art Degree at University."
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  • Posted May 30, 2010

    A unique beach read

    Dune Road takes us in different directions, but not too unexpected. You have some interesting characters like Edie and Robert who have history and intrigue, but the others seem too familiar. The introduction of new friendships is too easy and fast. The job that falls into the protagonist's hands is too easy. The children are stereotypical. Real women aren't as stupid as the protagonist and don't allow sleek newcomers into their lives that easily without checking first. The happily every after ending really was too much closure too soon and tied everything up nicely. Still, it's an easy read that isn't painful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

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    Good beach read.

    Who doesn't love a good chick lit.? Jane Green is one of the best at this. I, however, didn't love Dune Road, but I enjoyed it a lot. I felt some situations were too predictable, but there were a couple of surprises in this book I didn't see coming. I am a Jane Green fan and I always feel I get my moneys worth when buying one of her books. I'm trying not to give anything away here. There is a character in this book who is rotten to the core, and you will instantly know who it is, but there is a twist even with that.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2009

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    I Would Rather Be at the Beach With NO Book

    I had found Jane Green's books, "Beach House" and Second Chance" at least amusing on a summer book level of reading, but "Dune Road" left me feeling like I had wasted my time in a way no book has in a very long time. The author presented us with shallow, weak, brand-worshipping women. I couldn't believe how conniving and dishonest the characters were, only to have their best friends, family members and/or spouses, so very easily forgiven. A best friend of the main charater sets her up with an abusive con man and when she finds out, she's sympathetic towards her?! UGH!! None of the women, with the exception of the only likeable character, the 86 year old neighbor Edie, seems able to survive without a man, and will go to any extreme to hone in on their target as long as he's a handsome meal ticket. (What year is this?!) And the writer repeats herself several times throughout the book, to the point of thinking the reader may be experiencing memory loss. Do yourself a favor and skip this lightweight drain...find something with strong female characters. I'll not read another Jane Green book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2009

    Not Good

    This book was completely predictable and shallow. Towards the end, I felt like I was reading the same thing over and over, but it turned out the author repeated herself in a few chapters. I do not recommend this book at all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2009

    Dune Road - Dull Read

    This book might be better stocked in the kiddie department. Once upon a time there was a book with a trite, predictable and sadly unoriginal plot. Kit, supposedly the enlightened woman is a self obsessed, immature and pathetic character. But not to worry - they all live happily ever after.

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  • Posted June 9, 2009

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    Jane Green provides her fans with an interesting character study

    When Kit divorced Wall St. workaholic superstar Adam, she left him with the Highfield, Connecticut country house. Instead she moved from the mansion having left the manor to live in a nice home near the beach town's Main Street raising their kids there.

    She works as a personal assistant to renowned writer Robert McClore, a widower who avoids the world. Kit has made new friends like her yoga partner Tracy and lives next to a reliable neighbor in eight something Edie. As Kit decides to become Robert's second wife though he has shown no romantic inclination towards her or anyone and she is seeing Steve, her previously unknown half-sister Annabel arrives from England to meet her. However, the biggest problem she faces is she begins to believe she still loves her ex.

    Remaining on the New England shore (see BEACH HOUSE) Jane Green provides her fans with an interesting character study starring strong avaricious women living a very shallow existence until one of the card carrying members drops out. Thus the audience compares Kit's revelations on what matters vs. the greedy desires of her former BFFs make for a strong story line. Unnecessary late suspense detracts from the comparative character study as the sudden action subplot feels out of place. Still watching Kit change so that she no longer fits with the gourmet gossip group makes for an overall fine read.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2013

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    Substance Lacking

    I continue to read Jane Green’s books, thinking they have to get better. So weird, as feel she always sets up the books for a great novel and likeable characters. However, she continues to talk over and over about feelings from the characters as almost overboard, and then forgets the actual story? There is never much of a story or substance, it is more about what this one thinks and that one with lots of drama.
    I did like this one better than some of the others as listened to audio as Cassandra Campbell, is easy on the ears and enjoy her performance. All Jane Green’s leave you feeling frustrated with the storylines and unnerving at times. Maybe one day I will run across a real story!

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  • Posted June 21, 2012

    This book was a big yawn. This is the first of Green's books I h

    This book was a big yawn. This is the first of Green's books I have read, so i can't compare to her other novels. Ever wish you could get your money back after reading a disappointing book?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2012


    really enjoyed this book

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  • Posted August 26, 2011

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    It was good! Keep me wanting to keep to see what happens in the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2011

    What gives with the ebooks??

