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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,775 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Connolly Narrator: Jay O. Sanders Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Charlie Parker Series Release Date: May 2007 ISBN: 9780743561587
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John Connolly's originality and talent for storytelling have quickly made him one of today's preeminent thriller writers. Now, in The Unquiet, private detective Charlie Parker returns to untangle a horrifying story of betrayal, unclean desires, and murder -- a story of never-ending evil whose conclusion is still unknown.

Daniel Clay, a once-respected psychiatrist, has gone missing. His daughter insists that he killed himself after allegations surfaced that he had betrayed his patients -- but when a killer obsessed with uncovering the truth behind his own daughter's disappearance comes seeking revenge, long-forgotten secrets begin to emerge. Hired by Dr. Clay's daughter to protect her from the predator on the loose, tortured and ingenious private detective Charlie Parker finds himself trapped between those who want the truth to be revealed and those who will go to any length to keep it hidden.

John Connolly masterfully intertwines secret lives and secret sins with the violence that so often lies beneath the surface of the honeycomb world in this gripping narrative. Fast-paced, hypnotic, and elegantly told, The Unquiet is John Connolly at his chilling best. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hard to put down, harder to forget.” 

    Observer (London)

  • “In this scary, cerebral thriller from bestseller Connolly, his fifth to feature world-weary Maine PI Charlie Parker, Parker is haunted by the ghosts of his wife and daughter, who died under mysterious circumstances…Connolly is a master of suggestion, creating mood and suspense with ease, and unflinchingly presents a hard-eyed look at the horrors that can lurk in quiet, rustic settings.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The disquieting subject, coupled with Connolly’s dark, lyrical prose, will leave unshakable images lurking on the edge of the reader’s consciousness.” 

    Booklist

  • “Fans won’t be disappointed.” 

    Library Journal

  • A 2008 Barry Award Finalist for Best Novel
  • A 2008 Macavity Award Finalist for Best Mystery Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glen | 2/13/2014

    " John Connolly weaves a dark (partly supernatural) tale of a Private Investigator hired to help a woman deal with a stalker who is becoming violent and dangerous. In attempting to protect the woman and find out the cause of the stalkers' angst, PI Charlie Parker embarks on a journey that will uncover family secrets long buried, a ring of pedophiles and the very face of evil. The Unquiet is a book that pulls you along.....uncovering just enough throughout to keep you wondering. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kornela | 1/30/2014

    " I had to go out of town last week and a friend gave me this book to read while I was flying. It was a good plane book in that it was easy to follow and kept my interest during a long flying day. Overall, I found the book to be okay. It was a standard P.I. story with a little bit of supernatural suspense thrown in. Not very memorable but a pleasant, quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 1/23/2014

    " Another random library find, I had never read anything by this author before and once I was done with this book I was determined to read more. It was a very, very, very dark book and the subject matter is definitely not for the weak at heart. But I like the way the author is able to weave some humor into humorless situations. I like the way he makes his characters at once believable and outlandish at the same time. It made me think of a strange combination of the movie 8MM, true crime fiction, with a bit of Joss Whedon and his snarky personality.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 1/17/2014

    " I love his writing and the fact that the main character is flawed makes it a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack Haringa | 1/16/2014

    " A return to form for Connolly after a couple of books that were a little shaky in the structure department--though still solid in content overall. A full review will appear in the third issue of Dead Reckonings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stuart Young | 1/15/2014

    " Heartrending private eye novel wtih supernatural undercurrent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcy Heller | 1/11/2014

    " Well-written, but more dark than most Connolly novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharblynn | 1/4/2014

    " This is book six in the series, and I am still loving it. I'm trying not to read them all at once, but when I finish one of them, I find myself wanting to read the next. Connolly has a talent for creating unique characters that seem entirely real, even the creepy ones, maybe especially the creepy ones. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy Boatwright | 12/29/2013

    " Awesome! Charlie Parker is my batman! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 12/14/2013

    " An appropriate title for a story that saddens the heart and troubles the soul. Despite that, it is well-developed & well-written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 12/8/2013

    " Can't get enough of Charlie Parker. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Phil | 11/15/2013

