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3.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 5 3.47 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hari Kunzru Narrator: Andrew Wincott, Lorelei King, Trevor White, Rupert Degas, Kerry Shale, Kate Harper Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781464038297
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2008. The California desert. A four-year-old boy disappears, plunging his parents into the public hell of a media witch-hunt. But the desert is inexplicable and miraculous, and the family's fate is bound up with that of all those who have travelled before them through this brutally powerful landscape.nn Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A gripping thriller…Kunzru uses his extraordinary gifts as a storyteller—his brightly textured prose, his empathetic understanding of his characters, his narrative flair—to turn a tabloidy tale into a genuinely moving portrait of a marriage and the difficulties of parenthood.” 

    New York Times

  • “Kunzru is wise beyond his years, [a] novelist in superb command of his craft…In his dazzling new novel, a desert is the setting, hero, and villain…Here is where the walking wounded come to pray to Yahweh, Allah, Vishnu, Coyote, the Brothers of Light. Here are cynical veterans from WWII, hard-bitten GIs fresh from Iraq, randy communards, washed-up bankers, wasted groupies. Here is death, sex, and rock-and-roll.” 

    Washington Post

  • “Mind-bending…[A] thrill ride of a novel about searching for truth.”  

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “A stunning achievement…Gods Without Men will undoubtedly prove to be one of the most important works of fiction published this year.” 

    New York Journal of Books

  • A 2012 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 Barnes & Noble Best Book for Fiction
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2012 Booklist Editors’ Choice for Fiction
  • A 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Fiction
  • One of the 2012 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 2/11/2014

    " So, most of this book was very good, compelling story, well written. I enjoyed the way the author jumped back and forth in time, reminding me of Cloud Atlas. But it just never really came together for me. I felt like the ending was forced and left feeling unsatisfied. I am glad I read it and there was some wonderful writing, but ultimately disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louisa | 2/8/2014

    " Interweaving stories connected through time...I hoped it would end as hopefully (not quite the right word?) as Cloud Atlas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobbie Russie | 2/1/2014

    " We've spent many vacations in Palm Desert, visiting the Giant Rock, the Integretron (both in Landers, CA), Joshua Tree Nat'l Park, and other crazy places in the high Mohave Desert. My husband was about to write a book about it, when I read a revue of this one. I enjoyed the book because I recognized the kernels of truth it was based on. The truth you would not believe... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Holly | 1/28/2014

    " I just didn't understand it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve McCann | 1/27/2014

    " Deeply affecting & impressive book dealing with the hollow/interstitial/Bardo space that surrounds a person when life stops making sense and bad things happen to undeserving people. The scene that gets me is Coyote (yeah, that one) drinking jack & coke, quiet under the desert stars after his day cooking meth; like a God deeply unaffected by the pain around him or maybe contemplative following a coming to terms with its necessity. Maybe just drunk. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Melbie | 1/25/2014

    " lmao @ Coyote! This is really good. Strange, but good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olivia Pepper | 1/19/2014

    " What a gorgeous woven basket of a novel! Each strand is engaging and many could work as standalone stories but braided together create an exquisite whole. This book is fun to read, beautifully composed, and thoughtful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bob Gniadek | 1/11/2014

    " It took me 12 weeks to slog through this book.I almost gave it up during each of those weeks, but I persisted thinking it was going somewhere. It did.....way over my head. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 1/10/2014

    " Ambitious and engagingly written. When a Punjabi Wall-Street analyst and his Jewish wife arrive in the Mohave with their autistic son, staying at the same motel as a famous punk rocker fleeing LA...well, maybe that's enough to get things rolling...add in Native American lore, meth labs, flying saucers, hippy cults, red-neck sheriffs, shell-shocked anthropologists, and a computer program named Walter that connects everything to everything and it's quite a ride. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pier | 1/5/2014

    " I loved this book. I told several people to read it and none, that I know of, got very far, just not pulled in by it as I was -- so, when I say I don't know if you'll like this, if you'll tumble deeply down into it, or not -- what I mean is, I loved this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iain | 1/3/2014

    " Good, but not as great as his other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julian Brash | 12/11/2013

    " I loved this book. Very interesting structure, compelling ideas -- meditation on the nature of belief, mystery, and history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 12/5/2013

    " Has anyone else read this book? I really want to discuss it with someone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Berit | 11/30/2013

    " Captivating, original and extremely well written. It might be a little hard to get into at first, but push through! Once it takes off (pretty soon after the beginning) it's amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 11/26/2013

    " Wonderful book - highly recommended. It's very hard to describe but it's about a fascinating area in the California desert, the people who visit or live there over the decades, and the definite and possible connections they make with each other. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pier | 11/20/2013

    " I loved this book. I told several people to read it and none, that I know of, got very far, just not pulled in by it as I was -- so, when I say I don't know if you'll like this, if you'll tumble deeply down into it, or not -- what I mean is, I loved this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Connor | 10/31/2013

