The Group

  • by Mary McCarthy
  • Narrated by Lorelei King
  • 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Group follows eight graduates from exclusive Vassar College as they find love and heartbreak, and choose careers and husbands against the backdrop of 1930s New York.
Mary McCarthy (1912-1989) was born in Seattle, Washington. She was a short-story writer, bestselling novelist, essayist and a social and art critic. She was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters and won the National Medal for Literature and the Edward MacDowell Medal in 1984.

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Long, laboured but enjoyable

Would you try another book written by Mary McCarthy or narrated by Lorelei King?

Lorelei King is very good and Mary McCarthy I would try again, but may be as a book rather than an audiobook


What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

In the asylum


Which character – as performed by Lorelei King – was your favourite?

Probably Kay with Polly running as a close second with Nadene coming a very close third. Although they were quite distinct through her characterisation.


Was The Group worth the listening time?

Yes but you have to stick with it,


Any additional comments?

This is a complicated story that intertwines the life of a group of girls and how their lives unfold. I am sure that as a physical book it would be easier to follow, especially for those who tend to listen in the car. Frequent breaks make harder to maintain flow and its not that easy to flick back and recap.Historically interesting reinforcing how far we have come over a short period of time. Each character is different with their own story told over a short but interesting period, The only downside with so many characters is that you have to remember who is who and their life and relationship with the next character. This is not a listen for the feint hearted, stick with it and try to listen consistently so that you maintain flow - it is a long book. There are some scenes which will stick with me for a long time so it obviously has some powerful elements and I did enjoy it and will be able to listen again as I am sure there are some bits that passed me by.

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- Jane

A long lost era - fascinating to read

I really enjoyed this quite long story - I felt connected to all the women but I did have to keep reviewing the info as there was a lot to take in.
Worth a listen - we may advance in technology but people remain the same in principle!
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- Mrs. K. J. D. CURRIE

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-02-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios