The Dark Dark: Stories Audiobook, by Samantha Hunt Play Audiobook Sample

The Dark Dark: Stories Audiobook

The Dark Dark: Stories Audiobook, by Samantha Hunt Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Christa Lewis Publisher: Dreamscape Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: July 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781520073828

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Longest Chapter Length:

74:59 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

34 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

36:28 minutes

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Publisher Description

From the acclaimed author of Mr. Splitfoot, Samantha Hunt’s first collection of stories, The Dark Dark, blends the literary and the fantastic and brings us characters on the verge―girls turning into women, women turning into deer, people doubling or becoming ghosts, and more

Step into The Dark Dark, where an award-winning, acclaimed novelist debuts her first collection of short stories and conjures entire universes in just a few pages―conjures, splits in half, mines for humor, destroys with absurdity, and regenerates. In prose that sparkles and haunts, Samantha Hunt playfully pushes the bounds of the expected and fills every corner with vibrant life, imagining numerous ways in which the weird might poke its way through the mundane. Each of these ten haunting, inventive tales brings us to the brink―of creation, mortality and immortality, infidelity and transformation, technological innovation and historical revision, loneliness and communion, and every kind of love.

Laced with lyricism, hope, Hunt’s characteristic sly wit, and her unflinching gaze into the ordinary horrors of human existence, The Dark Dark celebrates the mysteries and connections that swirl around us. It’s never all the same, Hunt tells us. It changes a tiny bit every time. See for yourself.

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“Narrator Christa Lewis draws on a pleasant range of pitch and texture to give individual voice to each character in this story collection. Using accents sparingly but appropriately, she adds a layer that would be missed by a visual reader…Lewis’ voice and performance are a good match for these quiet, tense stories with their themes of melancholy and desperation.”

— AudioFile 


  • “Wonderfully spooky.”

    — New Yorker
  • “Beguiling…daring…Hunt’s dreamlike images operate in service to earthbound ideas.”

    — New York Times
  • “The Dark Dark, more than anything else, is an example of the sheer force of storytelling, of the power of narrative to elicit understanding and emotional response at an unspeakable, unspoken level.”

    — National Post


  • Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
  • A Vogue Best Book of 2017
  • A Huffington Post Best Book of 2017
  • An NPR Best Book of the Year
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2017
  • A Chicago Review of Books Pick
  • Shortlisted for the 2018 Simpson Family Literary Prize

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About Samantha Hunt

Samantha Hunt is an author whose novel about Nikola Tesla, The Invention of Everything Else, was a finalist for the Orange Prize and winner of the Bard Fiction Prize. Her first novel, The Seas, earned her selection as one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35.” Her novel, Mr. Splitfoot, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and a Paris Review Staff Pick. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, McSweeneys, Tin House, A Public Space, and many other publications.

About Christa Lewis

Christa Lewis has narrated over two hundred audiobooks. She is a classically trained actress with a four-year conservatory training in voice and acting. She has a smart and funny vibe, but can also meet the moment in straightforward or somber works of nonfiction thanks to a seventeen-year stint as a newsreader. Christa speaks accent-free German fluently and offers a variety of believable accents and dialects. Her narrations are well received—there have been seven Earphones awards across a variety of genres—YA, literary fiction, biography and memoir—a 2019 SOVAS Voice Arts Award in Biography and two Audie nominations. Pippa Jayne was the Sultry Listeners’ Award Winner 2019 in the Erotica category.