Great Circle: A Novel (Man Booker Prize Finalist)

Written by:
Maggie Shipstead

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2021
25 hours 17 minutes
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A TODAY SHOW #ReadWithJenna BOOK CLUB PICK • The unforgettable story of a daredevil female aviator determined to chart her own course in life, at any cost: an “epic trip—through Prohibition and World War II, from Montana to London to present-day Hollywood—and you’ll relish every minute” (People).

After being rescued as infants from a sinking ocean liner in 1914, Marian and Jamie Graves are raised by their dissolute uncle in Missoula, Montana. There--after encountering a pair of barnstorming pilots passing through town in beat-up biplanes--Marian commences her lifelong love affair with flight. At fourteen she drops out of school and finds an unexpected and dangerous patron in a wealthy bootlegger who provides a plane and subsidizes her lessons, an arrangement that will haunt her for the rest of her life, even as it allows her to fulfill her destiny: circumnavigating the globe by flying over the North and South Poles.

A century later, Hadley Baxter is cast to play Marian in a film that centers on Marian's disappearance in Antarctica. Vibrant, canny, disgusted with the claustrophobia of Hollywood, Hadley is eager to redefine herself after a romantic film franchise has imprisoned her in the grip of cult celebrity. Her immersion into the character of Marian unfolds, thrillingly, alongside Marian's own story, as the two women's fates--and their hunger for self-determination in vastly different geographies and times--collide. Epic and emotional, meticulously researched and gloriously told, Great Circle is a monumental work of art, and a tremendous leap forward for the prodigiously gifted Maggie Shipstead.
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Immersive, intricate, beautifully written, and the narrator does an excellent job.

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Elisabeth H.

Wonderful book that weaves through past and present day lives. Deep and moving.

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Tricia D.

Poor editing. This book could easily have been 2 hours shorter.

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Patrick M.

One of the best novels I have ever read Amazing story and the narrators were equally amazing.

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Kelly R.

amazing story with my favorite narrator, Alex McKenna.

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Well. This book had more twist and turns. I wasn’t thrilled with some of the turns but it was good.

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