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Author: Richard Powers Narrator: Christopher Hurt Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2014 ISBN: 9781490604015
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In Orfeo, Powers tells the story of a man journeying into his past as he desperately flees the present. Composer Peter Els opens the door one evening to find the police on his doorstep. His home microbiology lab-- the latest experiment in his lifelong attempt to find music in surprising patterns-- has aroused the suspicions of Homeland Security. Panicked by the raid, Els turns fugitive. As an Internet-fueled hysteria erupts, Els-- the " Bioterrorist Bach"-- pays a final visit to the people he loves, those who shaped his musical journey. Through the help of his ex-wife, his daughter, and his longtime collaborator, Els hatches a plan to turn this disastrous collision with the security state into a work of art that will reawaken its audience to the sounds all around them. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Powers’s talent for translating avant-garde music into engrossing vignettes on the page is inexhaustible. Els’s obsession with avant-garde, which isolates him from everyone he loves, becomes the very thing that aligns him with the reader.”

    Publishers Weekly, starred review

  • “Powers has a way of rendering the world that makes it seem familiar and alien, friendly and frightening. He is sometimes criticized as too cerebral, but when the story’s strands knit fully together in the final act, the effect is heartbreaking and beautiful.”

    Booklist, starred review

  • “The earmarks of the renowned novelist’s work are here…but rarely have his novels been so tightly focused and emotionally compelling.”

    Kirkus Reviews, starred review

  • A Publishers Weekly bestseller
  • Selected for the February 2014 Indie Next List
  • A Los Angeles Times bestseller
  • A 2014 New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • Longlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize
  • Longlisted for the 2014 National Book Award
  • A January 2014 LibraryReads Pick

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About the Author

Richard Powers was born and raised in Battle Ground, Washington. He is an avid knitter and also enjoys biking, hunting, and cooking. He lives in Houston, Texas, with his family.

About the Narrator

Christopher Hurt is an accomplished narrator with a lengthy résumé of popular titles for Blackstone. A graduate of George Washington University’s acting program, he currently resides in New York City.