The Lion's Den

Inheritance collection
Narrated by: Timothy Andrés Pabon
Series: Inheritance
Length: 44 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
3.5 out of 5 stars (150 ratings)

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Exposing his father’s transgressions in a tell-all was the ethical, righteous--and profitable--thing to do. What’s left but to slink back home for a humbling face-to-face with the man whose secrets he sold?

He was a notorious government whistle-blower. Depending on whom you ask, he’s a treasonous felon, a folk hero, a validated patriot, or a national disgrace. To his son, Michael, he’s the father who threw his family into upheaval. Now, having moved back home at the age of thirty-four, Michael is getting to know him as a man. And getting nearer to understanding his motivations that have remained a mystery in this darkly humorous short story of sacrifice and betrayal by New York Times bestselling author Anthony Marra.

Anthony Marra’s The Lion’s Den is part of Inheritance, a collection of five stories about secrets, unspoken desires, and dangerous revelations between loved ones. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single setting. By yourself, behind closed doors, or shared with someone you trust.

©2019 Anthony Marra (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Humor & pathos

Beautifully written short story, with a surprising amount of humor and an ending with emotional heft.

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Blah read.

Never really took flight. Seemed to be a dull story that never captured the essence of the name. Feel as if it never got the original point to come across and pop off the pages.

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Worth reading

I was drawn into the story despite my dislike of narrators who speak directly to the reader. The ending left me wanting more. The story is told by the author of a scathing exposé of his own father, who is now dying of cancer. The ethics speech given at his Catholic grade school is priceless.

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The Lion's Den

I enjoyed this short story and its unexpected plot twist. I totally emphasized with the characters and wondered what I would do if those circumstances happened to me and my family.

I would love to know the author's insight on the dynamics and what he was thinking about the symbolism of the lion's den.

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Ugh! Painfully Boring!

Story was painfully bland and boring! I suffered through it until the end, but really could not wait for it to end. This is my first listen in the “Inheritance” series; I hope the others are better than this first very disappointing offering.

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  • Alan
  • 02-29-20

Wry perfection!

A perfectly wry short story. Michael has grown up resenting the huge shadow of his father, an infamous controversial whistleblower both denounced and lauded. In the last days of his father’s life, Michael reflects on his father’s, and his own, legacies. I loved everything about this - the dark humour, the personal writing, the humanity. It’s makes me want to read everything by this author!