The View on the Way Down

  • by Rebecca Wait
  • Narrated by Mandy Weston, Carl Prekopp
  • 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This audiobook will open your eyes and break your heart.
It is the story of Emma's two brothers: the one who died five years ago, Kit, and Jamie, who left home on the day of the funeral and has not returned since. It is the story of their parents, who have been keeping the truth from Emma and from each other. The past is not discussed or acknowledged, until a chance encounter brings devastating secrets to the surface and once again the family must face a crisis which may ultimately save them.
The View on the Way Down captures the insidious, sometimes violent, force of depression and its ability to tip lives into chaos. Gripping, moving, and ultimately hopeful, The View on the Way Down will have you rooting for the family's redemption.
Rebecca Wait graduated from Oxford University in 2010 with a first class degree in English, having been mentored by the poet and novelist Craig Raine at New College. She's been writing since she was a child and has won numerous prizes for short stories and plays. Rebecca wrote The View on the Way Down in the evenings whilst working as a teaching assistant the year after graduating. In March 2013, Rebecca thrashed the competition to triumph as a Literary Death Match champion.

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What the Critics Say

"The View on the Way Down is a novel that deserves to win awards as well as a huge readership. It's a wise, honest, wonderful read that marks Rebecca Wait not just as a writer to watch out for, but one to appreciate now." (Daniel Clay, author of Broken)
"The View on the Way Down is deeply moving - yet unsentimental - and profound, and has a family secret at the heart of it that will remain with you for a long time after you finish reading. It is a novel that needed to be written and which will touch many people . . . a fine achievement." (Mark Gartside, author of What Will Survive)
"The View on the Way Down is written with great sympathy and an aching tenderness. Rebecca Wait's evocative storytelling is alive to the tragedies and miracles of everyday life, illuminating the grey area between protecting and deceiving the ones we love." (Laura Harrington, author of Alice Bliss)

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Customer Reviews

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Compelling Listening

Five star audio books come along so infrequently that I felt I needed to review this one. This story is so compelling that I have been unable to walk away, listening to it in less than 24 hours.



To simplify it is to say that it is about depression, tragedy, bullying and one family's inability to communicate – which makes it all sound very bleak. But among the tragedy it is chock full of hope, with beautiful observations of human nature as we bump and jostle one another whilst trying to make meaningful connections, fail and still go on to try again.



It is sad, and it did make me cry as I listened. It doesn't pretend to give any easy answers to the individual personal tragedies of the protagonists, but, in the end, it does offer a quiet form of unity between them and a way forward for them all.
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- Nancy

Amazing debut

Like many of my listens I was introduced to this by an interview with the author on 'Woman's Hour'. I found the author rather inspiring and was keen to listen to this, her debut novel. It is a brilliant debut and well worth a listen. Her portrayal of a family in crisis and how the past tragedy has affected them all is excellent. It is well written in a simplistic but compelling style and is moving, heartbreaking and real. It is a book that will stay with you long after listening.
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- Saffy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-04-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios