Atmospheric Disturbances

  • by Rivka Galchen
  • Narrated by Malcolm Hillgartner
  • 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Dr. Leo Liebenstein's wife disappears, she leaves behind a single, confounding clue - a woman who looks, talks, and behaves almost exactly like her and who audaciously claims to be her.While everyone else is fooled by this imposter, Leo knows better. Certain that his real wife is alive and in hiding, Leo embarks on a quixotic journey to reclaim his lost love.From the streets of New York to the southernmost reaches of Patagonia, Leo's quest becomes a test of how far he is willing to take his struggle against the seemingly uncontestable truth he knows in his heart to be false.


What the Critics Say

"Everything is other than it appears to be in Galchen's assured debut - an intricate puzzle powered by urgently beating heart....A superb first novel." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Witty, tender, and conceptually dazzling, Galchen's metaphysical tale of longing, grief, love, and the volatility of the self gracefully charts the tempestuous weather of the human psyche." (Booklist)
"Galchen's astonishing debut is rich in detail and scientific exploration and a kind of dreamy psychological dissembling that keeps the reader as baffled as Leo right to the end." (Library Journal)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Implausible story line ruins the book

The author has done a nice job of writing, using a rich vocabulary, and the narrator does a very good job of reading, but the storyline of this book is so improbable I finally couldn't take it anymore. Does the author really think that if you were confronted with someone identical in appearance and mannerisms to your spouse but you thought was possibly an impostor, that you wouldn't be able to ask some "only your real spouse could know the answer" questions and determine very quickly if that person was the genuine article or not? Somehow, the main character of this book never thinks to do that, and thus his uncertainty continues. That uncertainty is what the whole story revolves around (at least up until the point I gave up).
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- Jeffrey Keimer "Enjoy intellectually stimulating mysteries. Dislike story lines use a lot of violence, gun play and highly improbable events."

Worth Listening to Again

I don't often say a book is worth listening to twice. But this book is beautifully written, and beautifully narrated. I often found myself going back one, two, or five minutes to listen again--not because it was hard to follow, but because I found it such compelling language I wanted to memorize it. That "re-read" only is found with the really good books. This is one of those. A rare five stars from me.
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- Sarah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-13-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.