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3.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 5 3.33 (30 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: August 2005 ISBN: 9780739321799
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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.”

    Economist

  • 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.”

    Slate

  • “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.”

    Oregonian

  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 1/16/2014

    " Sound recording read by Dawson, yes, that's Dawson from the Creek. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Todd | 12/22/2013

    " good read, typical ellis. closest to american psycho of all is books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip Athans | 12/18/2013

    " Lunar Park is a brilliant, tour de force of a novel that is self-referential and self-indulgent in precisely the ideal proportion. It reads a bit like a farewell speech from one of America's most distinctly American authors, but I hope that isn't the case. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kimberly | 12/1/2013

    " The exorcism was too much for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Guillermo Patiño | 11/27/2013

    " The strangest and twisted biography I had ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff Raymond | 11/5/2013

    " Certainly a weird book. It's a fictional story about Ellis dealing with a series of possible murders that correspond with American Psycho, and how he deals with his family while constantly drunk and high on coke. Better than it sounds, but not great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caspar Aremi | 11/3/2013

    " My first Ellis novel, I enjoyed this a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 10/25/2013

    " By far his best work. I absolutely loved this book. I think it helps if you've read American Psycho, but it's not required. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kilburn Adam | 7/19/2013

    " another awesome book by mr ellis "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Charlie | 3/19/2013

    " And it means nothing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jonathan Dennis | 11/5/2012

    " Someone with Ellis's talent should do better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Russell | 6/22/2012

    " Ellis is an amazing writer and the first 50 pages or so of this book are phenomenal. After that he tries to do Stephen King. Stick to drugs and debauchery, Bret. Leave the supernatural to the pros. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl Steffey | 6/17/2012

    " Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis (2006) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C. Michael Kim | 4/9/2012

    " Like many of Ellis' recent work, it falls apart at the end after a hopeful first half. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patrik | 2/19/2012

    " not as sharp as the ones before it. Only for die hard fans of Easton Ellis or mass paranoia "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skrot | 8/27/2011

    " Ellis is way underrated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Gardner | 7/29/2011

    " His most commercially guided work but still enjoyable. Plays out more like a Stephen King novel than any of his other books but still has that B.E.E. sense of loathing. I should mention that all his books are best read in the order they are released. They all interconnect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 7/10/2011

    " By Ellis standards, it's crap. But it's still Ellis, so I still enjoyed it. Despite the fact that it's crap. That's a funny power he has, though. He can write complete and utter CRAP and I will still give it three stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 6/30/2011

    " Starts off really great, but then declines. Still enough of a mystery hook to keep me interested "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erin | 6/11/2011

    " Arduous reading, could hardly get through it. The work of a man with the talent to write but nothing worthwhile to say {to me, at least}. Any humor in the characters or situations is buried beneath heavy layers of bitterness and paranoia. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kailin | 6/7/2011

    " I have a hard time figuring out the real Bret Easton Ellis and the fictional one. Especially since I have already read Imperial Bedrooms. The worlds that BEE has created and the way they intersect with reality, and even other people's fiction keeps me up at night. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 mildrey | 4/12/2011

    " This is good for a scare and is really chilling at times. BUT the ending really didn't cut it for me, which is a bummer because it could have made the book a really amazing trip. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jr | 4/11/2011

    " My favorite book by Ellis. He mixed his usual character development in with a bit of horror and suspense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 4/7/2011

    " This was a fascinating look at Ellis looking at himself, a thriller disguising an anguished father/son dynamic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cath | 3/21/2011

    " Finally a book from BBE which doesn't depend on loving descriptions of dismemberment to make its point. And occasional people with feelings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 3/5/2011

    " Good up until the ending. The ending made no sense. "

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About the Author
Author Bret Easton EllisBret Easton Ellis is the author of Glamorama; The Informers, a collection of stories; American Psycho; The Rules of Attraction; and Less Than Zero, all of which are available in Vintage paperback. He lives in New York City.