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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (251 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lewis Shiner Narrator: Stefan Rudnick Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Ray Shackleford is trying to deal with the death of his father and the collapse of his marriage when the impossible happens: music that no one has ever heard before begins to play from his stereo speakers. It is only the first step on a journey that will take him to Los Angeles, London, Cozumel, and points far beyond, and that will bring him face to face with Jim Morrison, Brian Wilson, Jimi Hendrix—and his own mortality.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Almost no one can approach Shiner’s mastery in capturing the experience of listening to a brilliant song…Even more, the skillful way that Shiner weaves the music into the stories of Ray and the world around him makes them into an inseparable, twined-together braid, a chord of emotion and tension that has moments of heartbreak, joy, and even terror…Rudnicki gave a beautiful performance, full of passion and understanding for the text, and the source material is just so good. If you love rock and roll, fantasy, science fiction, and/or audiobooks, I recommend this to you without reservation.”

    Cory Doctorow, author of Homeland

  • “A psychedelic odyssey…soars on the escapist wings of a re-created era.”

    Rolling Stone

  • “A pop-music fairy tale linking the Beatles to Bruno Bettelheim.”

    Village Voice

  • “I hesitate to call a book ‘important,’ but this may well be that…I found it deeply satisfying.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “Shiner writes with intense feeling…The novel sparkles…A story of uncommon sensitivity, insight, and redemptive power.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Powerfully affecting. Much more than yuppie reunions like The Big Chill, this captures a generation’s sweet, desperate yearning for the 60s.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the 1994 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Hugh McBride | 2/15/2014

    " I think my expectations for this one were a bit too high -- thought I knew next to nothing about the novel, I'd read a few glowing reviews, & the subject matter seemed right up my proverbial alley. Can't quite put my finger on why, exactly, Glimpses fell so short for me -- but in the end, I found that the whole of this novel added up to more than a bit less than the sum of its component parts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Erin | 2/12/2014

    " A really well written book with a story I didn't care for at all! I never ever need to read about the Beatles or 60's classic rockers ever again, but I do love time travel and underwater scenes. This guy is really good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lyricsninja | 1/25/2014

    " We have all dabbled with the thoughts of "what might have been", and glimpses encapsulates that particular mode of thought as to what may have heppened if certain musicians were to have finished their original works of art. This winding story takes you through some of the more interesting stories in musical history - the Beach Boys, The Doors, and Jimi Hendricks, with the author painting a vivid picture of how things may have panned out. This is an extremely interesting book as the use of quantum mechanics is a cornerstone of how things proceed, and is done in a subtle but effective manner. To spice up the book quite a bit, the main character has to understand his own self in the wake of a marriage that is falling apart, his father's death, and a host of other potential issues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Natania Barron | 1/12/2014

    " Music and magic. Quite masterfully intertwined. "

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About the Author
Author Lewis Shiner

Lewis Shiner is the award-winning author of the novels Dark Tangos, Say Goodbye, and Glimpses, among others. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.