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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nick McDonell Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN: 9781400171859
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The highly anticipated second novel from the author of the internationally best-selling Twelve

Nick McDonell's Twelve created a sensation around the world, establishing its seventeen-year-old author as one of the new and important voices of his generation. The book sold over 300,000 copies, was published in twenty-four countries, and was hailed by The New York Times as "fast as speed, relentless as acid." The Third Brother is his highly anticipated second novel.

"The story is backpacker kids going to Bangkok to do ecstasy," Analect says. "Just don't get arrested." Mike is interning in Hong Kong when his editor, a friend of his father's, gives him the assignment, and a mission: find Christopher Dorr, a brilliant journalist gone AWOL. So begins a propulsive journey that will take a young man grasping after his identity headlong through fast nights in Thailand, into the grip of family tragedy, and into the heart of September 11, 2001. Along the way he encounters a kaleidoscope of characters-the Flying Circus, a hard-living band of journalists trying to expose the Thai government's murderous repression of drug dealers; Tweety, an inexplicably alluring prostitute hungry to leave her world of poverty and desperation; and the third brother, a mysterious, imaginary sibling created by Mike's haunted older brother.

Through it all, Mike must come to terms with the legacies of his troubled family and privileged upbringing. "He knew that if you grow up with money, you don't think about being rich and that the same is probably true of courage. But if you grow up with lies, you find out that some lies become true. Mike knew this and so did not lie. Except to himself, about his parents." The Third Brother moves with the speed and purpose of a bullet through the complexities of life in a Third-World capital of illicit hedonism, to the unspeakable horror of 9/11, and to the polished life of academia, offering a devastating portrait of a family caught between love and turmoil, and of a young man stretching to come to terms with his past and to find his future. Download and start listening now!

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  • Gifted narrator...William Dufris...creates colorful individuals we can imagine and remember. AudioFile

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daren | 1/27/2009

    " Tried this one for a new Author. Was given to me as a gift. I didn't get sucked into the counter-culture story. I know the author is young, and thought the writing needed to mature a bit. It just felt scattered to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tryno | 7/3/2008

    " A ver si es cierto que muy bueno el chavito fresa del East Side de Manhattan... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 11/14/2007

    " Not as good as Twelve - seemed to deal more with shocking the senses (drugs, sex, etc.) than with telling a truly great story but I like this author's style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 9/26/2007

    " Really enjoyed the first half; completely bemused by the second half. "

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About the Author
Author Nick McDonell

Nick McDonell is an American writer. He attended the Buckley School in New York City, the Riverdale Country School, and graduated from Harvard College in January 2007. He wrote the novel Twelve in 2002, at age 17. The subject of the novel is disaffection, despair, drug use and violence among a group of wealthy Manhattan teenagers during Christmas break. The publication of McDonell’s novel at such a young age was the subject of many articles in high-profile publications such The New Yorker and Entertainment Weekly.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.