Nocturnal Animals

Previously published as Tony and Susan
Author(s): Austin Wright
CD - unabridged
Audio (9 discs)
Product Number: DD28334
Released: Nov 01, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781478971214
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Fifteen years ago, Susan Morrow left her first husband, Edward Sheffield, an unpublished writer. Now, she's enduring middle class suburbia as a doctor's wife, when out of the blue she receives a package containing the manuscript of her ex-husband's first novel. He writes asking her to read the book; she was always his best critic, he says. As Susan reads, she is drawn into the fictional life of Tony Hastings, a math professor driving his family to their summer house in Maine. And as we read with her, we too become lost in Sheffield's thriller. As the Hastings' ordinary, civilized lives are disastrously, violently sent off course, Susan is plunged back into the past, forced to confront the darkness that inhabits her, and driven to name the fear that gnaws at her future and will change her life. TONY AND SUSAN is a dazzling, eerie, riveting novel about fear and regret, blood and revenge, marriage and creativity. It is simply one of a kind.

Professional reviews

"Narrators Lorelei King and Peter Marinker deliver compelling performances of this story-within-a-story. Out of the blue, Susan Morrow's ex-husband wants her opinion of a novel he's written. In the book, the fictional Tony Hastings is on a road trip to Maine with his family. As Susan reads the manuscript--and Lorelei King reads it to listeners--it turns out to be a thriller, one that brings growing disquietude to Susan. King's methodical delivery in portraying Susan serves as a sharp contrast to the syncopated, multiple rhythms Marinker adopts to capture the personalities of the characters in the ex-husband's novel. His narration moves from a teenager's brazen frankness to a father's languid and measured words and the raspy tones of savage malcontents. As the story progresses, Marinker's delivery makes the ensuing violence palpable. In the end, listeners will find themselves wondering just how thin the line is between barbarism and humanity. E.B. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"