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  • Guests on Earth

  • By: Lee Smith
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 126

When she is thirteen years old, Evalina Toussaint, the orphaned child of an exotic dancer in New Orleans, is admitted as a mental patient to Highland Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. The year is 1936, and the hospital, under the direction of celebrity psychiatrist Robert S. Carroll, is famous for its up-to-the-minute shock therapies and for Dr. Carroll's revolutionary theory of the benefits of non-introspection. Evalina finds herself in the midst of a kaleidoscope of characters, including the estranged wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Lee Smith Excellence

  • By William on 04-07-15

Lee Smith is amazing

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Reviewed: 09-06-17

What made the experience of listening to Guests on Earth the most enjoyable?

I have yet to find a novel by Lee Smith that did not please me. This one in particular did not have that really familiar feel that I associate with growing up southern but it was a wonderful story. Beautifully written, interesting emotionally detached style letting your imagination fill in the lines. It seemed very real.

What did you like best about this story?

Ashville is a beautiful area.

Have you listened to any of Emily Woo Zeller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I had not heard her narration before but I enjoyed it.