Duplicate Keys

  • by Jane Smiley
  • Narrated by Ruth Ann Phimister
  • 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Everyone has keys to Susan's New York apartment: all her friends, and friends of friends. So one afternoon, when Alice unlocks Susan's door to water the plants, she isn't surprised to find two men sitting in the living room. That they are both dead is a shock, however. Now Alice must sort through a tangle of personal connections, schemes, and motives to find the key to who killed them and why. And as she talks with the police, the answer that starts to nag at her is a chilling one. Jane Smiley's talent for creating emotionally gripping tales of family relationships was celebrated when she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for A Thousand Acres. In Duplicate Keys, she displays her flair for creating a haunting mystery.


What the Critics Say

"A first-rate cliffhanger." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Sharp and memorable....Finely wrought." (Newsday)
"As taut and chilling as anything Hitchcock put on film." (San Francisco Chronicle)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Very disappointing

I was excited to see this book on Audible because I have heard much praise for Jane Smiley's writing. However, I was very disappointed in this novel. The main character of Alice Ellis's naivete bordered on imbecility, which often made the character and her actions, or lack thereof, unbelieveable. The long psychological descriptions, which often changed Alice's mental state from paragraph to paragraph, were also frustrating as this fluctuation of character made it hard to care about what happened to her.
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- A Reader

Beautifully written

Would you try another book from Jane Smiley and/or Ruth Ann Phimister?

Yes I would, I have read A Thousand Acres and I loved it.

How could the performance have been better?

It took a while to get over the overly childish voice and narration of Ruth Ann Phimister.

Any additional comments?

Jane Smiley's talent to describe people and places made the book and the simple plot of it very enjoyable.

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- Lisa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-26-2006
  • Publisher: Recorded Books