The Photographer: A Novel Audiobook, by Mary Dixie Carter Play Audiobook Sample

The Photographer: A Novel Audiobook

The Photographer: A Novel Audiobook, by Mary Dixie Carter Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Mary Dixie Carter Publisher: Macmillan Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: May 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781250804426

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Longest Chapter Length:

44:59 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

27 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

21:58 minutes

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Publisher Description

This program includes a bonus conversation between Mary Dixie Carter and Jennifer Hillier. Mary Dixie Carter's The Photographer is a slyly observed, suspenseful story of envy and obsession, told in the mesmerizing, irresistible voice of a character who will make you doubt that seeing is ever believing. WHEN PERFECT IMAGES As a photographer, Delta Dawn observes the seemingly perfect lives of New York City’s elite: snapping photos of their children’s birthday parties, transforming images of stiff hugs and tearstained faces into visions of pure joy, and creating moments these parents long for. ARE MADE OF BEAUTIFUL LIES But when Delta is hired for Natalie Straub’s eleventh birthday, she finds herself wishing she wasn’t behind the lens but a part of the scene—in the Straub family’s gorgeous home and elegant life. THE TRUTH WILL BE EXPOSED That’s when Delta puts her plan in place, by babysitting for Natalie; befriending her mother, Amelia; finding chances to listen to her father, Fritz. Soon she’s bathing in the master bathtub, drinking their expensive wine, and eyeing the beautifully finished garden apartment in their townhouse. It seems she can never get close enough, until she discovers that photos aren’t all she can manipulate. A Macmillan Audio production from Minotaur Books “The sense of impending disaster is palpable, as the suspense and tension grow, and what happens at the end is unexpected and odd. Creepy, dark, and suspenseful...A gripping read.” -- Booklist

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"This is a story of envy and obsession. This novel follows Delta, a photographer who creates her own reality while becoming engrossed in the lives of the subjects she photographs. Delta is an outsider who works overtime to entangle herself in the lives of the Straubs because they are everything she has ever wanted for her own life. From sharing a glass of wine to ultimately agreeing to be a surrogate for the family. The story becomes a predictable one, but it kept me interested until the end. Overall, this novel is dark, mysterious and compelling. Carter does a good job of narrating, too. "

— Julie (5 out of 5 stars)


  • “A twisted, dark, psychological thriller…I couldn’t put it down.”

    — Lisa Lutz, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Brace for hold-your-breath suspense.”

    — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “A gripping read.”

    — Booklist
  • “As sharply focused and mesmerizing as a magic trick and a good deal creepier than most."

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • “The Photographer is the most addictive suspense novel I’ve read in years.”

    — Jennifer Hillier, award-winning author


  • An Indie Next List Pick of the Month

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About Mary Dixie Carter

Mary Dixie Carter’s writing has appeared in TIME, The Economist, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Sun, The New York Observer and other print and online publications. She worked at The Observer for five years, where she served as the publishing director. In addition to writing, she also has a background as a professional actor.