Etta and Otto and Russell and James

  • by Emma Hooper
  • Narrated by Robert Slade
  • 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Etta's greatest unfulfilled wish, living in the rolling farmland of Saskatchewan, is to see the sea. And so, at the age of eighty-two she gets up very early one morning and begins walking the 2,000 miles to water.
Meanwhile her husband Otto waits patiently at home, left only with his memories. Their neighbour Russell remembers too - and he still loves Etta as much as he did more than fifty years ago, before she married Otto.

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What the Critics Say

"[I]ncredibly moving, beautifully written and luminous with wisdom. It is a book that restores one's faith in life even as it deepens its mystery. Wonderful!" (Chris Cleave, author of The Other Hand)
"An irresistibly enchanting debut novel" (BOOKLIST)

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Etta and Otto

A really touching story that tells the story of Etta and Otto's life, mingled with the confusion of Etta's early stages of dementia. I really enjoyed the imagery Emma Hooper creates throughout the book. Be patient, it's not a confusing read. It's calm and sympathetic, and a a beautiful story of people sharing a life time of love.
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- Rebecca

Gently paced, finely crafted.

I loved the tone of the narrator, perfectly suited to the book which gathered me in and had me entranced... I listened to the whole book in one sitting. Not great if you like a neat finish to a book, as the narrative to this leaves you wondering what happened after... A great pace, a sense of human scale lives, with interwoven narratives as the characters navigate larger tragedies, set against a wild and expansive backdrop of Canadian countryside.
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- Emma

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-01-2015
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks