The Cloud of Unknowing Audio CD – Unabridged, 15 April 2007
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- ASIN : B08XZDRG6R
- Publisher : Tantor Audio; Unabridged edition (15 April 2007)
- Language : English
- ISBN-13 : 979-8200143481
- Dimensions : 13.46 x 19.05 cm
- Customer Reviews:
"Cook deftly juxtaposes the maddeningly complex Sears family and a straight-shooting detective 'rooted in a world where crimes leap like fish from crystal streams of motivation.'"-- "Booklist (starred review)"
"Cook reveals all the pieces of the shocking story with an absolutely steady hand. It's a bravura performance."-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
A deeply compelling literary exploration of the effects of madness through several generations.-- "Library Journal"
About the Author
Stephen Hoye has worked as a professional actor in London and Los Angeles for more than thirty years. Trained at Boston University and the Guildhall in London, he has acted in television series and six feature films and has appeared in London's West End. His audiobook narration has won him fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards.
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In the distant and near past, an insane father rages within his own paranoid schizophrenic world while his two children (Diana and David) endure the effects of his rage. Brilliant Diana the eldest was his favorite. David, the story’s narrator, was the object of his father’s hateful disdain.
When the father dies, Diana and David wonder if the “poison” (evil) of the father’s insanity has been passed along to them. They seem normal enough. David becomes an attorney. Diana marries Mark, a researcher. But when Diana gives birth to Jason, she sees that her father’s dementia has inherently settled into the brain of her only child. Things shade even darker when Jason is found dead, drowned in a pond on their property. Although the death was ruled an accident, Diana is convinced her husband Mark is guilty. And it is at this point that Diana and the whole story get very strange and events darken further.
Through all of this, Thomas H. Cook is clearly in charge. Excellent pacing. The first person narrative is unique! I’ve never seen anything quite as brilliant as Cook weaves a flawless and seamless story from David’s viewpoint: The past fits and blends seamlessly with the present story that David is telling a police officer. The reader doesn’t know why David is having the long interview with the officer, but must wait for the details. Bit by bit, we learn.
I could write on and on about this book, but I don’t want to spoil the plotline for other readers. But there is so much excellence here – some of the literary references had me jotting notes for after. (I will soon be re-reading Rappaccini’s Daughter.) All I can say is that this is perhaps my favorite by Thomas Cook. With incredible writing talent and creativity to produce some of the strangest and darkest stories imaginable, Cook continues to be one of my favorite authors. This is a book that will stay with you. Five Stars for a most incredible read!
The very best crime writers show us the horror in everyday life, and that is Cook's specialty. This novel joins BREAKHEART HILL, THE CHATHAM SCHOOL AFFAIR, and RED LEAVES at the top of my list of favorite "Cook books." Highly recommended.
1) I'm a fan of the literary mysteries that Thomas Cook writes. They're insightful and draw you in. Intriguingly mellow, but always good.
2) I have a sibling who is paranoid/schizophrenic, so I understand its quirks on a person's personality.
3) This book melds both a good mystery yarn (in an easy-to-follow, to-and-fro, past/present narrative) with the underlying manifestations of paranoid/schizophrenia.
4. I'm buying this book for my sister as a birthday gift. She's NOT the sibling with P/S, but loves mysteries and--like me--finds the P/S sibling in our family an interesting (and at times, trying) challenge.