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3.11 out of 53.11 out of 53.11 out of 53.11 out of 53.11 out of 5 3.11 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Mason Narrator: Anne Twomey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2007 ISBN: 9780739341872
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From the bestselling author of The Piano Tuner, a stunning novel about a young girl’s journey through a vast, unnamed country in search of her brother.

Fourteen-year-old Isabel was born in a remote village with the gift and curse of “seeing farther.” When drought and war grip the backlands, her brother Isaias joins a great exodus to a teeming city in the south. Soon Isabel must follow, forsaking the only home she’s ever known, her sole consolation the thought of being with her brother again.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 2/17/2014

    " This is the story of a young South American girl, born into abject poverty, who sets out alone to find her missing brother in the slums of a large city (Rio?). Excellent depiction of the culture and people of urban Latin America. Good "coming of age" story also. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Glen | 2/14/2014

    " A sad, strange little book about terribly poor people in Central America. Depressing even with a tortured happy ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roberto | 2/8/2014

    " A sad and claustrophobic tale about love and hope but be warned it is a little depressing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew Alexander | 2/1/2014

    " Daniel Mason is the most talented young writer of our time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amrit | 1/25/2014

    " I very, very rarely don't finish a book. I got about halve way and just gave up. The writing style wasn't bad, but the story wasn't that interested, slow paced, and dark. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 1/20/2014

    " It held a pale light to The Piano Tuner, but was fascinating (if depressing) in its own right. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 1/9/2014

    " This started out so wonderfully magical and fairytale-like. And then it wasn't wonderful and fairytale-like anymore. :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy | 10/13/2013

    " Sad and hopeful at the same time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert Rhodes | 9/16/2013

    " I read the Piano Tuner by the same author and found it quite good. This also has its merits and I think I'll read it again sometime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 8/29/2013

    " I loved parts of this, but overall it is a very depressing book without much plot or character growth. I listened to it on audio, and was mesmerized by the reader. If I'd actually been reading the book, I probably would have quit after the first few chapters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiah | 2/7/2013

    " A melancholy tale whose story is all too familiar through out the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 gina | 11/18/2012

    " the story stayed with me after i read it - the book is about a young girl and her difficult life in a poor country (not sure which one). her development throughout the story is fascinating, and also the portrayal of magic/knowledge. somewhat disturbing, but a good book i think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee | 5/13/2012

    " Elegantly written, dreamlike style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy Gordon | 3/15/2012

    " Set in an unidentified country. It explores the challenges of emigrating from the country to the city without resources. It's eery, puzzling and fascinating. It really establishes a mood and maintains a tension that I found magnetic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimball | 8/10/2011

    " This book reminded me of life in Paraguay. I listened to this while as a police officer. I got it based off its cover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abhuston | 6/2/2011

    " Good true story of adventure, murder and reindeer herding in Alaska. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa B | 5/29/2011

    " Different - not an easy read, at least for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb Gascoyne | 5/20/2011

    " Enjoyed this book after quite average reviews. About a girl living from the backlands into the city in search of her brother. I enjoyed it and my only complaint was that that the ending wasn't as strong as I had hoped for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/3/2011

    " I wish there was a little bit more of a coherent plot with an ending that wasn't so anticlimactic, but the writing was absolutely beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 3/23/2011

    " Daniel Mason is the most talented young writer of our time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 3/13/2011

    " It held a pale light to The Piano Tuner, but was fascinating (if depressing) in its own right. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 7/18/2010

    " This seems to be my week to read about poverty. This man captures life from a girl's viewpoint better than most men. The personal female aspects he is unable to visualize apparently, but the story is rich and real. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amrit | 6/21/2010

    " I very, very rarely don't finish a book. I got about halve way and just gave up. The writing style wasn't bad, but the story wasn't that interested, slow paced, and dark. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 5/6/2010

    " Another beautifully written novel by Daniel Mason, though I admit I did like The Piano Tuner just a tad bit more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 5/1/2010

    " Not the knockout that was The Piano Tuner, but Mason still tells a tantalizing tale. His hide-the-ball style kept me guessing to the very last page. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Madrona310 | 3/27/2010

    " Couldn't get thru this one. Sad, slow....just didn't catch me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meghan | 1/14/2010

    " I liked his book Piano Tuner much more. This was dry and depressing. Still well written though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiah | 12/8/2009

    " A melancholy tale whose story is all too familiar through out the world. "

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About the Author
Author Daniel MasonDaniel Mason received his bachelor's degree in biology from Harvard in 1998 and spent a year studying malaria on the Thai and Myanmar border, where much of The Piano Tuner was written. He is currently a medical student at the University of California, San Francisco.
About the Narrator

Anne Twomey is an accomplished actress of both stage and screen. Her Broadway credits include Orpheus Descending with Vanessa Redgrave, To Grandmother’s House We Go, and Nuts, for which she received a Tony nomination and a Theatre World Award. Her many television appearances include guest roles on Seinfeld, Law & Order: SVU, Spin City, and the Christopher Reeves’ movie-of-the-week Rear Window. She has also appeared in the films Picture Perfect and Orpheus Descending.