Life Among Giants

  • by Bill Roorbach
  • Narrated by Pete Larkin
  • 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At seventeen, David "Lizard" Hochmeyer is nearly seven feet tall, a star quarterback, and Princeton-bound. His future seems all but assured until his parents are mysteriously murdered, leaving Lizard and his older sister, Kate, adrift and alone. In a mansion across the pond from their Connecticut home lives the world’s greatest ballerina, Sylphide, and her rock star husband, whose own disasters intersect with Lizard’s - and Kate’s - in the most intimate and surprising ways.
Over the years that follow, Lizard and Kate are obsessed with piecing together the motives behind their parents’ deaths, returning time and again to their father’s missing briefcase, his shady business dealings and shaky finances, and to Sylphide, who has threaded her way into Lizard’s and Kate’s lives - much more deeply than either had ever realized. From the football fields of Princeton to a stint with the NFL, from the elaborate dances at the mansion to the gourmet restaurant he opens, it only takes Lizard a lifetime to set things right again.

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Great little story

The funny thing about this book is that the characters are all strange -- an overly tall teenager, a rock star, a Swedish prima ballerina, a quirky butler, a father who seems to be a character out of Mad Men...And yet, the thing that makes the story come alive is that they all seem so real. Their problems, even though (hopefully) they are nothing like your own (the main character's parents are shot right in front of him) seem like they could have happened to anyone because the characters' reactions to what happens to them makes so much sense. You relate to all of them. You get to know them. By the end of the book, some of them are like dear -- if emotionally disturbed -- friends. (Think a very toned-down John Irving.)

The language is perfect. And Mr. Larkin does a great job with the narration.

Definitely will be keeping an eye for more from this author.
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- cristina

Smooth

The smooth language, perfect amount of character detail and interesting enough plot make for a memorable listen. It's the kind of book that grabs you right away and doesn't let go. But, it's not really an intense kind of grab, it's more like a light hug or an arm around your shoulder. I didn't really realize I had been thoroughly intrigued by the story until it was over. Well done.
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- Kelly

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-13-2012
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books