Where the Dead Sit Talking Audiobook, by Brandon Hobson Play Audiobook Sample

Where the Dead Sit Talking Audiobook

Where the Dead Sit Talking Audiobook, by Brandon Hobson Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Eric Michael Summerer Publisher: Highbridge Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: February 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781681689517

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Longest Chapter Length:

37:10 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

03:20 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

18:31 minutes

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Publisher Description

With his single mother in jail, Sequoyah, a fifteen-year-old Cherokee boy, is placed in foster care with the Troutt family. Literally and figuratively scarred by his unstable upbringing, Sequoyah has spent years mostly keeping to himself, living with his emotions pressed deep below the surface—that is, until he meets the seventeen-year-old Rosemary, another youth staying with the Troutts.

Sequoyah and Rosemary bond over their shared Native American backgrounds and tumultuous paths through the foster care system, but as Sequoyah's feelings toward Rosemary deepen, the precariousness of their lives and the scars of their pasts threaten to undo them both.

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“The novel holds a difficult dialogue on intergenerational trauma, the effects of separating children from their Nations, and the perilous outcomes if we do not make urgent changes to the systems forcing American Indians to assimilate and disconnect.”

— Electric Literature 


  • “Reverberates with the hope of connection as it explores Native displacement and loss.”

    — New York Times Book Review
  • “Soulful.”

    — Dallas Morning News
  • “A strange and powerful…This novel breathes with a dark, pulsing life of its own.”

    — Tulsa Voice
  • ​“​This is a dark story that depicts the loneliness and pain of unwanted children and the foster care system where they end up.”

    — The Oklahoman
  • “A masterly tale of life and death, hopes and fears, secrets and lies.”

    — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “A smart, dark novel of adolescence, death, and rural secrets…Far more than a mere coming-of-age story, this is a remarkable and moving novel.”

    — Publishers Weekly (starred review)


  • Finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction
  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of Best Books Now in Paperbaxk
  • Winner of the Reading the West Book Award for Fiction
  • Longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award
  • Longlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize
  • A Southern Living Magazine Pick of Best Books of the Year
  • One of the Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of the Year
  • An NPR Best Book of the Year

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About Brandon Hobson

Brandon Hobson is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation tribe. He is the author of several novels, including Where the Dead Sit Talking, a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction and winner of the Reading the West Book Award. His work has appeared in the Pushcart Prize anthology, The Believer, the Paris Review DailyConjunctionsNOON, and McSweeney’s, among other places. He is an assistant professor of creative writing at New Mexico State University and teaches in the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

About Eric Michael Summerer

Eric Michael Summerer is a voice actor and producer who has narrated numerous audiobooks as well as countless instructional recordings and video games. His narrations have earned an Audie Award nomination and won an AudioFile Earphones Award. He also cohosts the popular board-game podcast The Dice Tower.