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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (343 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Dunning Narrator: Boyd Gaines Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It's the summer of 1942 at radio station WHAR on the New Jersey coast. As bombs fall on Britain, a troupe of gallant actors, sound effects people, writers, and producers explores the promise of this exhilarating medium, struggling to create programming that entertains, informs, and enlightens its listeners.


Into this intense community come Jack Dulaney and Holly Carnahan, determined to find Holly's missing father, who sent his last desperate missive from this noisy seaside town. Holly sings like an angel and quickly becomes a star. Jack -- a onetime novelist who's hit every kind of trouble -- gets hooked by the extraordinary power of radio and discovers that he can write scripts with the best of them.

Holly's father is nowhere to be found, and soon it seems that his disappearance may be linked to an English actor who walked out of the station six years earlier and was never seen again. It is a link that sonic people will do anything to hide -- including murder.

Like E. L. Doctorow in Billy Bathgate or Caleb Carr in The Alienist, Dunning has written a magnificent story of mystery, murder, and revenge that brings to life another era.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “John Dunning has to be one of the finest writers in America. As always, he has put together a winning mix of intrigue, romance, conspiracy, and shrewd villains. Two O’Clock, Eastern Wartime is brilliantly conceived from start to finish. John delivers, and no reader could ask for more.” 

    Clive Cussler, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “What a great book—full of suspense, romance, and mesmerizing old-time radio lore…If you haven’t yet discovered John Dunning, you have a treat in store.” 

    Janet Evanovich, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Reading John Dunning’s Two O’Clock, Eastern Wartime is like going to radio lovers’ heaven. He brings the excitement of listening to and working in radio to life on almost every page…Reads like the best of the radio thrillers.” 

    Stuart M. Kaminsky, author of the Toby Peters novels and Vengeance

  • “In a world of overhyped authors, John Dunning is the real thing. He has the storyteller’s gift, mastery of the writer’s craft, and deep insight into human behavior. Dunning’s books are welcome gifts to us all.” 

    Greg Iles, author of 24 Hours and The Quiet Game

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Debbie | 2/20/2014

    " Jack Dulaney goes looking for answers in radio, 1942 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by bookczuk | 2/18/2014

    " We both read this. Javaczuk liked it; I liked bits of it, enough to finish the book, but it was slow reading.Interesting historical perspectives, but rather dry at times. I liked it more when the author focused in on the Holly story, rather than the scripts. But I'm a romantic at heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Loretta | 2/11/2014

    " I listened to the book years ago. I was reminded of it after listening to "The Postmistress". It has all the flaws that other reviewers noted, but still packs a lot of entertainment if you are interested in radio and the impact of World War II on the East Coast. I found it fascinating to read about the behind the scenes work in putting together a radio production. The mystery part is confusing, no doubt about it, but if you hang in there, it all comes together. I definitely recommend listening to this as it is less effort and pulls you along through the muddled parts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kristin | 2/3/2014

    " Amazing! I wish I could give it more than five stars. "

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