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4.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 5 4.17 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marisa Silver Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538463949
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In a scruffy desert town in 1978, twelve-year-old Ares Ramirez lives in a trailer with his mother and younger brother. In this desolate, forgotten place, government fighter planes and helicopters make training runs by night using live ammunition. When an anonymous dead body floats in from the sea, Ares, on the cusp of his adolescence, is inspired to enact elaborate fantasies of mortal combat. But it is his troubled family that makes Ares a casualty of a different kind of war. His brother, Malcolm, is mentally handicapped, and his mother, distrusting authorities, chooses not to do anything about it, leaving the burden to Ares to protect his vulnerable brother from a world that sees him as “a retard.” As he fights to define himself and to see a future for himself outside of the suffocating box of his home, Ares befriends a dangerous older kid, and what was once play becomes terrifyingly real as violence changes his life forever.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Silver’s…tough, tight style suits the material well…She lets the details of her storytelling subtly suggest its larger implications. In The God of War, seemingly insignificant moments, carefully observed, are used to scavenge value and insight from the neglected and the obscure.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The novel is fueled by the irrepressible, if at times mournful, energy of Ares’ growing physiology…A moving exploration of fraying family bonds deftly balanced with an elegiac parable, one whose desert backdrop lends resonance to Silver’s ruminations on the mysteries of violence and loss, love and rage, guilt and blame.” 

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “An elegantly observed coming-of-age story steeped in poverty and violence…a poignant and often heartbreaking account…The characters are painted with compassion and unflinching honesty, and the climax is pithy and consequential.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Scott Brick’s narration of this beautifully written novel turns it from an ordinary coming-of-age story into a soulful dirge…Brick’s performance brings just the right touches of melancholy and self-pity to Ares, highlighting his confusion, fury, longing, and hope. A fine YA or adult offering.”

    AudioFile

  • “Stunning…Finely wrought characters and an illuminating portrait of the secret world of autism makes for a powerful, often tragic tale.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly Robinson | 2/12/2014

    " Beautiful imagery, a harsh California setting, and a kid so lovely and so troubled that he breaks your heart -- then mends it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeri | 2/10/2014

    " This book really surprised me. I pretty much just picked it up at the library off the shelf for no reason other than the cover. It is a essentially a story of two brothers, one coming of age. Each night when I read, I found it hard to stop and put it down; I finished it by candlelight while we had no electricity last week. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 2/4/2014

    " Beautiful writing and a compelling story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 1/31/2014

    " An excellent book, though sad. Since I live not far from where it was set, it was particularly interesting. The author did a good job of describing the area. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 12/25/2013

    " i love love loved this book. really beautiful story and writing. it broke my heart on every page and i didnt want it to end. marisa writes like a female cormac mccarthy - strong characters, landscape as a character and tons of metaphors to get tangled in. a little breezier of a read, though than mccarthy. highly reccommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candy | 12/22/2013

    " I found this story particularly absorbing because it dealt with the relationship of a sibling with an autism-like disorder. The impact upon the "normal" brother and his concerns that he caused the issue with his brother were very realistic and disturbing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 12/18/2013

    " I liked it. Quirky characters in a quirky setting, the Salton Sea. Well-written first-person narrative about a teenage boy, his mentally damaged younger brother, and their somewhat hippy-ish, certainly-in-a-different-plane--but loving--single mother. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 11/25/2013

    " A riveting story of two brothers (one handicapped) and their artistic but dysfunctional mother. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim Kniffen | 10/31/2013

    " This book captures the innocence of adolescence in it's finest. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dragana | 10/29/2013

    " Short stories were craftier, but this stripped-down, tragic and human tale is more heart-breaking than Kite Runner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 9/29/2013

    " What a wonderful story! The development of Ares as he journeys through puberty is enthralling. I completely felt his confusion, anger and longing for the unknown of his being. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony | 7/18/2013

    " Beautifully written. Clear voice. Wonderfully drawn characters. A winner all around. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie Bell | 6/8/2013

    " It did provoke good bookclub discussion. However, it never had a chance to get above 3 stars after following 3 5-star books. I'm all for depressing, but geesh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 3/19/2013

    " A coming of age story set in 1978 at the Salton Sea. Good sense of place and time but, after reading rave reviews of this, I was disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ceci | 3/4/2013

    " Beautiful and amazing book. I recommend it to everyone... Beautiful writing and the story is really interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clara Kwun | 2/11/2013

    " A wonderful book about two brothers and their mother. Set in the Salton Sea, it is told from the point of view of 12 year old Ares who looks after his autistic brother. Far from being another hokey book in this genre, it is searing and the writing is spare elegant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 12/14/2012

    " Gave me a good feeling for what life in a small town in the CA desert would be like. The characters really did fit into their environment. My parents lived in a CA desert town before I was born; I'm glad they didn't take to it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dio | 8/5/2011

    " It is a very easy, gentle yet sorrowful read The author is beautifully descriptive yet not to the point where you lose interest. I was able to relate to the 12-year old neglected boy even though I have nothing in common with him (not easy if not for the author's ability.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Prather Ann | 5/12/2010

    " great teen/adult read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken Bronsil | 11/26/2009

    " This is an involving story of a boy, his mother and his mentally-disabled younger brother. I found it very readable and satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marybeth | 3/26/2009

    " The Saltan Sea sets the stage for the tale of 2 brothers living in poverty. The wisdom of the eldest son and his devotion to his needy younger brother and dreamy-eyed mother are a true representation of how love runs deep. It reminds the reader to listen to what adolescents have to say. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Memorial Dentists | 3/3/2009

    " Memorial Dentists found this book to be very captivating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lena Carter | 11/6/2008

    " I liked this book. It is well written and very realistic. Yet, it was dark and at times depressing. "

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About the Author
Author Marisa Silver

Marisa Silver is a regular contributor to the New Yorker, with six stories published there to date. Her nonfiction writing will soon be featured in the magazine as well. She is the author of Babe in Paradise and No Direction Home.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.