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2.87 out of 52.87 out of 52.87 out of 52.87 out of 52.87 out of 5 2.87 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathryn Davis Narrator: Shelly Frasier Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2006 ISBN: 9781400172214
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The prize-winning author of Versailles tells the story of a small New England village unsettled by a young girl’s unearthly gift. In Varennes, a town near the Canadian border, three girls come across the body of a dead man on the local lake’s beach. Two of them run to get help, but twelve-year-old Mees Kipp stays with the body and somehow, inexplicably, brings it back to life. Her mysterious gift is at the center of this haunting and transcendent novel.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Never has Davis’ prose seemed more effortless…The Thin Place is a bright, shimmering book.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Cosmic in her vision, provocative and comic in her storytelling, Kathryn Davis draws on sources as diverse as quantum physics and tales of saints and miracles and makes place a key element in her exploratory fiction.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A delightful, surprise-filled narrative: Davis’s best yet.”

    Kirkus Review (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dormilona | 2/18/2014

    " Possibly one of the best books I've ever read in my life. Subtle, mesmerizing, brimming with acute observations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 2/15/2014

    " Just finished this book in 2 days and really liked it.....anyone that has animals will appreciate her humorous insights! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca Stokes | 1/31/2014

    " Lost me towards the end - though as a whole, a striking read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenifer | 1/30/2014

    " I'm among those who think this book is pretty brilliant. I listened to the audiobook a few years ago and was impressed. I finally got around to reading it, in part, to confirm if it really was that good. It is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 1/21/2014

    " The Thin Place is a metaphysical story with a strong Christian flavour; I took it to be primarily about a loss of innocence. There is an abundance of characters (elderly, adult and child humans, and a range of animals); the omniscient narrator slips from one to the next of these to report their internal monologues - which all have the tone and vocabulary of a white, middle-aged, university-educated woman. This makes the characters a bit difficult to distinguish from each other, and I think that's why other readers have found it complicated. Otherwise, the book is accessible and well constructed, and full of pensive, intricate imagery. It exists in the church, bedrooms, and weeded-over and undeveloped parts of a small town, and Davis' description of this setting is the chief pleasure of this book. Read it in the summertime, preferably in a sunny back yard. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Molly | 1/8/2014

    " I read 75 pages and I have no idea what was going on in any of them. The individual sentences and paragraphs made sense, but taken as a whole it was incomprehensible nonsense. No thanks. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bryn | 9/27/2013

    " As part of my search for spirtual enlightenment, I have been reading both fiction and nonfiction with "alternative" views. This was one attempt. Interesting concepts, but not compelling as a story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Taeckens | 9/27/2013

    " One reviewer called Kathryn Davis the love child of Virginia Woolf and Lewis Carroll, which seems about right. I loved this masterpiece of a book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jan | 8/19/2013

    " AWful, I could not follow . This author liked to use alot of words saying nothing much. I quit half way through, felt I was wasting my time and could be reading something enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 5/29/2013

    " Parts of it, I loved; but sometimes, the style made me cringe; some moments were too contrived. The polyphonic "gimmick" was often clunkier than in someone like Faulkner; or Joyce; or Woolf. Still, has made me want to re-read "To the Lighthouse". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melanie | 5/12/2013

    " Not sure, it was deep and thought provoking, but at the same time the overall story seemed shallow. I almost want to read it again, but the ending was such a let down. Just not sure. . . "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancie | 1/29/2013

    " Interesting concept, no so good in execution "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ali | 1/21/2013

    " this book was so so strange. bizarre. not so sure about the climax "

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

    " Beautifully written. Certain turns of phrase stayed with me for days. At the same time, I found the storyline hard to follow. I think I'll have to read this again to feel like I actually understand what happened.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 10/10/2012

    " I still can't figure out whether I liked this book or not- either one of the best or one of the worst- at least it has me guessing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 beth | 9/30/2012

    " Cool book, great writing. But it was perhaps a bit over my head. I didn't finish it because I didn't understand it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Womack | 3/9/2012

    " Beautifully imaginative writing at times. Some aspects and characters I LOVED. Others, eh. The animal perspectives were highly amusing and lovable. I just wanted more of what I loved, less of what I didn't. Definitely unlike anything I've read before. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Roby | 2/9/2012

    " I almost never abandon books, but I stopped reading this around page 60. All of the other one-star reviews say what I felt: too many characters, none of which are developed or sympathetic, with the possible exception of the dogs. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katywhumpus | 6/8/2011

    " eah. I had heard a bookseller talking about this on NPR as part of a story on Good Summer Reads. I liked the small town, lots of interconnected characters format, but the story was not great. I kind of slogged my way through this. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hayley | 5/18/2011

    " I read up to chapter 11 and still had no idea what this book is about. Very disappointing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 sydney | 5/11/2011

    " Beautifully written. Certain turns of phrase stayed with me for days. At the same time, I found the storyline hard to follow. I think I'll have to read this again to feel like I actually understand what happened.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 DuctTapeDiva | 4/24/2011

    " It was weird and quirky but still a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ke | 4/9/2011

    " I like her observations, but I wonder it would be more suitable for a treatise than a novel.

    I had hard time keeping up with who was who. The pieces would make an interesting short story collection and are a bit strange as a novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 3/30/2011

    " I don't enjoy miracles when they are explained. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 12/23/2010

    " I still can't figure out whether I liked this book or not- either one of the best or one of the worst- at least it has me guessing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melanie | 10/25/2010

    " Not sure, it was deep and thought provoking, but at the same time the overall story seemed shallow. I almost want to read it again, but the ending was such a let down. Just not sure. . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 9/15/2010

    " Unusual narrative, beautifully written. Disappointed in the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sholeen | 8/24/2010

    " Loved this book, I'll be reading all her stuff if the rest is any like this "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mira | 6/25/2010

    " Truly, one of the most exquisitely written books I have ever read. I wish
    I wrote this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Ellen | 6/21/2010

    " the tale of the citizens of Varennes, a little town close to the Canadian border – metaphysical even the dogs and cats have stories to tell "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 6/19/2010

    " Weird and disjointed - it started with some great ideas that seemed to have been dropped along the way. "

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About the Author
Author Kathryn Davis

Kathryn Davis is an award-winning American novelist. She has taught at Skidmore College, and is now senior fiction writer in the writing program in arts and sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. She is a recipient of the Kafka Prize, the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1999, a 2000 Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction in 2006. Davis lives in Montpelier, Vermont, with her husband, the novelist and essayist Eric Zencey.

About the Narrator

Shelly Frasier has appeared in many independent film and theater projects in Arizona and Southern California and has done voice-over work for commercials and animation projects. She trained at the Groundlings Improv School in Hollywood and South Coast Repertory’s Professional Conservatory in Costa Mesa, California. She has performed at theaters throughout North Hollywood and Orange County. Recent performances include Blue Window, The Battle of Bull Run Always Makes Me Cry, The Haunting of Hill House, and a British farcical version of A Christmas Carol. She resides in Hollywood.