Euphoria by Lily King audiobook

Euphoria: A Novel

By Lily King
Read by Simon Vance and Xe Sands

6.88 Hours 06/03/2014 Unabridged
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From New England Book Award winner Lily King comes a breathtaking novel about three young anthropologists of the 1930s caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and ultimately, their lives. English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers’ deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry and mercurial Australian husband, Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nell and Fen have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo and, in spite of Nell’s poor health, are hungry for a new discovery. When Bankson finds them a new tribe nearby—the artistic, female-dominated Tam—he ignites an intellectual and romantic firestorm between the three of them that burns out of anyone’s control. Set between two World Wars and inspired by events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, Euphoria is an enthralling story of passion, possession, exploration, and sacrifice from accomplished author Lily King.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2015 Audie Award for Best Literary Fiction Narration

An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year for 2014

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A London Guardian Pick of Top 10 Books about Cheating

A BookPage Top Pick of Audiobooks for June 2015

A New York Times Best Book of 2014

A New York Times bestseller

Winner of the 2014 Kirkus Prize for Fiction

Winner of the 2014 New England Book Award for Fiction

A 2014 Reader’s Digest Pick for Summer Reading List

A 2014 Entertainment Weekly Best Book for Fiction

A National Geographic Pick for Summer Reading Lists

One of O Magazine’s Ten Titles to Pick Up Now

A Marie Claire Magazine Pick for 2014 Beach Reads

A USA Today Notable Book for Summer Reads

A 2014 New York Times Editor’s Choice

Nominated for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

A Boston Globe Pick for Summer Reading

An Amazon Best Book of 2014

One of the New York Magazine Top 10 Books of 2014

A St. Louis Post-Dispatch Pick for Summer Road Trips

A Pop Sugar Pick for 9 Audiobooks to Listen to on Your Next Long Roadtrip

A Voice Arts Award Nominee

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2014

One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014

Selected for the June 2014 Indie Next List

A BookPage Top Pick, February 2015

From New England Book Award winner Lily King comes a breathtaking novel about three young anthropologists of the 1930s caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and ultimately, their lives.

English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers’ deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry and mercurial Australian husband, Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nell and Fen have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo and, in spite of Nell’s poor health, are hungry for a new discovery. When Bankson finds them a new tribe nearby—the artistic, female-dominated Tam—he ignites an intellectual and romantic firestorm between the three of them that burns out of anyone’s control.

Set between two World Wars and inspired by events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, Euphoria is an enthralling story of passion, possession, exploration, and sacrifice from accomplished author Lily King.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“In a perfect marriage of words and voice, narrators Simon Vance and Xe Sands join author Lily King to produce an extraordinary audiobook experience…Sands and Vance perform the stupendous feat of creating memorable versions of the same characters. Their performances offer nuanced interpretations of the different personalities and…a unique narrative pace that enhances the listener’s understanding of this unforgettable tale. Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“This audio version, read by Simon Vance and Xe Sands, may well become my favorite audio of 2015…The narrators make this intense, emotionally charged tale of desire and depair, both physical and intellectural, even more vivid.” BookPage (audio review)
“Stunningly passionate and gorgeously written.” Andre Dubus III, New York Times bestselling author
“Fresh, brilliantly structured, and fully imagined.” Andrea Barrett, National Book Award–winning author
“A searing and absolutely mesmerizing glimpse into 1930’s New Guinea, a world as savage and fascinating as Conrad’s Heart of Darkness…Jaw-droppingly, heart-stoppingly beautiful.” Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author
“I was totally captivated. Euphoria is a great book.” Karl Marlantes, New York Times bestselling author
Euphoria is at once romantic, exotic, informative, and entertaining.” Reader’s Digest
“Enthralling…In the beauty and cruelty of others, we discover our own.” Vogue
“It’s smart and steamy, and like the best historical fiction, it made me want to read about Mead.” USA Today
Euphoria is a meticulously researched homage to Mead’s restless mind and a considered portrait of Western anthropology in its primitivist heyday. It’s also a taut, witty, fiercely intelligent tale of competing egos and desires in a landscape of exotic menace—a love triangle in extremis…Exquisite.” New York Times Book Review
“Although King has always written coolly about intense emotions, here she captures the amber of one man’s exquisite longing for a woman who changed the way we look at ourselves.” Washington Post
“ It’s both romantic and intelligent…This is the best kind of historical novel—the kind that sent me running to read more about its real-life inspiration.” Amazon.com
“King builds an intense, seductive, sexual, and intellectual tension among the three [anthropogists]: This taut, fraught triangulation is the novel’s driving force.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Masterful…A thrilling and beautifully composed novel…A great novelist is like an anthropologist, examining what humans do by habit and custom. King excels in creating vignettes from Nell’s fieldwork as well as from the bitter conversation of the three love-torn collaborators, making the familiar strange and the strange acceptable. This is a riveting and provocative novel, absolutely first rate.” Seattle Times
“While the love triangle sections do turn pages, King’s immersive prose takes center stage.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Inspired by an event in the life of Margaret Mead, this novel tells the story of three young anthropologists in 1930s New Guinea…This three-way relationship is complex and involving, but even more fascinating is the depiction of three anthropologists with three entirely diverse ways of studying another culture.” Library Journal (starred review)
“King changes the names (and the outcome) in this atmospheric romantic fiction set in New Guinea and clearly based on anthropologist Margaret Mead’s relationship with her second and third husbands…A small gem, disturbing and haunting.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Set between the First and Second World Wars, the story is loosely based on events in the life of Margaret Mead. There are fascinating looks into other cultures and how they are studied and the sacrifices and dangers that go along with it. This is a powerful story, at once gritty, sensuous, and captivating.” Booklist
“I’m always happy to read Lily King, and I particularly enjoyed reading Euphoria.” Ann Beattie, author of Chilly Scenes of Winter
“Lily King delves into the intellectual flights and passions of three anthropologists—as complex, rivalrous, and brutal as any of the cultures they study. Euphoria is a brilliantly written book.” Alice Greenway, Los Angeles Times Award–winning author
“Adventure and romance, danger and knowledge, desire and desolation: these are a few of my favorite things. And, exquisitely braided, they form the core of Euphoria…This passionate and thrilling new novel reminds us that all our mores are fictions, that culture itself is only a story we tell ourselves. And what a harrowing tale Lily King weaves from these threads. I’m left breathless, excited, ready to wander and explore, a little afraid, enamored, enlightened.” Bill Roorbach, author of Life among Giants

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 6.88
Audience: Adult
Language: English