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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (356 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Emily St. John Mandel Narrator: Sarah Scott Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2017 ISBN: 9780525497202
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Gavin Sasaki was a promising young journalist in New York City until the day he was fired for plagiarism. The last thing he wants is to sell foreclosed real estate for his sister Eilo’s company in their Florida hometown, but he’s in no position to refuse her job offer. Plus, there’s another reason to go home: Eilo recently met a ten-year-old girl who looks very much like Gavin and has the same last name as his high-school girlfriend, Anna, who left town abruptly after graduation.

Determined to find out if this little girl might be his daughter, Gavin sets off to track down Anna, starting with the three friends they shared back when he was part of a jazz group called “The Lola Quartet.” As Gavin pieces together their stories, he learns that Anna has been on the run for good reason, and soon his investigation into her sudden disappearance all those years ago takes a seriously dangerous turn.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Unfurling the story at a slow pace, narrator Sarah Scott subtly portrays the flawed characters whose lives are changed by the secret of [a] child’s existence—and the bad choices that result…Scott’s performance is affecting.”


  • [An] ingeniously constructed literary thriller. Minneapolis Star Tribune 
  • Compelling…First-rate fiction.

    Dallas Morning News
  • A novel noir that wears its influences proudly on the beige sleeve of its trench coat…. Delightful. Paste
  • Trumpets [Mandel’s] talents: her charismatic verbal grace and acuity, the rich atmosphere she creates. The Boston Globe
  • [An] elegant, hypnotic novel. . . . An elegy for lost—and perhaps only imagined—innocence. The Washington Post
  • Fascinating. Booklist
  • Riveting. . . . Evocative, intriguing, and complex, this novel is as smooth as the underbelly of a deadly, furtive reptile. Library Journal (starred review)
  • A rewarding read. Foreword magazine
  • Result[s] in both sophistication and suspense. Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 2/18/2014

    " This book as okay. Most of the characters were horrible. Horrible people, especially Anna. But I was intrigued by the story and wanted to know what happened in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Henrich | 2/12/2014

    " This is a story about the person someone wants to be, and how they fall short, and it is told in a gripping fashion with interesting, complex characters. It is a page turner, and it has substance, which is a rare quality in a book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 1/22/2014

    " This is the third published novel for Emily St. John Mandel from British Columbia, Canada. She has chosen the southern city of Sebastian, Florida as setting for a story of disappointment and poor choices. The main characters were in a quartet in high school when music was an important part of their lives. We follow the character, especially Gavin Sasaki, who after graduating from college, moved to New York and fulfilled his dream of being a reporter on the New York Star. We find him after his fiance Karen ahsd left him and he lives alone in the apartment where he realizes he knows nothing about the day to day maintance of the place. There is a hot water drip in the sink that finally escalates to the point where is existing in a viritual jungle atmosphere. Next, he forgets to write down the name of people he interviews and resorts to making up names for quotes in his articles. Finally, he is asked to return to his hometown and do an investigation on monitors and pythons living in the area. He is fired from the Star and his sister Eilo buys a ticket for him to fly home and stay with her. The sister works in mortgaged homes in the process of bankruptcy and sees a girl who bears a striking resemblance to her when she was younger. She snaps a picture that brings about the inciting force for all that follows, reuniting the high-school graduates. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/22/2014

    " quite enjoyable, quick read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ginny Pennekamp | 1/18/2014

    " Sometimes... you read a book, and you recognize that it's a train wreck and yet... you can't turn away. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Red | 12/9/2013

    " I especially liked the pensive quality of the storytelling, the domino effect of unintended consequences, and the slow unveiling of secrets through varying points of view and flashbacks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 12/1/2013

    " A fast paced read about four high school musician friends and what turns their lives take based on what happened in high school and shortly thereafter. Good writing, good characterizations. Does not end how I had anticipated. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine Flemming | 11/15/2013

    " Just OK. The story wasn't believable, really. I also didn't like the ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christie | 11/14/2013

    " Not bad enough to abandon, but not good enough to pick up. I decided I liked the plot well enough, but I hated the characters. They were poorly motivated. There was nothing liable about them, and I didn't care if they did the right thing or the wrong thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 10/23/2013

    " 3.5. Not as good as her other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Wolverton | 10/23/2013

    " I always enjoy Mandel's novels--there's something about her writing style. A nicely-crafted book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 10/4/2013

    " Great book-an Indie pick, I'm glad I read it. A bit unusual and a little dark- Its about four old high school friends and how one bad decision reverberates through their young adult lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Serendipitous | 9/27/2013

    " read this over the last 2 days, very interesting, I was very intrigued "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 6/10/2013

    " This was a let down. I wanted there to be more to the plot, but there just wasn't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 PM | 3/8/2013

    " A coming of age story for several characters. It gives glimpses into the problems they face and the life altering decisions they make. And, finally, the paths they must travel as a result of those decisions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick Cato | 9/21/2012

    " (review coming soon) "

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About the Author
Author Emily St. John Mandel

Emily St. John Mandel was born in British Columbia, Canada. Her novel Station Eleven was a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award and a New York Times bestseller. She is a staff writer for The Millions, and her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Best American Mystery Stories 2013and Venice Noir.

About the Narrator

Sarah Scott is an actress and producer, known for The Artist, Haunted Boat, and The Darkside of Happiness. She has narrated several audiobooks.