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The Night Listener

By: Armistead Maupin
Narrated by: Armistead Maupin
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Publisher's summary

Few storytellers in America write with such unerring insight and honesty as Armistead Maupin. Now he has given us his most ambitious and daringly imaginative work, The Night Listener, a novel as spoken-word serial, including an original music score.

Gabriel Noone is a fabulist, a writer whose late-night radio tales have brought him into the homes of millions. In the midst of a painful, unwanted separation from his longtime love, Gabriel reads the extraordinary memoir of Pete Lomax, an ailing 13-year-old boy who suffered horrific abuse at the hands of his parents. Pete is not only a gifted diarist but also a devoted listener of Gabriel's show. And thus begins an extraordinary phone friendship.

Then, out of the blue, troubling new questions arise, exploding Gabriel's comfortable assumptions and causing his ordered existence to spin wildly out of control. As he walks a vertiginous line between truth and illusion, he is finally forced to confront all his relationships - familial, romantic, and erotic.

This unprecedented audio project is as thought-provoking as it is mesmeric. The Night Listener is a meditation on the power of voices and the faith we place in them, and an extraordinary audio experience from an American literary icon.

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Critic reviews

"Filled with twists and turns that rival The Sixth Sense and The Crying Game, Maupin's new novel is a deceptively simple page-turner perfectly suited for the audio format....Not only is it a book that listeners will want to discuss with friends, but once finished and all is revealed, it's likely people will want to listen to it again with a fresh ear to hear the clues that have been planted along the way....Audio is the perfect medium for this born storyteller." (Publishers Weekly)

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Beautifully read & written; story frustrating

I was charmed by this title, and listened with rapt attention. The dialog is well-written and warm. The reading is excellent. I really enjoyed the story, but I have to admit I kept thinking "this guy is really thick" -- there were so many easy things he could do to resolve his questions, but he was always too late in doing them -- so I guess what I experience was frustration with the character.

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I enjoyed most of the book but was very unhappy with the ending. Whatever happened to Anna’s suggestion that Pete’s voice be compared with his mother’s to see if they were the same? The author brings that wonderful idea into the story and just drops it. I have delighted in all of Maupin’s books so I was surprised to find this one so disappointing. Never-the-less I shall always remain a faithful fan.

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