Tony and Susan by Austin Wright audiobook

Tony and Susan

By Austin Wright
Read by Lorelei King and Peter Marinker

Hachette Audio 9780446601054
11.18 Hours 1
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Fifteen years ago, Susan Morrow left her first husband, Edward Sheffield, an unpublished writer. Now, she's enduring middle class suburbia as a doctor's wife, when out of the blue she receives a package containing the manuscript of her ex-husband's first novel. He writes asking her to read the book; she was always his best critic, he says. As Susan reads, she is drawn into the fictional life of Tony Hastings, a math professor driving his family to their summer house in Maine. And as we read with her, we too become lost in Sheffield's thriller. As the Hastings' ordinary, civilized lives are disastrously, violently sent off course, Susan is plunged back into the past, forced to confront the darkness that inhabits her, and driven to name the fear that gnaws at her future and will change her life. Tony and Susan is a dazzling, eerie, riveting novel about fear and regret, blood and revenge, marriage and creativity. It is simply one of a kind. "A superb and thrilling novel...extrodinary." -- Ian McEwan "Compelling...mesmerizing...absolutely irresistible."--New York Times "A perfect and literary puzzle, an irresistible tale anout marriage and murder, both thriling and moving." -- Scott Turow "A page-turner of a literary thriller." -- Sara Waters "Beautifully written, perfectly paced, impressively clever, and ultimately shocking in a way you never see coming." -- Nelson DeMille "Absolutely terrifying, beautiful, and appalling. Parts of it shocked me, and I am not easily shocked." -- Ruth Rendell

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Summary

Summary

Fifteen years ago, Susan Morrow left her first husband, Edward Sheffield, an unpublished writer. Now, she's enduring middle class suburbia as a doctor's wife, when out of the blue she receives a package containing the manuscript of her ex-husband's first novel. He writes asking her to read the book; she was always his best critic, he says. As Susan reads, she is drawn into the fictional life of Tony Hastings, a math professor driving his family to their summer house in Maine. And as we read with her, we too become lost in Sheffield's thriller. As the Hastings' ordinary, civilized lives are disastrously, violently sent off course, Susan is plunged back into the past, forced to confront the darkness that inhabits her, and driven to name the fear that gnaws at her future and will change her life. Tony and Susan is a dazzling, eerie, riveting novel about fear and regret, blood and revenge, marriage and creativity. It is simply one of a kind. "A superb and thrilling novel...extrodinary." -- Ian McEwan "Compelling...mesmerizing...absolutely irresistible."--New York Times "A perfect and literary puzzle, an irresistible tale anout marriage and murder, both thriling and moving." -- Scott Turow "A page-turner of a literary thriller." -- Sara Waters "Beautifully written, perfectly paced, impressively clever, and ultimately shocking in a way you never see coming." -- Nelson DeMille "Absolutely terrifying, beautiful, and appalling. Parts of it shocked me, and I am not easily shocked." -- Ruth Rendell

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A masterpiece...A brilliant, brainy novel full of thrills...It would be easy to say that his critical intelligence dominates Tony and Susan, but Wright is a wonderful storyteller, a wonderful novelist...Tony and Susan makes one hunger to read more of Wright's work. Chicago-Sun Times
Absorbing, terrifying, beautiful . . . unforgettable. Ruth Rendell
A brilliant novel...Astute, cunning and thrilling in equal measure...deserves to be found by a whole new generation of readers Independent (UK)
My favorite novel of 2010 would have been my favorite novel of 1993 -- if only I had known about it...Wright died at the age of 80; in 2010 TONY AND SUSAN returns to print as his stunning literary legacy. Min Jin Lee, The Times (UK)
Compelling...Mesmerizing...Absolutely irresistible. The New York Times
Marvellously written --the last thing you would expect in a story of blood and revenge. Beautiful. Saul Bellow
“Marvellously written—the last thing you would expect in a story of blood and revenge. Beautiful.” Saul Bellow, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Compelling…Mesmerizing…Absolutely irresistible.” New York Times
“A masterpiece…A brilliant, brainy novel full of thrills…Wright is a wonderful storyteller.” Chicago Sun-Times
“Wright demonstrates that macho posturing, cruelty, and the refusal of individual responsibility infect both sexes and all classes. Highly recommended.” Library Journal
“Narrators Lorelei King and Peter Marinker deliver compelling performances of this story-within-a-story…King’s methodical delivery in portraying Susan serves as a sharp contrast to the syncopated, multiple rhythms Marinker adopts to capture the personalities of the characters in the ex-husband’s novel. His narration moves from a teenager’s brazen frankness to a father’s languid and measured words and the raspy tones of savage malcontents. As the story progresses, Marinker’s delivery makes the ensuing violence palpable. In the end, listeners will find themselves wondering just how thin the line is between barbarism and humanity.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Austin Wright

Author Bio: Austin Wright

Austin Wright (1922–2003) was born in New York. He was a novelist and academic, for many years professor emeritus of English at the University of Cincinnati. He lived with his wife and daughters in Cincinnati.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 11.18
Audience: Adult
Language: English