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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,014 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Smiley Narrator: Ruth Ann Phimister Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2006 ISBN:
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Everyone has keys to Susan's New York apartment: all her friends, and friends of friends. So one afternoon, when Alice unlocks Susan's door to water the plants, she isn't surprised to find two men sitting in the living room. That they are both dead is a shock, however. Now Alice must sort through a tangle of personal connections, schemes, and motives to find the key to who killed them and why. And as she talks with the police, the answer that starts to nag at her is a chilling one.

Jane Smiley's talent for creating emotionally gripping tales of family relationships was celebrated when she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for A Thousand Acres. In Duplicate Keys, she displays her flair for creating a haunting mystery. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 2/15/2014

    " good book..lots of twists and turns... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 2/6/2014

    " I didn't like the writing style of this book. The plot was mediocre. Now Mom (who recommended it) said she didn't even finish it and asked me who did it. Can you feel me rolling my eyes? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Alice | 1/25/2014

    " OK mystery of sorts. One very suspenseful chapter of a break-in while the protagonist is in bed. At that point, I felt the author pushing all my buttons. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suki Korp | 1/20/2014

    " This is a wonderful book. I read it soon after it was published, in the 1980s, and recently have re-read it. It is a mystery that pulls the reader into the lives of the characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mimsymortimer | 1/19/2014

    " A murder mystery where you are bored by the characters and don't give an eff whodunit. Bad news. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cecilia | 1/18/2014

    " My favorite example of a LITERARY mystery...a crime story that is written intelligently and artfully, rather than choppy like some mysteries/thrillers. Smiley takes the mystery genre and lends her capable hands to it...and churns out a well-plotted and fast-paced mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merry | 1/14/2014

    " This book should be a lot better known than it is. It is one of the best descriptions I have ever read of a group of 60s friends - in this case, a band plus attached friends and girlfriends. It is also a wonderful psychological study and creepy mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Wegener | 12/16/2013

    " great murder mystry "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meghan | 11/29/2013

    " I wanted to like this book. There were parts of it I enjoyed, mostly thought to do with the main character and her daily life, and less to do with the mystery they were facing and the death of her friends. I felt that she was well developed however the rest of the plot was lost on me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/25/2013

    " a mystery and more: a disquisition on the ideals vs. the realities of friendship, what we perceive, what we contribute, motives and allegiences. The woman can write! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Lee | 3/24/2013

    " Read it years ago, and reread it last week, so I knew "who did it?" Wouldn't have thought about perspective of being the wife of musician. Interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 10/29/2012

    " Suspenseful and well-plotted. The dialogue dragged, hence the 4 star rating. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rosa | 6/7/2012

    " I can't say I enjoyed this book. Very slow moving and certainly not the type of book I like to read. There is much better of this genre out there! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christyprice | 6/4/2012

    " couldn't make it past the first two chapters. unlikeable characters, so who cares? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 1/25/2012

    " Quick read, vintage Jane Smiley tight prose and character development. Mystery with increasing suspense until the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gabe | 1/13/2012

    " Smiley had not yet reached her full abilities at this point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 9/14/2011

    " Not my favorite Jane Smiley book...I really did not care for the main character...but the story was interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/1/2011

    " Not her best, but not a bad read. Its dated feel (events occur in the 80s) made me feel strangely nostalgic, but I had trouble relating to the characters. Not a page turner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 4/7/2011

    " Une lecture rapide, sans plus. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 erin | 3/28/2011

    " I love Smiley, but this was the wrong book at the wrong time. Also? 1980 was weird. I'm glad I pretty much missed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy H. | 3/13/2011

    " RE: _Duplicate Keys_ by Jane Smiley

    In my notes I wrote: "Jane Smiley reveals deep insights about feelings and relationships, and articulates them with words and similes that clearly illustrate her meaning." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 3/11/2011

    " Jane Smiley tries out the "creepy" mystery. Entertaining look at the New York Scene, but a bit predictable in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merry | 1/18/2011

    " This book should be a lot better known than it is. It is one of the best descriptions I have ever read of a group of 60s friends - in this case, a band plus attached friends and girlfriends. It is also a wonderful psychological study and creepy mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 12/1/2010

    " good book..lots of twists and turns... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mimsymortimer | 8/11/2010

    " A murder mystery where you are bored by the characters and don't give an eff whodunit. Bad news. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 erin | 1/28/2010

    " I love Smiley, but this was the wrong book at the wrong time. Also? 1980 was weird. I'm glad I pretty much missed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lacy | 1/17/2010

    " This was alright. I like that it was quick, though I feel it could have been reduced to a short story and still been good.
    Great characterization, not that mysterious, and not to difficult to figure out. Ho hum. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 doug | 1/15/2010

    " A real white knuckle page turner. There's one particularly tense section of this book I was reading when an earthquake hit and I nearly jumped out of my skin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 12/7/2009

    " Read it years ago, and reread it last week, so I knew "who did it?" Wouldn't have thought about perspective of being the wife of musician. Interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 7/24/2009

    " Good, entertaining summer read. Got through it quickly and enjoyed it...Liked that it was set in NYC. "

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About the Author
Author Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley is the author of five works of nonfiction and more than twenty acclaimed works of fiction, including A Thousand Acres, which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1992. In 2001 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

About the Narrator

Ruth Ann Phimister has appeared off Broadway and in numerous regional productions, including Life with Father with Robert Reed. She has also worked in television, film, and commercial voice-over.