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2.36 out of 52.36 out of 52.36 out of 52.36 out of 52.36 out of 5 2.36 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Kasischke Narrator: Renée Raudman Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781470801663
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The accident was tragic, yes. Bloody and horrific and claiming the life of a beautiful young sorority girl. Nicole was a straight-A student from a small town. Sweet-tempered, all-American, a former Girl Scout, and a virgin. But it was an accident. And that was last year. It’s fall again, a new semester, a fresh start.

Craig, who has not been charged with murder, is focusing on his classes, and also on avoiding Nicole’s sorority sisters, who seem to blame him for her death even though the police did not.

Perry, Craig’s roommate, is working through his own grief (he grew up with Nicole, after all, and had known her since kindergarten) by auditing Professor Polson’s sociology class: Death, Dying, and the Undead.

Mira has been so busy with her babies—two of them, twins, the most perfect boys you could imagine but still a nearly impossible amount of work even with Clark’s help—that she can barely keep herself together to teach (Death, Dying and the Undead), let alone write the book she’ll need to publish for tenure.

And Shelly, who was the first person at the scene of the accident, has given up calling the newspapers to tell them that, despite the “lake of blood” in which they keep reporting the victim was found, the girl Shelly saw that night was not bloody, and not dead.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Haunting, unsettling, and unforgettable, The Raising limns love, longing, belonging, and the things we only think we know about life—and yes, death. Told in knockout, shimmering prose, it’s a literary mystery that’s as hypnotic as it is brilliant.”

    Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You

  • The Raising is that rare thing: a literary novel disguised by splendid prose that is also a down-and-dirty page-turner, a creep show featuring empty caskets and walking corpses. It’s as if The Grapes of Wrath had been written by H.P. Lovecraft.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Dark, disquieting…starts off as a tragic love story—beautiful sorority girl killed in a car accident—then is skillfully transformed into a thoroughly modern ghost story. Each character is haunted by the memories and repercussions of that night. Lyrical, layered, and riveting to the final page.”

    Family Circle

  • “Gripping…[Kasischke’s] straightforward prose is the perfect foil for her vividly rendered details and dark humor…smart, dark, and fun.”

    Chatelaine

  • “I tore through this book. It was creepy. It was suspenseful. It was annoying and salacious. I loved it…Part murder mystery, part vampire novel, and part teenage dream…We couldn’t put it down.”

    Nylon magazine

  • “Kasischke delivers a satisfying…novel that’s both gothic romance and coming-of-age tale.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Kasischke excels at depicting the psychology of the young and the traumatized even as she delivers a scathing indictment of the siege mentality of college administrators. In this literary page-turner…the talented author inlays her academic novel with a touch of the supernatural and a deep sense of foreboding.”

    Booklist

  • “From the first page of The Raising, Laura Kasischke tells a story of great weight and wicked beauty…Don’t bother trying to put it down; it will call you back, and you’ll go. Surrender. You’ll be glad you did.”

    Amy MacKinnon, author of Tethered

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lois | 2/18/2014

    " This book is too bizarre. I almost stopped reading it multiple times until I finally got to about page 200. Then I just kept going to see if the truth finally was exposed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 2/15/2014

    " This book started off with a lot of mystery and intrigue and kept me going until the very last part of the book. It has 5 parts, the first 4 are fairly fast paced, really interesting, and everyone has an interesting story. Each character is developed fairly well and the reader easily gets a sense of who they are. The whole book is written in a way where I was wondering what was going on. Who was playing with whose mind, were things as they seemed or was there something much more sinister going on. I liked how the author tried to portray that each person deals with death differently. However what I didn't like is that in the end she made it seem like we all deal with it the same, which wasn't her initial concept, not in my mind anyway. Regardless of what you believe is going on, what I don't like is the Universities reaction to all of the events going on. It's hard for me to believe that a small University city would be so completely controlled by a sorority. The paper, the police, University big wigs? Yeah, I don't think so. I didn't like the sheer stupidity of some of the characters either, especially when in most other aspects in their life they are intelligent capable beings. The fifth part of the book leaves the conclusion open ended. It's clear that a cover up happened, but I would have liked more information on why the sorority did things in the way that they did things. Their way seemed a lot more complex and unnecessary. I felt the ending was a cop out, and that the author could have done more to tie up loose ends. I realize some authors like to leave the loose ends in order for the reader to make their own interpretation, but I've never been a big fan of that style of writing. It just seems like such an easy way for the author to write without having to actually think of a solid conclusion. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy Schroder | 1/29/2014

