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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (376 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. Robert Lennon Narrator: Mark Douglas Nelson Publisher: Iambik Audio Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN:
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In the late winter of 2006, I returned to my home town and bought 612 acres of land on the far western edge of the county. So begins, innocently enough, J. Robert Lennon's gripping and brilliant new novel. Awkward, guarded, and more than a little adamant about his need for privacy, Eric Loesch sets about renovating a rundown old house in the small, upstate New York town where he spent his childhood. When he inspects the title to the property, however, he discovers that there is a plot of dense forest smack in the middle of his land that he does not own. What's more, the name of the person it belongs to is blacked out....

The answer to what and who'might lie at the heart of Loesch's property stands at the center of this daring and riveting novel from an author whose writing, according to Ann Patchett, has enough electricity to light up the country.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fletcher | 2/13/2014

    " A really well written gothic novel that falls short in the plot department. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brandy | 2/9/2014

    " 2.5 stars would be better... really, I wanted to like it more, but had trouble getting past the fact that the main character is a bit of a jerk. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/22/2014

    " I enjoyed the suspense of this novel. It reminded me a little bit of Poe with the unreliable narrator and a little bit of the short story "The Most Dangerous Game." I thought the narrator's reactions to details that should have bothered him at the beginning were not as strong as they should have been as revealed at the end, and that bothered me. This was a book that my son randomly pulled from the library shelf and told me I should read it because there was a deer on the cover. I'm glad he did and I will definitely read more of this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marian | 1/14/2014

    " While this book isn't as good as Lennon's The Funnies (which is one of my all time favorites), but it's good. The first half is particularly strong. Lennon creates a really interesting character with unique "voice." I missed the sweetness and the humor of The Funnies, but this is a totally different kind of book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robyn | 1/9/2014

    " I picked this book off the new titles shelf in the library kind of at random, though the story line seemed really familiar, so maybe I read a review somewhere. The first part of the book, I kept thinking, this is either really good or really bad. Really good in the sense of creating a first person narrator who at first you think is somewhat normal, but for whom huge cracks start to open up in his story and his life. But then at the end it gets bad and somewhat implausible, like Lennon just got kind of lazy. But hey, the bad guy is a sociologist. That's cool. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alan | 1/4/2014

    " A confusing book, written from the perspective, I take it, of someone suffering from post traumatic stress. He moves back to his home town and buys a house that needs a lot of repairs. Early on we see that he has trouble dealing with people, that he is good at repairing his house, that he has problems with his sister that comes from their childhood, that his parents are dead (murder/suicide?) There is a mystery involved, along with his house he has a a large parcel of land, in the midst of his land is a plot that he does not own. What I could not wrap my mind around was finding out that he had blocked a lot of his childhood out of his mind, that he knew the man who owned the house, that he had known what was on that parcel of land in the middle of his property. The whole thing didn't work for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz Foreman | 1/1/2014

    " Thought I was going to like this more than I actually did. It was suspenseful but didn't entirely resolve everything I wanted resolved and the bit it did resolve was too unbelievable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christian Kiefer | 12/27/2013

    " Marvelously weird. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony | 9/24/2013

    " In a place or two, I actually got chills from this one. I wasn't looking for relevance to the war in Iraq or to military training, but it doesn't hurt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharma | 6/1/2013

    " One of the most terrifying books I have ever read. Amazing commentary on the war in Iraq and on paranoia and torture in general. Eric Loesch is an antihero worthy of Dostoevsky. The writing is also, despite being so frightening, beautifully detailed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dereth | 1/16/2013

    " Compelling and bonechilling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glenna | 6/15/2012

    " Much more than usual I felt led along by the nose and tricked multiple times by this cagey author. However, it was a good, though slightly creepy, book. I don't usually read this kind of thing but I had no idea what was coming and got way too far into it to stop. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 3/4/2012

    " The hell did I just read? Liked the atmosphere, the dread, the creepiness factor but the dialogue between characters was awful. Also, it didn't make sense that the main character didn't remember anything about the events of his childhood. Wouldn't he remember such a significant person in his life??? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jackie Thalman | 12/1/2011

    " The book was just enough to keep me reading without being really thrilled along the way. Too many different layers that the author was trying to tie together & a protaganist that the reader doesnt have strong feelings about. A definite example of existentalism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Russeller | 5/13/2011

    " Decent book, a bit of a mind game though. Worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 3/21/2011

    " I have waited forever for this to pop up in a store - I will keep you guys updated on what I thought of it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 2/26/2011

    " Thought I was going to like this more than I actually did. It was suspenseful but didn't entirely resolve everything I wanted resolved and the bit it did resolve was too unbelievable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sparklesmucho | 1/10/2011

    " The first two-thirds of the book had me turning the pages as soon as I could. The last part of the book felt contrived and the plot shifted too severely for my taste. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glenna | 11/30/2010

    " Much more than usual I felt led along by the nose and tricked multiple times by this cagey author. However, it was a good, though slightly creepy, book. I don't usually read this kind of thing but I had no idea what was coming and got way too far into it to stop. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gregg | 11/22/2010

    " An interesting albeit creepy book about a sociopath who returns to his hometown and confronts his childhood demons. It hooked me early but the ending was a little too Hollywood for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 7/6/2010

    " Very strange book from a great writer. Lots of things to think about, but not a terribly enjoyable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allison | 6/24/2010

    " Castle is a readable, yet ultimately unsatisfying book. The central mystery is captivating enough to carry the reader through the story, and while the climax is well-timed and fascinating, the payoff is mediocre.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 3/16/2010

    " This book had a really promising start. There was sort of a dark atmosphere and a slow building of suspense. Then it just sort of got ridiculous. "

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