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Author: Martha Cooley Narrator: George Guidall, Suzanne Toren Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2015 ISBN: 9781490645360
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The Archivist is a debut novel of remarkable depth and power. Set in the hushed world of a prestigious American university, it weaves a story of love and loss, recognition and redemption.

Sixty-five-year-old Matthias Lane is the university’s orderly archivist. Thirty-five-year-old graduate student Roberta Spire is determined to gain access to some of the collection’s sealed letters—ones written by T.S. Eliot to his close friend, Emily Hale. Roberta believes they hold the keys to Eliot’s religious conversion, his wife’s suicide, and his emotional detachment. As Matthias considers Roberta’s request, he is confronted with the eerie parallels between the poet’s life and his own.

Narrator George Guidall voices each emotional and psychological shift in the archivist’s revelations. When Suzanne Toren joins him to relate a journal kept by Matthias’ wife before her death, this chronicle adds an unforgettable dimension to an assured and thoughtful novel.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Cooley is an accomplished stylist—there’s scarcely a graceless or unintelligent sentence in the book—and a subtle chronicler of the inner life. She has given us something valuable and rare—a thoughtful and well-written first novel, suffused with intellectual and moral integrity.”

    New York Times

  • “Rarely has a novel centering on the life of the mind felt so passionate.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Her suave plotting displays many surprises, and her work exhibits that rarest of literary qualities nowadays, authentic moral resonance.”

    Boston Globe

  • “This is an auspicious debut from a writer who already has mastered the craft.”

    Publishers Weekly

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About the Narrators

George Guidall, winner of more than eighty AudioFile Earphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. His forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.

Suzanne Toren has over thirty years of experience in narration. She has won the American Foundation for the Blind’s Scourby Award for Narrator of the Year, AudioFile magazine named her the 2009 Best Voice in Nonfiction & Culture, and she is the recipient of multiple Earphones Awards. She performs on and off Broadway and in regional theaters and has appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas.