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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (313 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas H. Cook, Stephen Hoye Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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David Sears grew up in the shadow of his brilliant younger sister, Diana, convinced by their father that she would accomplish great things. Instead, she married and had a son, Jason, who—like David and Diana’s father—is schizophrenic. Her husband, Mark, a geneticist, never made peace with Jason’s condition.

Perhaps this is why, when Jason drowns, Diana will not accept the authorities’ conclusion that his death was accidental. Or perhaps Diana is going mad. She begins to send David faxes and e-mails about ancient murders, driven by her growing belief that the earth is Gaia, a living witness to her son’s murder who could give evidence in the case she is building against her husband. David soon fears for his own family’s safety as the seductive qualities of Diana’s manic energy become impossible to ignore.

In The Cloud of Unknowing, Cook explores the power of blood and family mythology.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Cook reveals all the pieces of the shocking story with an absolutely steady hand. It’s a bravura performance.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Cook deftly juxtaposes the maddeningly complex Sears family and a straight-shooting detective ‘rooted in a world where crimes leap like fish from crystal streams of motivation.’”

    Booklist (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Leslie | 2/14/2014

    " The only mystery I've ever read and enjoyed--maybe I'll branch out! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Renee | 2/12/2014

    " engrossing, exhausting & excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Maureen | 2/11/2014

    " I read this book as The Cloud of Unknowing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kyleigh | 2/7/2014

    " I enjoyed the murmur of stones, however, I wasn't as gripped in the story as I would have liked to have been. Not terrible, but not brilliant either. "

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