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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (624 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stewart O’Nan Narrator: John Tye Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN:
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At midnight on Halloween in a cloistered New England suburb, a car carrying five teenagers leaves a winding road and slams into a tree, killing three of them. One escapes unharmed, another suffers severe brain damage. A year later, summoned by the memories of those closest to them, the three who died come back on a last chilling mission among the living.

A strange and unsettling ghost story in the tradition of Ray Bradbury and Shirley Jackson, The Night Country creeps through the leaf-strewn streets and quiet cul-de-sacs of one bedroom community, reaching into the desperately connected yet isolated lives of three people changed forever by the accident: Tim, who survived yet lost everything; Brooks, the cop whose guilty secret has destroyed his life; and Kyle's mom, trying to love the new son the doctors returned to her. As the day wanes and darkness falls, one of them puts a terrible plan into effect, and they find themselves caught in a collision of need and desire, watched over by the knowing ghosts.

Macabre and moving, The Night Country elevates every small town's bad high-school crash into myth, finding the deeper human truth beneath a shared and very American tragedy. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aerial Nun | 2/10/2014

    " A ghost story that breaks from genre. It's fine, if you ignore the annoying voices of the teenage ghosts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Stalnaker | 1/13/2014

    " Read this last Halloween and loved it. So creepy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 12/15/2013

    " Short, affecting story, more stylish than 'The Lovely Bones' and a lot more chilling. It's told in an intentionally confusing way, with information withheld to lend some mystery to what is actually a rather mundane story -- but if anything, that very ordinariness adds to its disturbing nature. There's an air of inherent, impending and unavoidable tragedy woven throughout a thoughtful, unsettling novel that packs a lot of comment on the nature of death, grief and guilt. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alisa | 11/24/2013

    " This book was full of everything I don't like about short stories, stretched out into a novel. I was put off by the stylized, cinematic opening, the sort of tour-guide-to-the-landscape voice, but figured I could bear up until the story got underway. Which, for me, it never did. I was caught up in the action for a few pages at the end, but the rest of the time I was bored and bored. I had heard good things about O'Nan, and his subject matter always seems interesting, so it's a bit of a downer to know I'm probably not going to enjoy him. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lucy Smith | 11/20/2013

    " Eh....meh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lai-san | 11/18/2013

    " As in Last Night At The Lobster, O'Nan is really adept at capturing those fleeting moments of tension and hopelessness that bleed out unhappy people. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pia Thompson | 11/10/2013

    " This book was pretty awful. I'm a recent fan of O'Nan and plan to read more of his books but I recommend that people stay away from this one. Horribly dull. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 10/18/2013

    " The ghosts of three teens killed in a car crash come back a year later to supervise a re-enactment of the crash. This book was hard to get into, but once I finally figured out where it was going, strangely compelling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Louise | 10/17/2013

    " If you want to read a good Steward O'Nan work, I'd suggest you pick up: A Prayer for the Dying or The Good Wife. If you want a fast, mediocre read, try this one. I give it a 5 on my 10 scale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hillary | 8/31/2013

    " Good for Halloween. Slow as far as plot, but still interesting. Told from the point of view of ghosts. Well-written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mew | 8/18/2013

    " surprisingly good...scarily atmospheric...halloweeny "

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

    " All through this book, I kept hoping for a real corker of an ending. I didn't get it. A ghost story that's mostly just a tragedy, the characters are compelling, but the story ultimately didn't move me as much as I wanted it to. The final sentence is kind of chilling though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greta Roussos | 8/4/2013

    " A creepy story for a haunted evening made interesting when finished after the last treat or tricker rings the bell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 7/1/2013

    " This was a good read, the mood lingering with me after I finished. I thought the point of view was fresh; without it, the content may have been maudlin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucy | 4/9/2013

    " Wow - this book is strange. But very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 11/2/2012

    " My first O'nan book. Not as strong as the others I"ve read, but fascinating, emotional and effective "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 9/16/2012

    " Stephen King friend and recommended author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy W'f | 3/17/2012

    " This is a wonderful book for Halloween. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hannah | 2/4/2012

    " My least favorite of the Stewart O'Nan's I've read recently; I found it difficult to get into. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gabriel | 8/4/2011

    " Though the story was a little dull, the writing kept the book going for me. I think there is something particularly powerful about the first 5 pages of the book, I just wish the author could have kept it throughout. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 4/27/2011

    " A haunting story (literally) that takes us to a Halloween that is the anivesary of a deathly car crash.
    the ghosts of the dead come to see the finale of the unfinished business in this small town. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debra | 3/24/2011

    " Stephen King recommended author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/27/2011

    " This book sounded pretty cool, but I wasn't so impressed with the way it was carried out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurel | 12/3/2010

    " Riveting and so sad. A ghost story but not in the usual, romantic-spooky sense. In the life is fragile, cruel and devastating sense.

    I'm on to something light and fluffy ASAP.

    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristy | 10/20/2010

    " Well, I read about 100 pages and gave up. O'Nan was trying for a unique narrative, told from the point of view of a dead teenager, but i just couldn't get into his rhythm. Alas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristy | 5/24/2010

    " Pure poetry.

    O'Nan can do no wrong. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/20/2010

    " Given that this book is narrated by ghosts, it's a bad pun to say it's a haunting story, but that's exactly the right word. I found myself thinking about this book for days and days after I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucille | 12/31/2009

    " Unlike any of his other books...worth reading "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian | 11/29/2009

    " Nothing ever happens in an O'Nan book. Could he possibly pull it off with a Ghost story? Uh, yes... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hillary | 10/25/2009

    " Good for Halloween. Slow as far as plot, but still interesting. Told from the point of view of ghosts. Well-written. "

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