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Asylum Audiobook

Asylum

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Publisher's Summary

From our most celebrated writer of the psychological thriller comes this nerve-wracking yet eerily beautiful work of erotic obsession and madness. In the summer of 1959, Stella Raphael joins her psychiatrist husband, Max, at his new posting: a maximum-security hospital for the criminally insane. Beautiful and headstrong, Stella soon falls under the spell of Edgar Stark, a brilliant and magnetic sculptor who has been confined to the hospital for murdering his wife in a psychotic rage.

But Stella's knowledge of Edgar's crime is no hindrance to the volcanic attraction that ensues - a passion that will consume Stella's sanity and destroy her and the lives of those around her.

©1999 Patrick McGrath; (P)2008 BBC Audio

What the Critics Say

"The book is hypnotizing, with its own strange but darkly convincing pace and style; and the way in which nature and climate are woven into the fabric of the bizarre couple's strange love is masterly." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Hilary 07-31-15
    Hilary 07-31-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Not what I expected"

    I had to speed up the narration. Both the story and the narrator were slow. The narrator had the perfect voice for this story though. It was intriguing and different, but not something I would read again or recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melena 05-27-15
    Melena 05-27-15
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    "loved it"

    loved it. I was never bored with the story. the tragic twists of it made it even better. I loved how the point of view changed but was so effortless that it didn't break the story weirdly like other books and stories do.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Moombamimi 04-16-15
    Moombamimi 04-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Multi Dimensional and Ironic Title"

    This book offers the readers insight to the suffocating trap of being a woman in a culture and time when women had no rights. Like "Shakespeare's Sister," Stella makes dangerous decisions forced to compromise the morality imposed on her by class and her gender. Lots of good twists and Sir Ian McClellan is outstanding.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shaena 04-09-15
    Shaena 04-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Riveting"

    I absolutely loved the storyline and character depth. The story seemed very realistic. I would highly recommend it to those who like books that make them think.

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    Brittany Bovee 03-11-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A most chilling and enjoyable read."

    Fascinating story read most beautifully by Sir Ian McKellan. Intriguing from beginning to end. I could hardly put it down, I must say.

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    Elaine United States 02-28-15
    Elaine United States 02-28-15
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    "Interesting story"

    This was not what I expected but had the twists and turns of a mystery with surprise ending. A good read

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    Calliope 02-23-15
    Calliope 02-23-15
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    "Slow and subtle, with a great payoff at the end"

    At first I was a little bit disappointed by the slow movement of the story, but as I listened it became more intriguing and involving, and I found myself unwilling to turn it off and listening more avidly. It was not because it is thrilling with a lot of action or unexpected turns - in fact, virtually the entire story is told in retrospective analysis by the friend and psychiatrist of the protagonist - but because of the psychological suspense. It kind of creeps up on you and takes you by surprise.

    Narration, by the great actor Ian McKellen, is terrific, and no doubt adds to the subtle creep of the suspense.

    I purchased this title on a whim during a sale - I probably wouldn't have found it otherwise, and I'm glad I did.

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    Patricia Atlanta, GA, United States 09-19-09
    Patricia Atlanta, GA, United States 09-19-09 Member Since 2013
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    "The nuts are running the nuthouse!"

    This book was well done...only 4 stars because it ended so abruptly. I think a lot of people are missing the point here...the doctors "treating" the patients can be as obsessed and dangerous in their thinking as their patients, given the right circumstances...that's what was so engaging. Peter's faulty treatment of Stella, clouded by his desire for her rather than her successful recovery, made him as dangerous as the other inmates which ultimately resulted in her death. Very interesting premise and subtle which can make it seem at first like a simple case of adultery.

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    callie lewisville, tx, United States 05-24-16
    callie lewisville, tx, United States 05-24-16
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    "FANTASTIC !!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Asylum to be better than the print version?

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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. The twists of this book always came out of nowhere. About halfway through I wasn't sure if there could be anything that kept the story going, but there was! Fabulous book


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    Samantha 09-11-15
    Samantha 09-11-15
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    "Heartbreaker"

    Loved this book. The complex elements absolutely make it. I really enjoyed the narrator's perspective and navigating his psychology as well as the other characters'.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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