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 Life Among Giants

Fiction: Popular Fiction
Unabridged   13.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 11/13/2012

Shelf Awareness Top Ten Best Fiction Pick

Life Among Giants

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Audio CD ISBN:9781611749021
Digital Download ISBN:9781611749038


A wildly entertaining novel of murder, seduction, and revenge, Life Among Giants tracks a larger-than-life Gatsby-esque quest for answers that reveals how sometimes the greatest mystery lies in knowing one’s own heart.

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At seventeen, David “Lizard” Hochmeyer is nearly seven feet tall, a star quarterback, and Princeton-bound. His future seems all but assured until his parents are mysteriously murdered, leaving Lizard and his older sister, Kate, adrift and alone. In a mansion across the pond from their Connecticut home lives the world’s greatest ballerina, Sylphide, and her rock star husband, whose own disasters intersect with Lizard’s—and Kate’s—in the most intimate and surprising ways.

Over the years that follow, Lizard and Kate are obsessed with piecing together the motives behind their parents’ deaths, returning time and again to their father’s missing briefcase, his shady business dealings and shaky finances, and to Sylphide, who has threaded her way into Lizard’s and Kate’s lives—much more deeply than either had ever realized. From the football fields of Princeton to a stint with the NFL, from the elaborate dances at the mansion to the gourmet restaurant he opens, it only takes Lizard a lifetime to set things right again.


“Larkin’s narration builds the suspense and lets Roorbach’s story unravel slowly, making this audiobook one to savor.”
      —AudioFile [Earphones Award Winner]

“Both a family story and a complex murder mystery, this beautifully read title features complex characters. . . . Larkin’s rich baritone voice envelops us.”

“A larger-than-life production. . . . Its wild characters feel genuine, their aches and flaws and desires wholly organic; and the plot they’re tangled in moves forward at a breakneck pace. It’s a dizzy romp.”
      —New York Times

“A bighearted, big-boned story . . . like something written by a kinder, gentler John Irving.”
      —Washington Post

“A mystery free of contemporary cynicism and recalling the glitter and allure of a kind of stardom that has also, in its way, been collateral damage to a greedy financial machine.”
      —Publishers Weekly

“Ambitious, energetic . . . ”
      —Library Journal

“Great set-up, sparkling characters . . . ”
      —Kirkus Reviews

Author Bio

BILL ROORBACH is the author of several books of fiction and nonfiction. His work has been published in Harper’s, The Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, the New York Times Magazine, Granta, New York, and dozens of other magazines and journals.

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