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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,930 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Egan Narrator: Geneva Carr, Jeff Gurner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2006 ISBN: 9781482976519
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Two cousins, devastated by a childhood prank, reunite twenty years later to renovate a castle in Eastern Europe. The fortress has a bloody history that stretches back hundreds of years. Amid extreme paranoia and eerie silence, the men reenact the signal event of their youth, with even more catastrophic results. And as the full horror of their predicament unfolds, a prisoner—jailed for an unnamed crime—recounts an unforgettable story that brings the crimes of the past and present into stunning alignment.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Prodigiously entertaining and profoundly moving.”

    New York Times

  • The Keep is a clever, quirky novel that ping-pongs the listener between a medieval castle that kept people out and a modern prison that fences people in until the two worlds collide.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • The Keep is a wonderfully weird read—a touch experimental in terms of narrative, with a hefty dose of gothic tension and mystery—balanced by an intimate and mesmerizing look at how the past haunts us in different ways.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “A deft mix of psychological suspense, unconventional romance, and eerie allegory…This spellbinding novel kept us glued to the page right up to its haunting, unforgettable conclusion.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Beautiful prose…the characters’ emotions are so real, the author’s insights so moving, that readers will be happy to be swept away. Intelligent, challenging and exciting.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • One of the 2006 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cns | 2/8/2014

    " Not the story that I was expecting...but a good story nonetheless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin | 2/8/2014

    " I liked Jennifer Egan's first two books and looked forward to this one eagerly, but I found it a bit of a chore to get through the first 2/3. I didn't care about the whiny, selfish Danny (the narrator of one thread) and didn't care how his story connected to that of Ray, the convict in the prison writing class. There is a brief "scary adventure" chapter which made me turn pages faster, then everything wraps up very quickly at the end in a way that is supposed to make you look differently at everything you just read, but I was just glad to be finished. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gregory | 2/5/2014

    " Interesting views on our technology-dependent society and digital identities. The plot was well constructed and kept me guessing. "

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

    " I heard the author read from the book and was blown away by the fact that I was interested in a story that is partially set in a prison. The structure is really interesting, because there is a novel within the novel, because the prisoner is writing a story. One of the settings is a castle in Europe, which gets points in my point just for being an old decrepit castle. It's a quick read, beautiful, dark, sad. It made me cry. I was in public when I finished it, and I even cried a little. As far as I know, no one saw me in such an embarrassing moment. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brooklyn | 2/1/2014

    " Very poorly written. I could barely get through it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steen Christiansen | 1/30/2014

    " An engaging neo-Gothic tale of a mysterious castle and past secrets. What works best in the novel is the subtle switches in narration and the flickering of reality as a result. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 1/26/2014

    " Interesting, but a bit contrived. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gaye | 1/20/2014

    " Hard to follow sometimes but I enjoyed all the dimensions "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zach Bumgardner | 1/18/2014

    " Very enjoyable. Nifty structure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edith Clayton | 1/13/2014

    " Interesting & mysterious. Made me want to visit an ancient castle. Two cousins are renovating a castle, & one is haunted by an experience the two shared as children. Meanwhile, a prisoner is writing a story . . . their story. How is he connected to the cousins? Hmmm. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill Stafford | 1/9/2014

    " Strange and haunting "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 mim | 1/4/2014

    " It was okay. I finished it! I'm going to re-read this book and see if I like it better a second time through. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 nidhi | 12/30/2013

    " picked it up out of desperation during a delay at the airport. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noah | 12/22/2013

    " Intriguing from page one. And yet, the start of Keep definitely doesn't hint at the surprises held within. Egan manages to sustain several distinct voices as she weaves together a story of heightened realism that ultimately comes together in an unexpected, but satisfying way. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nikki | 10/2/2013

    " dont bother.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malla | 3/18/2013

    " I love Jennifer Egan. I read "The Invisible Circus" some years ago and enjoyed it so I downloaded The Keep a last week. I could not put it down. I love her style and how she plays with time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 april. | 2/11/2013

