Isadora: A Novel Audiobook, by Amelia Gray Play Audiobook Sample

Isadora: A Novel Audiobook

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Read By: Jen Tullock Publisher: Macmillan Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: May 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781427292148

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Longest Chapter Length:

75:27 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

30 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

40:32 minutes

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Using the scaffolding of Isadora Duncan’s life and the stuff of her spirit, Amelia Gray delivers an incredibly imaginative portrait of the artist In 1913, the restless world sat on the brink of unimaginable suffering. But for one woman, the darkness of a new era had already made itself at home. Isadora Duncan would come to be known as the mother of modern dance, but in the spring of 1913 she was a grieving mother, after a freak accident in Paris resulted in the drowning death of her two young children. The accident cracked Isadora’s life in two: on one side, the brilliant young talent who captivated audiences the world over; on the other, a heartbroken mother spinning dangerously on the edge of sanity. Isadora is a shocking and visceral portrait of an artist and woman drawn to the brink of destruction by the cruelty of life. In her breakout novel, Amelia Gray offers a relentless portrayal of a legendary artist churning through prewar Europe. Isadora seeks to obliterate the mannered portrait of a dancer and to introduce the listener to a woman who lived and loved without limits, even in the darkest days of her life.

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"Narrator Jen Tullock is extraordinary in this superb audiobook about a terrible period in the life of the American dancer Isadora Duncan. ...As Tullock plays out Gray's extraordinary imagining of the months that followed for this difficult, brilliant woman maddened with grief, you can instantly recognize each character by shifts in her vocal register and because she distinguishes their personalities one from another with canny intonations. She is alive to each sentence, and gifted at accents and at drama. ...this is an exhilarating performance. Tullock's and Gray's Isadora is unforgettable.

— AudioFile, Earphones Award  


  • “Narrator Jen Tullock is extraordinary in this superb audiobook about a terrible period in the life of the American dancer Isadora Duncan…You can instantly recognize each character by shifts in her vocal register and because she distinguishes their personalities one from another with canny intonations. She is alive to each sentence and gifted at accents and at drama…This is an exhilarating performance. Tullock’s and Gray’s Isadora is unforgettable. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    — AudioFile
  • “A great novel of character: the story of a real woman’s real grief and survival…Isadora is a heavenly celebration of women in charge of their bodies.”

    — Los Angeles Times
  • “Isadora is so confounded by her fame and grief that she’s in the dark about her own emotions, even as her expressive dances capture the world’s attention. Gray portrays that great irony in heartbreaking detail and psychological acuity.”

    — Washington Post
  • “A moving exploration of the way sadness threads through a life, stitching it into new forms and figures as strange as they are resilient.”

    — Manhattan Book Review
  • The endlessly inventive Gray (whose story “Labyrinth” from The New Yorker is a gem) creates a fictional interpretation of Isadora Duncan, once described as the “woman who put the Modern into Modern Dance.” A dancer who mixed the classical, sacred, and sensual, Duncan is the perfect subject matter for Gray; if a writer can expertly resurrect the Theseus myth at a small-town fair, then she can do justice to a life as inspiring — and troubled — as Duncan’s.

    — The Millions
  • Reading Gutshot is a little like being blindfolded and pelted from all sides with fire, Jell-O and the occasional live animal. You'll be messy at the end and slightly beaten up, but surprised and certainly entertained . . . She pushes against the outer limits of what humans can and will do. She seems to be testing her readers, too.

    — Ramona Ausubel, The New York Times Book Review
  • Amelia Gray sounds like no one else. Her writing is by turns horrifying, funny, sexy and grotesque, but woe be to those who want to pin it down as horror, comedy, romance or fantasy. Sentence by sentence, these stories are simple, rarely complicated by rhetorical flourishes or formal experimentation, but the scenes they build can be deeply complex - and the emotions they summon often contradictory, too.

    — Colin Dwyer, NPR
  • Viscerally wicked.

    — Natalie Beach, O, The Oprah Magazine
  • The 38 stories in Gutshot may be short, but they're also downright haunting. Gray's characters are often dark, awkward, and funny--a serial vomiter, unlikely conjoined twins--and lurking through desolate landscapes, finding small, strange joys.

    — Steph Opitz, Marie Claire
  • The stories in Gutshot, also aptly named, get at you right in the viscera, full of bodily fluids and strange sights and smells. They often end not with a neat tying-up of the various elements, but as if something exploded, like dynamite breaking down a door . . . But Gutshot is not all swagger and shock-there's a softness hiding under the derangement, a visible tenderness for her troubled characters that have found themselves lost in the margins of existence, that becomes all the more affecting as it moves with and against the character's sharp edges.

