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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (285 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Ferry Narrator: Anthony Heald Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9781455190768
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Pete Ferry teaches high school English in the wealthy suburb of Lake Forest outside of Chicago and moonlights as a travel writer. On his way home after work one evening, he witnesses a car accident that kills a beautiful woman named Lisa Kim. But was it an accident? Could Pete have prevented it? And did it actually happen, or is this just an elaborate tale he concocts to impart the power of story to his students? Why can’t he stop thinking about Lisa Kim? And what might his obsession with her mean to his relationship with his girlfriend, Lydia?

With humor, tenderness, and suspense, Travel Writing takes readers on fascinating journeys, both geographical and psychological, as it delves into the notion that the line between fact and fiction is often negotiable. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Imagination and literal truth collide intriguingly in this Chinese-box puzzle…This is a witty novel about its own provenance, an exploration of the ambiguous ways in which the writer’s imagination works…Novel or not-novel, it’s one hell of a fictional debut.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Assertions that all the world’s stories have been told are challenged in this unique novel, one which examines storytelling itself…As the voice of Pete, Anthony Heald is the epitome of an eloquent everyman. Heald shifts his tone seamlessly as he captures all the variations on the ‘travel writing’ of the title with a confident, capable performance. Part personal (and, of course, literal) exploration, part murder mystery, and part metaphysical examination of writing itself—this novel and Heald’s delivery of it are certainly worth the trip.”

    AudioFile

  • “Ferry’s undeniably clever debut novel, full of metafictional razzle-dazzle…Listeners with a taste for fiction about fiction will find ample rewards…If you buy strictly on merit, though, go for it.”

    Library Journal

  • “A winning first novel…Ferry’s prose is so entrancing, his mild-mannered yet covertly audacious hero is so compelling, there is nothing intrusive or pretentious about this metafiction setup…A mordently funny and diabolically smart novel of happenstance and responsibility.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Siobhan Fallon | 2/18/2014

    " A really different kind of book that grabs you from the first paragraph. The protagonist, Peter Ferry (yes, same name as the actual author), is a mild mannered teacher who catches a glimpse of a woman just before she dies. He is haunted by her death, and tries to figure out her brief, unpredicatble, and sometimes dangerous life. The haunting becomes an obsession that makes him question the difference between reality and fiction. Sort of a deconstruction of life and art, but not in an unapproachable or too-scholarly way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dragana | 2/8/2014

    " Oh well, nice enough... category "think global, buy/borrow local", or "unplanned easy read b/c it drops names of Chicago North Shore locales" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/29/2014

    " I didn't really like it until the end. But the end made me glad I had kept reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendi | 1/25/2014

    " I listened to the audio version of this book in the car, and it was fabulous! Ferry weaves an incredibly interesting story. I often found myself hanging out in the parking lot so I could hear more before going into the office. The narrator is incredible. I highly recommend the audio version. "

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

    " I don't usually read mysteries, but this book was as much about storytelling in the context of teaching as it was about the murder of Lisa Kim. The author is a former teacher at Lake Forest High School who lives in Evanston and used to live in Rogers Park, so almost every place he mentions is one that I know. I'm about to Google information about this supposed crime since I am still not sure if it happened or not. The fact that I am curious and thinking about it means that it was a good book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabre | 1/20/2014

    " I really enjoyed his style of writing and I like that the book went a totally different direction than I was expecting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 1/10/2014

    " A great read - takes place in Chicago, I had to check out that temple: Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette after reading this. Check reviews and enjoy ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby Sominski | 12/7/2013

    " I enjoyed 'travel writing' and appreciated its uniqueness, I didn't feel the need to know if the storyline was from the author's life experience or not (main character and author are same person) but I did feel like the author was over explaining things and it came across as being pompous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 11/20/2013

    " A good book that I wish I enjoyed more. Nice exploration of people, places and ideas. Nice mix of the real and illusory. Quiet and intriguing. Well written. Despite all the positives, it did not grab me as it has others. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sabrina | 11/17/2013

