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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (309 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Emily St. John Mandel Narrator: Morgan Hallett Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2016 ISBN: 9780735206526
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Everyone Anton Waker grew up with is corrupt. His parents dealt in stolen goods, and he was a successful purveyor of forged documents until he abandoned it all in his early twenties, determined to live a normal life, complete with career, apartment, and a fiancée who knows nothing of his criminal beginnings. He’s on the verge of finally getting married when Aria—his cousin and former partner in crime—blackmails him into helping her with one last job.

Anton considers the task a small price for future freedom. But as he sets off for an Italian honeymoon, it soon becomes clear that the ghosts of his past can’t be left behind so easily, and that the task Aria requires will cost him more than he could ever imagine.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Something far rarer than the classic noir opening suggestions. . . . Eminently satisfying. The Washington Post
     
  • A nail-biting thriller overflowing with high-stakes issues such as blackmail, theft, fraud and human trafficking. BookPage
     
  • Gripping. Booklist
  • Intriguing and suspenseful. Library Journal
     
    Mandel’s second novel is an extraordinarily written meditation on identity, chance and choice. . . . Nothing short of breathtaking.
  • Recklessly entertaining. . . . A modern morality tale. The New York Journal of Books
     
  • Mandel’s talent is clearly visible from the get-go. Los Angeles Times
  • Big in concept, flawless in tone, The Singer’s Gun is a tender and astounding tour de force. Mystery Scene
     
  • Brilliant. The Boston Globe 
  • A gripping story, full of moral ambiguities, where deception and betrayal become the norm, and where the expression ‘ a riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma’ is lifted to new heights. St. Louis Post-Dispatch 
  • “A gripping, thoughtful meditation on work, family, and the consequences of major life choices.”

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 2/14/2014

    " It's written well, but ultimately, the story had little affect on me. Good plot and compelling characters are my criteria for an enjoyable read. This one didn't measure up completely to both. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Oakes | 2/11/2014

    " really, like a 3.5 -- more coming soon "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 2/1/2014

    " Another good transatlantic plane read and a welcome distraction from my efforts to finish "The Social Animal." The mystery/crime drama plot is interesting, but not particularly surprising, and the characters generally end up depressed at their own or others' misdeeds. A few characters are introduced with potentially intriguing backstories that remain undeveloped, namely the singer of the title and the State Department investigative officer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 1/25/2014

    " I really like this author. She has a unique writing style with gorgeous descriptions & believeable characters & situations. The storyline is weird but told in a such a realistic way that its painful to keep reading sometimes. This is a mystery novel about a family that deals in stolen items, there's also false passport sales & human trafficing. Its a story about a marriage that shouldnt have happened, & a beautiful love affair, &, a beloved cat named Jim. I really liked this novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tania | 1/24/2014

    " Reflective and clever - compelling characters that you sort of feel sorry for and sort of despise for the choices they make, which inevitably bring them down... Really good - as good as Last Night in Montreal, maybe better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy E. | 1/21/2014

    " Subtle. Well-written. Not the mystery/thriller I was expecting...a quiet book about crime. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cecily | 1/17/2014

    " I just could *not* get into this and felt like all the characters were pretty flat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 1/10/2014

    " Even though I tend to dislike unresolved endings, I really enjoyed this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 12/27/2013

    " As the boundaries of the world dissolve and start to blur, so too the clear judgement of right and wrong....Mandel's writing is as visual as a movie script with the layers of a well-constructed poem... The book is haunting me several days out... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 9/26/2013

    " I enjoyed this book, particularly the use of flashbacks to deepen our understanding of the characters' backstories. I kept feeling, however, that the tension could have been intensified, the characters' more deeply fleshed out, which would have made for a more thrilling ride. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 9/13/2013

    " This book can't figure out what it's trying to do. Is it a mystery? A mid-life-crisis book? At least, it was an interesting story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Godley | 6/9/2013

    " I really really liked this book - interesteing plot, really well developed. I devoured it - under 24 hours and I was finished. Great read. Curious to read her other one... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara Higgins | 1/17/2013

    " The book was a bit slow at times, but I was intrigued with Anton's efforts to change his ways after growing up in a family of crooks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Red | 1/10/2013

    " Emily Mandel crafts a fine novel. The layered and suspenseful narrative unspools gracefully with each turn of the page. I was caught up in the story from the outset, wondering what fate would befall each of the players. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 12/14/2012

    " This book was superb, I really like this author (enjoyed her first book -Last Night in Montreal- as well). How to describe it... a suspenseful tale of a man trying to escape his fraudulent life on the island of Ischia, off Italy, and the consequences of what's left behind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodi | 9/1/2012

    " An oddball book, with an oddball title, about an oddball guy, Anton. Interesting story, told with interspersed flashbacks, ostensibly about a scofflaw's life, but really about the meaning of family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Moira | 6/9/2012

    " Aside from that terrible title, this was a pleasant surprise - a crime novel almost elegiac in tone. It did not surprise me, it did not shock me, but it was full of small, true moments. I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shipwreck1969 | 4/24/2012

    " Part mystery, part romance, part angsty reflections. Unusual and entertaining. More engaging than a beach read, but short of "heady." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 4/11/2012

    " Anton grew up in a criminal family and all he wants is a legitimate office job. But his cousin lures him to be part of one last job which causes him to leave his wife on his honeymoon to wait delivery on a Greek Isle. Entertaining easy read with darker themes of human trafficking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne_MB | 12/24/2011

    " Satisfying thriller, beautiful descriptive writing that absorbed me totally. So good I did not want to finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 4/24/2011

    " Would give a 6 if I could. Amazing. I think it runs a little short at the end, but - no, no. The ending is perfect. It's really perfect. Read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 3/23/2011

    " An interesting book. Captured my attention but I didn't *love* it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/13/2011

    " I really really liked this book - interesteing plot, really well developed. I devoured it - under 24 hours and I was finished. Great read. Curious to read her other one... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 1/12/2011

    " The book was a bit slow at times, but I was intrigued with Anton's efforts to change his ways after growing up in a family of crooks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 12/20/2010

    " Subtle. Well-written. Not the mystery/thriller I was expecting...a quiet book about crime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 9/27/2010

    " First book I've read by this author. Really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 9/20/2010

    " really, like a 3.5 -- more coming soon "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 9/12/2010

    " As the boundaries of the world dissolve and start to blur, so too the clear judgement of right and wrong....Mandel's writing is as visual as a movie script with the layers of a well-constructed poem... The book is haunting me several days out... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linnet | 8/16/2010

    " Anton Waker tries to break free from his family who lives a life of crime. He ends up in Italy with his former secretary, and expects never to see the rest of his family again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 8/3/2010

    " Very enjoyable, many twists I did not expect. "

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About the Author
Author Emily St. John Mandel

Emily St. John Mandel was born in British Columbia, Canada. Her novel Station Eleven was a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award and a New York Times bestseller. She is a staff writer for The Millions, and her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Best American Mystery Stories 2013and Venice Noir.

About the Narrator

Morgan Hallett is an actress known for her roles in the films Population 436, Perfectly Normal, and The Reader. Also an accomplished narrator, she has read numerous titles for Recorded Books, including Elizabeth Camden’s Into the Whirlwind and Amanda Ashley’s As Twilight Falls.