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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,248 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Hubbard, Joyce Bean Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ethical Vampire Series Release Date: May 2007 ISBN: 9781400174263
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What if everything you knew about your family was a lie? What if, when the lies began to crack, beneath them lay a truth so dark and deep, yet so compelling, that it pulled you inside?

Ariella Montero is seeking the true identities of her mother and father—and of herself. She’s been taught literature, philosophy, science, and history, but she knows almost nothing about the real world and its complexities. Her world is one wherein ghosts and vampires commune with humans; where Edgar Allan Poe and Jack Kerouac are role models; where every time a puzzle seems solved, its last piece changes the entire picture.When the last piece is murder, Ari goes on the road in search of her mother, who disappeared at the time of her birth. The hunt nearly costs Ari her life, and, in finding her mother, she loses her father. But gradually she uncovers the secrets that have kept the family apart, and she begins to come to terms with her own unique nature and her chances for survival.

Set in upstate New York, England, and the American South, The Society of S explodes stereotypes—of the homeschooled, vampires, monkeys, FBI agents, and academics. In this strange new world, vegetarianism, environmentalism, biomedical research, and the ability to disappear are options for those who drink blood and face the prospect of eternal life. A taut, character-driven literary mystery, The Society of S is the future of vampirism, told in a voice that will haunt you—and make you think.

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  • “This is a solid story of a girl coming of age, wanting her family to be together, and wishing to belong to something. The author doesn’t use supernatural elements as a crutch, but instead they enhance an already strong narrative.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 2/4/2014

    " I'd call this a literary teen vampire novel. The language throughout is lovely--I opened this while shelving books in the teen section, read the first three pages, then bought it during my lunch a half an hour later. I read the majority of it when I was at home during Christmas, so I remember being warm, the Christmass tree lights, and the tin of chocolates by my hip as I read. It's a very well done book--it's a vampire book, but not; a coming-of-age story with a twist. The sequel, The Year of Disappearances is already out in the US, so I might pick it up when I'm over there. I wish more people knew about this book than the Twilight series, but its lack of concrete romance will mean the Twilight-obsessed girls won't touch it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melonie Morningstar | 1/30/2014

    " Loved this book. for anyone that thinks they are a fan of the vampire genre make a point to read this. It gives a very different view on vampires. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Jones | 1/14/2014

    " A far more interesting teenage/vampire book than the Twilight series. I am hoping there will be more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dalton Lynne | 1/12/2014

    " This book was a bit of a disappointment - especially since I'd read so many good things about it. The protagonist felt flat - there just wasn't much about her that made her a likable or compelling character. I probably won't listen to other books in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah Joyner | 1/6/2014

    " Teen vampire with family issues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 1/4/2014

    " Really enjoyed this book. Well paced and no down points, If you want a fun and fast read, then this book is for you! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 12/29/2013

    " I thought this was a good book, especially for early teens who want to read a book about vampires with a more complex prose-style and plot than Twilight. The world the author creates is an interesting one that actually has a strong female lead as opposed to the over-emotional Bella. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianna | 12/10/2013

    " Ari and her family were very well developed but them as vampires was not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JoAnn | 11/29/2013

    " This one started out strong, a coming of age story involving vampires, the mysterious death of a best friend. But it petered out about half way through. It was just okay, in the end. There's a sequel and I don't even think I'll bother. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Flo | 6/28/2013

    " not done yet. mmm, vampire stories have been my easy reads lately. so far it's pretty unique and the dialogue is good. the storyline is mysterious. one part was so scary that i couldn't go to sleep for awhile and kept glancing fearfully at my open window. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jolie | 1/31/2013

    " I don't normally read the "modern vampire" books, but I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Written quite well and it was very engaging. Just purchased the next book in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 8/11/2012

    " I wanted this book to be better than it actually was. It has an interesting twist, but the plot is lacking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 P๏€cɨℓiÄ…* L | 8/7/2012

    " Yes.... yet another vampire fiction. But, this one is quite different. It's about growing up and finding oneself.... in a way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 6/19/2012

    " didnt realze this was a vampire genre until after beginning to read it. not as irritating as most of that genre. enjoyed it and would read Susan Hubbard again! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginella | 6/16/2012

    " It made me think of Vampires in a way that I never have, that much I liked but I was sad when there was no happy ever after. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherri | 5/6/2011

    " In a word, Captivating.
    I felt engrossed from page one until I read to the end.
    I wanted to read it straight through, but some parts had to be savored and processed.
    This book is unique, in that it is about all sides of humanity~even the underside. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ?a????al???ca???ll??s? | 5/3/2011

    " Oh snap! This was so confusingly great! I had to reread it to understand the meaning! It was awesome! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lilith | 5/1/2011

    " I read all her books and riddle me this ... who is as intelligent and fascinating as this woman.. yeah she writes great books but there is more to her then that ... i did meet her in 2 book signings,almost 3. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 4/28/2011

    " Dark, strange and very original. This is not fast-paced or thrilling. But it is thoughtful and almost trance-like in it's otherworldliness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 4/1/2011

    " V good, lightish in tone, cool idea of vamps seeing colors for letters/days "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 3/3/2011

    " Although it's been a very long time since I've read this book, it was a fantastic book but VERY slow paced & it was kind of annoying how tired my eyes got from no one talking for such a long period of time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 2/26/2011

    " didnt realze this was a vampire genre until after beginning to read it. not as irritating as most of that genre. enjoyed it and would read Susan Hubbard again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 1/26/2011

    " Loved it. Hooked from the premise at the very beginning and in the main character's search for her own identity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 1/26/2011

    " This book definitely put a different spin on vampires but I found it pretty mellow and slow paced. I won't rush out to find the sequel anytime soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celeste | 1/9/2011

    " I thought this book was written VERY well. It's a believable version of vampires and the main character is likable. I will be looking for other books written by this author. "

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About the Author
Author Susan Hubbard

Susan Hubbard is the author of Blue Money, winner of the Janet Heidinger Kakfa Prize, and Walking on Ice, winner of the Associated Writing Programs’ Short Fiction Prize. A professor of English at the University of Central Florida, her fiction has appeared in Triquarterly, Ploughshares, The Mississippi Review, and other journals.

About the Narrator

Joyce Bean is an accomplished audiobook narrator and director. In addition to having won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, she has been nominated multiple times for the prestigious Audie Award. Equally adept at narrating fiction and nonfiction, and she also narrates audiobooks under the name Jane Brown.