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Summary

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

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Riveting

First off the narration is superb, really giving you a sense of the different characters through voice. And what a varied cast it is - so many characters, yet all painted fully and with depth.

I wasn't sure if this was going to be my sort of thing, as I tend to prefer plot-driven rather than character-driven. But so much happens to the characters and is explored that there was enough content to keep me invested. There are certainly things/people to relate to, even if the circumstances are slightly different.

I loved the portrayal of real people - even though they are famous - by that I mean you see all the thoughts a person has, the good and the ugly. it is incredibly realistic and also nuanced.

The dual timeline worked well. It helped to add context and show the depth of feeling, and how things change (or not) through the generations.

Overall this was a pleasant surprise, that I looked forward to listening to!

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enjoyed the ride but not as strong as other titles

Great performance by the narrator but of the three books I've listened to from this author this has been the least memorable for me, though I loved the initial love story between the parents of the dynasty.