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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick Somerville Narrator: David W. Collins, Erin Bennett, Scott Holst Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A compelling story of young love and old secrets

Ben Hanson’s aimless life has bottomed out after a series of bad decisions, but an unexpected offer from his father draws him home to Wisconsin. There, he finds his family fractured, still reeling from his cousin’s mysterious death a decade earlier.

Lauren Sheehan abandoned her career in medicine after a series of violent events abroad. Now she’s back in the safest place she knows—the same small Wisconsin town where she and Ben grew up—hiding from a world that has only brought her heartache.

As Lauren cautiously expands her horizons and Ben tries to unravel his family’s dark secrets, their paths intersect. Could each be exactly what the other needs?

A compelling family drama and a surprising love story, This Bright River is the work of a natural storyteller, one whose dark humor and piercing intelligence provide constant, lasting delights.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Nothing short of extraordinary. Somerville has a gift for writing gorgeous prose, complete with sharp humor and a perfect sense of place. Addictive, amazing, unforgettable.”

    J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of Maine

  • “If there’s a middle ground between the pot-boiling, page-turning mystery and the novel of big ideas, Patrick Somerville has found…A serious literary tragedy of errors that also tells a gripping story.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Part love story, part murder mystery, part meditation on violence, part exploration of what home can and should mean…Exquisitely wry and thought-provoking.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “The chapters don’t roll forward so much as fit together like puzzle pieces. But Mr. Somerville—who has something of the roadside-diner raconteur about him—makes the approach work on the strength of his writing voice. It possesses a sneaky ease and charm that masks the story’s building menace.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A remarkable achievement…a stellar, bruising book about how place forms character and our capacity to transform ourselves.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A love story, murder mystery, family drama, and engaging puzzle…Compelling.”

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • “Somerville has a gift for spurring dialogue, and the meandering narrative tributaries he explores stoke our curiosity and build suspense as he crosses the wilderness of madness and bloodshed, lies and loyalty, courage and love in this by turns rolling and raging river of a novel.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Richly funny, engrossing, and humane…This is a literary novel for readers who want to be simultaneously caught up in a story and impressed by the author’s copious craft and skill.”

    Library Journal

  • “A provoking book: The reader will not escape untouched.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 2012 eMusic Best Audiobook of the Year

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Diane Chin | 10/14/2012

    " I wasn't as enthralled as the NYT reviewer. The characters are truly interesting and well-drawn, and some parts of the story are compelling in a scary way. But I'm not sure this book will be a good read in 10 years. "

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About the Author

Patrick Somerville grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and later earned his MFA from Cornell University. He is the author of the story collections Trouble and The Universe in Miniature in Miniature and the novel The Cradle. He lives with his wife and son in Chicago, where he teaches creative writing at Northwestern University.

About the Narrator

Scott Holst earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with an acting emphasis from San Diego State University. He has lived in Los Angeles since 1996 and has focused exclusively on voice-over work. A versatile voice-over actor, Scott was featured in the Warner Brothers animated film The Ant Bully. He has also been featured in many radio and television commercials. His video game and interactive work includes voicing Eugene for Whacked! and Senel Coolidge in Tales of Legendia. His narration work includes parts in The Million Dollar Challenge for the Discovery Channel and the audiobook Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith.