The Unwritten Book: An Investigation Audiobook, by Samantha Hunt Play Audiobook Sample

The Unwritten Book: An Investigation Audiobook

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Read By: Samantha Hunt, Richard Ferrone Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: April 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9798200889235

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Longest Chapter Length:

67:54 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

05:30 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

30:55 minutes

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Publisher Description

From the award-winning author of The Dark Dark comes a genre-bending work of nonfiction explores the idea of haunting—writ large.

“I carry each book I’ve ever read with me, just as I carry my dead—those things that aren’t really there, those things that shape everything I am.”

A genre-bending work of nonfiction, Samantha Hunt’s The Unwritten Book explores the broadest sense of ghosts, ghost stories, and haunting. What is it to be haunted, to be a ghost, to die, to live, to read? Books are ghosts; reading is communion with the dead. Alcohol is a way of communing, too, as well as a way of dying.

Each chapter gathers subjects that haunt: dead people, the forest, the towering library of all those books we’ll never have time to read or write. Hunt, like a mad crossword puzzler, looks for patterns and clues. Through literary criticism, family history, history, and memoir, inspired by Sebald, Joyce, Ali Smith, Morrison, Faulkner, and many others, Hunt explores questions of motherhood, hoarding, legacies of addiction, grief, how we insulate ourselves from the past, how we misinterpret the world. Nestled within her inquiry is a very special ghost book, an incomplete manuscript about people who can fly without wings, written by her father and found in his desk just days after he died. What secret messages might his work reveal? What wisdom might she distill from its unfinished pages?

Hunt conveys a vivid and grateful life, one that comes from living closer to the dead and shedding fear for wonder. The Unwritten Book revels in the randomness, connectivity, and magic of everyday life. And at its heart, the immense weight of love.

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“In Hunt’s agile hands, the lens of death-adjacent thinking becomes a prism through which to consider motherhood, literature, hoarding, addiction, marriage, and more.”

— Chronogram 


  • “Hunt…seeks beauty in impermanence.”

    — Washington Post
  • “The Unwritten Book is by turns mesmerizing, philosophical, and funny.”

    — Los Angeles Times
  • “Explores the things that have a hold on us. I, for one, am ready to be haunted by Samantha Hunt once again.”

    — Literary Hub
  • “Ravishing prose spiked with hilarious or stunning candor…A literary performance of uncommon perception, vitality, daring, and heart.”

    — Booklist (starred review)
  • “Both intimate and incisive, this genre-melding collection will make readers want to hold their loved ones close.”

    — Publishers Weekly


  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week
  • An Esquire pick of Must-Read Books
  • A Chicago Review of Books Pick
  • A Wired Magazine Pick of Must Reads
  • A Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2022

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About Samantha Hunt

Samantha Hunt is an author whose novel about Nikola Tesla, The Invention of Everything Else, was a finalist for the Orange Prize and winner of the Bard Fiction Prize. Her first novel, The Seas, earned her selection as one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35.” Her novel, Mr. Splitfoot, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and a Paris Review Staff Pick. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, McSweeneys, Tin House, A Public Space, and many other publications.

About Richard Ferrone

Richard Ferrone recorded over 150 audiobooks including thrillers, romances, science fiction, and inspirational novels. He won the prestigious Audie Award and was a finalist for four Audie Awards, including for Best Solo Male Narrator. He was named an AudioFile "Voice of the Last Century" and a "Rising and Shining Star."  He earned many AudioFile Earphones Awards, including being named the 2011 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense as well as the 2009 Best Voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy. A science fiction fan, he narrated Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy. He also narrated works by James Patterson, Walter Mosley, John Sandford, Eric Van Lustbader, and Stuart Woods.