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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,287 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Noah Hawley Narrator: Bruce Turk, Arthur Morey, Ryan Gesell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An intense, psychological novel about one doctor's suspense-filled quest to unlock the mind of a suspected political assassin: his twenty-year old son.

As the Chief of Rheumatology at Columbia Presbyterian, Dr. Paul Allen's specialty is diagnosing patients with conflicting symptoms, patients other doctors have given up on. He lives a contented life in Westport with his second wife and their twin sons—hard won after a failed marriage earlier in his career that produced a son named Daniel. In the harrowing opening scene of this provocative and affecting novel, Dr. Allen is home with his family when a televised news report announces that the Democratic candidate for president has been shot at a rally, and Daniel is caught on video as the assassin. 
Daniel Allen has always been a good kid—a decent student, popular—but, as a child of divorce, used to shuttling back and forth between parents, he is also something of a drifter. Which may be why, at the age of nineteen, he quietly drops out of Vassar and begins an aimless journey across the United States, during which he sheds his former skin and eventually even changes his name to Carter Allen Cash.
Told alternately from the point of view of the guilt-ridden, determined father and his meandering, ruminative son, The Good Father is a powerfully emotional page-turner that keeps one guessing until the very end. This is an absorbing and honest novel about the responsibilities—and limitations—of being a parent and our capacity to provide our children with unconditional love in the face of an unthinkable situation.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Explodes like a hand grenade with a force that drives the breath from your body…Haunting, terrible, and yet utterly real, it’s superbly written with a marvelous feel for the American landscape and its soul. It’s also a tantalizing thriller.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “A memorable, moving, and unputdownable masterpiece.”

    Sunday Express (London)

  • “With nimble prose and acute psychological insight, Hawley traces Allen’s guilt-racked quest to prove his son’s innocence. The result is a moving family saga that explores the intriguing notion of a statute of limitations on parental responsibility.”


  • “Irresistible.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Suspenseful…Heartbreaking.”


  • “A powerfully emotional page-turner.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A powerful narrative that builds relentlessly to a stunning emotional climax.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • Selected for the April 2012 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Julie | 2/4/2014

    " Interesting and disturbing. Makes you really question the American gun laws and why they don't reconsider. Very good historical background on actual events and by putting this side of the story running along those actual events it is really fascinating. Did not like some of the content of the book but could see why it was in there, giving a feel of the characters and the situation and circumstances. I found the end of the book extremely emotional. "

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

    " Thought provoking and gripping. Wonderful story of a family in crisis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sue | 1/29/2014

    " Unlike We Need to Talk about Kevin, this book keeps the "did he or didn't he?" question open until the end. However, this is not what makes it compelling, but rather the study of what might bring someone to a place where they can commit cold blooded murder and the possible role played by parenting in this process. Hawley's consideration of the cases of real life assassins, from John Wilkes Booth who shot Abraham Lincoln to John Hinckley who shot Ronald Regan adds depth to the narrative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Barb Dennee | 1/15/2014

    " Hooked from page 1. Heart wrenching story of what a parent goes through for a child. The inclusion of historical facts about Reagan and Hinckley made the story real. "

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