Faith by Jennifer Haigh – Audiobook Review

Faith by Jennifer Haigh, narrated by Therese Plummer
Published in audio by Harper Audio; published in print by Harper Books, both imprints of HarperCollins


It is 2002, and Sheila McGann has never regretted leaving the Catholic Church less – nearly the only thing the news reports talk about these days are the priest sex abuse scandals. That these things happen is not particularly a surprise to Sheila, but that her beloved elder brother Art has been accused is a shock bar none.

Thoughts on the story:

I think it is best, actually, to go into Faith without knowing too much about it; at its most basic it is the story of a family whose world view is being severely challenged and whose life is being torn apart. Not only that, it is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Haigh has amazing pacing, and even better characterization and storytelling. I didn’t have a single issue with the plot, the writing, anything while listening. It is a deeply emotional story that rockets the reader deep inside the inner lives of the McGanns, a story you won’t want to put down.

Thoughts on the audio production:

Plummer’s narration is extremely strong, emotional but not overwrought; she hits every note perfectly. The audio production of Faithis so fabulous I was searching high and low for something, anything to do that would give me more listening time. It would not be an overexaggeration to say that I tried my best to plan my life that week around getting more time to listen to Faith.

For a more in-depth review of the audio, please see my review for Audiofile Magazine.


Faith was simply amazing and it will without question be making my ‘best of’ list at the end of the year, thanks in equal part to Jennifer Haigh’s writing and Therese Plummer’s narration.

Very highly recommended.

Buy this book from:
Powells: Print*
Indiebound: Print*
Audible: Audio

I’m launching a brand-new meme every Friday! I encourage you to review any audiobooks you review on Fridays and include the link here. If you have reviewed an audiobook earlier in the week, please feel free to link that review as well. Thanks to Pam for creating the button.

Source: Audiofile Magazine.
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10 comments to Faith by Jennifer Haigh – Audiobook Review

  • Great idea! Will look forward to other links.

  • Great idea for a new meme! I’m very excited! I love reviewing, and audio books are a main part of my book diet. :o)

    Also, great review! I didn’t read the description because I usually don’t, and you said not to ;o) I love Therese Plummer so this is definitely something I will look into! Thanks!!

    Mickey @ imabookshark

  • I’ve read a few reviews of this one, but this is the first time I’ve been inclined to chase it down. I’m sure it will all hit close to home as we are Catholic, and are constantly under a barrage of criticism. I’m off to see if the library has it.

  • Kay

    Think yours is the first review I’ve read of the audio. I’ve read several excellent review of this book in print. I’m going to check it out.

  • I’m still on the fence about this one. I keep hearing good reviews but it just doesn’t seem like my kind of book. Maybe I’ll give the audio a try . . .

  • I love the meme idea. I’m going to have to get on the stick about the audio reviews.

    I love a book you don’t want to give details and give too much away. I really want to read (or should I say listen) to this one.

  • Love the new meme!! I’ll definitely be participating in the future – the graphic looks great too!

  • I really want to read this, but haven’t had a chance to yet. I have read Haigh before and had it be a success, so normally I get to her books eventually.

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