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2.86 out of 52.86 out of 52.86 out of 52.86 out of 52.86 out of 5 2.86 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Russell Banks Narrator: Tom Stechschulte Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9780061629389
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Part love story, part murder mystery, set on the cusp of the Second World War, Russell Banks' sharp-witted and deeply engaging new novel raises dangerous questions about class, politics, art, love, and madness-and explores what happens when two powerful personalities begin to break the rules.

29-year-old Vanessa Cole is a wild, stunningly beautiful heiress, scandalously linked to any number of rich and famous men. But at her parents' country home in a remote Adirondack Mountain enclave known as The Reserve, two events coincide to permanently alter the course of Vanessa's callow life: her father dies suddenly of a heart attack, and a mysteriously seductive local artist, Jordan Groves, lands his biplane in the forbidden Upper Lake...

Internationally known as much for his exploits and conquests as for his paintings themselves, Jordan's leftist loyalties seem suspiciously undercut by his wealth and upper-crust clientele. But for all his worldly swagger, Jordon is as staggered by Vanessa's beauty and charm as she is by his defiant independence. He falls easy prey to her electrifying personality, but it is not long before he discovers that the heiress carries a dark, deeply scarring family secret. Emotionally unstable from the start, and further unhinged by her father's unexpected death, Vanessa begins to spin wildly out of control, manipulating and destroying the lives of all who cross her path. The Reserve is a clever, incisive, and passionately romantic novel of suspense that adds a new dimension to this acclaimed author's extraordinary repertoire.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A vividly imagined book. It has the romantic atmosphere of those great 1930s tales in film and prose, and it speeds the reader along from its first pages…Banks’ talents are so large - and the novel so fundamentally engaging…The Rederve is a pleasure well worth savoring.” 

    Scott Turow, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A cool noir thriller...This is new and wonderful turf for this masterful storyteller.” 

    William Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Ironweed and Roscoe 

  • “At once harrowing mystery, an illuminating psychological novel of subverted love and family dyfunction and a powerful commentary on class structure in American…[from] one of America’s finest contemporary fiction writers.” 

    Boston Globe

  • “As a love letter to the mountains and greenery and water, [The Reserve] conveys deep feeling.” 

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “[A]n almost pot-boiling love story set against a backdrop of global unrest and clearly demarcated class tensions…[it] has character and scene--as well as suspense and surprisein abundance.” 

    Los Angeles Times

  • Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hannah | 5/17/2011

    " Not my favorite Russel Banks book, pretty slow. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melanie | 5/1/2011

    " If you like the Adirondacks and Finger Lakes you may find this book interesting. Best thing about the book, was that it was a fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 3/28/2011

    " Read this some time ago - loved the setting and great story - however difficult at times to follow. Once I finished, felt I should g back and read again - which I did with many of the chapters! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Libby | 3/28/2011

    " Nowhere near Banks' other work (which is my abosulte favorite of all time), this book is just, well, fine. Totally entertaining. I read it in two sittings. Moments of brillance, but nothing that'll stick with me.

    The setting is interesting and his descriptions are delish.

    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natasha | 3/25/2011

    " Didn't finish it. I got bored. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margaret | 2/6/2011

    " This book has its ups and downs. I have considered giving up but something about it keeps me reading. I wanted to like this book more than I did. It is a psychological novel that never really gets far enough into the mind to understand why characters do what they do. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 1/17/2011

    " I love you Russell Banks. What happened? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 1/7/2011

    " This book creeped me out a bit. Too much insanity and madness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 11/28/2010

    " My first by Russell Banks. Highly recommended author. I like the setting especially. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MacDuff | 10/13/2010

    " My first Russell Banks, and it was pretty good. I don't think I'll rush out to get another, though. "

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About the Author
Author Russell Banks

Russell Banks, twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, is one of America’s most prestigious fiction writers, a past president of the International Parliament of Writers, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has been translated into twenty languages and has received numerous prizes and awards, including the Common Wealth Award for Literature. He lives in upstate New York and Miami, Florida.

 

About the Narrator

Tom Stechschulte has narrated well over a hundred audiobooks and has won sixteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2009 and has been a finalist for the Audie in 2005 and 2011. As an actor, he has been seen in eleven Broadway shows as well as numerous television and film shows, including the remake of The Manchurian Candidate.