A Noise Downstairs: A Novel Audiobook, by Linwood Barclay Play Audiobook Sample

A Noise Downstairs: A Novel Audiobook

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Read By: George Newbern Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: July 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780062849465

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Longest Chapter Length:

15:05 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

31 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

07:57 minutes

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Publisher Description

The New York Times bestselling author of No Time for Goodbye returns with a haunting psychological thriller that blends the twists and turns of Gillian Flynn with the driving suspense of Harlan Coben, in which a man is troubled by odd sounds for which there is no rational explanation.

College professor Paul Davis is a normal guy with a normal life. Until, driving along a deserted road late one night, he surprises a murderer disposing of a couple of bodies. That’s when Paul’s "normal" existence is turned upside down. After nearly losing his own life in that encounter, he finds himself battling PTSD, depression, and severe problems at work. His wife, Charlotte, desperate to cheer him up, brings home a vintage typewriter—complete with ink ribbons and heavy round keys—to encourage him to get started on that novel he’s always intended to write.

However, the typewriter itself is a problem. Paul swears it’s possessed and types by itself at night. But only Paul can hear the noise coming from downstairs; Charlotte doesn’t hear a thing. And she worries he’s going off the rails.

Paul believes the typewriter is somehow connected to the murderer he discovered nearly a year ago. The killer had made his victims type apologies to him before ending their lives. Has another sick twist of fate entwined his life with the killer—could this be the same machine? Increasingly tormented but determined to discover the truth and confront his nightmare, Paul begins investigating the deaths himself.

But that may not be the best thing to do. Maybe Paul should just take the typewriter back to where his wife found it. Maybe he should stop asking questions and simply walk away while he can. . . .

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“Linwood Barclay’s spine-tingling thriller is masterfully narrated by George Newbern…Newbern portrays an array of characters with impressive range. In particular, his affable style is perfect for Paul, the decent guy at the story’s core. It also lulls the listener into a false sense of security, making it all the more jarring when Newbern delivers taught suspense, depraved motivations, and gobsmacking twists. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

— AudioFile 


  • “A cobra of a story: smooth, slippery, unnerving…and likely to strike when you least expect it. I devoured this book.”

    — A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • “An utterly compelling read with a twist you won’t see coming.”

    — Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling author
  • “[A] twisty psychological tale…The large cast and the story’s many moving parts perfectly set the reader up for the final climactic twist.”

    — Mystery Scene
  • “[Barclay] does a masterful job of layering on the mysteries until we’re almost frantically turning the pages, impatient to find out what the hell is going on. A beautifully executed thriller.”

    — Booklist (starred review)
  • “Barclay carefully conceals hidden motives and secret lives until the startling conclusion. Harlan Coben fans will find much to like.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “A tantalizing psychological thriller…Barclay’s nerve-wracking tale will have readers scared to close their eyes at night.”

    — Library Journal


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About Linwood Barclay

Linwood Barclay is the author of more than twenty novels and two thrillers for children. His books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. He wrote the screenplay adaptation for his novel Never Saw it Coming, and his book The Accident has been made into a television series in France. His novel No Time for Goodbye was a global bestseller.

About George Newbern

George Newbern is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and a television and film actor best known for his roles as Brian MacKenzie in Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part II, as well as Danny in Friends. As a voice actor, he is notable for his role as Superman on the Cartoon Newtork series Static Shock, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited. He has guest starred on many television series, including Scandal, The Mentalist, Private Practice, CSI: Miami, and Numb3rs. He holds a BA in theater arts from Northwestern University.