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3.21 out of 53.21 out of 53.21 out of 53.21 out of 53.21 out of 5 3.21 (24 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: March 2012 ISBN: 9780307970268
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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.”

    People

  • “Irresistible.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Suspenseful…Heartbreaking.”

    BookPage

  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eitan | 1/11/2014

    " A familiar story told from a completely unfamiliar vantage point. Definitely worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly Simpson | 1/8/2014

    " I enjoyed the story but felt it built up to an ending that was disappointing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patti | 1/6/2014

    " Didn't like this at all - story was all over the place - characters unlikeable and underdeveloped. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlene | 12/26/2013

    " Is it a family drama? Personal narrative? Mystery? Research project on high-profile killers? I got the feeling this book never really knew what it was supposed to be. I rushed through to the end, hoping something interesting would happen, but it never did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 12/19/2013

    " I liked the book. I didn't necessarily like the Mom or Dad. Dad had his head in the clouds. I also liked the real life details of some killers mixed in. I listened to this in the car and it kept my attention. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 10/5/2013

    " It's like a modern American Pastoral...quick read,heartbreaking... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann | 9/27/2013

    " I did not like the father at all. No sympathy from me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betty Dickie | 9/22/2013

    " Compelling beginning but for me it bogged down in the relentless accounts of famous serial killers and the father's worry about whether or not it was his fault. Read half, skimmed the rest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Mcneil | 9/2/2013

    " Meh if I had the 2 1/2 stars option this book would have gotten that rating. Alright but not great "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loren | 5/3/2013

    " fantatstic read by Noah Hawley. Highly recomended! I truly enjoyed this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 4/27/2013

    " I wish I could give half-star ratings. This is more of a three-and-a-half than a three-star book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Ekster | 3/21/2013

    " Well written fascinating story. Would have given it five starts but towards the end it got too repetitive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Astrid | 3/3/2013

    " This book was gripping - a very sad story but very well written and thought provoking "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shari Henry | 2/18/2013

    " The audio version was exceptionally well done. The story is heart-wrenching. You will root for the father to be right the whole time, but the lessons are in the fact that he is not. Timely and important work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marian Gravett | 9/17/2012

    " Didn't enjoy this book and only got half way through before skipping to the end just to see if he really did it or not. Couldn't relate to the characters or really care about what happened to them. Something about the way it was written was really irritating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffin-Seneca Public | 6/30/2012

    " This is an outstanding novel that explores what a father would do for his son who has been accused of assassinating an important political figure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 6/26/2012

    " I would have given this 3.5 stars if I could. It was an interesting book...thought provoking. I did find the chapters devoted to different assassins distracting though. They disrupted the flow of the story for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 6/1/2012

    " I thought the idea of the book was better than the book itself. I wasn't sure if the flashbacks of Daniel were real or his father's own imagination about what happened. As a parent, I thought I might identify more with the father, but never did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Deutsch | 5/26/2012

    " Interesting book - not necessarily my favorite but as a mother it really makes you wonder how you will react if your kids do something unimaginable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn Wilson | 5/23/2012

    " A very timely topic. So true to life, I often thought I was reading a nonfiction book. Very interesting. "

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About the Author
Author Noah Hawley

Noah Hawley is an author, screenwriter, and producer. He conceived and ran two network television shows and has written one feature film. Before creating his own shows, he was a writer and producer for Bones on Fox. He currently splits his time between Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

About the Narrators

Bruce Turk is an actor who has appeared in television series such as Numb3rs, ER, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Third Watch. Also a narrator, he has read numerous audiobooks, including Easy Money by Jens Lapidus and The Good Father by Noah Hawley.

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards: in 2011 for Biography and History, in for History and Historical Fiction, and in 2009 for Nonfiction and Culture. His work has also garnered multiple AudioFile Earphones awards, and he has been nominated for an Audie Award. He graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. As a narrator, he has received nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.

Ryan Gesell is a film, television, and voice actor, as well as an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. His film credits include Crossing Over and A Perfect Getaway, and his television appearances include The Shield, Prison Break, Seventh Heaven, Passions, Boy Meets World, and numerous others. He has also appeared in a number of commercials and public service announcements, as well as Internet shorts and webisodes.