The Captives: A Novel Audiobook, by Debra Jo Immergut Play Audiobook Sample

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Read By: Sarah Naughton, Jamie Renell Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: June 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780062847775

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Longest Chapter Length:

42:15 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

14 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

19:37 minutes

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Publisher Description

The riveting story of a woman convicted of a brutal crime, the prison psychologist who recognizes her as his high-school crush—and the charged reunion that sets off an astonishing chain of events with dangerous consequences for both.

As an inmate psychologist at a state prison, Frank Lundquist has had his fair share of surprises. But nothing could possibly prepare him for the day in which his high school object of desire, Miranda Greene, walks into his office for an appointment. Still reeling from the scandal that cost him his Manhattan private practice and landed him in his unglamorous job at Milford Basin Correctional Facility in the first place, Frank knows he has an ethical duty to reassign Miranda’s case. But Miranda is just as beguiling as ever, and he’s insatiably curious: how did a beautiful high school sprinter and the promising daughter of a congressman end up incarcerated for a shocking crime? Even more compelling: though Frank remembers every word Miranda ever spoke to him, she gives no indication of having any idea who he is.

Inside the prison walls, Miranda is desperate and despairing, haunted by memories of a childhood tragedy, grappling with a family legacy of dodgy moral and political choices, and still trying to unwind the disastrous love that led to her downfall. And yet she is also grittily determined to retain some control over her fate. Frank quickly becomes a potent hope for her absolution—and maybe even her escape.

Propulsive and psychologically astute, The Captives is an intimate and gripping meditation on freedom and risk, male and female power, and the urges toward both corruption and redemption that dwell in us all.

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“A powerful novel, complex, dark, and enthralling…Immergut’s brand of literary noir masterfully interweaves points of view, voices, and temporal shifts, with dialogue as sharp and clean as cut glass.”

— Kate Christensen, author of The Great Man  


  • “This psychological thriller had me captivated from the first page. Its two lost souls come together like the meeting of nitrogen and glycerin.”

    — Janet Fitch, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Begins as an incisive portrait of two people who encounter each other in a moment of weakness, but slowly blooms into a plot-driven escapade with a surprising turn of the screw.”

    — Vanity Fair
  • “Tortured, fascinating, and hard to look away from.”

    — Glamour
  • “A fascinating psychological thriller about the lengths that we will go to in order to save people from themselves…A rollercoaster ride that will keep you engrossed until the very last page.”

    — Bitch magazine
  • “Immergut’s book begins as in incisive psychological portrait of two mismatched individuals and morphs into a nail-biting thriller.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “A taut psychological drama that explores both Frank’s and Miranda’s nuanced contemplation of an unimaginable future and an unspeakable past.”

    — Booklist
  • “An interesting tale with fully realized characters whose ups and downs are compelling.”

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • “Love, particularly early love, never lets us go completely…The Captives unfurls with both speed and authenticity hurling the reader deep into the mysteries of the human heart.”

    — Darcey Steinke, author of Sister Golden Hair
  • “A compelling story of two disparate individuals, only one of whom believes that consolation is more important than truth.”

    — Susanna Moore, author of In the Cut


  • Finalist for the 2019 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel by an American Author

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About Debra Jo Immergut

Debra Jo Immergut is the author of the Edgar Award-nominated novel The Captives and the story collection Private Property. She has been awarded a MacDowell fellowship and a Michener fellowship. Her literary work has been published in American Short Fiction and Narrative. As a journalist, she has been a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal and the Boston Globe. She has an MFA degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

About the Narrators

Sarah Naughton is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator and New York City–based actress, singer, comedienne, and voice-over artist. She began her work in the audiobook industry in high school, recording a few young adult titles with the Syracuse-based company Full Cast Audio.

Jamie Renell is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.