Lunar Park

  • by Bret Easton Ellis
  • Narrated by James Van Der Beek
  • 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Imagine becoming a best-selling novelist, and almost immediately famous and wealthy, while still in college, and before long seeing your insufferable father reduced to a bag of ashes in a safety-deposit box, while after American Psycho your celebrity drowns in a sea of vilification, booze, and drugs.Then imagine having a second chance 10 years later, as the Bret Easton Ellis of this remarkable novel is given, with a wife, children, and suburban sobriety, only to watch this new life shatter beyond recognition in a matter of days. At a fateful Halloween party he glimpses a disturbing (fictional) character driving a car identical to his late father's, his stepdaughter's doll violently "malfunctions", and their house undergoes bizarre transformations both within and without. Connecting these aberrations to graver events, a series of grotesque murders that no longer seem random and the epidemic disappearance of boys his son's age, Ellis struggles to defend his family against this escalating menace even as his wife, their therapists, and the police insist that his apprehensions are rooted instead in substance abuse and egomania.
Lunar Park confounds one expectation after another, passing through comedy and mounting horror, both psychological and supernatural, toward an astonishing resolution, about love and loss, fathers and sons, in what is surely the most powerfully original and deeply moving novel of an extraordinary career.
Bonus Feature: Includes an interview with the author.


What the Critics Say

"The book is mesmerizing, easily his best since Less than Zero." (Publishers Weekly)
"Addictive. . . . Sublime. . . . Exquisite. . . . Stirringly executed. . . . A phantasmagoria of love and loss, a fusion of hallucination and wisdom." (The New York Times)
"The sense of creeping dread is excellent, and the beasts confronted by the Ellis character are genuinely frightening." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

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Writer kills his own potential

I rarely get excited about a book written in the first person and this author told his tale with a great deal of talent. Why would he waste his skill on such a piece of trash? His interpertation of himself had me loathing him by chapter 2. He was everything evil and weak in my mind. I couldn't get past chapter 6. I hope this author gets serious about his craft because his talent will shine when he writes a real book. I want my money back on this one.
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- Carolann "I live in Michigan and have been a member of auible since it's onset. Hobbies are photography and writing...I am in the process of formatting my first novel for kindle and I hope everyone will read it. I LOVE AUDIBLE and listen to at least 3 unabridged books a month. !"

More Than Creepy

I couldn't stop listening. The author twists elements of his own life and experience into a bizarre and disturbing phycological horror story. Through most of the book, one is not sure if the "monsters" are real or just in the mind of a very messed up character. In fact, at times I wanted them to be real just to ease the creepiness that comes from empathizing with a character who is so lost.

I don't know how well this narrator would do with another genre, but for this book, he was perfect!

I hope Audible can snag a few others by Ellis. I'd love to listen to Less Than Zero and American Psycho.

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- Randy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-12-2005
  • Publisher: Random House Audio