Skipping a Beat by Sarah Pekkanen audiobook

Skipping a Beat: A Novel

By Sarah Pekkanen
Read by Madeleine Maby

Simon & Schuster Audio
9.60 Hours Unabridged
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From the outside, Julia and Michael seem to have it all. Both products of difficult childhoods in rural West Virginia, they become high school sweethearts and fall in love. Shortly after graduation, they flee their small town to start afresh. Now thirty-somethings, they are living a rarefied life in their multimillion-dollar, Washington DC, home. Julia is a highly sought-after party planner, while Michael has just sold his wildly successful flavored water company for $70 million. But one day, Michael collapses in his office. Four minutes and eight seconds after his cardiac arrest, a portable defibrillator jump-starts his heart. But in those lost minutes he becomes a different man. Money is meaningless to him, and he wants to give it all away. Julia, who sees bits of her life reflected in scenes from the world's great operas, is now faced with a choice she never anticipated. Should she should walk away from the man she once adored but who truthfully became a stranger to her long before this pronouncement, or should she give in to her husband's pleas for a second chance and a promise of a poorer but happier life?

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Summary

Summary

From the outside, Julia and Michael seem to have it all. Both products of difficult childhoods in rural West Virginia, they become high school sweethearts and fall in love. Shortly after graduation, they flee their small town to start afresh. Now thirty-somethings, they are living a rarefied life in their multimillion-dollar, Washington DC, home. Julia is a highly sought-after party planner, while Michael has just sold his wildly successful flavored water company for $70 million.

But one day, Michael collapses in his office. Four minutes and eight seconds after his cardiac arrest, a portable defibrillator jump-starts his heart. But in those lost minutes he becomes a different man. Money is meaningless to him, and he wants to give it all away. Julia, who sees bits of her life reflected in scenes from the world's great operas, is now faced with a choice she never anticipated. Should she should walk away from the man she once adored but who truthfully became a stranger to her long before this pronouncement, or should she give in to her husband's pleas for a second chance and a promise of a poorer but happier life?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This portrait of a couple forced to take responsibility for the breakdown of their relationship is at once heartbreaking and familiar.” People
“Intelligent and entertaining.” Washington Post
“In this compelling and satisfying read, Pekkanen offers relatable characters that move you and an ending that surprises and pleases. Highly recommended.” Library Journal (starred review)

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Author Bio: Sarah Pekkanen

Author Bio: Sarah Pekkanen

Sarah Pekkanen is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including The Perfect Neighbors, Things You Won’t Say, and Catching Air. A former investigative journalist and feature writer, her work has been published in People and USA Today, among others.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 9.60
Audience: Adult
Language: English