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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (387 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Hecht Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455182954
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Despite his brilliance, Paul Skoglund hasn’t held a steady job for years, partly because of his Tourette’s syndrome, a neurological disorder that forces his body into wild swings and to blurt out tragically inappropriate words. When his wealthy aunt asks him to take on the repairs of her magnificent hunting lodge, he is in no position to refuse. But inside the lodge lies a mystery involving disappearances and deaths that haunt the region.

Meanwhile, Paul’s ex-wife is using his condition to wrest away custody of their young son, but for Paul, nothing and no one is going to come between him and Mark. Then quickening events lead him deeper into his family’s past, and as Paul faces the darker aspects of his own nature, he must brave the possibility that in saving those he loves, he might well destroy himself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A mesmerizing glimpse into the world of psychopathology.”

    Kathy Reichs, author of Déjá Dead

  • “A narrative that’s populated by believable characters and infused with healthy doses of medical science and psychology. Skull Session is a story that keeps the reader guessing till the very end.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Gripping and disturbing.”

    Sunday Telegraph (London)

  • “Hecht balances diverse elements with impressive artistry, all the while making us care for the fate of his characters.”

    Amazon.com

  • “An impressive debut…Christopher Lane gives a masterful performance. Skoglund’s character is not an easy one to portray, yet Lane does so with intensity and sensitivity. In addition, Lane delivers the other characters with a graceful sense of timing, permitting the reader to remain focused on the many nuances of the novel and its characters.”

    AudioFile

  • “This 1989 novel, a first-rate mix of horror, suspense, and mystery, holds high listener appeal.”

    Booklist 

  • “Newcomer Hecht spins a sticky spider web of intricate metaphors that boil down to the fact that appearances are deceiving.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin Paul | 2/12/2014

    " Thought provoking, but never going to be a 5-start read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Branham Greenwell | 2/7/2014

    " An age old mystery and a man with Tourettes "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 2/4/2014

    " I liked it, but not as much as the first Hecht book that I read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 krin | 1/10/2014

    " I liked this thriller about the "monster" inside and what happens when it's released without control. I liked Paul's interactions with Lia, his son Mark, and his aunt Vivian. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 1/4/2014

    " I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. It was unique and different, and just drew me into the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 12/26/2013

    " An incredibly good read, a main character with Tourette Syndrome, and a really inventive villain. It was so fun and I couldn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie Grover | 12/18/2013

    " Meh. Kind of an interesting twist on a whodunnit, but the ending is certainly not as "shocking" as you are lead to believe it will be. Quite a bit of technical info on neurological disorders. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Paul | 11/25/2013

    " plodding, directionless, droning "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 11/2/2013

    " Excellent mystery and accurate depiction of someone with Tourettes "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharonm | 10/25/2013

    " Read this a long time ago -- a thriller/horror story about an architect renovating an evil sort of house. Most notably, he has Tourette's. I don't remember too many details, just that I really liked it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ed Heichel | 8/6/2013

    " 2 stars, but a strong 2. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lis Wheaton | 7/13/2013

    " Excellent start but it doesn't quite maintain to the end. Still, I enjoyed having a protagonist with Tourette's - it was a neat take on things. The psych/neurology stuff was interesting and I always appreciate a discussion of how to live with the darker parts of one's self. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annelien | 3/27/2013

    " a very good psychological novel, al though it gets a bit dissapointing near the end. very well written, with vry believable male characters. his females population of the book is dissapointingly one-sided. very strange. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 erika | 8/26/2012

    " I'm not sure why I kept reading this book, other than to be able to tell Aaron I was reading about a BERSERKER because he would inevitably say "berserker!" in a German accent like the character in SLC Punk. The book was a little creepy, but not all that great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/23/2012

    " Kept me on the edge with a twist. I think it would make for great movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jared | 1/25/2011

    " This book was a bit strange at first, but then I began to like it. It had many facets to the story which kept it interesting. The language is strong. It was somewhat insightful regarding the aspects of Tourette's syndrome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patience Cole | 5/3/2010

    " The most amazing book! It's a long book and I couldn't put it down. The main character has tourette's syndrome. I've never found another book that kept me so compelled to keep reading. I've recommended it to several other people and they have agreed with me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lilly | 5/2/2010

    " Very disappointing. Not so much a thriller as a book on Tourette's and other neurological disorders. At the end, all I could say was "What?!!" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Norvus | 8/8/2009

    " OK as it is, but could really have done without a couple hundred pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 2/20/2008

    " Most of Hecht's titles are enjoyable, especially Skull Session and Land of Echoes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ricardo Neves | 5/11/2007

    " Amazing book. This second time it actually became better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 11/18/2006

    " The end was kind of surprising, but somehow non-climactic. Maybe it should have just ended in the house and left it hanging instead of dragging out the story with neat and tidier endings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 6/5/2006

    " Absolutely brilliant. I read it ten years ago and it's stayed with me ever since. Must revisit it soon though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 7/30/2005

    " listening to this "

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About the Author

Daniel Hecht is the author of six novels published in twelve languages and seventy-four editions throughout the world, with bestsellers in the United States, England, Holland, and Israel. His novels include Skull Session, The Babel Effect, City of Masks, Land of Echoes, and Bones of the Barbary Coast. Hecht lives in Vermont and teaches at Champlain College.

About the Narrator

Christopher Lane is an award-winning actor, director, and narrator. He is a three-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration and recipient of ten AudioFile Earphones Awards.