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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rene Denfeld Narrator: Jim Frangione Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2014 ISBN: 9780062308917
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A wondrous and redemptive debut novel set in a stark world where evil and magic coincide, The Enchanted combines the empathy and lyricism of Alice Sebold with the dark, imaginative power of Stephen King.

“This is an enchanted place. Others don’t see it, but I do.”

The enchanted place is an ancient stone prison, viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in reimagining life around him, weaving a fantastical story of the people he observes and the world he inhabits. Fearful and reclusive, he senses what others cannot. Though bars confine him every minute of every day, he marries visions of golden horses running beneath the prison, heat flowing like molten metal from their backs with the devastating violence of prison life.

Two outsiders venture here: a fallen priest and the Lady, an investigator who searches for buried information from prisoners’ pasts that can save those soon to be executed. Digging into the background of a killer named York, she uncovers wrenching truths that challenge familiar notions of victim and criminal, innocence and guilt, honesty and corruption—ultimately revealing shocking secrets of her own.

Beautiful and transcendent, The Enchanted reminds us of how our humanity connects us all, and how beauty and love exist even amid the most nightmarish reality.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Enchanted wrapped its beautiful and terrible fingers around me from the first page and refused to let go after the last. A wondrous book that finds transcendence in the most unlikely of places…So dark yet so exquisite.”

    Erin Morgenstern, author of the #1 national bestseller The Night Circus

  • The Enchanted is unlike anything I’ve ever read…Contagious and seductive. The reader comes to see through Denfeld’s strange lens and to savor the richness of the view long after the final page has turned.”

    Katherine Dunn, National Book Award finalist

  • “[An] impressive debut…Read this magical book and prepare to be spellbound.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A striking one-of-a-kind prison novel…[with] rich, haunting prose…A stunning first novel from an already accomplished writer.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Jim Frangione’s soft voice and storyteller’s cadence have an edge that hints at the creepiness and evil found in the basement cells of Death Row…Although the subject matter of this debut novel is sometimes disturbing, the deeper questions of humanity, redemption, and family linger long after Frangione’s masterful reading has ended.”


  • “Rene Denfeld is a genius. In The Enchanted, she has imagined one of the grimmest settings in the world—a dank and filthy death row in a corrupt prison—and given us one of the most beautiful, heartrending, and riveting novels I have ever read.”

    Donald Ray Pollock, author of The Devil All the Time

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, March 2014
  • Shortlisted for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
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About the Author

Rene Denfeld is an internationally bestselling author, journalist, mitigation specialist, and fact investigator in death penalty cases. She has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Oregonian, and the Philadelphia Inquirer and is the published author of several books, including the international bestseller The New Victorians, Kill the Body, The Head Will Fall, and All God’s Children.

About the Narrator

Jim Frangione is an audiobook narrator who won AudioFile magazine’s 2011 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense for his reading of Philip Carter’s The Altar of Bones and Spencer Quinn’s To Fetch a Thief. He has won eight Earphones Awards and in 2009 was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.