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2.67 out of 52.67 out of 52.67 out of 52.67 out of 52.67 out of 5 2.67 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Antonya Nelson Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781400188642
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Antonya Nelson is known for her razor-sharp depictions of contemporary family life in all of its sometimes sad, sometimes hilarious complexity. Her latest novel has roots in her own youth in Wichita, in the neighborhood stalked by the serial killer known as BTK (Bind, Torture, and Kill). A story of wayward love and lost memory, of public and private lives twisting out of control, Bound is Nelson’s most accomplished and emotionally riveting work.

Catherine and Oliver, young wife and older entrepreneurial husband, are negotiating their difference in age and a plethora of well-concealed secrets. Oliver, now in his sixties, is a serial adulterer and has just fallen giddily in love yet again. Catherine, seemingly placid and content, has ghosts of a past she scarcely remembers. When Catherine’s long-forgotten high school friend dies and leaves Catherine as the guardian of her teenage daughter, that past comes rushing back. As Oliver manages his new love and Catherine her new charge and darker past, local news reports turn up the volume on a serial killer who has reappeared after years of quiet.

In a time of haunting and new revelations, Nelson’s characters grapple with their public and private obligations, continually choosing between the suppression or indulgence of wild desires. Which way they turn—and what balance they find—may only be determined by those who love them most.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 5/15/2011

    " Captures perfectly that best friend time and good girls with older loser bad boys. Don't get the point of the serial killer. Women academics do not come off well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 5/10/2011

    " This was great. The serial murderer is an insignificant character, meant to parallel a major character who is a serial marrier.From the intelligebt dog that starts the book right on through the characters are likeable and easy to relate to. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amanda | 5/2/2011

    " This book felt rather pointless and the tie in with the BTK unnecessary. Nothing came together here. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynnek | 4/1/2011

    " I never really got to where I cared about the characters. There was not a ton of dialog and I think I am a dialog reader. It was an ok book but that is about all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 3/19/2011

    " The writing is excellent, but I am still searching for the heart of this novel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kyla | 3/7/2011

    " Half-way read and abandoned - the recurring plot thread of a serial killer called "the BTK Killer" haunting Wichita made me impatient and cranky and I have too many other books to read to keep slogging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 3/2/2011

    " I was a little disappointed in the book. It started out OK, but just didn't get there with me. I didn't see the connection with the BTK killer. It was a book we read in our on-campus book club. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 2/21/2011

    " Clean, sharp writing. In depth connections, slow build. Really excellent book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie | 2/4/2011

    " Parts were excellent, but others were lacking. "

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About the Author
Author Antonya Nelson

Antonya Nelson is the author of nine books of fiction, including the short story collection Nothing Right and the novels Talking in Bed, Nobody’s Girl, and Living to Tell. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, Harper’s, Redbook, and many other magazines, as well as in anthologies, such as Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and The Best American Short Stories. Nelson has received a Guggenheim fellowship, an NEA grant, the Rea Award for the Short Story, and the United States Artists Simon fellowship. She is married to the writer Robert Boswell and lives in New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas, where she holds the Cullen Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Houston.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.