    — Juliet Escoria, Vice
  • In Gray's (Threats, 2012) latest unique, punchy collection, she melds the inexplicable with everyday realities. . . Gray's bountiful five-part collection incorporates tales and vignettes both absorbing and unconventional . . . While eccentricities are on display, Gray's stories also deftly capture the startling moments when her characters pull off their armor and reveal their genuine selves.

    — Booklist
  • Strange, fable-like, and physical, Gray's stories are driven by uncanny forces and set in organic yet unnatural worlds . . . Masterly gathering of forces [are] at the heart of the collection: black humor brushes up against abject tragedy, desperation and abuse, longing loneliness, and even hopeful peace. Gray dazzlingly renders the wide array of human experience in these potent, haunting stories.

    — Publishers Weekly
  • The minute details of life are memorably rendered in surreal and sometimes grotesque ways . . . [Gray] takes familiar elements and pushes them toward an eerie, transgressive place . . . This is Gray's fourth book (and third story collection), and it features the widest stylistic range of any of her books to date. . . Grim, bittersweet . . . comic . . . and emotionally harrowing. The best of Gray's stories find that balance between devastation and humor and navigate an uneasy territory with agility.

    — Kirkus Review
  • Amelia Gray is a sharpshooter, precise and deadly. THREATS lures the reader with its poetic sensibilities and then subverts every expectation. Before long, there will be statues of Gray in various corners of the literary world.

    — Emma Straub, author of Other People We Married
  • Reading Amelia Gray is like a pyramid of rocks being built on a cloud. That's to say, it's something fantastical, dreamlike, playful, and very dangerous. You will be amazed at what this writer can do.

    — Shane Jones, author of Light Boxes
  • The first time I encountered Amelia Gray's fiction, it slugged me in the jaw. The second time too, and the third. Said jaw-slugging has ensued nearly every time I've read something of hers, except for when instead it whispered sad and surprising but undeniable truths about the difficulty of intimacy and sense in the wretched blastoscape of modern life. And then it made me a grilled cheese sandwich to prove that the world can be a kind place, and it waited until I had sated myself and wiped away the crumbs before slugging me in the jaw again.

    — Doug Dorst, author of The Surf Guru and Alive in Necropolis
  • Gutshot is a wild journey through the singular imagination of Amelia Gray, one of the most ambitious and relentlessly inventive writers of our time. The worlds Gray conjures are gorgeous and gruesome and devastating and stone-cold hilarious-but more than anything, these stories are as fearless and original as they come.

    — Laura van den Berg, author of Find Me
  • Gutshot is a nightmare in the best way. Every story is visceral, fearless, and painfully true.

    — Catherine Lacey, author of Nobody Is Ever Missing
  • Exhilarating and violently creative, these stories are an assault on expectation. Gutshot is a rare, new original, and Amelia Gray is her own startling genre. This is a book to be experienced, to be taught and obsessed over, to live as a prized weapon on your bookshelf.

    — Alissa Nutting, author of Tampa
  • Amelia Gray's writing makes you feel like you've been shot out of a cannon. You're disoriented, stunned, completely overcome . . . but you're also flying through the air. Get ready. Gutshot is a book of lit matches.

    — Lindsay Hunter, author of Ugly Girls
  • Call them what you must-stories, fables, parables, nanonovels of melancholized hilarity-but Amelia Gray's super-concentrated, hyper-velocitous prose marvelments do what so few fictions even attempt: leave you gasping from one unsettling sentence to the next. Have our clammiest moments and the squishes, the squirms, of our unthriving, unsightly bodies ever been rendered with such tender and generous genius? Gutshot has the delirious feel of a heart-shaker of a book that has been waiting forever to get itself written and, lucky for us, has finally fetched up stickingly on the page.

    — Gary Lutz, author of Stories in the Worst Way


  • AudioFile Earphones Award Winner
  • Among longlisted titles for NPR Best Book of the Year, 2017

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About Amelia Gray

Amelia Gray is the author of several books, including Isadora, AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, Threats, and Gutshot. Her fiction and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She has been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award and is the winner of the FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest.

About Jen Tullock

Jen Tullock is an actor, writer, comedian, and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. Her work has been featured at Second City, New York Stage & Film Festival, New York Fringe Festival, Anthology Film Center, and the Broadway Comedy Club. She is the former singer/songwriter for the New York tin-pan alley parody band Punch & Judy and the creator of the 1940’s radio satire The Out of Hand Radio Hour. After starring in the ’80s musical Love in a Tub at Broadway Comedy Club, she began a residency at the Midtown Theater. In 2010 her play The Projectionist was produced as part of the New York Stage & Film festival’s Powerhouse line-up.