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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (54,453 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dennis Lehane Narrator: Tom Stechschulte Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Summer, 1954.

US Marshal Teddy Daniels has come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Along with his partner, Chuck Aule, he sets out to find an escaped patient, a murderess named Rachel Solando, as a hurricane bears down upon them.

But nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems.

Is he there to find a missing patient? Or has he been sent to look into rumors of Ashecliffe’s radical approach to psychiatry, an approach that may include drug experimentation, hideous surgical trials, and lethal countermoves in the shadow war against Soviet brainwashing?

Or is there another, more personal reason why he has come there?

As the investigation deepens, the questions only mount. The closer Teddy and Chuck get to the truth, the more elusive it becomes and the more they begin to believe that they my never leave Shutter Island.

Because someone is trying to drive them insane.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brilliantly conceived and executed...To read Dennis Lehane’s Shutter Island is to enter a nightmare of madness, violence, and deception...Its shocking outcome kept me awake, deep into the night, as I began to grasp what the author has done to my innocent mind—and he will do it to yours, too, if you let him.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Combines the claustrophobia of...Agatha Christie...with the creepiness of a good Stephen King yarn...Good luck putting this one down.”

    San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

  • “Startlingly original…instantly cinematic… unfolds with increasing urgency until it delivers a visceral shock in its final moments.”

    New York Times

  • “Fasten your seat belts for a bumpy, breakneck ride…utterly absorbing…is an express train with no local stops…engrossing.” 

    Boston Globe

  • “The ride this novel provides is as good as entertainment gets.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Audacious and chilling...Shutter Island is a superbly constructed novel that manages to be at once gripping, surprising, and discomforting...It evokes comparisons to Edgar Allan Poe’s tales...Lehane is very good indeed.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “Get ready to shudder on a trip to Shutter Island...a tremendously satisfying thriller...a great, fun read...The suspense is molasses-thick with a plot that will keep you guessing...Lehane has created a dark work with terrific dialogue and a troubled protagonist...And then there’s the ending...Mystic River raised the bar for Lehane; Shutter Island puts it higher still.”

    Denver Post

  • “Nightmarish…it’s not a book to start before bedtime. Even if you finish before dawn, Shutter Island will trouble your sleep.” 

    Orlando Sentinel

  • “Chilling...a perfect thriller. But for mystery writer extraordinare Dennis Lehane, elaborate plots and vivid settings serve as mere backdrop for showcasing his greater talent; a prodigious ability to develop unforgettable, emotionally textured characters.”

    Providence Journal-Bulletin

  • “A terrific suspense novel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “One difference between simply listening and having a listening experience is Tom Stechschulte. He doesn’t merely perform characters; he channels them. Main characters, doctors, nurses, inmates, and orderlies have believable individual voices and personalities. Lehane twists a devastating hurricane, possible unethical experiments, and enough secrets to justify paranoia into a psychological thriller that works...Stechschulte’s magic makes it work the rest.”


  • “Another blistering page-turner...A master of the adroit psychological detail, Lehane makes the horrors of the mean streets pale in comparison to the workings of the human mind.”


  • “A lollapalooza of a corkscrew thriller.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A 2004 Anthony Award Finalist for Best Novel
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2004 Barry Award Finalist for Best Novel
  • A 2003 Hammett Prize Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joanne | 2/13/2014

    " Lehane is a master-- not only of his genre, but of storytelling in general. From its opening pages to its harrowing and unforeseen conclusion, this book is genuinely creepy. Pick it up on a rainy Saturday night, and you won't be able to put it down til the sun rises on Sunday. Guaranteed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kurt Dinan | 2/6/2014

    " Better when it was called THe Ninth Configuration by William Blatty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tanya Eby | 1/29/2014

    " I love this book. I first read work by Lehane when I was in my MFA program and he was one of the instructors. What's great about his stuff is that it is instantly accessible, reads like popular fiction, and then he manages to work in literary, lyrical writing. "Shutter Island" is one of my favorites of his. It feels, at first, like a hard-boiled detective novel, but then it takes you into this dark world of madness and sadness. The characters have histories and are complex. And the twist at the end is shattering. Love this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Hilary | 1/27/2014

    " plenty creepy. do not read at home, alone. It's a bad idea. "

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