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Spoonbenders Audiobook

Spoonbenders: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Teddy Telemachus is a charming con man with a gift for sleight of hand and some shady underground associates. In need of cash, he tricks his way into a classified government study about telekinesis and its possible role in intelligence gathering. There he meets Maureen McKinnon, and it's not just her piercing blue eyes that leave Teddy forever charmed but her mind - Maureen is a genuine psychic of immense and mysterious power. After a whirlwind courtship, they marry, have three gifted children, and become the Amazing Telemachus Family, performing astounding feats across the country. Irene is a human lie detector. Frankie can move objects with his mind. And Buddy, the youngest, can see the future. Then one night tragedy leaves the family shattered.

Decades later the Telemachuses are not so amazing. Irene is a single mom whose ear for truth makes it hard to hold down a job, much less hold together a relationship. Frankie's in serious debt to his dad's old mob associates. Buddy has completely withdrawn into himself and inexplicably begun digging a hole in the backyard. To make matters worse, the CIA has come knocking, looking to see if there's any magic left in the Telemachus clan. And there is: Irene's son Matty has just had his first out-of-body experience. But he hasn't told anyone, even though his newfound talent might just be what his family needs to save themselves - if it doesn't tear them apart in the process.

Harnessing the imaginative powers that have made him a master storyteller, Daryl Gregory delivers a stunning, laugh-out-loud new novel about a family of gifted dreamers and the invisible forces that bind us all.

©2017 Daryl Gregory (P)2017 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Hilarious, heartfelt and brimming with humanity." (Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, author of The Nest)

"Masterful...gracefully balances the outrageous melodrama of Chicago mobsters and shadowy government agencies with the ordinary mysteries of family dynamics.... Readers will emerge from the fray sure they know each Telemachus down to the smudges on their hearts. A skillfully written family drama that employs quirk and magic with grace." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Spoonbenders is brilliant. With the Telemachus clan, Daryl Gregory has created a family that is part J.D. Salinger and part David Foster Wallace. But the most impressive trick in the novel isn't how they read minds. Gregory's real gift is how he uses them to show the depths of the human heart." (Christopher Farnsworth, author of Killfile and Blood Oath)

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    Dsouth 07-14-17
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    If you could sum up Spoonbenders in three words, what would they be?

    Fun! Fun! Fun!


    Have you listened to any of Ari Fliakos’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but he was absolutely perfect for this book. He did the voices so well, this is one of a few times when I think I got more out of the book having it read to me, than reading it myself. If you had to imagine the voices in your head, it would be Ari's.


    Who was the most memorable character of Spoonbenders and why?

    I'd have to say Buddy, but I couldn't say why without a spoiler alert.


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    JILL CAVANAUGH 07-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Just the Right Amount of Everything!"
    What made the experience of listening to Spoonbenders the most enjoyable?

    Spoonbenders is a great, silly, feel good book. As someone who listens to a lot crime and suspense novels it's nice to take a break and laugh. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!


    Have you listened to any of Ari Fliakos’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I first heard Ari Fliako's narration in The Nix. He is was one of the reasons why I purchased this book. I like Ari because he's not over dramatic like some narrators. Ari Fliakos is one of my favorites.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great summer read/listen!

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Rich Obrey Maine 07-21-17
    Rich Obrey Maine 07-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Liked it a lot"

    I never take the time to review books after I'm done, but I will today. This book was great, in all ways. Enjoyed it muchly.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Birdianna Branch 06-29-17
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    "ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!"

    Each character unique and so very real, kindly flawed humans in a family and storyline that will stay with me for a very long time.

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    onemofaux 07-20-17
    onemofaux 07-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Definitely my favorite thus far"

    Loved everything about it and the narration was the best. What fun! Would recommend to any one wanting adventure, non-stop excitement and some sweet whimsy to boot

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    Ellen laird 07-18-17
    Ellen laird 07-18-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it!"

    Thoroughly delightful book, interesting characters and narration. One of the best I've heard on Audible!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Midwesterner 07-10-17
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    "Finally something different !"

    It's so difficult to find a storyline that that hasn't been done. Here it is.

    Quirky characters and an excellent narrator.

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    Caseym 08-02-17
    Caseym 08-02-17
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    "Very slow start"

    I wanted to like the book, I liked the premise. But after 3 hours it seemed like it was still back story and I couldn't figure out the what the plot was, looking into the past maybe. It's just not for me.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn 07-01-17
    Lynn 07-01-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoy!"

    What a delight. Great characters, great narrator and great story. Loved it, so enjoy it!

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle Carmell 07-07-17 Member Since 2015
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    "AMAZING"

    best audio book I've listened to in a long time.... I loved that the story felt real life... a real family with real life struggles.... not some Harry Potter fantasy land but it also had such magical elements. I couldn't stop listening to this one... I didn't want it to end. MORE PLEASE! I need spoon benders part 1-100! 😆

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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