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2.96 out of 52.96 out of 52.96 out of 52.96 out of 52.96 out of 5 2.96 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Austin Wright Narrator: Lorelei King, Peter Marinker Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9781609414573
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Fifteen years ago, Susan Morrow left her first husband Edward Sheffield, an unpublished writer. Now, she’s enduring middle class suburbia as a doctor’s wife, when out of the blue she receives a package containing the manuscript of her ex-husband’s first novel. He writes asking her to read the book; she was always his best critic, he says.

As Susan reads, she is drawn into the fictional life of Tony Hastings, a math professor driving his family to their summer house in Maine. And as we read with her, we too become lost in Sheffield’s thriller. As the Hastings’ ordinary, civilized lives are disastrously, violently sent off course, Susan is plunged back into the past, forced to confront the darkness that inhabits her, and driven to name the fear that gnaws at her future and will change her life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Marvellously written --the last thing you would expect in a story of blood and revenge. Beautiful. Saul Bellow
  • Absorbing, terrifying, beautiful . . . unforgettable. Ruth Rendell
  • A brilliant novel...Astute, cunning and thrilling in equal measure...deserves to be found by a whole new generation of readers Independent (UK)
  • My favorite novel of 2010 would have been my favorite novel of 1993 -- if only I had known about it...Wright died at the age of 80; in 2010 TONY AND SUSAN returns to print as his stunning literary legacy. Min Jin Lee, The Times (UK)
  • Compelling...Mesmerizing...Absolutely irresistible. The New York Times
  • A masterpiece...A brilliant, brainy novel full of thrills...It would be easy to say that his critical intelligence dominates Tony and Susan, but Wright is a wonderful storyteller, a wonderful novelist...Tony and Susan makes one hunger to read more of Wright's work. Chicago-Sun Times
  • “Marvellously written—the last thing you would expect in a story of blood and revenge. Beautiful.”

    Saul Bellow

  • “Compelling…Mesmerizing…Absolutely irresistible.”

    New York Times

  • “A masterpiece…A brilliant, brainy novel full of thrills…It would be easy to say that his critical intelligence dominates Tony and Susan, but Wright is a wonderful storyteller, a wonderful novelist...Tony and Susan makes one hunger to read more of Wright's work.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Wright demonstrates that macho posturing, cruelty, and the refusal of individual responsibility infect both sexes and all classes. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/16/2014

    " Very engaging at the beginning but then loses its grip. Perhaps the lackluster ending is a mirror of Susan's pathetic life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kasandra | 2/15/2014

    " This book deserves 5 stars for the quality of the writing, but unfortunately, the last third or so let me down, because it definitely was not as satisfying or as climactic as I'd been led to believe it would be by what came before. That's not to say it's not worth reading. This is definitely a thriller as well as an exploration of marriage, and both stories within the story are well-done and stick with you in a haunting, eerie sort of way. I couldn't put this down once I started it, and put off doing homework to finish! (Note: my parents' names are Tony and Susan, as are my bosses at work, which is what initially drew me to this, I hadn't realized the book was a re-release getting quite a bit of publicity). The prose here is both odd and different as well as intuitive and natural.... hard to describe, but this is a really curious and unique read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Terri | 2/11/2014

    " I don't get it!! At all!! Did Tony kill his family? Was Tony really Edward. Susan is a weirdo, does she really have a husband and kids?? Did not like it at all!! Sorry!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 The Wee Hen | 2/2/2014

    " I started this book with some trepidation as I feared it was going to be nothing but pure intellectual masturbation. Happily it turned out to be quite a nice little crime novel as well as a book within a book, for which i admit, I am a big sucker. Nicely paced thriller, not too "novel-y" - look forward to exploring Wright's other work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosemary | 1/20/2014

    " The thriller part of this book within a book kept me reading. The way words were used to convey the state of mind of Tony was brilliant. However I felt the story line was a bit contrived at times. Susan, the reader, really didn't grab me at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 1/19/2014

    " The blurb on the cover of "Tony and Susan" from Saul Bellow initially caught my attention given that he'd been dead six years at the time the book arrived. Turns out this is reissue of a book Bellow, and others, loved on arrival in 1993 but which never found an audience. Which is too bad, because it's a strong novel, a literary mystery that doesn't end well for many of the characters. That's life! Or death. Hmm. 2011/7 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grace | 1/15/2014

    " 3.5 Very absorbing at the beginning though not so towards the end. An interesting story within a story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria Shepherd | 1/15/2014

    " Tightly written narrative rendered even more compelling by reading the reader's journey as she discovers the story with the story. Breathtakingly suspenseful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 12/25/2013

    " This is one of my favorite books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 11/10/2013

    " gave up on this and I very rarely do give up on books ! sorry "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 wintermute314 | 11/6/2013

    " The concept works. It's both a book about marriage and a triller. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tamara | 6/21/2013

    " Not sure if it's fair for me to rate this as I gave up on reading it at about page 100 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vikki Cabral | 6/18/2013

    " Both Tony and Susan annoyed me. Disappointing ending that had me scratching my head. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucas Leite | 9/10/2012

    " This book does a deepness essay about the violence and violent feelings; It starts letting you breathless with all the action and suspence. Then, after, it gives a focus in the complexity of human's bad feelings and actions. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Calvin | 7/24/2012

    " Tedious poorly written drivel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 2/18/2012

    " Not sure of the point of the story-within-a-story. I liked Tony's story much better than Susan's. Anyway - enjoyably written - the plot grips you at a point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/25/2011

    " I liked it. Very different and kind of scary. Strange ending though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 12/10/2011

    " a pretty good yarn, a story in a story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucas | 10/25/2011

    " This book does a deepness essay about the violence and violent feelings; It starts letting you breathless with all the action and suspence, after it gives a focus in the complexity of human's bad feelings and actions.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 10/17/2011

    " Not sure of the point of the story-within-a-story. I liked Tony's story much better than Susan's. Anyway - enjoyably written - the plot grips you at a point. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/12/2011

    " Very engaging at the beginning but then loses its grip. Perhaps the lackluster ending is a mirror of Susan's pathetic life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 9/19/2011

    " Truly a shame that a book written over 2 decades ago is now getting the recognition it deserves. Austin Wright has written a gripping tale of lust, sadness and revenge. One that resonates afterwards. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vikki | 9/13/2011

    " Both Tony and Susan annoyed me. Disappointing ending that had me scratching my head. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nannie | 9/2/2011

    " I received Tony and Susan through one of the giveaways on Goodreads and found it to be a very good read. A story within a story and the twists and turns were never what I expected. It kept me interested and wondering right up to the last words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fiona | 8/27/2011

    " This book was brilliant, couldn't put it down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 8/2/2011

    " Very ordinary....but interesting how it is two stories running alongside each other....but I wouldn't bother if I were you...there are much better books out there! "

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About the Author
Author Austin WrightAustin Wright was born in New York in 1922. He was a novelist and academic, for many years Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Cincinnati. He lived with his wife and daughters in Cincinnati, and died in 2003 at the age of eighty.
About the Narrators

Lorelei King is an award-winning narrator and an actress of stage, film, and television. She also works extensively in radio, including award-winning voiceover work. She has narrated more than eighty audiobooks, earning ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and twice winning the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration.

Peter Marinker is a highly experienced stage actor whose credits include Easy AccessFear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and The Merchant of Venice at the Old Vic. His film credits include Event HorizonJudge DreddThe Russia House, and The Emerald Forest.