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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,591 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Aryn Kyle Narrator: Lily Rabe Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When her older sister runs away to marry a rodeo cowboy, Alice Winston is left to bear the brunt of her family's troubles -- a depressed, bed-ridden mother, a reticent, overworked father, and a rundown horse ranch. As the hottest summer in fifteen years unfolds and bills pile up, Alice is torn between dreams of escaping the loneliness of her duty-filled life and a longing to help her father mend their family and the ranch.

To make ends meet, the Winstons board the pampered horses of rich neighbors, and for the first time Alice confronts the power and security that class and wealth provide. As her family and their well-being become intertwined with the lives of their clients, Alice is drawn into an adult world of secrets and hard truths, and soon discovers that people-including herself-can be cruel, can lie and cheat, and every once in a while, can do something heartbreaking and selfless. Ultimately, Alice and her family must weather a devastating betrayal and a shocking, violent series of events that will test their love and prove the power of forgiveness.

A wise and astonishing novel about the different guises of love and the often steep tolls found on the road to adulthood, The God of Animals is a haunting, unforgettable debut. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Aryn Kyle's stunning debut is a wry and moving look at a disappearing way of life…an astonishingly assured debut…powerfully understated, ruefully funny…it's early Annie Proulx to whom she bears particular comparison.”


  • “[A] first novel that's so strong, startling, and moving, that it's a thoroughbred from the first page…In stark, gorgeous prose, Kyle tunnels into the dark heart of the connections between people and place…The God of Animals does what the best fiction does—it creates a whole living, breathing world and unfolds it in front of us, granting us entry into a place that, like this author, is impossible to forget.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Aryn Kyle's talent astounded everyone. She takes a clichéd story—a lost girl approaching womanhood in a man's world—and develops it in unpredictable, emotionally thrilling ways.”


  • “[A] confident debut novel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Lily Rabe portrays Alice Winston, the 12-year-old narrator of this unforgettable novel. With subtle attention to detail Rabe describes Alices life with her parents on a failing horse farm. Especially memorable is Rabes understated depiction of Alices bedridden, emotionally crippled mother. Rabe also provides a nuanced portrayal of Alices father, who is emotionally distant and willing to do anything for financial stability. The hopelessness of Alices situation is fully captured in Rabes delivery of her loneliness, her search for love with a male English teacher, and her horror as she watches the death of a promising colt. The narrators vocal range and skills produce an amazing performance.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sally Maria | 2/12/2014

    " I started this book last night and read till 4:00 a.m. Any more questions? It's a good story and her writing is flawless. I understand why it's being compared to To Kill a Mockingbird....it is the voice of the young protagonist. She's so honest, it gets under your skin. A very good read! "

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

    " I have mixed reviews on this book. It was a really easy read and I finished very quickly. It is written well, but I really disliked most of the characters in this book--maybe that was the point? Not sure. "

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

    " This is a beautifully written coming-of-age novel. The characters were all believable. I felt I had met or could identify each one in my own life. I highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bobby Manning | 2/2/2014

    " Favorite line from this book (from memory)... "There are no real secrets in life, only unspoken truths" "

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