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Author: Amy Rowland Narrator: Xe Sands Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2014 ISBN: 9781622313426
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Lena is a transcriptionist for a big New York newspaper, toiling alone in a dark room, transcribing stories reporters call in from around the world. When she reads a story in the paper about a blind woman mauled to death by lions in the city zoo, she beco Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A haunting and provocative novel about the mysteries of life and a death, the written word, things seen and unseen, heard and forgotten. Amy Rowland’s writing is compelling and masterful.”

    Delia Ephron, New York Times bestselling author

  • The Transcriptionist can be read through many lenses… Rowland plays with the notions of truth and reliability…It is the responsibility of a journalist to report the truth, but what if—Rowland asks—objective reality is a fiction?… Sharp and affecting”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “If one had to name an antecedent for the strange, golden sheen that covers Amy Rowland’s debut novel, possibly early John Cheever, with its dreamy imaginings of commuter intrigues, or beautifully cadenced, resonant verbal exchanges, would be closest. Entering the city Rowland creates, with its tightly strung dialogue and soulful, lonely citizens, is a memorable experience.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Rowland, a former transcriptionist for the New York Times, has written a strange, mesmerizing novel about language, isolation, ethics, technology, and the lack of trust between institutions and the people they purportedly serve…A fine debut novel about the decline of newspapers and the subsequent loss of ­humanity—and yes, these are related.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Sands beautifully captures the odd life of the haunted lead character in Rowland’s novel…Sands gives a quiet, subdued performance that beautifully captures the complex, lonely protagonist. She keeps her characterizations to a minimum. It’s a subtle performance that pulls the listener solidly into Lena’s world. Sands’s performance, like Lena, is mesmerizing in its seeming simplicity. Listeners will discover that these still waters do, indeed, run deep.”

    Publishers Weekly, audio review

  • “Xe Sands’s ironic tone fits Lena, the questioning transcriptionist who begins to wonder about herself and life in general from the isolation of a small room where she types news stories phoned in by reporters from around the world. How can she not when one moment she’s typing a story on a celeb’s wedding and the next an event in a foreign war? Though both Lena’s voice and Sands’s readings are dry, there’s a tone of quiet, growing despair after a blind woman breaks into the Bronx Zoo, where she’s killed by lions. As Lena’s chance encounter with this woman before her death sends her on a course of discovery, Sands’s narration reflects the loneliness and emptiness that inspire her new direction.”


  • “Rowland expertly covers a lot of ground in this polished and literary first novel, while Xe Sands’ narration effortlessly brings the listener into Lena’s world.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • “Unforgettable. Written with such delight, compassion, and humanity it’s newsworthy. Amy Rowland is the debut of the year.”

    Alex Gilvarry, author of From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant

  • Selected for the June 2014 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice August 2014

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About the Author

Amy Rowland is an author whose writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, and other publications. She lives in Brooklyn and is a staff editor at the New York Times Book Review. The Transcriptionist is her first novel, and she does not know why she hasn't written others by now.

About the Narrator

Xe Sands has more than a decade of experience bringing stories to life through narration, performance, and visual art, including recordings of the Nightwalkers series from Jaquelyn Frank. She has received several honors, including AudioFile Earphones Awards and a coveted Audie Award, and she was named Favorite Debut Romance Narrator of 2011 in the Romance Audiobooks poll.