Idlewild

  • by Nick Sagan
  • Narrated by Clayton Barclay Jones
  • 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

He wakes alone, nameless, in a strangely bucolic day-after-tomorrow world. His amnesia is near-total; he cannot remember his name and doesn't recognize anything around him, but he knows with absolute certainty that someone has tried to kill him – and will surely try again.Not knowing who, if anyone, he can trust, he reacquaints himself with eight companions, all of whom are being trained (for what?) at an esoteric academy run by a cryptic superintendent named Maestro. As he tries to discover the identity of the person who wants him dead, he quickly begins to unravel a series of sinister truths, which make it clear that the ramifications of his search are far greater than he could ever have imagined. Much more than his own life is at stake.Idlewild takes the best of its genre and transcends it, creating a story that will appeal to readers far beyond the traditional science fiction fan base.

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What the Critics Say

"Sagan may have more imagination than he knows what to do with – a wonderful thing in a new author." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Customer Reviews

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Great story

I enjoyed this book and would recommend it. It was a realitively easy listen. I gave only 3 stars because the author did not make enough commitment to characters and details. I was not drawn into their world enough to feel a personal stake in the characters. Good twist to human behavior and instinctual self-preservation.
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- Craig

Excellent work by Carl Sagan's son

This is a happy confluence of superb narration and compelling writing. It is best to know as little about the plot as possible before begining, but this book can be thought of as a much darker Ender's Game. There are excellent characterizations of teenagers, a fast-moving (if initially confusing) plotline, and some intriguing twists. It is a dark book, however, with a not always likable narrator, so those who prefer light and breezy might be advised to move on. Otherwise, this is one of the best science fiction offerings on Audible.
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- Ethan M. "On Audible since the late 1990s, mostly science fiction, fantasy, history & science. I rarely review 1-2 star books that I can't get through"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-08-2003
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books