    " Please don't let me read another book from this author. The plot always reels me in and then it is dragging, dragging forever with not a very exciting ending. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 J | 1/23/2014

    " Really wanted to like this book because of the local author and setting ... so NOT my kind of book though! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 1/15/2014

    " I can't make up my mind about this book. It was interesting and mediocre. It took my breath away, it made me roll my eyes. It hooked me somewhere about a hundred-some-odd pages in and it left me with the same stupid questions I had since the real story decided to present itself. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Beth Barkley | 1/11/2014

    " Had to drag myself through the first half of the book and it just doesn't seem worthwhile. I'm putting up the white flag and moving on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emmagene | 1/10/2014

    " Wonderfully written mystery about a college coed's death and sororities. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Velda | 1/6/2014

    " I loved this right up until the end which was rubbish. Very disappointed in it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tfalcone | 12/20/2013

    " Never really warmed up for me - did not care for any of the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 androo14 | 12/10/2013

    " This was such a good read. It was a bit frustrating at some parts especially with the whole mystery about Nicole and the sorority. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill Lectka | 12/8/2013

    " I found the location (fictionalized Ann Arbor, MI) interesting but the characters were flat and unconvincing. The book was much too long. I had to force myself to finish. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Peaches | 11/23/2013

    " I just bought this on a whim at one of those airport book shops on my way to Monterry last spring. It's well-written, but I think the tone is too colloquial and has a "young adults/teens" air. As in, I didn't realize it was in the teen genre until I had started the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mom | 6/18/2013

    " Not my style of book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 6/1/2013

    " I was sucked in from the start of the book but quickly found my interest waning towards the middle. The author tends to use parenthis to add uneccesary details and the plot fell apart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlie Quimby | 4/20/2013

    " I was on the lookout for a literate writer who wrote commercial, genre-spanning fiction, and this New York Times "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roshini | 11/15/2011

    " It was nerve-wrecking to say the least, but am not too happy with the ending as it left a lot of strings untied. Laura Kasischke is certainly talented, and I'm definitely going to be reading more by her. Could have done with a few less curse words, in my opinion, as they weren't always necessary. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shruti | 5/12/2011

    " bored. bored. bored. bored. bored. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen | 5/5/2011

    " It seemed so promising but it was too foul for me to continue reading. Each character was so one dimensional and it seemed that the author couldn't go two pages without a gratuitous sex scene. Not my thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 5/5/2011

    " Not your standard plot-driven suspense novel, I enjoyed the sinister atmosphere, the uncertainty, "oddness", experienced by the characters, in contrast to the crisp everyday reality of the university setting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 5/3/2011

    " Very interesting premise. Written very well, but I was ready for the book to be done. There is no closure to the story. I felt it left me hanging - waiting for something to really end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Geralyn | 4/27/2011

    " horrible, read half and stopped. too weirdly high schoolish and very sexueal. not entertaining or interesting at all! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kimberly | 4/27/2011

    " I think this would make a better movie...just couldn't get into the main characters "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 4/19/2011

    " I found the location (fictionalized Ann Arbor, MI) interesting but the characters were flat and unconvincing. The book was much too long. I had to force myself to finish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 4/18/2011

    " Put this aside after the first 60 pages. just couldn't get interested enough to finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maika | 4/15/2011

    " This was such a good read. It was a bit frustrating at some parts especially with the whole mystery about Nicole and the sorority. "

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About the Author
Author Laura Kasischke

Laura Kasischke is the author of a number of novels and collections of poetry. Her numerous awards include the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America and the Bobst Award for Emerging Writers. She lives in Chelsea, Michigan.

About the Narrator

Renée Raudman is an actor and multi-award-winning audiobook narrator. She has performed on film, television, radio, and on stage and can also be heard in several video games and hundreds of television and radio voice-overs.