    " I liked the parts a lot better than the sum. good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katy | 12/29/2012

    " It was okay through most of the book, but I wasn't crazy about the ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sherrie | 9/23/2012

    " The ending of the book ruined it for me. I was hoping for more, but it didn't deliver. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teri | 9/21/2012

    " Not a book I would have picked myself (a guy at borders recommended it) but entertaining enough. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 S.A. | 9/19/2012

    " I'm all for speculative fiction that leaves you guessing but this left me pissed off. It felt like the writer finished, trilled "the end" and never re-read her story to look for plot holes. Boo-fucking-hiss. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Adhe | 8/13/2012

    " Waduuuuuh, salah pilih buku lg...*jedot2 kepala* "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 7/18/2012

    " A completely interesting book, like nothing I've read before (which you all know I consider a major bonus). I liked the dual narrators and the supernatural element wasn't heavy-handed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen Knox | 5/25/2012

    " I listened to this one on audio. There were slow parts, but I love the way Jennifer Egan writes. I can't wait to read her new one. She's got something rare in bestselling books--a unique voice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha Wilkie | 2/14/2012

    " Entertaining and intelligent, my favorite kind of book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian Bohmueller | 1/27/2012

    " A straight forward abstract horror tale which read very much like a Stephen King novel. The inner thoughts of Dan and Ray occasionally were insightfully current and snarky. Part III which chronicles Holly's connection to Ray, was I thought authentic and poignant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gretchen Achilles | 1/22/2012

    " This was a great idea, but I wanted more! The book bounces around between a few different stories, and I wanted them more fleshed out, I feel I was left hanging in places. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 5/21/2011

    " different story line. i liked the unusual progression.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 5/19/2011

    " Great story. Excellent writing and uncoventional plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 5/13/2011

    " Great book, loved most of it but confused as hell. Somebody read it so I have someone to talk to about it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " Audio Book. A story with two main storylines from two main characters Danny and Ray. Danny is a loser who is visiting his rich cousin's new castle in Europe. Ray is an inmate in prison taking a writing class. They seem to be very unrelated except Ray "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 4/25/2011

    " A beautiful story. A bit of a mindbender too. She is a great writer.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 4/19/2011

    " I am in absolute awe of Jennifer Egan. Man... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carla | 4/18/2011

    " I liked the book, but it was a little too meta for me. At first I kind of appreciated where Egan was going with that, but then it just got to be a bit much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gretchen | 4/15/2011

    " This was a great idea, but I wanted more! The book bounces around between a few different stories, and I wanted them more fleshed out, I feel I was left hanging in places. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 4/15/2011

    " So far, my least favorite of her books. I enjoyed Goon Squad and Look At Me much more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vern | 3/31/2011

    " Liked this book. Was like 3 novels in one. Looking forward to reading more from her. "

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About the Author
Author Jennifer Egan

Jennifer Egan is the author of The Keep, Look at Me, The Invisible Circus, and the story collection Emerald City. Her stories have been published in the New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, GQ, Zoetrope, All-Story,and Ploughshares, and her nonfiction frequently appears in  New York Times Magazine. She lives with her husband and sons in Brooklyn.

About the Narrators

Jeff Gurner created the title role in the American premiere of A Prayer for Owen Meany at Playmakers Rep. He has appeared in productions on and off Broadway such as The Lion King, Five Course Love, The London Cuckolds, and Harrigan & Hart. His film and television credits include Law & Order: SVU, Third Watch, and Hey Joel!, an animated series for VHI.

Geneva Carr is a stage, television, and film actress living in Manhattan. She has toured North America in Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, performed on stage with Mary Tyler Moore in Neil Simon’s Rose’s Dilemma, and played a laugh track in Christopher Durang’s Obie Award–winning play, Betty’s Summer Vacation. Her film and television credits include Sex and the City, Hope & Faith, Spin City, Third Watch, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Chappelle’s Show, and The Three Little Wolfs.