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Author: T. C. Boyle Narrator: Lynde Houck, Joy Osmanski Publisher: HarperCollins Audio Length: Release Date: October 2016 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780062571502

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A deep-dive into human behavior in an epic story of science, society, sex, and survival, from one of the greatest American novelists today, T. C. Boyle, the acclaimed, bestselling, author of the PEN/ Faulkner Award–winning World’s End and The Harder They Come.

It is 1994, and in the desert near Tillman, Arizona, forty miles from Tucson, a grand experiment involving the future of humanity is underway. As climate change threatens the earth, eight scientists, four men and four women dubbed the "Terranauts," have been selected to live under glass in E2, a prototype of a possible off-earth colony. Their sealed, three-acre compound comprises five biomes—rainforest, savanna, desert, ocean, and marsh—and enough wildlife, water, and vegetation to sustain them.

Closely monitored by an all-seeing Mission Control, this New Eden is the brainchild of ecovisionary Jeremiah Reed, aka G.C.—"God the Creator"—for whom the project is both an adventure in scientific discovery and a momentous publicity stunt. In addition to their roles as medics, farmers, biologists, and survivalists, his young, strapping Terranauts must impress watchful visitors and a skeptical media curious to see if E2’s environment will somehow be compromised, forcing the Ecosphere’s seal to be broken—and ending the mission in failure. As the Terranauts face increased scrutiny and a host of disasters, both natural and of their own making, their mantra: "Nothing in, nothing out," becomes a dangerously ferocious rallying cry.

Told through three distinct narrators—Dawn Chapman, the mission’s pretty, young ecologist; Linda Ryu, her bitter, scheming best friend passed over for E2; and Ramsay Roothorp, E2’s sexually irrepressible Wildman—The Terranauts brings to life an electrifying, pressured world in which connected lives are uncontrollably pushed to the breaking point. With characteristic humor and acerbic wit, T.C. Boyle indelibly inhabits the perspectives of the various players in this survivalist game, probing their motivations and illuminating their integrity and fragility to illustrate the inherent fallibility of human nature itself.

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  • “This audio performance captures the intensity that is typical of Boyle’s work…Each narrator manages a fully developed character…The voices of three central characters are filled with all the emotions one expects in this kind of insular environment. The overall performance, combined with Boyle’s imagination and detail, results in a mesmerizing listen. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    - AudioFile
  • “[A] preapocalyptic tale from a master of maximalism.”

    - Esquire
  • “The ultimate locked-room thriller.”

    - Vulture
  • “A gripping and revelatory tale.”

    - BBC Between the Lines
  • “An immersive and surprisingly engaging novel…A taut tale of endurance and a deeply insightful character study.”

    - RT Book Reviews (4 stars)
  • “A virtuoso storyteller and a connoisseur of hubris, Boyle mesmerizes and provokes.”

    - Booklist (starred review)
  • “Boyle observes his characters with scientific rigor and a good deal of genuine empathy.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “One of Boyle’s best—and quite possibly one of the best of the year.”

    - Library Journal (starred review)


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Pick for Fall's Plottiest Novels

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About the Author

T. C. Boyle has published eighteen novels and ten collections of short stories. He won the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1988 for his novel World’s End, and the Prix Médicis étranger for The Tortilla Curtain in 1995, as well as the 2014 Henry David Thoreau award for excellence in nature writing. He is a distinguished professor of English at USC.

About the Narrators

Lynde Houck is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator.

Joy Osmanski, theater, television, and film actress, is an award-winning audiobook narrator who has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards. She graduated from Principia College with a degree in creative writing and received her MFA from UC San Diego.