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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (850 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Hubbard, Joyce Bean Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ethical Vampire Series Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9781400177097
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In the sequel to her acclaimed debut novel, The Society of S, Susan Hubbard continues the adventures of Ariella Montero, who, in the midst of the ongoing presidential campaign, discovers that a leading contender for America’s top political office just happens to be a vampire surrounded by the demons of lying, cheating, and murder. 

The Year of Disappearances traces Ariella Montero’s fourteenth year, during which she is accused of lying, cheating, and murder (twice). Her education continues, but instead of literature, science, and math, she learns folklore, the art and craft of journalism, and most important, the nature of personal demons. The book’s themes involve masks and the duality of the self, the evil of hypocrisy, and the perpetual conflict between the desires of the flesh and those of the spirit. As Ari comes to question her own authenticity, listeners may begin to question her. Could the accusations against her be justified? Is she a reliable narrator? Or is someone else at work, telling us her story?

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marciealana | 1/27/2014

    " This is the sequel to "The Society of S," and was just as enjoyable. I'm really not sure how to classify it. Yes, it's a vampire novel, but it's not really about vampires, and the vampires are not like any that you might have run into before. Mostly they're nice people who don't drink blood. The protagonist is a 14 year old girl, so it might be classed as "young adult," but it doesn't read that way. Mostly I think it's about looking at people and society through a different set of eyes. "

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

    " After reading the first book I was really excited to continue with this one but I thought it seemed a little superficial and rushed past what I thought were some pretty important situations. I have to read the last one to make my final decision about this series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dale | 12/4/2013

    " The book wasn't as good as the first book. I thought the author was just grasping for a story that wsnn't all that great. After dragging on the story it gets good at the end and when it could continue on to a decent story the book just ends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melonie Morningstar | 12/4/2013

    " Was ok, it started out really well but the ending was kind of annoying because the book could be continued but at the same time she also tied up a lot of it. I would love to see more in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elisa Wilson | 11/30/2013

    " The sequel to Society of S is a really excellent book. Ariella learns to deal with life's disappearances and work to get her higher education, both in college and in her day to day struggles with who she is and what that means. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 shawn edgell | 11/30/2013

    " Just finished listening to this on CD. Not very good. It was interesting enough to keep me from ejecting it, but then, in the end, I should have ejected it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kari Krusiewig | 11/29/2013

    " I love this book so much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 10/30/2013

    " A vampire story that lacks the romance of Twilight and the sex of Sookie Stackhouse. It was okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liam Archbold | 10/28/2013

    " Honestly, it was not the best book I have ever read, but I still found it an interesting read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abbie | 10/27/2013

    " this novel is very sad and mysterious, it also has lots of twists and turns, kidnappings and deaths.vampires inside. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 10/27/2013

    " Superior to the first book, more plot movement, but still the same ethereal qualities. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 4/8/2013

    " Good "ethical" vampire story featuring a 14 year old vampire girl, and the disappearance of her friends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Constance | 10/1/2012

    " Good series so far, an interesting concept, very different from the normal vampire themes out there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April Sutherland | 8/17/2012

    " Pretty good story line, except the book builds up to a conclusion that never happens. You never really find out what happened to most of the book's characters and the whole ending just kind of leaves you hanging. Probably won't read another one by this author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 12/31/2011

    " The stylish scent giver, Hubbard, returns in this new novel of intrigue. although dulled by an age long story of failure and searching with over done symptoms, Hubbard scored a point in my heart with her infamous descriptions that she issues so freely. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley Flynn | 12/24/2011

    " It's not that the book wasn't good, necessarily. I just didn't feel any real compulsion to finish it. I did read the whole thing but I don't think I'll bother with the third in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 12/6/2011

    " Book 2 in this vampire tale, just as good as the first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 8/10/2011

    " this is the second in a series. The first book was The Society of S by Susan Hubbard. I enjoyed the first book, immensely. This one, not so much. I look forward to the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mara S | 8/1/2011

    " This was also decent. Very quick, just like its prequel. Seems that this series and the Twilight books have much in common......... yet I liked these much better because the protagonist was much more relatable and it was enjoyable to think as she does. Quick but good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Eggers | 7/28/2011

    " A very solid follow-up to The Society of S. I was very eagerly awaiting this sequel and I tore through it fast. It did not disappoint. But where is the next one???? Susan, I'm waiting for Book three with baited breath!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 7/26/2011

    " Good writing and the story kept me going. I didn't realize this was a sequel until I was well into it--have to remedy that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 4/28/2011

    " Superior to the first book, more plot movement, but still the same ethereal qualities. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 shawn | 4/13/2011

    " Just finished listening to this on CD. Not very good. It was interesting enough to keep me from ejecting it, but then, in the end, I should have ejected it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 2/22/2011

    " Society of S was a great book but this sequel did not live up to expectations "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maratara123 | 1/27/2011

    " This was also decent. Very quick, just like its prequel. Seems that this series and the Twilight books have much in common......... yet I liked these much better because the protagonist was much more relatable and it was enjoyable to think as she does. Quick but good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Constance | 1/20/2011

    " Good series so far, an interesting concept, very different from the normal vampire themes out there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jolie | 12/7/2010

    " Excellent follow-up book to the Society of S. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mayra | 10/18/2010

    " beautiful, need to read the last one "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 8/23/2010

    " I liked the first two-thirds but I think there are too many undeveloped plotlines. "

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About the Author
Author Susan Hubbard

Susan Hubbard is the author of Blue Money, winner of the Janet Heidinger Kakfa Prize, and Walking on Ice, winner of the Associated Writing Programs’ Short Fiction Prize. A professor of English at the University of Central Florida, her fiction has appeared in Triquarterly, Ploughshares, The Mississippi Review, and other journals.

About the Narrator

Joyce Bean is an accomplished audiobook narrator and director. In addition to having won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, she has been nominated multiple times for the prestigious Audie Award. Equally adept at narrating fiction and nonfiction, and she also narrates audiobooks under the name Jane Brown.