Mermaids in Paradise by Lydia Millet audiobook

Mermaids in Paradise

By Lydia Millet
Read by Cassandra Campbell

Dreamscape 9780393245622
8.63 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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Mermaids, kidnappers, and mercenaries hijack a tropicalvacation in this genre-bending send-up of the American honeymoon. On the grounds of a Caribbean island resort, newlyweds Deband Chip—our opinionated, skeptical narrator and her cheerful jock husband who’sfriendly to a fault—meet a marine biologist who says she’s sighted mermaids ina coral reef. As the resort’s “parent company” swoops in tocorner the market on mythological creatures, the couple joins forces with otheradventurous souls, including an ex-Navy SEAL with a love of explosives and ahipster Tokyo VJ, to save said mermaids from the “Venture ofMarvels,” which wants to turn their reef into a theme park. Mermaids in Paradiseis Lydia Millet’s funniest book yet, tempering the sharp satire of her earlycareer with the empathy and subtlety of her more recent novels and shortstories. This is an unforgettable, mesmerizing tale, darkly comic on thesurface and illuminating in its depths.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Editor’s Choice

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014

A BookPage Best Book of 2014

A Oprah Pick of Ten Titles to Pick Up Now

A November 2014 LibraryReads Pick

Mermaids, kidnappers, and mercenaries hijack a tropicalvacation in this genre-bending send-up of the American honeymoon.

On the grounds of a Caribbean island resort, newlyweds Deband Chip—our opinionated, skeptical narrator and her cheerful jock husband who’sfriendly to a fault—meet a marine biologist who says she’s sighted mermaids ina coral reef.

As the resort’s “parent company” swoops in tocorner the market on mythological creatures, the couple joins forces with otheradventurous souls, including an ex-Navy SEAL with a love of explosives and ahipster Tokyo VJ, to save said mermaids from the “Venture ofMarvels,” which wants to turn their reef into a theme park.

Mermaids in Paradiseis Lydia Millet’s funniest book yet, tempering the sharp satire of her earlycareer with the empathy and subtlety of her more recent novels and shortstories. This is an unforgettable, mesmerizing tale, darkly comic on thesurface and illuminating in its depths.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“I laughed so hard all…Leave it to Lydia Millet to capsize her human characters in aquamarine waters and upstage their honeymoon with mermaids. I am awed to know there’s a mind like Millet’s out there—she’s a writer without limits, always surprising, always hilarious.” Karen Russell, New York Times bestselling author of Swamplandia!
“Suspenseful, philosophical, and tropical—the funniest you’ll ever read on ecotourism and the wisest you’ll ever read on mermaids.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“[A] deft satire…Millet ramps up the suspense.” Entertainment Weekly
“Millet, with her keen sense of the absurd, brings the book to a surprising conclusion and makes a point about corporate greed and the destruction of the environment without being heavy-handed.” Wall Street Journal
“A hilarious genre-bender that strikes some serious chords.” BBC.com
“With equal parts calculated wryness and pleading earnestness, [Millet] delivers a thrilling piece of fabulist fiction.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Deb’s endearing insecurity, unexamined courage, and unwavering love for her husband allow for a charming, albeit uncomfortable, examination of the power of skewed worldviews running off the rails, fueled by ignorance and fear, while smarter, cooler heads push back. Brilliant and wildly funny, with well-placed sharp jolts of sobering reality; Pulitzer Prize finalist Millet is pure genius.” Library Journal (starred review)
“[A] laser-focused satire…The novel has the shape and pace of a thriller…An admirable example of a funny novel with a serious message that works swimmingly. Dive in.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Cassandra Campbell’s performance deftly conveys this dark comedy chock-full of outlandish characters…Campbell portrays the story’s narrator, Deb, with a velvety voice and a light tone that brings out the character’s loving acceptance of her adventurous husband’s idiosyncrasies. Campbell’s well-modulated voice keeps the comedy and irony afloat even in the gravest of conversations…A wide range of voices—from the snooty sounding Gina to the dastardly Thompson—brings out the outlandish characters who add to the humor of this bizarre caper about corporate greed run amok.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Lydia Millet

Author Bio: Lydia Millet

Lydia Millet is the author of the New York Times Notable Book Ghost Lights and several other works of fiction. Her short story collection Love in Infant Monkeys was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Humor
Runtime: 8.63
Audience: Adult
Language: English