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Malibu Rising

Written by: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
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Publisher's Summary


Some nights are life-changing. No one knows that quite like the Riva siblings. Fame, fortune, family drama— Malibu Rising has it all. Follow along as this captivating story by Taylor Jenkins Reid sweeps you away to one stunning summer night in 1983, and the decades of heartbreak before it.

Taylor Jenkins Reid is a darling of the literary world, with multiple can’t-miss sagas and unique storylines soaring up best seller lists. Her best-known works include The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Carrie Soto Is Back and Daisy Jones & The Six, which was adapted into a popular Amazon Prime miniseries starring Riley Keough.

In Malibu Rising, Jenkins Reid unravels the riveting story of four siblings—Nina, talented surfer and supermodel; not quite twin brothers Jay, a championship surfer, and Hud, a celebrated sports photographer; and their baby sister, Kit—and Mick Riva, the famous crooner dad who abandoned them. In this audiobook, listeners will hear the Riva family’s saga, struggles and secrets come to life through impeccable narration. Narrator and actor Julia Whelan expertly gives a voice to all five characters and more. Her inflection and delivery will transport all who listen to that unforgettable night in Malibu and the twists and turns leading up to it.

What the critics say

“Reid has once again crafted a fast-paced, engaging novel that smoothly transports readers between decades and story lines.” (The Washington Post)

"If summer could somehow fit into a book, then you’d find it in Malibu Rising.” (Oprah Daily)

“Reid’s descriptions of Malibu are so evocative that readers will swear they feel the sea breeze on their faces or the grit of the sand between their toes.... A compulsively readable story about the bonds between family members and the power of breaking free.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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Great book

I thought it was a Great book and it was also narrated really well. I found it Very enjoyable!

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A perfect summer read

I was halfway through this book, and didn’t want to finish it because then it would be over. I really enjoyed the setting of Malibu (one of my fave places), and the characters were really great. I desperately want there to be a sequel!

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Easy read something to take your mind off life

An easy read to take your mind of the business of life even for just a minute.

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Another winner

Love the way Jenkins Reid creates such complex and 3 dimensional characters who make you feel what they feel. It’s always hard to leave them behind when I reach the end of the story.

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Took some time

This story took some time to sink it's teeth into me. No complaints on the Narrator or even the structure or setting of the story. The imagery was also enjoyable, but I think I wasn't all that invested in the active culture, which is almost like another character itself.

So in the beginning I often found myself going to other books because these characters and what they were experiencing just wasn't all that exciting or compelling.

By the time I made it to part two it felt like the climb was over and I could now coast downwards towards the conclusion and it felt much more enticing in its pacing.

Anyone that enjoys the culture and or universe created here, that retro americana escapism then this will be a very quick read for you. If like me, you've started and are unsure, stick with it... it's not something you'll regret.

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An enticing story about intergenerational trauma

This book is amazing. I was hesitant to read/listen to it because reviews described it as a "summer read," which is a genre I'm not a fan off. Although the story is clever and airing on the light side given it's focus, it is ultimately a beautiful, clever and enticing story about breaking the cycle of intergenerational trauma, peppered with cute celebrity references and a similarly cute critique of celebrity culture. The book isn't heavy insofar as it has the unresolved-ness and heartbreak of reality, and thus flirts with fantasy in the way all story's about family and trauma that are guided by closure and hope do, but the story is deep, relatable and captivating. It is one of my favourite books I've gotten on audible thus far.

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Viva the Rivas! 👏

Such a fun read! Complex family dynamics this book is full of humour and humanity. I couldn’t stop. The imagery of the author evokes as we are through the family’s history is so enjoyable. Wonderful summer read. Just get it!

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FANTASTIC Summer Read!!!

This book was FANTASTIC and I couldn’t stop listening. Julia Whelan, as usual, was a FANTASTIC narrator and Taylor Jenkins Reid, as usual, created a FANTASTIC story/set of characters. I Can’t wait to see the FANTASTIC movie or show (we all know there will be one eventually).

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The characters were great

I like how Taylor weaved the character's stories together and that there is mention of character's from other books. The story has love, tragedy, duty, growing and becoming who you were meant to be.

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Underwhelming

Definitely worth a listen if you're looking for something you don't have to think about or get excited about. It had a good storyline with potential but it fell flat for me. I kept waiting for the big surprising plot twist that never really happened. There were some good moments that kept me interested but I had to push through. Not for me.

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