    " I don't mind supernatural elements in novels (I love Dean Koontz), but when the device doesn't further the story or the plot it just doesn't make sense to me. The story of the detective on the trail of serial child molesters was OK, but the book became just another "revenge" thriller. C- "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekah | 9/23/2013

    " Full title The Unquiet: A novel: A thriller. A thriller, I guess, because of mild supernatural elements (and I do mean MILD) and because of the subject matter? A good mystery story, but it's a book devoted to solving a child molestation ring, so, you know, watch out for that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arwen Fowler-jonsson | 2/16/2013

    " I really loved this book and it was one I picked up and was hooked right from the beginning. I did not have to wait several chapters to capture my interest!!!Will look for more of his novels!!!This says it was only a little over 400 pages but I read 562 pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise Rago | 2/7/2013

    " The second John Connolly book I read and I was hooked on his wonderfully, dark detective Charlie Parker. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 sbcrowder | 2/7/2013

    " John Connolly's character Charlie Parker and his friends are always interesting. Good thrillers with quirky, dry humor. I really like these books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 1/19/2013

    " great mystery thriller with a supernatural twist . . . still need to return this book to Mike after keeping it for a year "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kw | 9/19/2012

    " Way different. Not sure I get it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vanessa Alexander | 8/11/2012

    " So far, I have to say I'm really bored! Which is sad because I've heard from many people that his books are great. Maybe it will pick up towards the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bobbie Hill | 5/21/2012

    " A great murder mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Praeo | 1/16/2012

    " The end was disturbing. However, I love it. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 8/22/2011

    " Action packed page turner! I like the main character and may look for other books with his character. I get the feeling I'm reading these out of order. ooops. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michel | 8/16/2011

    " I loved how this book began. On the whole I found this book was much darker than I had anticipated, however, I did find it to be a good read. It definitely left an impression on me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rc | 6/25/2011

    " I have never before felt dirty and unclean upon completion of a book until this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Madeline | 6/7/2011

    " Book was so boring I do not know why I finished it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 5/14/2011

    " I think that this is the firs John Connolly book that I have read. I really liked it. The protagonist is a very interesting, deeply-layered character. His is a detective that lives in Maine. I am going to read a few more of his books for sure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachael | 4/14/2011

    " Only just getting into it but I think i'm in for a treat! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 1/19/2011

    " The second John Connolly book I read and I was hooked on his wonderfully, dark detective Charlie Parker. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michel | 12/13/2010

    " I loved how this book began. On the whole I found this book was much darker than I had anticipated, however, I did find it to be a good read. It definitely left an impression on me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 9/25/2010

    " Action packed page turner! I like the main character and may look for other books with his character. I get the feeling I'm reading these out of order. ooops. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 9/25/2010

    " Detective mystery/thriller with a teeny-tiny thread of supernatural running through it, which seems a little strange but--if you buy into it-- does add to the feeling of menace and provides a satisfactory ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 9/17/2010

    " Wandered a little bit in some places but overall very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 7/22/2010

    " A quick, disturbing read. The action-drama-horror movie of beach books. Probably should've saved it for the beach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rc | 7/15/2010

    " I have never before felt dirty and unclean upon completion of a book until this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Aryana | 6/27/2010

    " it hasn't caught my attention yet...perhaps the other half is a little better "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Albert | 6/19/2010

    " Another great Charlie Parker book. I love the mix of mystery and supernatural. I love the realism of it and I'll keep reading whatever John Connolly writes because he's yet to disappoint. "

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About the Author
Author John Connolly

John Connolly studied English at Trinity College, Dublin, and journalism at Dublin City University. He is best known for his series of novels starring private detective Charlie Parker, but is also author of over fourty books and short story collections. Connolly is based in Dublin and divides his time between his native city and the United States.

About the Narrator

Jay O. Sanders began his acting career off-Broadway in Shakespearean roles then went on to appear in numerous films and television series, including Revolutionary Road, The Day after Tomorrow, and Kiss the Girls, based on the novel by James Patterson. He has narrated more than fifty audio books over the years, including the bestselling My Losing Season by Pat Conroy and Dean Koontz’s Dragon Tears and Mr. Murder. He also won six AudioFile Earphones Awards.