The Other Story

The Other Story

Audiobook CD - 2014
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When Nicholas was 24 years old, he stumbled upon a troubling secret about his family. In shock, he embarked on a journey to uncover the truth, but the answers wouldn't come easily. In the process of digging into his past, he began writing a novel that was met with phenomenal success, and was convinced he'd put his family's past behind him. But years later, Nicolas must reexamine everything he thought he knew, and learns that, however deeply buried, the secrets of the past always find a way out.
Topical Term: Authorship
Family secrets
Identity (Psychology)
Publisher: [New York] : Macmillan Audio, 2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781427239525
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (600 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Vance, Simon


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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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