Extended Audio Sample

Download Beautiful Children Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Beautiful Children, by Charles Bock Click for printable size audiobook cover
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (1,351 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Bock Narrator: Mark Deakins Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
Regular Price: $25.00 Download
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $20.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Download learn more )

One Saturday night in Las Vegas, twelve-year-old Newell Ewing goes out with a friend and doesn’t come home. In the aftermath of his disappearance, his mother, Lorraine, makes daily pilgrimages to her son’s room and tortures herself with memories. Equally distraught, the boy’s father, Lincoln, finds himself wanting to comfort his wife even as he yearns for solace, a loving touch, any kind of intimacy.

As the Ewings navigate the mystery of what’s become of their son, the circumstances surrounding Newell’s vanishing and other events on that same night reverberate through the lives of seemingly disconnected strangers: a comic book illustrator in town for a weekend of debauchery; a painfully shy and possibly disturbed young artist; a stripper who imagines moments from her life as if they were movie scenes; a bubbly teenage wiccan anarchist; a dangerous and scheming gutter punk; a band of misfit runaways. These “urban nomads,” each with a past to hide and a pain to nurture, weave their way through a neon underworld of sex, drugs, and the spinning wheels of chance.

In this masterly debut novel, Charles Bock captures Las Vegas with unprecedented scope and nuance—heralding the arrival of a major new writer.

Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • One of the 2008 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jess | 1/25/2014

    " Great writer. Not so in to the story. overrated in my opinion. But i feel like that about all the books that get really hyped up.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Billy Maise | 1/23/2014

    " It was ok... There wasn't really much of a plot, just a bunch of characters wandering around for a night in Las Vegas, getting into shenanigans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Debbie | 1/9/2014

    " Supremely fucked up, flawed characters, flawed world, I seem to like these elements. Honestly, I can't really detail what it was about this book that I enjoyed so much, I just did. I actually put it down a couple of times because I wanted it to last. Certain parts read slower than others, but that always happens when there are like 6 main characters being expressed in a book. Well, unless the author sucks at creating their characters with different voices. Anyway, not for the easily disturbed, this book is overtly about a 12 year old boy that goes missing, and covertly about the underground of Las Vegas. Underground meaning the hidden culture beyond all the flashy lights and tourist traps. It reads a bit like a mystery, which is not my type of book. But I found myself pretty curious to know how it was going to end. And honestly, the end itself was a bit anticlimactic, but I found it satisfying so that's all that matters to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Andrew | 1/5/2014

    " Meandering tale of the lost lives of runaways in Las Vegas. How it effects the families and those on the road. Intersecting story lines, some better than others. Longish. "

  • > Show All
Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations