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Author: Tim Johnston Narrator: Xe Sands, R. C. Bray Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9781622315048
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The Courtlands are taking a last summer vacation before their daughter begins college. But when Caitlin and her younger brother, Sean, go up the mountain for an early morning run and only Sean returns, the family finds themselves living the kind of nightm Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Johnston has a superhuman gift for watching and listening to the world and rendering, on the page, its beauty and savagery with such detail and power that the story feels almost more like memory than something read. I was so absorbed in the final incredible fifty pages that I missed my flight to La Guardia.”

    Mary Roach, New York Times bestselling author of Bonk

  • “Tim Johnston has done a great job not just in creating his characters but creating the character of the Courtland family. If you enjoy vivid writing, intelligent plots, and gnawing your knuckles, you will love Descent.”

    Susan Isaacs, New York Times bestselling author

  • “[A] twisty thriller about a family grappling with loss.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Tim Johnston’s high-wire literary thriller…will leave you gasping.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “Outstanding…The days when you had to choose between a great story and a great piece of writing? Gone.”


  • “The story unfolds brilliantly, always surprisingly…The magic of his prose equals the horror of Johnston’s story; each somehow enhances the other…[An] astonishing novel.”

    Washington Post

  • “An original and psychologically deep thriller.”

    Outside magazine

  • “Johnston has a poet’s eye for the majestic and forbidding nature of the Rockies and a sociologist’s understanding of how people act under pressure. He also has a knack for creating characters that the reader will come to care about…Combining domestic drama with wilderness adventure, Johnston has created a hybrid novel that is as emotionally satisfying as it is viscerally exciting.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Xe Sands and R. C. Bray narrate alternating perspectives in this thriller. Sands adopts a smoky sound that parallels the fog surrounding the book’s major characters…Bray embodies Caitlin’s brother, Sean, and her father, Grant…The team effort of Sands and Bray makes for an atmospheric, suspenseful production.”


  • “A riveting literary thriller of the can’t-stop-turning-the-page, stay-up-all-night variety.”

    Alice LaPlante, author of A Circle of Wives

  • Selected for the January 2015 Indie Next List
  • An Oprah Pick of Ten Titles to Pick Up Now
  • A USA Today bestseller

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    " Good read. All questions are answered with a satisfying ending! "

About the Author

Tim Johnston is the author of the novel Descent, the story collection Irish Girl, and the young adult novel Never So Green. Tim’s stories have also appeared in New England Review, New Letters, the Iowa Review, the Missouri Review, Double Take, Best Life Magazine, and Narrative Magazine, among others. He holds degrees from the University of Iowa and the University of Massachusetts–Amherst. He currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Memphis.

About the Narrators

Xe Sands has more than a decade of experience bringing stories to life through narration, performance, and visual art, including recordings of the Nightwalkers series from Jaquelyn Frank. She has received several honors, including AudioFile Earphones Awards and a coveted Audie Award, and she was named Favorite Debut Romance Narrator of 2011 in the Romance Audiobooks poll.

R. C. Bray is an award-winning audiobook narrator with over 180 titles to his credit. Besides winning five AudioFile Earphones Awards, he won the prestigious Audie Award in 2015 for Best Science Fiction Narration and has been an Audie Award finalist seven times. He has been a finalist for the Voice Arts Award, and in 2014, his narration earned a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award. He is also an accomplished producer and voice-over artist, and his voice can be heard in countless TV and radio commercials.