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The Third Hotel

Narrated by: Bailey Carr
Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
3.5 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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"[A] future cult classic." (The New York Times Book Review)

"There’s Borges and Bolaño, Kafka and Cortázar, Modiano and Murakami, and now Laura van den Berg." (The Washington Post)

An August 2018 IndieNext Selection. Named a Summer 2018 Read by The Washington Post, Vulture, Nylon, Elle, BBC, InStyle, Refinery29, Bustle, O, the Oprah Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Harper's Bazaar, Conde Nast Traveler, Southern Living, Lit Hub, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn.

In Havana, Cuba, a widow tries to come to terms with her husband’s death - and the truth about their marriage - in Laura van den Berg’s surreal, mystifying story of psychological reflection and metaphysical mystery.  

Shortly after Clare arrives in Havana, Cuba, to attend the annual Festival of New Latin American Cinema, she finds her husband, Richard, standing outside a museum. He’s wearing a white linen suit she’s never seen before, and he’s supposed to be dead. Grief-stricken and baffled, Clare tails Richard, a horror film scholar, through the newly tourist-filled streets of Havana, clocking his every move. As the distinction between reality and fantasy blurs, Clare finds grounding in memories of her childhood in Florida and of her marriage to Richard, revealing her role in his death and reappearance along the way. The Third Hotel is a propulsive, brilliantly shape-shifting novel from an inventive author at the height of her narrative powers.

©2018 Laura van den Berg (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Immersive reading of a terrific novel

This marvelous novel by Lauren van den Berg is read by Bailey Carr with the same sense of desperate mystery that makes the novel so powerful.

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Terrific

Superb fiction very well read. An absolute treat. Uses the length and spate of the novel brilliantly.

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Cuban, Kahloan Phantasmagorical Folktale

This phantasmagorical folktale set in Havana--that brings to mind the scariest Frida Kahlo self-portrait, call it a nightmare in unibrow--serves chiefly as aspirant for *Hell's grim Tyrant,* Death.

Last year, I read too many novels such as this one, that seem to be trafficking in nightmares (the writer's).

From this experience, I learned that sleep is way too valuable to pay for its pollution.

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  • Stevie Bach
  • 01-19-19

Crazy story

Crazy, great story. Strange whispered performance that tried too hard perhaps. Otherwise really enjoyed it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-14-18

Overly dramatised narration

I’ve tried to listen to this but the narration is over the top. Sadly unlistenable.

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