Winner of the 1994 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel
Ray Shackleford is trying to deal with the death of his father and the collapse of his marriage when the impossible happens: music that no one has ever heard before begins to play from his stereo speakers. It is only the first step on a journey that will take him to Los Angeles, London, Cozumel, and points far beyond, and that will bring him face to face with Jim Morrison, Brian Wilson, Jimi Hendrix—and his own mortality.
© 1993 by Lewis Shiner
“Almost no one can approach Shiner’s mastery in capturing the experience of listening to a brilliant song…Even more, the skillful way that Shiner weaves the music into the stories of Ray and the world around him makes them into an inseparable, twined-together braid, a chord of emotion and tension that has moments of heartbreak, joy, and even terror…Rudnicki gave a beautiful performance, full of passion and understanding for the text, and the source material is just so good. If you love rock and roll, fantasy, science fiction, and/or audiobooks, I recommend this to you without reservation.”
Cory Doctorow, author of Homeland
“A psychedelic odyssey…soars on the escapist wings of a re-created era.”
“A pop-music fairy tale linking the Beatles to Bruno Bettelheim.”
“I hesitate to call a book ‘important,’ but this may well be that…I found it deeply satisfying.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Shiner writes with intense feeling…The novel sparkles…A story of uncommon sensitivity, insight, and redemptive power.”
“Powerfully affecting. Much more than yuppie reunions like The Big Chill, this captures a generation’s sweet, desperate yearning for the 60s.”
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Moving, remembering, and being.May 15, 2014This is a wonderful book about a late 80s stereo repairman (Ray) who discovers that he can, through some kind of power of imagination and love of music, actually cause lost albums to come to be. A musical trip through the late 60s (The Beatles, The Doors, Brian Wilson) as Ray re-lives both his own youth and the time and character of the musicians who made the music which provided the soundtrack to a tumultuous era. In the present, Ray is dealing with the death of his distant father, the tenuous threads which hold his marriage together, and coming to terms and some form of understanding with both. Stefan Rudnicki's narration is (as always) rich and resonant, capturing's Ray's voice and grounding the book in a dry, gravelly bass which suits it perfectly. This is an authentic book of a time that was and of timeless music that almost was, and true human characters moving between them. I enthusiastically recommend it.
Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than two thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014 and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.
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- Publisher: Skyboat Media
- Genre: Fiction
- ISBN-13: 978-1-4815-2466-7