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Malibu Rising

Written by: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
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Brought to you by Penguin. 

From the Sunday Times best-selling author of Daisy Jones & The Six.

A lifetime holding it together.

One party will bring it crashing down. 

Malibu: August, 1983. It's the day of Nina Riva's annual end-of-summer party and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer and their adored baby sister, Kit. Together, the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over—especially as the offspring of the legendary singer, Mick Riva. 

The only person not looking forward to the party of the year is Nina herself, who never wanted to be the centre of attention and who has also just been very publicly abandoned by her pro-tennis player husband. Oh, and maybe Hud—because it is long past time to confess something to the brother from whom he's been inseparable since birth.

Jay, on the other hand, is counting the minutes until nightfall, when the girl he can't stop thinking about promised she'll be there.

And Kit has a couple secrets of her own—including a guest she invited without consulting anyone.

By midnight the party will be completely out of control. By morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames. But before that first spark in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play and the loves and secrets that shaped this family's generations will all come bubbling to the surface.

Malibu Rising is a story about one unforgettable night in the life of a family: the night they each have to choose what they will keep from the people who made them...and what they will leave behind.

©2021 Taylor Jenkins Reid (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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julia whelan did it again🥺

Another amazing listen, sometimes I wonder if I loved because it was narrated by Julia whelan(favorite narrator of all time) or if it was the story. I think it was the combination of both. I will literally listen anything read by julia whelan to be honest. I have found new favorite author. I can't wait to read other books by Taylor Jenkins.

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Terribly Boring

This kind of fiction is just not for me. The story has neither a great plot nor great characters (or writing) . It is full of cliche's, predictable and really boring. And 11 hours of this is unbearable ....

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"Nina understood maybe for the first time that letting people love you and care for you is part of how you love and care for them."

Before anything else:
the narrator of the audiobook, Julia Whelan, is amazing! Before this, I have listened to her narration of Book Lovers and have found it to be crazy good! I would totally read anything narrated by her.

This is my 3rd Taylor Jenkin Reid book and I'm starting to see a pattern: it's always about someone celebrity–rich (or someone who becomes rich), strong bonds in a superficial world, and... there's always that man. Whether it is Daddy Don in The seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo or Haunted Billy in Daisy Jones and the Six, it's the same man in a way. And I thought maybe I have had enough and this time round I will abandon the book half way. But that point never came. The man may be the same but women are different and they save themselves in ways that are unique to them.

This book revolves around Nina, Jay, Hud, Kit figuring out their life since infancy - with a heart broken mother and an absentee father who is also a rockstar. The conclusive chapters are truly amazing!

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fantastic narration by Julia Whelan

The book is great but what makes it amazing is the narration. Julia has done an exceptional job in luring in the listeners.

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epic story and narration

the story as it is, is just awesome and complex. what made it better was the narration.

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Good story telling and interesting story

I loved listening my to the narration and story of Thai book. It’s light and flows easily. Good listen !!

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A scintillating read

Having never read anything like this, it was kind of difficult initially to get into the crux of the story. But once the pace was set, i started liking the story. only it being my first ever Audio book slowed me down, as I do read along the actual book with the audio.

The story of the Riva's and their parents was kind of out of the box experience. May be because I have never read such stories. What I loved is the various characters apart from the Riva's. All the characters are introduced well, explained well and given a proper ending. For a writer it's such a difficult task to do justice by each and every character in the story, which Taylor Jenkins has done brilliantly.

would definitely love to read other books by the author the soonest.

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Very interesting story, extremely well written

The story is written very well, incredibly engaging, well narrated. The characters are wonderfully crafted. Overall a really good listen!

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I would recommend reading this on a weekend in one go as it takes place over 24 hours, you wouldn’t want to break the flow.

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A story about dark side of the fame

A light read on the dark side of the fame that comes with an American Dream and its impact on one's ego and their near ones. I really liked how the author has managed to move back and forth between the lives of 4 siblings and that of their parents and move seamlessly across eras. The lives of Riva's has been painted well with a deep portrait of individual charcter. Moreover, how the family bonds across ups and downs, fights and loss and manages to stay close was quite heartfelt. The end seemed too filmy, but nonetheless, a great read to get transferred to the Malibu coastline across the times of hippies to surfers to celebs. Loved the narration by Julia Whelan, as always.

