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The Reservoir follows an unexceptional man in an exceptional time. We see our present-day pandemic world and New York City through the eyes of a former Wall Street veteran, Ridley, as he, in his enforced quarantined solitude, looks back upon his life. He examines his wins, his failures, the gnawing questions - his career, his divorce, his estranged daughter - and questions what it all means and who he really was. 

Sitting and brooding night after night, gazing out his huge picture window high above the Central Park reservoir, Ridley spots a flashing light in an apartment across the park as if a lonely quarantined person is signaling him in Morse code. His determination to find out who this mystery woman is, this fellow quarantine damsel in distress trapped in her own Fifth Avenue tower, leads him on an epic quest that will ultimately tempt him with either delusional madness or the fulfillment of his own mythic fate. Is he a dying man going mad or an Everyman metamorphosing into a hero? Or both? We accompany Ridley as he leaves the safety of his apartment window to save the Fifth Avenue femme fatale and descends into a dangerous, increasingly surreal world of the global conspiracies, madness, and sickness of this viral time; beyond that, into the enduring mysteries of love and fatherhood; and deeper still, into the bedrock mystery of life itself. As Ridley's actions grow more and more uncharacteristic, he realizes the key to all the mysteries of now and even all of history seem to lie deep beneath the freezing waters of the reservoir.

The Reservoir is a twisted rom-com for our distanced time when the merest touch could kill and conspiracy theories propagate like viruses - a present-day union of Death in Venice, Rear Window, and The Plague.

©2021 David Duchovny (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Symbols, Symptoms and Bears

Enjoyed this story, very easy to listen to and performance was engaging and inviting. Ridley, as the protagonist was entertaining in a specimen under a microscope kind of way, the events befalling him intriguing and amusing. Could easily picture this as a short film or Black Mirror episode. Worth investing your precious reading/listening time into this... for what it's worth The Reservoir is the length of an 8.8km walk with your dogs at a steady clip.

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trippy

as expected very x- ey by sir david.
loved it
took 1.5hrs to listen will take forever to take in all the details and metaphors

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crap not worth talking about

waste of time listening to thank God it was free more of a ramble than a story

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Refreshing expressions.

Love that poetic vibe.
my favourite line.
'Even with their mouthes shut, they can't shut the **** up'.

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Interesting but ok

The story was interesting but I think David needed to learn how to read it out! Unfortunately he was too fast in reciting and came across as if he was rushing! There weren’t different sounds, voices as you find in the other readers 😔

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Sorry David. Not a good story.

We tried so hard to listen to the end but it was too weird. There’s an hour or 2 of our life we won’t get back.

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it was ok

thought I would like this because of David but the story was horrible, I didn't really like it or get into it had to stop after 10 mins of listening

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A pensive and mournful stream of consciousness story

A poignant reflection on the affect of isolation on those affected by COVID. A lonely stream of consciousness of a man who contemplates his life and legacy as he gives in to delirium.
But also it was hard not to think of the narrator as one of Duchovny’s defining roles rather than himself.

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  • james
  • 30-05-2021

had hope but it's just a self indulgent work.

basically your pulled in to what could have been a great story but it goes sideways into delusion and fever dreams. upset that I listened to the end not a complete time waste just depressing that's all

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  • Patti
  • 29-05-2021

Unexpected

This is a review of paradox. I never was that interested in David Duchovny because I had friends that worked with him on set that didn’t appreciate him. When I saw this book, I hadn’t known that he had been a writer. I was curious and in my curiosity, I opened the book thinking I would just close it. Much to my both chagrin and surprise the book was fascinating, delightful. Bravo to you David Duchovny!

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  • Charles G Winkle
  • 28-05-2021

A well observed portrait of the pandemic.

Signed up for Audible just to hear this story, and I'm glad I did. I found it to be a well observed portrait of the pandemic. I laughed throughout. Duchovny delivers, both in story and performance. He again shows himself a master of the written word.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-05-2021

The Reservoir

I loved this unique telling of a man’s reaction of living in the time of the virus that plagued and changed New York City. A lonely man recording signs of life of the city overnight in the timespan of his phone’s camera. Was the woman real? Did he have a moment in her embrace? His icy watery death and encounter with Ursa and the dead just a hallucination of his fevered mind? A fable of a story told in David Duchovny’s wonderful layered voice.

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  • pamela stafford
  • 27-05-2021

Because Pandemic....

The author tells a tension filled, funny, surreal, impactful story which seems to encompass all of 2020; the pandemic isolation,lack of human contact,immersion into news of elections and racial tension. With a backdrop of a Central Park setting and surrounded with the history of New York City, the imagery in this story will allow you to mourn and laugh and leave you with a desire to do all the things you haven’t done in a year. A must transitional listen for anyone needing to make sense of 2020 before fully embracing the summer of 2021. The timing of publication on the eve of Memorial Weekend is perfection.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-05-2021

what the hell did i just listen to?

so its one of those books that has all the things to make it great... and somehow it fell into pandemic drivel in the end

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  • Penny
  • 29-05-2021

Loved it!

narration and story were very investing. truly better than I ever expected. k will listen again . I recommend it highly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-06-2021

slow......

hard to stay interested, narrator couldn't hold my attention. I couldn't finish the story. wanted to like it

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  • MelT
  • 29-05-2021

A perfectly strange story for these strange times

The Reservoir is a perfect little snapshot of life in the pandemic & life in general. Inspired in part by his own quarantine view out of his apartment by Central Park, David Duchovny has dreamt up a rich story about isolation, longing, fear & where our minds can go when left alone with our thoughts for too long. And what happens to an isolated mind when a deadly new virus takes hold in it? The story isn’t as grim as I’m making it sound, though! There are touches of humor & the absurd. While I wouldn’t describe it as having a happy or hopeful ending, there is a strange peace to it.
At first I was disappointed we wouldn’t get a print edition of the book, but after listening to his expert delivery in his own voice, I was satisfied. When an accomplished actor reads his own words, including giving one disturbing character in the book an equally disturbing voice, the resulting audiobook really puts you in that world. The Reservoir is a quick but engrossing listen, if you’ve never read anything by the author, this is a great one to start with.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-05-2021

Pandemic, vampires and bears

An original look and spin on the pandemic. From the standard precautions of masks, 6 ft and loneliness to crazy virus theories. Very funny but at the same time reflective on life.
The mystery of a stranger in need that morphs into a love interest to funny scenes in the secluded part of Central Park.
Highly entertaining! Loved it!

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  • Mrs Penny Evans
  • 28-05-2021

Reflections of a dying man!

I am moved to tears after listening to this short story by David Duchovny, and had to write a review. I have always loved his psychological approach to his writing and this was no exception. Also the way he combines abstract fantasy with hints of realism. This story of a dying man, losing himself in darkly, disturbing dreams of longing, with comical elements being thrown in haphazardly, was so very powerful! A figure drowning in his own delirium, reaching back to the past, where his daughter was and still is his shinning light. My only problem was the sound itself which was rather distorted at times - too much bass which made it resonate. Hope he releases this in print, or maybe write a book of short stories?

Oh, and I also hate mobile phones!

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