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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (703 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Jackson Bennett Narrator: T. Ryder Smith Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It is the time of the Great Depression, and thousands have left their homes looking for a new and better life. But Marcus Connelly is not one of them. He searches for one thing and one thing only—revenge. 

Because out there, riding the rails, stalking the camps, is the scarred vagrant who murdered Connelly’s daughter. No one knows him, but everyone knows his name: Mr. Shivers.

In this extraordinary debut, Robert Jackson Bennett tells the story of an America haunted by murder and desperation, a world in which one man must face a dark truth. But how much is he willing to sacrifice for his satisfaction?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A tale of quest anchored in dust-bowl desperation, Mr. Shivers creates a brutal new American mythology. Bennett weaves a modern combination of horror, historical fiction, and high-fantasy.”

    Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Mr Shivers is a startling debut, a deft amalgam of thriller, cerebral horror, and American gothic, written with a stark and artful simplicity that complements the examination of struggling humanity pushed to its limits.”

    The Guardian (London)

  • “Bennett is clearly a writer to watch.”

    Times (London)

  • “Set during the Great Depression and reading like a collaboration between Stephen King and John Steinbeck, this remarkably assured first novel relates a good man’s desperate travels through the ruins of the American heartland on the trail of his child’s murderer…Bennett makes dark fantasy feel like gritty realism, achieving a rare laconic eloquence that will captivate horror readers hungry for new voices.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A ravishing debut…Supremely chilling, it never loses its grip in its journey to the edge of the apocalypse.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “Bennett’s novel is as riveting in its slow-burning accumulation of tension as it is atmospheric in its period evocation…The economical, persuasive characterization and the sudden shocking outbursts of horror owe something to [Stephen] King, the master of contemporary horror, but the brilliantly realized picture of dustbowl America is firmly in the [John] Steinbeck tradition. It’s not stretching a point to say that, at times, Bennett’s stinging but hauntingly poetic prose aspires to the quality of that author’s best work…This terrifying odyssey through a blighted period in American history will stick in readers’ minds for a long time.”

    Daily Express (London)

  • “Sprinkled with hobo folklore, Bennett’s supernatural dust storm of a debut offers a killer premise and may remind readers of vintage Stephen King.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, January 2010

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Oglaigh na hEireann | 2/19/2014

    " Somthin about hobo's on a train track desperate to catch a part of hell incarnate just sucked me in "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Heather | 2/18/2014

    " I'm a little unsure about my feelings on this book. On the one hand, it was a quick, easy read, with decent characters, nice writing, and a fairly original plot (ableit very HBO Carnivale-eque). On the other hand, the pacing wasn't the best and I felt it could have been a lot more suspenseful and engaging, especially seeing as how it's touted as a horror/thriller. Moreover, while it did shed some interesting insight into both the daily trials ofthe Great Depression and hobo culture, I found its similarity to Carnivale, one of my favourite shows, to be quite distracting, and couldn't absorb myself in the story as much as I would have liked. Still, a decent read and a great debut effort from the author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kirsten | 1/19/2014

    " I wasn't planning on buying this, but it looked interesting. It was labeled as "horror," but I don't know that I'd really call it that. It wasn't overly gory (to me anyway). I he writing flowed well & it was a fast read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Josh | 1/17/2014

    " A horror journeyman tale set in the Great Depression amongst economic downturn and drought - the protagonist Marcus Connelly embarks on a journey in search of the madman who murdered his daughter, the infamous Mr. Shivers. Accompanied by hobos seeking the same form of vengeance they travel across wastelands and wild west towns inhabited by gunslingers and thieves ever inching closer to their quarry, leaving only a trickle of blood in their wake. Bennett's debut blended crime elements with the supernatural to form an entertaining and creepy tale with surprising character depth and no nonsense dialog. Connelly is the typical hard man with an outer shell of stone and a soft interior and was the perfect compliment to Mr. Shivers who together were a classic example of good versus evil. Started well before lulling midway but was ultimately redeemed with an ending I didn't see coming. 3 Stars. "

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About the Author
Author Robert Jackson Bennett

Robert Jackson Bennett’s 2010 debut, Mr. Shivers, won the Shirley Jackson Award as well as the Sydney J. Bounds Newcomer Award. His second novel, The Company Man, won a Special Citation of Excellence from the Philip K. Dick Award, as well as an Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original. His third novel, The Troupe, was published to high critical and popular acclaim. Born in Baton Rouge, he now lives in Austin with his wife and son.