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3.32 out of 53.32 out of 53.32 out of 53.32 out of 53.32 out of 5 3.32 (19 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick McGrath Narrator: Jennifer Van Dyck Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2006 ISBN: 9781482976489
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Inseparable since childhood, Jack and Gin Rathbone inhabit a world of privilege and eccentricity into which no strangers are permitted. Until, that is, Jack falls passionately in love with Vera Savage: a flamboyant and reckless artist over ten years his senior. When they flee to New York City within weeks of meeting, Gin is forced to witness their relationship unfold from a bruised, bereft distance. But when Jack and Vera move to Port Mungo, a seedy town in the mangrove swamps of Honduras, Gin is afforded the opportunity to stake her claim to her brother’s life again. This feverish world of tropical impulses and artistic ambition leads, inevitably, to a death swathed immediately in mystery, as the various imperatives of passion, narcissism, and creativity hold them all in relentless thrall.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[An] immensely clever and tautly composed novel…[with] carefully contrasted characters.”

    New York Times

  • “A compelling piece of family Gothic.”

    New Yorker

  • “The story’s intensity…is matched by the ardor of Jennifer Van Dyck’s narration. She is elegant in speech and diction. Her compelling energy reflects the dark atmosphere as the listener awaits the unraveling of the truth at the heart of this story.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oanh | 12/5/2013

    " Impassioned and multi-layered. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 6/22/2013

    " Excellent but grungy book about a kooky artist and his misguided sister who provides the eloquent but unreliable narration to this creepy novel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sally | 4/1/2013

    " This was pretty tedious - a cliched tale of artists, repetitive and uninvolving. You could forsee the twist in the tail almost from page one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krissy | 3/14/2013

    " HATED the ending..first book i threw, literally across the room in anger at the sudden end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sunshine | 10/16/2012

    " Art lovers novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane D. | 9/20/2012

    " This book had me at the start. Sensitive material covered. The twists and turns floored me....Although the 3 books I've read by McGrath have all be on the dark side, he grabs me from the get go and never disppoints. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 4/7/2012

    " McGrath is well & truly a master storyteller & a brilliant writer. This is a fascinating & impressive novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 10/16/2011

    " Artists annoy me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bibliomantic | 8/13/2011

    " Absorbing and intriguing at first, this novel eventually turned into a marathon of monotonous prose about uninteresting and unsympathetic characters making me give up half-way through (probably should have done so earlier). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dede | 4/5/2011

    " Mike and I listened to this book on CD as we drove to and from Portland, OR in April. It is another of McGrath's unreliable narrator novels. Told and read in a heated frenzy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 tinne | 6/30/2010

    " The atmosphere is the most captivating feature of this book. The isolation of the island is tangible. A really nice experience and definitely a writer to watch out for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 4/29/2010

    " Two artists make each other miserable. Each casts the other as the villain to the doting, admiring sister who has heard only her brother's side for years. It's about how we deceive others and ourselves as we teak the truth. Very nicely written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dede | 4/23/2010

    " Mike and I listened to this book on CD as we drove to and from Portland, OR in April. It is another of McGrath's unreliable narrator novels. Told and read in a heated frenzy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krissy | 3/19/2010

    " HATED the ending..first book i threw, literally across the room in anger at the sudden end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bibliomantic | 8/20/2009

    " Absorbing and intriguing at first, this novel eventually turned into a marathon of monotonous prose about uninteresting and unsympathetic characters making me give up half-way through (probably should have done so earlier). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sally | 12/30/2008

    " This was pretty tedious - a cliched tale of artists, repetitive and uninvolving. You could forsee the twist in the tail almost from page one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 7/19/2008

    " Two artists make each other miserable. Each casts the other as the villain to the doting, admiring sister who has heard only her brother's side for years. It's about how we deceive others and ourselves as we teak the truth. Very nicely written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 5/23/2008

    " McGrath is well & truly a master storyteller & a brilliant writer. This is a fascinating & impressive novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane D. | 8/4/2007

    " This book had me at the start. Sensitive material covered. The twists and turns floored me....Although the 3 books I've read by McGrath have all be on the dark side, he grabs me from the get go and never disppoints. "

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About the Author
Author Patrick McGrath

Patrick McGrath is the author of Asylum, Port Mungo, Blood and Water and Other Stories, The Grotesque, Spider, and other books, and he was the co-editor, with Bradford Morrow, of The New Gothic. He lives in New York City and London and is married to actress Maria Aitken.

About the Narrator

Jennifer Van Dyck has appeared on Broadway in Hedda Gabler, Dancing at Lughnasa, Two Shakespearean Actors, and The Secret Rapture. She has been in new plays by Keith Bunin, Ellen McLaughlin, Catherine Filloux, Douglas Post, A. R. Gurney, and Albert Innaurato. Her film and television credits include Series 7, States of Control, Bullets over Broadway, numerous Law & Order episodes, Ed, Spin City, and The Education of Max Bickford.