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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tommy Wieringa Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2016 ISBN: 9781524751500
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A moody, atmospheric literary thriller and “a timeless tale of migration” (London Guardian), from one of Europe’s biggest-selling authors

Despite its Biblical title—which comes from the opening lines of the Book of Exodus—award-winning novelist Tommy Wieringa has crafted perhaps his most timely book yet, as he traces two stories doomed to collide.

In one, we follow a group of starving, near-feral Eurasian refugees on a harrowing quest for survival; in the other, we follow Pontus Beg, a policeman from a small border town on the steppe, as he investigates the death of a rabbi, one of the town’s two remaining Jews.

What follows is a gripping saga in which the two stories race toward each other, and Beg will be shaken to his core by what each one reveals about man’s dark nature, and the possibility—or impossibility—of his own redemption.

A virtual parable for our times, These Are the Names offers a suspenseful reading of a crisis that continues to dominate headlines and simultaneously explores the enduring questions of faith, identity, and what it means to be “home.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Part fable, part murder mystery…this touching novel insistently affirms the values of civilization above tribalism and fear.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “An astonishing book…It speaks to the mood of our times. It is a novel about violence and barbarism, the fragility of civilization, and a world of people on the move, migrants desperate for a better life.”

    Jewish Chronicle

  • “Tackles head-on the knotted complex of issues surrounding the resettlement of refugees…Wieringa’s prose is lyrical…[with] an unmistakable sense of humanity.”

    World Literature Today

  • “Narrator Arthur Morey’s storytelling skills are on full display in this bittersweet story…Morey’s vocal style and narrative gifts shine in his measured presentation of these haunted travelers and in his portrayal of the inner struggle of Pontus Beg—especially when his renewed faith is challenged by the horrific pasts of the interlopers.”


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About the Author

Tommy Wieringa is one of the bestselling authors in Dutch history. His novels include Little Caesar and Joe Speedboat, which was shortlisted for the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

About the Narrator

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards, and his work has garnered numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and placed him as a finalist for the Audie Award. He has acted in a number of productions, both Off-Broadway in New York and Off-Loop in Chicago. He graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. His plays and songs have been produced in New York, Chicago, and Milan, where he has also performed.