    " I actually picked up this book because the cover art was intriguing. Hard to get into at first, slow character development. But once it got rolling, I finished it quickly. Light read that takes you across America, through Mexico and back. Add a dead body & drugs & you have got a nice easy read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura Rittenhouse | 10/22/2013

    " Well this was simply boring. I felt like I was stuck on a long haul flight next to someone droning on about their life which isn't even close to an interesting life. I closed it for the last time somewhere in the middle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tasha | 4/15/2013

    " This book was such a surprise. It kept me on my toes and held my interest. I love how he weaved past and present into fact and fiction. I think you'll like this story if you don't mind an author who tells it like it is....almost. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 bazu | 6/19/2012

    " this book was so weirdly compelling and yet so weirdly self-indulgent. we get it, we get it, you're being all inter-textual and self-reflective, bravo. I really liked it though! While hating it! Either way, passion was aroused. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MJ | 4/20/2012

    " The novel has a unique way of telling a story about telling a story. The language is crisp and clean but for me, likable characters only make brief appearances, hence the lower rating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 eb | 3/26/2012

    " In his blurb, Dave Eggers says this book isn't coy. What nonsense! It's coy as hell. Metafiction isn't sticky enough to hold together a narrative so diffuse and boring. Travel writing, a murder mystery, classroom discussions about love, Hemingwayish descriptions of food--zzzzzzzzzzzz. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fredsky | 11/12/2011

    " I really give it a 3-1/2. I enjoyed the interwoven lines: past, present, real, unreal, perception/delusion, love/indifference, and so on. I was interested in the way the narrator taught a class. Again, for English majors, this is worth a go. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 3/2/2011

    " I believe Peter Ferry is actually a travel writer and the best part of the book was his discussion of a rugged canoe trip somewhere in Canada (I think). It didn't have anything to do with the rest of the novel, but it will stay with me. The plot was interesting and kept my attention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 1/30/2011

    " I enjoyed this book on so many levels--the setting in Chicago, the "travel writing" that makes up a large portion of the book's content, the unreliable narrator and the mystery which unfolds. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kacey | 12/2/2010

    " It was ok.The ending was strange. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 5/24/2010

    " Well this was simply boring. I felt like I was stuck on a long haul flight next to someone droning on about their life which isn't even close to an interesting life. I closed it for the last time somewhere in the middle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 5/4/2010

    " A great read - takes place in Chicago, I had to check out that temple: Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette after reading this. Check reviews and enjoy ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MJ | 4/27/2010

    " The novel has a unique way of telling a story about telling a story. The language is crisp and clean but for me, likable characters only make brief appearances, hence the lower rating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bradley | 2/5/2010

    " Strange is often good as this debut from Peter Ferry proves. What's real takes center stage is this tale of an English teacher who may have witnessed a fatal car accident and is mistaken for a friend of the victim. A great book to talk about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 11/30/2009

    " Senseless death, mystery, mistaken identity, clever meta-narrative...I think if you like PaulAuster you will like this too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 10/28/2009

    " Pretty interesting. I kept losing my place amongst his travling but I did kl=like the way the storu=y was related to the students and made one wonder is it true or fiction "

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About the Author
Author Peter Ferry

Peter Ferry is a teacher, writer, and editor. He has written textbooks for Rand McNally and travel pieces for the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times. His short stories have appeared in the New Review of Literature and McSweeney’s, and he has won the Illinois Arts Council Literary Award for Short Fiction. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.

About the Narrator

Anthony Heald, an Audie Award–winning narrator, has earned Tony nominations and an Obie Award for his theater work; appeared in television’s Law & Order, The X-Files, Miami Vice, and Boston Public; and starred as Dr. Frederick Chilton in the 1991 Oscar-winning film The Silence of the Lambs. He lives in Ashland, Oregon, with his family.