Tony and Susan

  • by Austin Wright
  • Narrated by Lorelei King, Peter Marinker
  • 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Fifteen years ago Susan Morrow left her first husband, Edward Sheffield, an unpublished writer. Now she's enduring middle-class suburbia as a doctor's wife when out of the blue she receives a package containing the manuscript of her ex-husband's first novel. He writes asking her to read the book; she was always his best critic, he says.
As Susan reads, she is drawn into the fictional life of Tony Hastings, a math professor driving his family to their summer house in Maine. And as we read with her, we, too, become lost in Sheffield's thriller. As the Hastings' ordinary, civilized lives are disastrously, violently sent off course, Susan is plunged back into the past, forced to confront the darkness that inhabits her, and driven to name the fear that gnaws at her future and will change her life.


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"Deliverance" meets chick fic.

I thought this was an original premise, and looked forward to reading this book, as I am attracted by the idea of revisiting past decisions and projecting how outcomes might be the same or different if we followed a different path. The alternate path is presented here by the intrusion into the life of a settled suburban wife, mother, teacher, of a manuscript by a previous husband, an event and situation which becomes cause for reflection on what could or would have been had she made different choices. The pondering occurs at various intervals in the story as the eponymous Susan makes her way through the manuscript.

There are many effective theatrical touches - alternating scenes of domestic tranquility and dark terror as Susan reads Tony's story of loss, violence and tragedy but I am baffled as to what it all adds up to. There seems to be little personal growth, change, acceptance or realization, and the violence seems rather pointless.

Narratively, about three quarters through this book the story loses its mojo and the attenuated violence seems to drag on unnecessarily. Where I first was caught in the grip of Tony's story and its sinister rhythm, I lost interest eventually.

Very well-written, though, with ideal performances by both narrators, and in spite of the middling 3-stars I'm bestowing, I still give it a "thumbs-up".
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- Pamela Harvey "glam"

Pretty good!

Tony is the victim of a violent crime resulting in the death of his wife and daughter. Susan in the ex-wife who for some reason has been asked to read the unpublished manuscript. Susan reads, reacts and listens to a troublemaking voice that lives in her head. Having 2 narrators is essential so the listener can tell who is speaking or thinking. This is a violent book but the story is a compelling listen. The reader hopes the ending will produce a Tony who can accept the non combativeness of his personality but that is not to be the end result. This book is worth a listen.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-11-2011
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio