• 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.


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)


See More Like This

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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.
Read full review

- Craig

Not as good as the sequel

I listened to edenborn the sequel to this book, when I was a member of a much inferior audio book club. They did not have Idlewild and I did not even know this book existed. I enjoyed the sequel and so thought this would be good. This was terrible. I could not take more then 2 hours of it. It is all a dream sequence. Slowly you learn that these kids are in suspended animation and are learning to graduate to the real world when they will be able to survive in it. They are the last ten people of the world. It sounds like a great story and it could have been, but Carl's son is too busy trying to be Fedor Dostoevsky to write a good story. May I suggest you go right to the sequel, as NS must have gotten the good advice to make the story more interesting to the reader.
Read full review

- Jim "The Impatient" "My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books."

Book Details

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