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Publisher's Summary

Meet Samuel: stalled writer, bored teacher at a local college, obsessive player of online video games. He hasn't seen his mother, Faye, in decades, not since she abandoned her family when he was a boy. Now she has suddenly reappeared, having committed an absurd politically motivated crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a divided America. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high school sweetheart. Which version of his mother is true? Two facts are certain: she's facing some serious charges, and she needs Samuel's help.

As Samuel begins to excavate his mother's - and his country's - history, the story moves from the rural Midwest of the 1960s to New York City during Occupy Wall Street, back to Chicago in 1968 and, finally, to wartime Norway, home of the mysterious Nix. Samuel will unexpectedly find that he has to rethink everything he ever knew about his mother - a woman with an epic story of her own, a story she has kept hidden from the world.

©2016 Nathan Hill (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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could listen to this one more than once

I really enjoyed the listen. The story is engaging and surprising. However, there were a few times that I felt the book moved slowly or spelt it out too much. Even so i know I'll listen to it again

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Fantastic!

This has the best narrator I’ve ever heard in an audiobook. Excellent, witty story. Highly recommend!

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Great book excellently performed

Really enjoyed this book. Hill captures current values and relationships with a sharp, at times uncountable accuracy. At times it was laugh out loud funny at times jaw dropping discomfortingly bleak. A good book to listen to immaculately performed.

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Unreal!

An amusing, engaging and soul-searching journey juxtaposing contemporary media/political milieu and the great social uprising of the late ‘60s

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Way too long and takes many detours

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

At the end of the day, it was a great story. It just took FOREVER to get through it and took so many detours, I was forgetting that we weren't on the main path of the story.

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Do yourself a favour...

Simply an excellent book brought to life by the talented Ari Fliakos. While a little slow to captivate, once it did I was hooked. Layered storytelling at its best, diverse and credible characters and exceptional narration. A very satisfying 5/5. Nathan Hill is one to follow.

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  • Claire
  • 10-04-2018

Best story I've listened to in years

Every part of this story is perfect. The characters intriguing, the plotline compelling, the resolution satisfying and above everything else, it tastes like the truth.

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  • 29-12-2017

Brilliant heart-breaking eloquence

Brilliant in every way. Worth every minute... A sprawling American novel - long but luscious - beautiful, extravagant and elegant. The theme: “Seeing ourselves clearly is the project of a lifetime.” Recommend.👍🏻👍🏻

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  • Felipe Follador dos Santos
  • 13-09-2017

The Nix comes alive with outstanding narration

I was pleasantly surprised by the interpretation of Ari Fliakos for the incredibly complex novel by Nathan Hill.

He managed to separate each character in such a distinctive manner, I was never confused - which would be easy in an audiobook with over 20 hours of duration - and was in constant awe.

I highly recommend this novel/audiobook for anyone interested in politics, entertainment and broken relationships - it does draw some pretty realistic parallels to the current political scene in the United States.

A fantastic debut indeed from Mr. Hill.

And I'm definitely checking out other books narrated by Mr. Fliakos.