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Author: Yannick Murphy Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9781452676722
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The daily rhythm of a veterinarian's family in rural New England is shaken when a hunting accident leaves their eldest son in a coma. With the lives of his loved ones unhinged, the veterinarian struggles to maintain stability while searching for the man responsible. But in the midst of his great trial an unexpected visitor arrives, requesting a favor that will have profound consequences—testing a loving father's patience, humor, and resolve, and forcing husband and wife to come to terms with what "family" truly means.

The Call is a gift from one of the most talented and extraordinary voices in contemporary fiction—a unique and heartfelt portrait of a family, poignant and rich in humor and imagination. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • The Call conjures the quirky satisfactions of rural life.”


  • A triumph of quiet humor and understated beauty.…Murphy's subtle, wry wit and an appealing sense for the surreal leaven moments of anger and bleakness, and elevate moments of kindness, whimsy, and grace. Publishers Weekly Starred Review
  • “[A] clever and beautiful book.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A triumph of quiet humor and understated beauty…Murphy’s subtle, wry wit and an appealing sense for the surreal leaven moments of anger and bleakness, and elevate moments of kindness, whimsy, and grace.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Incisive and imaginative…[A] hypnotically patterned, wryly funny, and warmly compassionate tale.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A marvelous book: sweet and poignant without ever succumbing to easy sentiment, formally inventive and dexterous without ever seeming showy. A triumph.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Narrator William Dufris plays the part of David with a perfect balance of melancholy and raw emotion.”


  • “Dufris captures David’s sardonic yet compassionate tones and makes the antics and questions of David’s children and the complaints and observations of David’s long-suffering wife, Jen, seem completely realistic.”

    Booklist (audio review)

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About the Author

Yannick Murphy is the author of the novels Here They Come, The Sea of Trees, and Signed, Mata Hari, as well as two story collections and several children’s books. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Award, and a Chesterfield Screenwriting Award. Her work has appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading and The O. Henry Prize Stories. She lives in Vermont with her husband and their children.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.