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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: August 2012 ISBN: 9780385367172
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robert Grant | 5/28/2013

    " Hmmm... This one was quite strange and to tell the truth-it was uncomfortable reading this one-very disturbing and kind of sickly twisted. I really like Peter Straub but this one just doesn't sit too well with me. I tell you what though, I will remember this one for a heck of a long while. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Douglas | 5/2/2013

    " Maybe I'm just not smart enough to get it? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maggie | 3/7/2013

    " Weird and not in a good way "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason | 10/31/2012

    " A quick but unsatisfying read. When hints of the characters history were revealed, it was close to becoming a good story. Then the tale would drift away again, tangle with the notion of "hey, haven't we done this before" and bore me. "

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About the Author
Author Peter Straub

Peter Straub is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels. He has won the Bram Stoker Award for his two of his novels and a short story collection, 5 Stories; he has also won a World Fantasy Award and an International Horror Guild Award. He received a BA in English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an MA from Columbia University.

About the Narrator

Michael Kramer has narrated many audiobooks over the last twenty years; his favorite authors include Donald E. Westlake, Thomas Perry, and Robert Jordan. He has received several AudioFile Earphones Awards for his work. He lives in the DC area, where he also works in theater as an actor and director.