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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (84 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Straub Narrator: Michael Kramer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Meet Ballard and Sandrine, the eponymous protagonists of Peter Straub’s extraordinary, deeply unsettling novella. The two are lovers, widely separated in age but bound together by a common erotic obsession. Their story, which takes place over a period of twenty-five years, is set primarily within the various incarnations of a mysterious yacht making its endless way down the Amazon river. Their journey encompasses moments of beauty and horror, mystery and revelation, pleasure and pain, culminating in the vision of an astonishing—and appalling—apotheosis.

In The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine, the author of the classic Blue Rose trilogy offers us one more glimpse behind the curtain that separates the visible world of commonplace events from an infinitely stranger world filled with wonders and enigmas, magic and terror. It is a world that only Peter Straub could have created, and it burns its way indelibly into the reader’s mind.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Martin | 11/14/2013

    " Really poor, the first time I've been disappointed by Straub. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by John | 8/24/2013

    " As usual, Straub writes horrific poetry, but the surreal nature of this novella leaves us with nothing but the soft, cold whisper of a half-forgotten dream. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Maureen | 8/4/2013

    " I only gave this one star because the book has a beautiful cover. Fortunately, my copy came from the library so only an hour or so was wasted. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Priscilla | 6/25/2013

    " I don't know exactly what I thought. I never quite caught on to what was happening. Too many weird factors, the story was never resolved. Would not recommend it. "

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