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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (939 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walker Percy Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When Dr. Tom More (of Love in the Ruins) is released on parole from state prison, he returns to Feliciana, Louisiana, the parish where he was born and bred and where he practiced psychiatry before his arrest. Upon arriving, he notices something strange in almost everyone around him: unusual sexual behavior in women patients, a bizarre loss of inhibition, a lack of complexity in speech—even his own wife’s extraordinary success at bridge tournaments, during which her mind seems to function like a computer.

With the ingenious help of his attractive cousin, Dr. Lucy Lipscomb, More begins to uncover a criminal experiment to “improve” people’s behavior by drugging the local water supply. But beyond this scheme are activities so sinister that even Tom More wouldn’t believe them if he hadn’t witnessed them with his own eyes.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Spins along at a brisk thriller pace, laced with escapes and chase scenes and risky, ingenious detective work.”

    Gail Godwin, New York Times Book Review

  • “What a pleasure it is to read a real novel…The Thanatos Syndrome has the ambition and purposefulness to take on the world, to wrestle with its shortcomings, and to celebrate its glories.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “He is a dazzlingly gifted novelist…Percy stages a lively medical mystery…that no serious reader will want to miss.”

    USA Today

  • “Shimmers with intelligence and verve…The Thanatos Syndrome is highbrow hilarity all the more discerning for distinguishing its tears behind lots of laughs.”


  • “There is ample evidence of Percy’s brilliance in The Thanatos Syndrome—the droll Dixie anthropology, the pitch-perfect dialogue, the sheer intelligence everywhere on the page…It is splendidly, uproariously catholic, as well.”

    Atlantic Monthly

  • “As usual, Percy’s ear for language—especially the layers of meaning in even the most casual conversation—is superb.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In crisp, masterful prose Percy delivers a relentlessly compelling tale.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by William D. | 2/18/2014

    " A hard book to recommend, but one filled with truth and depravity "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Scott Dye | 2/8/2014

    " I debated about giving this just one star, but I'm giving the author the benefit of the doubt. I found the book rather tedious and without much to keep the reader interested (except to wonder if it would get better). In fairness, it did pick up a little at the end, but not nearly enough. This is the only work by this author I have read. I'm led to believe this is not one of his typical novels. Perhaps I should try a different one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karla | 2/5/2014

    " Great book but the end dragged on a bit. I know it's intentional but still.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Paul | 2/4/2014

    " Great writing style and curious story with the biting criticism of utopian humanism and how evil it really is. "

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