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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (481 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frederick Reiken Narrator: Laural Merlington, George K. Wilson Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9781400187492
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“If you look hard enough into the history of anything, you will discover things that seem to be connected but are not.” So claims a character in Frederick Reiken’s wonderful, surprising novel, which seems, in fact, to be determined to prove just the opposite. How else to explain the threads that link a middle-aged woman on vacation in Florida with a rock and roll singer visiting her comatose brother in Utah, where he’s been transported after a motorcycle injury in Israel, where he works with a man whose long-lost mother, in a retirement community in New Jersey, recognizes him in a televised report about an Israeli-Palestinian skirmish? And that’s not the half of it.

In Day for Night, critically acclaimed writer Reiken spins an unlikely and yet utterly convincing story about people lost and found. They are all refugees from their own lives or history’s cruelties, yet they wind up linked to each other in compelling and unpredictable ways that will keep you guessing until the very end.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 2/6/2014

    " I was fascinated by all of the underwater imagery here since I felt like I was diving as I read. Just as when I dive everything seemed slowed down, contained, intimate, I was conscious of my breath, the humming of machinery (in my own home, but somehow also in the places the charcters inhabited.) To be able to create this feeling with language ... wow! Beyond the craft though, this story is wonderful, complicated, layered. Does time change everything, or does it change nothing? Are bonds ephemeral or inviolable? What is love, and does it matter more or less than duty. Is anything objectively right? Somehow the book does not lend itself to grey answers, but it is impossible to settle on the black or the white option -- as if every important thing about being a human being is a paradox. I will be thinking about this book for a very long time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 2/2/2014

    " I was prepared by a reviewer to wait for the connections between the characters to be revealed, so I stuck with reading 'Day for Night." But it is not at all one of my favorite books. The characters seemed to be under water or surrounded by a heat mirage that prevented me from knowing them. Hence, I din't like or dislike or understand any of them. In addition, the connections between the characters were unbelievable and contrived. But, it was an interesting and unusual way to present a story and for that reason alone I gave it three stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 1/12/2014

    " Oh so odd. Can't figure it out or understand it very well; but I'm plodding through. I think I like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/6/2014

    " If you like books with great character formation, complex and somewhat mystical storylines and a approach to fiction that is profoundly believable and surreal all at the same time - read this. Really good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M. Hornbuckle | 12/27/2013

    " This remarkable book strings together the stories of a dozen or more characters, each individual and interesting in their own right. In the end, it all ties together in a most surprising way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 12/22/2013

    " Brilliant. Best book I've read in a long time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby Sominski | 11/10/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book, the way the story came together was interesting and believable, the cast of characters were all intriguing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Hamel | 10/13/2013

    " A unique story told in an unorthodox manner. Great writing again by Reiken - the characters are beautifully written and the story is complex and engaging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mace | 10/6/2013

    " I liked it, I didn't love it. The intertwining stories were interesting, but uneven in parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 4/26/2013

    " Not something I expected to enjoy. But I really did. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy Faltz | 7/19/2012

    " Didn't finish - never cared that much about the characters or the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina Robbins | 4/7/2012

    " almost lost me early on with an unbelievable detailabout a floridian, but got over it and came to really enjoy the connections and thoughtful insights revealed following the first vignette. aspects reminded me of nicole krauss' history of love. audio was very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly Schultz | 1/17/2012

    " Luminous novel, keeping the flow of history and connections throughout. The characters are well-developed, and held my interest all through the book. I could easily re-read this novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 12/20/2011

    " I tried to read this as an audio but I needed to read it the old-fashioned way -- breathtaking! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Sullivan | 6/19/2011

    " AMAZING. Reiken shifts between seemingly random points of view that add up to an interlocking, truly epic story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alloyd48 | 5/21/2011

    " This was a real pleasant surprise. Another novel of stories woven together. Brilliant in its construction if not the writing. Iloved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 2/7/2011

    " Small parts that make a whole. Met some interesting characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Flower | 1/19/2011

    " I liked this one a lot. I didn't know going in that it was somewhat about the Holocaust however. I might read it again in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 9/30/2010

    " As Nicole would say, this was really a 4.5 star book :-) It does have a fair amount of Holocaust description in it, so be forewarned. But the characters are lovely for the most part, and it is fun to see how the story unfolds. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy | 9/28/2010

    " Didn't finish - never cared that much about the characters or the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 9/18/2010

    " I tried to read this as an audio but I needed to read it the old-fashioned way -- breathtaking! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 9/12/2010

    " AMAZING. Reiken shifts between seemingly random points of view that add up to an interlocking, truly epic story. "

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About the Author
Author Frederick Reiken

Frederick Reiken is the award-winning author of the novels The Odd Sea and The Lost Legends of New Jersey. His short stories have been published in the New Yorker, and his essays appear in the anthology Living on the Edge of the World. He has worked as a reporter and columnist and is currently a member of the writing faculty at Emerson College.

About the Narrators

Laural Merlington is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator with over two hundred titles to her credit. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She teaches college in her home state of Michigan.

George K. Wilson is a working actor in stage, film, television, and commercials with almost one hundred audiobook narrations to his credit. He began in broadcast journalism with American Forces Radio and Television and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He had a lead role in the cult film classic Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and appeared on television’s One Life to Live, Ryan’s Hope, and The Doctors and has been heard on voice-overs for The Guiding Light and The Cosby Show, as well as many television and radio commercials.