We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
The House of Rumour: A Novel | [Jake Arnott]

The House of Rumour: A Novel

Told in a variety of narrative voices, what at first appears to be a constellation of random events begins to cohere as the work of a shadow organization - or is it justcoincidence? Tying the strands together is Larry Zagorski, an early pulp-fiction writer turned U.S. airman turned "American gnostic", who looks back on his long and eventful life, searching for connections between the seemingly disparate parts. The teeming network of interlaced secrets he uncovers has personal relevance...
Regular Price:$20.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Mixing the invented and the real, The House of Rumour explores World War II spy intrigue (featuring Ian Fleming), occultism (Aleister Crowley), the West Coast science-fiction set (Robert Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and Philip K. Dick all appear), and the new-wave music scene of the 1980s. The decades-spanning, labyrinthine plot also weaves in the Jonestown massacre and Rudolf Hess, UFO sightings and B movies. Told in a variety of narrative voices, what at first appears to be a constellation of random events begins to cohere as the work of a shadow organization - or is it justcoincidence?

Tying the strands together is Larry Zagorski, an early pulp-fiction writer turned U.S. airman turned "American gnostic", who looks back on his long and eventful life, searching for connections between the seemingly disparate parts. The teeming network of interlaced secrets he uncovers has personal relevance - it mirrors a book of 22 interconnected stories he once wrote, inspired by the major arcana cards in the tarot.

Hailed by the Guardian as an heir to Don DeLillo’s Underworld, The House of Rumour is a tour de force that sweeps the listener through a century’s worth of secret histories.

©2013 Jake Arnott (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.4 (11 )
5 star
 (1)
4 star
 (5)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
3.7 (10 )
5 star
 (2)
4 star
 (5)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.0 (9 )
5 star
 (2)
4 star
 (5)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Amy Jesionowski Buffalo, NY 04-30-15
    Amy Jesionowski Buffalo, NY 04-30-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    66
    9
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I loved this book."
    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book that was about nothing, but everything. It's not an alternate history, because the major historical events described did occur (WWII, Nazi occultism, JPL, the SF surge in popularity both in book and movie form, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Jonestown, etc.). This was about perspective, about what these events *could* have looked like and meant to some of those involved on the fringes, and how truth vs. fact can be very subjective.

    Arnott's characterizations were fascinating and complete. He made his characters very real, and very plausible. His arrangement of voices through the use of the Major Arcana of the Tarot made everything fit perfectly together. This was an enjoyable and satisfying read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.