Mysterium Audiobook, by Susan Froderberg Play Audiobook Sample

Mysterium Audiobook

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Read By: Neil Shah Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.50 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: August 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781538540718

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Longest Chapter Length:

75:53 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

02:06 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

49:35 minutes

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A young woman who lost her mother to climbing is resolved to summit India’s highest peak, and instigates a treacherous and revelatory expedition, in this daring and lyrical novel.

Mysterium, known as Mount Sarasvati, looms over the Indian Himalayas as the range’s tallest peak. Sarasvati “Sara” Troy is determined to reach the peak for which she was christened, and to climb it in honor of her mother, who perished in a mountaineering accident when Sara was just a child. She asks her father, a celebrated mountaineer and philosophy professor, to organize and lead the expedition.

The six climbers he recruits are an uneasy mix. They include his longtime friend Dr. Arun Reddy, a recent widower and Reddy’s son, who often challenges his father; Wilder Carson, the acclaimed climber who is tormented by the death of his brother; Wilder’s wife, Vida, a former lover of Dr. Reddy; and the distinguished scholar of climbing Virgil Adams and his wife, Hillary. Porters and Sherpas are recruited in India to assist and be part of the team.

The party’s journey is harrowing, taking them from the mountain’s gorge, into its sanctuary, and finally onto the summit, a path that evokes the hell, purgatory, and heaven of Dante’s Inferno. As the air thins and this unforgettable journey unfolds, Sara emerges as a Beatrice-like figure, buoying her companions up the mountain through the sheer strength and beauty of her being. Both monumental quest and dreamlike odyssey, Mysterium is infused with the language of climbing and profound existential insight.

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“First, there is the superbly drawn cast of complex and compelling characters, none more beguiling than Sarasvati ‘Sara’ Troy, the young woman who, with a vision of climbing the mountain that is her namesake, puts the plot in motion. Then, there is the masterfully executed suspense and drama of the climb. Finally, there is the lovely and lyric writing about the mountain herself—as monolith and metaphor. These three pleasures combine to make Mysterium impossible to put down.”

— Pam Houston, #1 Los Angeles Times bestselling author 


  • “An adventure at the top of the world; a narrative of reflection, insight, and survival.”

    — Paulette Jiles, author of News of the World
  • “Froderberg has a firm grasp on the technical aspects of climbing, as well as its many dangers…Offers the unusual combination of an intellectual challenge coupled with a brutal but ecstatic story.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “Mysterium is a probing, ultimately breathtaking novel. Susan Froderberg’s unforgettable protagonist, Sara Troy, understands that we only truly live when at last we discover something worth dying for.”

    — John Kaag, author of Hiking with Nietzsche: On Becoming Who You Are

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About Susan Froderberg

Susan Froderberg is the author of Old Border Road, hailed by the Los Angeles Times as a “remarkable debut novel.” Her fiction has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Antioch Review, Conjunctions, and others. She worked for several years as a critical care nurse in Seattle before moving East to study medical ethics and philosophy at Columbia University, where she received her PhD. She and her husband split their time between Seattle and New York City.

About Neil Shah

Neil Shah is an Audie-nominated narrator and winner of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards who has recorded over 150 audiobooks. AudioFile magazine has commended him for “an absolutely mesmerizing listening experience” and as “an outstanding narrator who adds a healthy dose of personality to each of the characters.” As a classically trained actor with an MFA from the Old Globe/University of San Diego, he has appeared off Broadway and on regional stages, as well as in film and television. He records from his home studio in Portland, Oregon.