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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,624 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bret Easton Ellis Narrator: James Van Der Beek Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Bret Ellis, the narrator of Lunar Park, is a writer whose first novel Less Than Zero catapulted him to international stardom while he was still in college. In the years that followed he found himself adrift in a world of wealth, drugs, and fame, as well as dealing with the unexpected death of his abusive father. After a decade of decadence a chance for salvation arrives; the chance to reconnect with an actress he was once involved with, and their son. But almost immediately his new life is threatened by a freak sequence of events and a bizarre series of murders that all seem to connect to Ellis’s past. His attempts to save his new world from his own demons makes Lunar Park Ellis’s most suspenseful novel. 

In this chilling tale reality, memoir, and fantasy combine to create not only a fascinating version of this most controversial writer but also a deeply moving novel about love and loss, parents and children, and ultimately forgiveness.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Addictive…Sublime…Exquisite…Stirringly executed…A phantasmagoria of love and loss, a fusion of hallucination and wisdom.”

    New York Times

  • [Ellis's] most enjoyable novel . . . The story of a doomed marriage blends with a satirical take on upscale suburban angst, a campy horror story about a haunted house, a Frankenstein-like case of a monster unchained and a serious rumination on the damage fathers can do to sons. Ellis stirs these elements into a steamy witches' brew and works his way through to a marvelously elegiac ending, displaying real artistic discipline . . . Even his harshest critics may now have to acknowledge that this versatile, resourceful writer has formidable skills. Kirkus, starred review
  • “The deftness with which Ellis handles an entertaining and suspenseful plot, as well as a sophisticated play between truth and fiction, real selves and imagined selves, is impressive. Lunar Park is not only enjoyable and consuming, but insightful.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A cracking good horror story. His descriptions of modern parenting and education are hilarious and mortally accurate.”


  • Lunar Park owes its emotional punch to two things: the theme of estranged fathers and sons, and Ellis’s undeniable eye for detailed satire.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Unusual, hypnotic, upsetting, and memorable…A sublime meditation on mortality and nostalgia…A lyrical knockout.”


  • “His best and most enjoyable read since Less Than Zero…Highly entertaining.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Ellis masterfully blurs the line between fact and fiction in a novel that simultaneously entertains and provokes.”

    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

  • “John Cheever writes The Shining…A strange triumph…Here is a book that progresses from darkness and banality to light and epiphany with surprising strength and sureness.”

    Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

  • “A mesmerizing read…Genuinely frightening…Lunar Park is a story about the momentous pain parents inflict on their children…The worst violence is internal and emotional, and in its beautiful closing…this rich, deceptively complex novel argues that’s the most damaging violence of all.”

    Miami Herald

  • “A gripping, tragicomic story of a writer on a downward spiral. Lunar Park works beacause Ellis has an excellent sense of humor about himself and his self-destructive past…A lush, mature novel that is also a frothy good read full of gossip and blood.”

    Denver Post

  • “An edge-of-your-seat supernatural thriller…Fuses black humor, self-mockery, and the raw intensity of terror into a compelling emotional roller-coaster ride.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2006 World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • A 2005 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Daniel Grgas | 2/20/2014

    " 3 and a half is more like "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kris | 2/13/2014

    " If you're a fan of Bret Easton Ellis, or ever were, you should read his newest. It's the best of his work in years. Also pays tribute to the literary brat pack of the 80's (Bret among them) who put their generation on the literary map. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Vanessa | 2/7/2014

    " ONCE AGAIN I had to put this book down partway through because it scared the living crap out of me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ryan | 1/20/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. However, I suspect that many will disagree and probably not make it through to the end because they will have a hard time relating to it or making sense of it. I can see this book falling into the "liked it/hated it" dichotomy because it is so different. That's ok though - he writing is very good. It was an odd mix of horror-thriller and a true insight into BEE's soul. Like a mix of Stephen King meets the "wanna play catch (dad)?" scene from Field of Dreams. I'd recommend to people who enjoy his other books, but definitely not a first-read from this author. You might want to try Less Than Zero or American Psycho first. "

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