A Ladder to the Sky

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (11.53 hours)
Product Number: Z100140298
Released: Nov 13, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781984846204
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"An addictive Rubik's Cube of vice that keeps turning up new patterns of depravity a satire of writerly ambition wrapped in a psychological thriller A Ladder to the Sky is an homage to Patricia Highsmith, Oscar Wilde and Edgar Allan Poe, but its execution is entirely Boyne's own."-Ron Charles, Washington Post "Take Meg Wolitzer's novel The Wife...and cross it with Patricia Highsmith's classic Ripley stories, about a suave psychopath, and you've got something of the crooked charisma of John Boyne's new novel, A Ladder to the Sky."-NPR Maurice Swift is handsome, charming, and hungry for fame. The one thing he doesn't have is talent - but he's not about to let a detail like that stand in his way. After all, a would-be writer can find stories anywhere. They don't need to be his own. Working as a waiter in a West Berlin hotel in 1988, Maurice engineers the perfect opportunity: a chance encounter with celebrated novelist Erich Ackermann. He quickly ingratiates himself with the powerful - but desperately lonely - older man, teasing out of Erich a terrible, long-held secret about his activities during the war. Perfect material for Maurice's first novel. Once Maurice has had a taste of literary fame, he knows he can stop at nothing in pursuit of that high. Moving from the Amalfi Coast, where he matches wits with Gore Vidal, to Manhattan and London, Maurice hones his talent for deceit and manipulation, preying on the talented and vulnerable in his cold-blooded climb to the top. But the higher he climbs, the further he has to fall Sweeping across the late twentieth century, A Ladder to the Sky is a fascinating portrait of a relentlessly immoral man, a tour de force of storytelling, and the next great novel from an acclaimed literary virtuoso.

Author(s): John Boyne
Original Publish Date: Nov 13, 2018

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Author(s): John Boyne
Product Number EB00727444
Released: Nov 13, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Hogarth
ISBN: #9781984823038

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"Listeners are in for a masterfully written story, powerfully performed. Handsome, manipulative, ambitious Maurice Swift is set on becoming a famous novelist and a father--no matter what it takes. The narration is so arresting that one feels like a voyeur while hearing Maurice manipulate, through seduction, his first victim, aging author Erich Ackermann. From there, listeners observe Maurice's life and career by hearing from Ackermann; Maurice's wife, Edith; his son; a literary biographer; and others, including Gore Vidal. The trio of narrators does an exceptional job of voicing Maurice--young and old, sober and drunk--and his victims--the innocent and the ruthless. Listeners will find themselves challenged by the question of who owns story ideas and left with a rather grim view of the publishing world. E.Q. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"

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