Murder in "Utopia"

  • by Bryan Perkins
  • Narrated by Julie Hoverson
  • 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For this novella, my main goal was to produce a work that was at the same time absurdist and decidedly literary. I think I've succeeded in both aspects.
The story takes place almost entirely inside a priest's confessional office. Chapters alternate between a psychiatrist giving her confessions to the priest and the confessions of the very patients mentioned by the psychiatrist in her sessions. Every sentence that is written in the past tense is spoken aloud to the priest or by her, and every sentence that is written in the present tense is one of the priest's thoughts or an action she experiences.
I think you can see why Murder in "Utopia" may be a confusing experience the first time through. There are no quotation marks to set off dialogue; the tense of the writing changes based on whether the words are spoken or experienced; and, to top it all off, no names are mentioned for any of the characters - each is referred to only by his or her occupation or the pronouns her, she, etc.
But fear not, dear listeners. Continue on despite any confusion. Confusion is part of the experience. And by the end, I think you may realize that you've found more clarity than you thought possible in such a jumbled, messy "utopia".


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Customer Reviews

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Twisted and captivating

Love the presentation of psychiatrist and confessional as well as the links between the tales. Enjoyable with a few good twists. The future police reminded me a bit of demolition man cops but with guns. Will look for more by this author and narrator. I received this book from the author narrator or publisher for free via audiobookboom in exchange for an unbiased review.
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- Mary Karowski


HOLY CRAP this was such a confusing, weird, and interesting short story. I’m not even sure how I can explain it without sounding like jsoiudriefjiweohfafjsdoifjsi. When I thought I knew what was going on that changed and I was left perplexed once again.

Bryan Perkins told a tale of a priest and psychiatrist telling each other about the stories that each of them heard from their clients. The first part of this story I was completely confusing and I really had no idea what was going on. By the last half I understood what was happening, but then the very end gave a twist and left me saying WTF.

Julie Hoverson was an excellent choice for this story. The pacing was fast and her voice was clear. She brought this story to life.

Everyone was living in Utopia and by the sounds of it they were not all that happy. People were committing murder all around. In the end this was an okay story. I think it might go on the list to reread…hoping that the second time around I might understand more.

This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-18-2016
  • Publisher: Onyxis Stone Press