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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,020 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chris Bohjalian Narrator: Susan Denaker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In Chris Bohjalian's astonishing novel, nothing is what it at first seems. Not the bucolic Vermont back roads college sophomore Laurel Estabrook likes to bike. Not the savage assault she suffers toward the end of one of her rides. And certainly not Bobbie Crocker, the elderly man with a history of mental illness whom Laurel comes to know through her work at a Burlington homeless shelter in the years subsequent to the attack.

In his moments of lucidity, the gentle, likable Bobbie alludes to his earlier life as a successful photographer. Laurel finds it hard to believe that this destitute, unstable man could once have chronicled the lives of musicians and celebrities, but a box of photographs and negatives discovered among Bobbie's meager possessions after his death lends credence to his tale. How could such an accomplished man have fallen on such hard times? Becoming obsessed with uncovering Bobbie's past, Laurel studies his photographs, tracking down every lead they provide into the mystery of his life before homelessness -- including links to the rich neighborhoods of her own Long Island childhood and to the earlier world of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, with its larger-than-life characters, elusive desires, and haunting sorrows.

In a narrative of dazzling invention, literary ingenuity, and psychological complexity, Bohjalian engages issues of homelessness and mental illness by evoking the humanity that inhabits the core of both. At the same time, his tale is fast-paced and riveting -- The Double Bind combines the suspense of a thriller with the emotional depths of the most intimate drama. The breathtaking surprises of its final pages will leave readers stunned, overwhelmed by the poignancy of life's fleeting truths, as caught in Bobbie Crocker's photographs and in Laurel Estabrook's painful pursuit of Bobbie's past -- and her own. 

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kim | 2/9/2014

    " Well written and has a very interesting twist. Not sure if it was obvious or if it was clever. A very good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lynn | 2/8/2014

    " This is a very engrossing but creepy read. I didn't figure out what was going on until near the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kara | 2/6/2014

    " If I could give half stars, this book would get 3.5 stars instead of 3. But I'm rounding down b/c I thought it was just ok. A twist at the end is surprising, but doesn't quite make sense or pull everything together. Overall though, and interesting read with an unexpected ending. I would recommend it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maritza | 2/4/2014

    " wow........... "

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