    Gee, thanks, Barnes & Noble for the 3 PAGE ebook sample. How generous, especially when the ebook is $12.99. Sorry, I don't have enough information to buy this book...but you know that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2011


    I have read some other Jane Green books and this was a disappointment. I don't think her books are great, but they are entertaining. This one I seriously considered not finishing. It was predicatable, the characters were not very three-dimensional. The story was set in Connecticut but I kept thinking this book had been written for a British audience or adapted from another story because who in CT fills their car with "petrol" or parks it in a "car park"? And American Santas don't wear "cotton wool" beards. Who edited this book and didn't pick up on that? Skip this one.

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  • Posted July 25, 2010

    menza menz

    not horrible, not a page turner, pleasant and predictable.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2010

    Not Worth It

    I have read a lot of Jane Green's books. This one had a lot of lead up with a quick ending that was boring. There was so much going for this book that the ending could have been explosive and exciting. Instead it was neat and boring. I question reading any future Jane Green's books. I love Jemima J. It was the first book of Jane Green's that I read and my favorite.

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  • Posted June 14, 2010

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    Overall A Good Read

    This is the 3rd book I have read from Jane Green. I loved The Beach House, did not love Second Chance, and liked this book. Green takes us into the lives of the wealthy, through the mazes the weave and the unexpected events so many people have encountered. She also gives a touch of thrill as the plot evolves to include a mysterious celebrity, an abusive boyfriend, a pathological liar with addicitions, and the group of women who are friends and how they are all somehow connected to the unfolding drama. The characters are likable and I found myself wanting to find out the ending to see how it all played out. I was a bit disappointed in the quick wrap-up ending, but it was still well done. It's not one of the most exciting books I have read, but it is a fun, quick read that I would recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2010

    Kept my interest

    I enjoyed the story and the characters. At times the writing seemed a bit simple or repetitive, which surprised me as I have read Jane Green before and didn't remember the other books being this way. But all in all I liked the book.

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  • Posted January 21, 2010

    Dune Road, a remarkable trip!

    Admittedly, when I first delved into "Dune Road" by Jane Green, I felt like I had haphazardly discovered someone's to-do list. Drab, drab, drab. That someone is, namely, Kit Hargrove. In these first pages, the main character has pulled through her divorce effortlessly. Ho-hum, she doesn't mind downsizing into a small house after living the high life with a husband who just can't seem to separate from his work life.now isn't this an overdone idea. And, wouldn't you know it, a job working as an assistant for a famous author, Robert McClore, falls right into Kit's lap.

    No conflict. No appeal. I thought Dune Road was going to become Drab Road, but as I forced myself to read, I found the characters and situations took some interesting and surprising turns that roused my curiosity more and more.

    A leap above pop psychology, Jane's knowledge of recovery from drugs and alcohol and family interactions is remarkable and right on! Her expertise gives the characters credibility and the elements certainly play into the melodramatic stage that Jane so refreshingly sets.
    My connection with the book is the locale of Dune Road. A native of Fairfield County, CT, in fact, on occasion I play tour director on coach motorbuses through the fabulously posh Gold Coast that Jane writes about. Although Jane fictionalized the street and other relevant names of businesses and such, she re-creates the region precisely. I also enjoyed the Easton, CT, backdrops in the book. As a professional day-tripper, however, I must say when she illustrates Maple Row Farm, where Kit and her family go to obtain their Christmas tree, the author describes the farm setting perfectly down to the cider and donuts, but leaves out the oxen. How can you miss those mammoth creatures? They are what make the farm extraordinary. But, hey, we're talking fiction here, so oxen or no oxen, Dune Road, apart from a few bumps along the way, is well worth the trip.

    Stacy Lytwyn Maxwell, Author/Book Reviewer/Teacher

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  • Posted January 20, 2010

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    A Memorable Real-Life Story

    I have read some of the reviews that others have left for this novel, and I have to say I completly disagree with most of you. Jane Greens first few novels did indeed start off as complete chick-lit, and now they have become just wonderful stories for the everyday woman. Her stories comntain REAL plots, with real problems like divorce, and pain that people overcome everyday. I think her newest novels are more grown up then her previous novels and woman should read them. They show that can can overcome everything in your life if u put your mind to it. 'Dune Road' has interwoven plots that keeps your asking what is going to happen, all the way to the end. I loved that characters, and how to seemed so real to me. I think woman should def read this novel!!

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

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    Jane Green is a great author--her books never disappoint!!

    I'm glad I bought this book--it was a wonderful read! I couldn't put it down. Jane Green writes wonderful books that everyone can relate to.

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  • Posted September 18, 2009

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    Another Rushed Ending

    After recently having read Second Chance this was very similar. However, Second Chance (which at the time I thought was just OK) was much better. With both books she adds all of these twists and turns, and then when she gets to her required word count she just wraps everything up in a neat little bow. It makes no sense. The endings in both books were far far too rushed. Especially in Dune Road, things just...ended. After so much build up there was no description of a resolution. Just a paragraph or two. Very disappointing.

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