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  • 01-06-22

Not for me

Can’t say a story about a load of over privileged people with money to burn is really my thing. It certainly doesn’t inspire me to care about them as characters.

At least the central character had some values but the fact that no one really gets ‘punished’ for their selfishness while innocent people are left to suffer the consequences means this isn’t a book I’ll be recommending.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-07-21

life is too short to waste it reading this book

The book was well narrated; however, the story was vacuous at best, a waste of time.

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  • tiggy
  • 08-07-21

Good but way too many characters

Loved this book up to the ‘party’ but got increasingly bored by irrelevant characters introduced into the ‘party’ sections. The Riva’s were enough

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  • sarah marrie
  • 31-05-21

Over hyped author

Its an ok vook, but this author and her books are over hyped; and i don’t get it. Theres too many characters in the story, so its hard to get invested in them.
I’m not sure if i would recommend this audiobook or this author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-05-22

Too many characters

Story was engaging until the party when about 30 different characters were introduced which seemed unnecessary

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-06-21

smooth narrator

the narrator has such a nice voice and the story is really good, the layout is interesting. compared, however to taylor jenkins-reid's other books, it is slightly lacking

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  • Miss Kelly
  • 10-06-22

T.J.R has got me in a strong chokehold!

I couldn’t get enough of this book. The story of the Riva family was painted beautifully, I loved the main characters almost instantly. I absolutely love how her books have cross over characters, it’s like she’s making her own little universe and I am here for it 100%!

Can’t wait to read Carrie Soto is back!

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  • Kiri Thomas
  • 05-05-22

So-so

Fairly good story but for some reason, just didn’t care that much. Ending the worst feature - ridiculous.

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  • Safia Jackson
  • 24-01-23

Best one yet!

I’ve been working my way through the TJR’s books and this has been my favourite by far

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  • Sue C
  • 16-01-23

Loved It

Brilliant, I loved this book, I couldn’t get enough of it. Finished it in two days!!

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  • Sophie
  • 31-05-21

Taylor Jenkins Reid has such a knack for creating characters you just want to read about it.

If you liked Daisy Jones then this will not disappoint! Set in Malibu, I loved the beach setting and the relationship between the Riva siblings.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-07-21

Engaging characters and story

A very engaging story with interesting characters. Great description of the joys of surfing. Terrific read and sensational performance by the reader.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-07-21

A great escape from reality

I really enjoyed this book, it was narrated beautifully and it made me feel like I was on a beach in Malibu.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-02-22

Enjoyable but nothing spectacular

I enjoyed the story but was left a bit confused why this has had a lot of rave reviews.
The family secrets didn’t really eventuate into much. I think this was because you knew everyone’s secrets from the beginning, so when everything is revealed at the party, which is what the whole story is building up to, it fell quite flat.

I didn’t enjoy the male voices the narrator put on. It made the story feel cheesy. I wish she’d just read them in her own voice.

Overall, it was an easy and enjoyable read but dont think it’s worth the hype.

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  • Marcia Abboud
  • 20-08-21

Addictive Read

Another 'masterpiece' from Taylor Jenkins Reid. Is there no end to this authors imagination and writing talents? And who better to bring it all alive than Julia Whelan. What a voice she has! Easy to visualise the movie with these diverse characters and scene setting. A great story of love and fame, of 'rags to riches' that culminates in opulence and luxury at the most sort after VIP party of the year. Brilliant, rich detail of this famous postcode had me there at the shorelines of Malibu, wishing I could surf. Heart warming characters, and a few to loathe, I was submerged to the very end. I couldn't stop listening, and as usual with Taylor, didn't want it to end! Loved it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-21

captivating

Captivating storyline and one of the best narration I have heard.
Could not turn it off. loved itm

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  • Sydney
  • 28-07-21

Loved it!

Captivating story told beautifully.

The narrator was lovely to listen to.

Highly recommend for a great beach or holiday listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-07-21

Wow ! Loved this book.

Great story, terrific characters, great performance. I am going to listen to every book Taylor writes. Well done !

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-07-21

Another epic Taylor Jenkins Reid novel

She knows how to throw a party and how to write a book. I loved this novel as much as I’ve loved the books that came before it. The clever subtlety of characters across all of her novels makes this book feel like an expansion of her already cleverly created universe.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-01-23

What a great listen

When Taylor Jenkins Reid put pen to paper you know it is going to be a great story with fantastic characters and this is no exception.