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3.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 5 3.33 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nathan Hill Narrator: Ari Fliakos Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2016 ISBN: 9780147523273
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From the suburban Midwest to New York City to the 1968 riots that rocked Chicago and beyond, The Nix explores—with sharp humor and a fierce tenderness—the resilience of love and home, even in times of radical change.

It’s 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson—college professor, stalled writer—has a Nix of his own: his mother, Faye. He hasn’t seen her in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she’s re-appeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the internet, and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high-school sweetheart. Which version of his mother is true? Two facts are certain: she’s facing some serious charges, and she needs Samuel’s help.

To save her, Samuel will have to embark on his own journey, uncovering long-buried secrets about the woman he thought he knew, secrets that stretch across generations and have their origin all the way back in Norway, home of the mysterious Nix. As he does so, Samuel will confront not only Faye’s losses but also his own lost love, and will relearn everything he thought he knew about his mother, and himself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The inspired pairing of one of the most promising novelists in years with a gifted narrator who brings intelligence, humor, and immediacy to every word makes for a rare listening treat. Ari Fliakos finds a true and distinct voice for every character…[It] makes for marvelous listening…with a perfect mix of vocal energy, world-weariness, and keen observations…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • A mother-son psychodrama with ghosts and politics, but it’s also a tragicomedy about anger and sanctimony in America."

    John Irving, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • Funny, endlessly inventive. . . . [a] wild tragicomic tangle of [Hill’s] imagination. Entertainment Weekly (A-)
  • A fantastic novel about love, betrayal, politics and pop culture—as good as the best Michael Chabon or Jonathan Franzen. People
  • Hill is an uncommonly profound observer, illuminating much about the relationships between parents and children. . . . Nathan Hill is an important new writer, able to variously make readers laugh out loud while providing a melancholy, resonant tale. Eliot Schrefer, USA Today (4/4 Stars)
  • It broke my heart, this book. Time after time. It made me laugh just as often. I loved it on the first page as powerfully as I did on the last.


  • Hill has so much talent to burn that he can pull of just about any style, imagine himself into any person and convincingly portray any place or time. The Nix is hugely entertaining and unfailingly smart, and the author seems incapable of writing a pedestrian sentence or spinning a boring story. . . . [A] supersize and audacious novel of American misadventure. New York Times Book Review
  • Irresistible. . . . A major new comic novelist . . . . Hill is a sharp social observer, hyper-alert to the absurdities of modern life. . . . his enormous book arrives as one of the stars of the fall season. . . . readers will find this novel. And they’ll be dazzled. Washington Post
  • [A] great sprawling feast of a first novel. . . . Hill writes with an astonishingly sure hand for a young author. . . . let's just call him the real thing. Newsday
  • “[A] rich, lively take on American social conflict, real and invented, over the last half-century.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Grand entertainment.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A BookPage Top Pick for September 2016
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for September 2016
  • An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2016
  • Libro.fm Audio bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3.333333 out of 53.333333 out of 53.333333 out of 53.333333 out of 53.333333 out of 5 Renee | 4/30/2017

    " This was a decent stroy that made me laugh out loud a few times (which is not easy to do). That being said, from what I pulled up, the narrator got great reviews, but he almost ruined it for me in many places, giving ridiculously exagerated voices and inflections to the characters. I started to have a hard time dechipering whether I didn't like the story and some of the characters, or if I just really disliked his narration. The main story (and characters) were interesting enough, and were what kept me pushing on, but some of the side characters, in my opinion, were unnecessary and at a certain point got very annoying (e.g. the female student). I found myself dreading thier storylines and wanting to skip ahead. I am still recommending The Nix though, as in the end, the good outweighed the bad and overall I did enjoy it for an interesting story, that though lenghty is still a liht read and mostly enjoyable. "

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About the Author

Nathan Hill is a writer whose short stories have appeared in many literary journals, including the Iowa Review, AGNI, Gettysburg Review, and Fiction, which awarded him its annual Fiction Prize.

About the Narrator

Ari Fliakos is an actor with experience in television, radio, film, theater, and voice-overs. He has earned four Earphones Awards, and his narration of Seth Patrick’s Reviver won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration for paranormal fiction. On screen, he is best-known for his roles in Law & Order, Pills, and Company K.