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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (158 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Stone Narrator: Arliss Howard Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN:
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Robert Stone's remarkable new novel is a psychological thriller of razor-sharp intensity: mysterious, erotic, and deeply readable.

Michael Ahearn, a professor at a rural college, sheds his comfortable assumptions when he becomes obsessed with a new faculty member from the Carribean, Lara Purcell. An expert in Third World politics, Lara is seductive, dangerous, and in thrall, she claims, to a vodoun spirit who has possession of her soul.

Impassioned and determined, Michael pursues Lara to her native island of St. Trinity, heedless of the political upheaval there. Together they desperately attempt to reclaim all that Lara has lost. Yet island intrigue ensnares them. Lara sacrifices herself to ritual and superstition. Michael is caught unawares in a high-stakes smuggling scheme. In his feverish state of mind, the world becomes an ever-shifting phantasmagoria. He is, himself, possessed.

Here are the trademarks of Stone's greatest fiction: the American embroiled in Third World corruption, the diplomats and convert operatives, the journalists, idealists, and opportunists. Yet in Bay of Souls, the author's sights are set inward, to a place where politics is superfluous, experience unreliable. Never before has Stone probed so intensely the psychological depths of one man's mind. What he finds there defies expectations. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cher | 9/9/2013

    " not sure how or why this ended up on my read list...not interested at all in this book and didn't read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 8/21/2013

    " okay---I don't know what happened in the end or towards the end--but there were parts that were really interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 11/22/2012

    " This book had one of the weirdest most non-erotic sex scenes in it I have ever read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Will | 10/20/2012

    " What starts as a solid narrative foundation falls into the same old Stone song-and-dance, with heroines speaking in tongues and the Protagonist being shuttled about adrift in political and hallucinogenic chaos for the last 40 pages or so. Consumed mostly on the return leg from North Carolina. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maniacalshen | 7/10/2012

    " God, I didn't even get very far. I wanted to give up by fifteen pages in. The main character is a whiny jerk, with whom I could not at all sympathize, and no one else was very likable, relatable, or even interesting either. It was just no fun to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kurt | 4/11/2012

    " This novel has Stone's least likable characters, and while the setting is exotic and intriguing, I think the story fell apart about halfway through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 don presnell | 9/4/2011

    " once again floored by Stone's brilliance "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Will Byrnes | 7/31/2011

    " A good novel. Stone is a good writer, but it did not knock my socks off. This is definitely one of his lesser works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Etanouye | 5/31/2011

    " Halfway between an existential midlife crisis academic novel and an intelligence community thriller ... not sure it all ties together the way it should. But Damascus Gate by the same author is great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 anne | 3/5/2011

    " Hmmm. I want to say "pointless", but I'm not sure I mean that. Although there really wasn't much point to that story - not that a story needs a point, but considering the beginning and the middle (unrelated. UNRELATED! so weird.) of this one, the end was a major anti-climax. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen | 12/29/2010

    " it's like everyone in this book was in a Least Likable Character Ever contest. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maniacalshen | 10/20/2010

    " God, I didn't even get very far. I wanted to give up by fifteen pages in. The main character is a whiny jerk, with whom I could not at all sympathize, and no one else was very likable, relatable, or even interesting either. It was just no fun to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 3/13/2010

    " This book had one of the weirdest most non-erotic sex scenes in it I have ever read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen | 3/5/2009

    " it's like everyone in this book was in a Least Likable Character Ever contest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Will | 10/25/2008

    " A good novel. Stone is a good writer, but it did not knock my socks off. This is definitely one of his lesser works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Etanouye | 8/29/2008

    " Halfway between an existential midlife crisis academic novel and an intelligence community thriller ... not sure it all ties together the way it should. But Damascus Gate by the same author is great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 anne | 10/8/2007

    " Hmmm. I want to say "pointless", but I'm not sure I mean that. Although there really wasn't much point to that story - not that a story needs a point, but considering the beginning and the middle (unrelated. UNRELATED! so weird.) of this one, the end was a major anti-climax. "

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About the Author
Author Robert Stone

Robert Stone (1937–2015) received most of the accolades and awards possible for a contemporary novelist, and he has been called the best writer of the post-Vietnam era. His many novels, which have enjoyed commercial success as well as critical acclaim, include the National Book Award winner Dog Soldiers, Damascus Gate, Bay of Souls, and A Hall of Mirrors. He was also the author of the short story collection Bear and His Daughter, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

About the Narrator

Versatile actor Arliss Howard has appeared in films by many renowned directors, including Steven Spielberg, in Amistad and Jurassic Park: The Lost World; Stanley Kubrick, in Full Metal Jacket; and Oliver Stone, in Natural Born Killers.