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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (21,941 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Davidson Narrator: Lincoln Hoppe Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9780739328965
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An extraordinary debut novel of love that survives the fires of hell and transcends the boundaries of time

The narrator of The Gargoyle is a very contemporary cynic, physically beautiful and sexually adept, who dwells in the moral vacuum that is modern life. As the book opens, he is driving along a dark road when he is distracted by what seems to be a flight of arrows. He crashes into a ravine and suffers horrible burns over much of his body. As he recovers in a burn ward, undergoing the tortures of the damned, he awaits the day when he can leave the hospital and commit carefully planned suicide—for he is now a monster in appearance as well as in soul.

A beautiful and compelling, but clearly unhinged, sculptress of gargoyles by the name of Marianne Engel appears at the foot of his bed and insists that they were once lovers in medieval Germany. In her telling, he was a badly injured mercenary and she was a nun and scribe in the famed monastery of Engelthal who nursed him back to health. As she spins their tale in Scheherazade fashion and relates equally mesmerizing stories of deathless love in Japan, Iceland, Italy, and England, he finds himself drawn back to life—and, finally, in love. He is released into Marianne's care and takes up residence in her huge stone house. But all is not well. For one thing, the pull of his past sins becomes ever more powerful as the morphine he is prescribed becomes ever more addictive. For another, Marianne receives word from God that she has only twenty-seven sculptures left to complete—and her time on earth will be finished.

Already an international literary sensation, the Gargoyle is an Inferno for our time. It will have you believing in the impossible. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • I was blown away by Andrew Davidson's The Gargoyle. It reminded me of Life of Pi, with its unanswered (and unanswerable) contradictions. A hypnotic, horrifying, astonishing novel that manages, against all odds, to be redemptive. Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants
  • The Gargoyle is purely and simply an amazement, a riot, a blast. It's hard to believe that this is Andrew Davidson's first novel: He barrels out of the chute with the narrative brio and confidence, not to mention the courage, of a seasoned master. This book plucks the reader off the ground and whirls her through the air until she shouts from sheer abandonment and joy. What a great, grand treat. Peter Straub

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Belle | 2/2/2014

    " Stunning. If I died tomorrow...this book would be within the Top 3 of All Time. This book contains everything a book ought...mystery; throw backs to literary masterpieces; mythology; a dash of romance; sorrow; inappropriateness making parts mildly intolerable to read. It's absolutely beautiful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 1/23/2014

    " Don't quite know to do with this one ratings-wise - there were things I loved about it and things I hated. I suppose it averages out to a decent-but-not-outstanding 3 stars. Meh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 1/19/2014

    " It took a little while for me to get into this book. The first portion of it, when the narrator describes his accident and the first part of his recovery was not particularly drawing for me. I kept going, however, and as the actual story came into light I began to like it more and more. I must say, however, that I liked the stories Marianne Engle told more than the actual tale that the novel unfolded. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 1/11/2014

    " One of the best books I've read in a long time. Extremely descriptive and thought provoking. I still find myself missing the characters and I finished a couple of weeks ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carmen | 1/7/2014

    " There are only a handful of books in the world that grab me instantly and keep me there throughout the entire tale. Within the first few pages I was hopelessly hooked and found myself unable to put it down. While I'm usually wary of 1st person writing, Gargoyle pulled me in as I was experiencing everything the characters did. This is definitely a book I would go back and read time and again,and it would never get old. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Labmom | 1/3/2014

    " The plot was interesting, but the writing was awful and there were major unexplained holes in the story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Valarie | 12/18/2013

    " Just couldn't get into this book. I quit 200 pages in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Risha | 10/3/2013

    " a dark reading.. nicely done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carole | 9/6/2013

    " Fantastic fantasy story. I had never given this genre a fighting chance until picking up this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan Peers | 8/11/2013

    " You'll quickly come to savor every detail of this nameless narrator's life. From one tragedy to the next he is chewed up and shat out till he lands in a recovery ward with every degree of burn cover 80% of his body. That's when she comes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina Mccrea | 5/24/2013

    " I didn't think i would finish this book when I started as I was not taken with it at all, I only continued because this was the book groups book for December. I am glad I did. I enjoyed this book and it has given me plenty of food for thought. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie Coker | 5/24/2013

    " This book grabs you from page 1, sends you through a whirlwind of pain, love, hope, sadness and I'm still in shock at how it ends. It's a beautifully written tragedy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina Derby | 5/19/2013

    " The stories by Marianne were full of life and I wanted them to continue although knowing it was important to go back to the real story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicola | 4/12/2013

    " This book was good the first time I read it but think that at times it was unnecessarily graphic and it would have been better had the main character had a more usual occupation. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jamz | 10/25/2012

    " It's not a kind of book that I would enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 8/26/2012

    " This was a very interesting book. I wasn't sure what to think when I started reading. The narrator was hard to like until he left the hospital and started living a real life. He started caring for others and even found sympathy for the dog. By the end, I was very glad I kept reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 8/14/2012

    " I have never read anything like it. So real, so raw. Passion is in it, truths. Addictions to drugs, sex & drinking is talked about. The story is excellent. The main Character is angry & real. Believable. I couldn't put it down. So well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vincent Lam | 7/9/2012

    " ABSOLUTELY freaking amazing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Crystal | 6/4/2012

    " I made it 200 pages and I had to put it down. I don't know what Davidson was trying to accomplish with this book, but it was going nowehere. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Brillinger | 3/17/2012

    " This book is an amazing story! You won't want to put it down and it will make you believe that love transcends time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Leurs | 2/10/2012

    " Geweldig boek "De waterspuwer"! Schitterend geschreven en spannend tot de laatste pagina... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Viki Wilds | 12/22/2011

    " Too creepy for me. I did not finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 8/9/2011

    " an amazing book...engrossing, the relationship between the two main charaters is mesmerizing! Writing is lyrical and the story haunts!!!!! WOW "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 6/27/2011

    " Wonderfully unique. Lengthy but well worth the read. Waiting for his next... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julija | 6/26/2011

    " The narration. That's all I'm going to say. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah-lyz | 6/23/2011

    " Loved it! One of my favourite books so far "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 6/22/2011

    " A wildly orginal book once you get past the first couple of chapters which are rather brutal. Love the history, mystery, creativity and romance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 6/21/2011

    " The first chapter or two is gory...but really well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandie | 6/19/2011

    " Good book -- not great. Perhaps I'd like it better if I read it a second time. If you've read Dantes Inferno, you might more clearly understand parts of the book. Well written, but there were times when I lost interest in the drama. Loved the embedded stories, however. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 6/17/2011

    " Very well written with interesting chapters told in the 2nd person, but I had a hard time with the story and the protagonist wasn't very loveable. Just my 2 cents. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cara | 6/16/2011

    " I was blown away by the description by the narrator of burning at the beginning. It felt very real to me. I also really enjoyed all of the stories told by Marianne Engel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 6/16/2011

    " I loved this book. Something about it was just so touching. I could relate with everyone in the book and I think the research that went into this book was remarkable and really made all the difference. "

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About the Narrator

Lincoln Hoppe is an accomplished actor of stage and screen with several films, plays, television shows, and numerous audiobooks to his credit. His audiobook narrations have earned him nine AudioFile Earphones Awards. His diverse voice characterizations can be heard on animated films, video games, and commercials across the globe. He is a member of the Lost Angeles Comedy Sportz Improv Company.