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  • Written by: Wally Lamb
  • Narrated by: Ken Howard
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)

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I Know This Much Is True

Written by: Wally Lamb
Narrated by: Ken Howard
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Publisher's Summary

Identical twins Dominick and Thomas Birdsey were born in the waning moments of 1949 and the opening minutes of 1950. Now at 40, Dominick's entire life has been compromised and constricted by anger and fear, by the paranoid schizophrenic twin brother he both loves and resents, and by the past they shared with their adoptive father, Ray, a spit-and polish ex-Navy man, and their long-suffering mother, Concettina. The brothers' relationship undergoes the ultimate test when Thomas commits an unthinkable act that threatens the tenuous balance of both his and Dominick's lives. Wally Lamb's long awaited follow-up to the critically acclaimed novel She's Come Undone is narrated by Tony Award-winning actor Ken Howard.
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What the critics say

Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award: Best Audio of 1998, Fiction

"This award-winning Broadway stalwart here shows himself to be as adept behind the mike as behind the footlights." (AudioFile

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Abridged version is crap

I wasn’t aware an entire section (the grandfathers diary) would be deleted ... was to be used for participating in a book club - I can’t even think about participating effectively without hearing the whole book. What a waste of time

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Sad-isfying

I loved it, narrator was excellent. It had me interested immediately; I listened for 2.5 hours from the start.

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Mumble in the background

Lovely book but not a good audiobook. Mumble in the background which is very distracting.

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  • 2023-08-06

Snooze fest

This was not interesting to me. I kept going to see if there was a point. The only upside was I helped me sleep.

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Worst audio I’ve listened to

Great book, even though it’s not the full version. Narrator is fantastic! But the background noise and constant voices were so distracting and disappointing. Made me feel schizophrenic. 🤨 I should have just bought the paperback version and read it. It was annoying to have to press the 30 second rewind so often due to the background noise and voices. I feel I should get a credit back for the disappointment!

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Background noise

I enjoyed this. Fabulous story, great reading. The talking in the background was very distracting!

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Not Complete!!

My niece has the book and I realised that the audio book is not complete! They took a large part out: the grandfather's biography is in the paper book but was not read! This is very disapointing. It is though a very good book, Ken Howard has the intonation, the different voices were perfect, although for me, he reads a little too fast.

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Blah

Really didn't get the point to the story just blah read, no depth to characters just boring

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Amazing!

I loved this book! Endearing characters and a glimpse into the life of twins and schizophrenia. Have read it several times and never tire of it.

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  • Douglas
  • 2008-03-20

Disappointing

Much of the substqance of this fine book was lost as a result of it being abridged. I had read the book previously and was grossly disapointed in the audiobook.

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  • Ella
  • 2008-09-15

I could tell a lot was missing

I really enjoyed this story, but even though I never read the whole book, it was so obvious that there where huge gaps and holes. I still gave it 5 stars, but would love to hear the unabridged version of this. 6 hours is not enough time for character development, or to do justice to a saga like this one. It's a shame neither audible or itunes offers an unabridged version.

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  • Taylor Eloise Stevens
  • 2013-03-20

Abridging does not do the story justice.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The book, yes. This audiobook, no.

What could Wally Lamb have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not approve cutting out so much of a favorite book in the audiobook version

Any additional comments?

Use the six hours to start on an unabridged version or read the book. The full text is amazing, but too much is cut out here, leaving the story muddled, jumbled, confusing, and incomplete.

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  • greenkji
  • 2016-10-26

Abridged version=horrible!

This is one of my all time favorite books. Too bad this abridged version leaves out half the story and I am not exaggerating. I'm so shocked at how much they left out I'm going to try to contact the author. The only positive is that now I know to NEVER listen to the abridged version of ANYTHING! The definition of abridged is to "shorten a story without losing the sense of the story." There is no story with what audible has done to it. At least they refunded my credit.

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  • Courtney Strieby
  • 2016-06-24

Abridged

I love this book and only have a couple hundred pages left. I thought I might finish it on a car ride, but turns out it is missing whole sections. Unfortunately pretty useless.

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  • Dennis
  • 2004-09-26

Family Matters

Wally Lamb weaves a tapestry of rejection and forgiveness. In this story of twins, Dominic and Partick are the last remnants of the Tempesta family that are becoming unraveled; Dominic by his apparent rejection by his family and Patrick by his schizophrenia. Lamb tells the story through the eyes of the angry, self-pitying Dominic who inherits two things that change his life, his schizo brother and the memoirs of his cruel grandfather. How Dominic deals with his inheritence is the subject of the plot. Dominic comes to realize that this much is true; mutts make good dogs, out of the rich loam of forgiveness love is found and all things are circular. This book will appeal to anyone who has a disfunctional family, especially an immigrant family. The story is wonderous because Lamb combines the right amount of realism with myth and superstition to tell a most intriguing story. This book is in the top ten of bookk I have ever read.

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  • Holly
  • 2016-09-05

READ THIS BOOK FIRST. IT'S STUNNING.

Beautifully read. SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABBRIDGED. Wally Lamb is a sublime writer. The best.

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  • Dropkick Molly
  • 2012-09-10

Excellent story, although a lot of it was left out

Where does I Know This Much Is True rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was my first one and I was mildly disappointed that the story ha been cut short.

If you’ve listened to books by Wally Lamb before, how does this one compare?

I love Wally Lamb. But as I said above, I wish they hadn't cut
The story short.

Which scene was your favorite?

I can't pick just one.

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

It's a large book, so no.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 2005-03-14

A Must Read

This is the novel that spurred my addiction to audiobooks. This is a powerfully human story. Lamb enables the reader to experience pain and joy, hope and despair, through his well developed characters. When I finished the very lengthy unabridged version, I felt a strong sense of loss, because I truly missed the characters. Also, his other novel is similarly moving.

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  • jenstar
  • 2020-08-25

Disappointed

I didn’t realize until after I used my credit and downloaded this book that it was abridged and only had 8 chapters when I know this book is a pretty long book with at least 30 something chapters in it. Disappointing. Additionally the quality of the recording is really bad. It sounds like he was narrating far from the microphone. I had to blast my the volume to hear it clearly. How do I get my credit back ?

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