    " I'll admit, I was kind of disappointed with this book. I liked the concept, but I felt so discombobulated by the delivery that I put it down after a few chapters. I gave it a chance, but the internal narrative was just too confusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Climbedhighestmountain | 10/9/2013

    " A little confusing, but very interesting. I usually don't like books where I'm confused at the end, but this was well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al Stone | 9/29/2013

    " There are several interwoven stories in different time frames running through this book. The complexity was confusing for me in parts, but two of the threads had intriguing characters that involved me. I enjoyed the critical view of cult behaviour presented, but I found the ending unsatisfying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Gothorpe | 9/14/2013

    " Ambitious and engaging, but I did feel a bit underwhelmed with the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Melbie | 8/4/2013

    " lmao @ Coyote! This is really good. Strange, but good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 S Yael | 7/6/2013

    " Interesting pan historical approach. Could have stood just as easily as a book of short stories. The ending was abrupt and forced, a serious shortcoming in a book of over 450 pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca Johnson | 6/17/2013

    " Good, reflection on modernity and man's need to search for something higher than themselves, but a bit pretentious in form. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Batfacegirl | 5/29/2013

    " Probably my favorite book of 2012! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deborah | 3/8/2013

    " I tried, but just too dystopic for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susannah | 1/20/2013

    " Really interesting book which coincided with a nightly visit from a coyote in my backyard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Holford | 1/11/2013

    " First book I've read by this author. It's different....he really jumps around so you have to pay attention to "when" you are in the story. It does not have a "done" ending. I enjoyed it, but..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barnaby | 11/27/2012

    " Thought provoking. Highlights the lengths we go to make meaning in a mysterious, cunning and baffling world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam Grochowski | 11/22/2012

    " Weird with an un satisfying ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Atkinson | 11/20/2012

    " Loved the journey, but a little disappointed with the destination. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave Welch | 11/1/2012

    " I really believe there's something more to this book than I caught. Since I'm a dummy, it's 3/5, but if I was smarter and caught what Kunzru wanted to say, it probably would've been 4/5. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 8/13/2012

    " Couldn't put it down. The shifts in time and story were so deftly woven that they aided rather than interrupted the flow of the storyline. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chile | 7/22/2012

    " I needed the author to make more of the connections for me among all of the disparate stories. Really too much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reneasy | 5/29/2012

    " Great summer read. Weird. Fun. Great descriptions of the Mojave. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 5/27/2012

    " Confused. But I liked the story and characters. But still confused. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Santha | 5/2/2012

    " Still trying to figure this out... Anyone? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 4/10/2012

    " A bit confusing at times, but good use of real contemp events put in story line. Also quite funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fern | 10/18/2011

    " I would have given it more stars had it not fallen apart a bit at the end. While the initially separate plot lines all wove together nicely and made for interesting reading, the ending left too much to speculation about what happened to the boy when he went missing. "

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About the Author
Author Hari Kunzru

Hari Kunzru is the author of several novels that have been translated into twenty-one languages, and his short stories and journalism have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Guardian, New Yorker, Washington Post, Times of India, London Review, Wired, and New Statesman.

About the Narrators

Andrew Wincott is a British actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator. He is most known in radio drama as the voice of Adam Macy in The Archers. He has worked with numerous theater companies throughout the UK.

Lorelei King is an award-winning narrator and an actress of stage, film, and television. She also works extensively in radio, including award-winning voiceover work. She has narrated more than eighty audiobooks, earning ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and twice winning the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration.

Trevor White’s film and television credits include GenovaMoonshotDie Another DayHouse of SaddamBonekickersThe Path to 9/11Judge John Deed, and The Line of Beauty. His voice work in audiobooks and for BBC Radio include A Million Little PiecesRevolutionary RoadAzincourtBright Shiny MorningThe Great Gatsby, and Catch-22, for which he was nominated for an Audible Audiobook Award. He has also played Tullus Aufidius in Coriolanus for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Rupert Degas can be heard reading numerous audiobooks, including the Saga of Darren Shan series by Darren Shan, and his narrations have won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has also lent his voice to numerous cartoons, including Mr Bean, Robotboy, Bob the Builder and has performed in more than thirty radio productions, including The Gemini Apes, The Glittering Prizes, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Kerry Shale is a Sony Radio Academy Award winner, a narrator of dozens of audio books, and an actor in films as diverse as Yentl and Welcome to Sarajevo. He won an Audie Award for his narration of Q&A.

Kate Harper trained at the University of California and while there received the Best Actress Award. She has appeared on the stage many times, both in England and in America, with credits that include Lost in Yonkers, Cahoots, Fatal Attraction, and Under the Clock. Her television credits include appearances on Inspector Morse, Poirot, The Upper Hand, Frank Stubbs Presents, and Hold the Dream, while her films include Surviving Picasso and Batman.