The Hour I First Believed

  • by Wally Lamb
  • Narrated by George Guidall
  • 25 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When high-school teacher Caelum Quirk and his wife, Maureen, move to Littleton, Colorado, they both get jobs at Columbine High School. In April 1999, while Caelum is away, Maureen finds herself in the library at Columbine, cowering in a cabinet and expecting to be killed. Miraculously, she survives. But when Caelum and Maureen flee to an illusion of safety on the Quirk family's Connecticut farm, they discover that the effects of chaos are not easily put right. While Maureen fights to regain her sanity, Caelum discovers five generations' worth of diaries, letters, and newspaper clippings in his family's house. As unimaginable secrets emerge, Caelum grapples with the past and struggles to fashion a future from the ashes of tragedy. His quest for meaning is at once mythic and contemporary, personal and quintessentially American.


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Customer Reviews

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Painful in places but worth a listen

Having read other Wally Lamb novels, I'm already a fan and was surprised to see no other comments, so felt compelled to offer a view. He has great insight into the complexities of modern relationships and writes female characters so well. It was sometimes difficult listening,(a bit depressing in places, given the tragic Columbine theme) but real and poignant; and like his other novels, full of hope and optimism despite this. Great narration - a warm and wonderful voice I'd be happy to hear more of.
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- Lulu


Would you consider the audio edition of The Hour I First Believed to be better than the print version?

The Hour I first believed is a long story and part of the story goes back in time. I do believe that the fact that you listen to the story makes the story an easier bite to chew. The story is by no means tedious,I love it and it really has given me food for thought but the story is also filled with small stories within and the narration helps to keep the story together.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that it was totally unpredictable and I loved the different characters.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I cannot pick one scene out. The whole book was splendid

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was too long to listen to in one sitting and breaks was needed but I longed to get back to the book and I am sorry that it is ended.

Any additional comments?

I recommend this book warmly.

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- jane joensen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-11-2008
  • Publisher: HarperAudio