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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (1,029 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Baxter Narrator: Jefferson Mays Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Here is an extraordinary new novel from one of our most admired and acclaimed writers, a creator of “stunning, never predictable, glimmering fiction, full of mischief and insight” (Los Angeles Times). 

During Nathaniel Mason’s first few months as a graduate student in upstate New York, he is drawn into a tangle of relationships with people who seem to hover just beyond his grasp. There’s Theresa, alluring but elusive, and Jamie, who is fickle if not wholly unavailable. But Jerome Coolberg is the most mysterious and compelling. Not only cryptic about himself, he seems to have appropriated parts of Nathaniel’s past that Nathaniel cannot remember having told him about. It is Jerome who seems to trigger the events that precipitate Nathaniel’s total breakdown, and Jerome who shows up 30 years later—Nathaniel having finally reconstituted his life—to suggest, with the most staggering consequences, that Nathaniel’s identity may in fact not be his own.

In The Soul Thief, Charles Baxter has given us one of his most beautifully wrought and unexpected works of fiction: at once lyrical and eerie, acutely observant in its sensual and emotional detail and audaciously metaphysical in its underpinnings.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Gloriously done…It’s like watching fire slowly travel up a curtain, waiting for the moment the whole cloth will be engulfed.” 

    New York Times

  • “Shrewd and mischievous.” 

    Boston Globe

  • “With a prose style lyrical, accessible and warmly humorous, Charles Baxter has been quietly building a reputation as one of America’s favorite literary authors…His newest novel teems with the same good-natured empathy and wry humor that imbues his earlier works…It surely will delight.” 

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “This is a dandy psychological thriller in which proliferating mirrors will make your head spin. Baxter has given us the writers version of that famous M. C. Escher print in which one hand is drawing the other.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune 

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Gail | 2/20/2014

    " The gorgeousness of Baxter's prose does not make up for the half-bakd premise of this novel. Perhaps if I'd stopped reading after Part One..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Earl | 2/8/2014

    " It is an adult book. The story is not amazing but the writing is amazing. Page after page of prose. Good times! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Leslie | 2/8/2014

    " Very cerebral and existential, well-written, but hard to care about the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Josh | 2/6/2014

    " Truly strange. I'm in love with the writing of Charles Baxter... this wasn't one of my favorites, though. "

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About the Author
Author Charles Baxter

Charles Baxter is the author of several works of fiction, including Saul and Patsy; The Feast of Love, a National Book Award nominee; Through the Safety Net; and Believers. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.