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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:
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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!


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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