The Animals

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Christian Kiefer

Narrated By: Richard Poe

Publisher: Recorded Books

Date: March 2015

Duration: 10 hours 11 minutes

Summary:

Bill Reed manages a wildlife sanctuary in rural Idaho, caring for injured animals—raptors, a wolf, and his beloved bear, Majer, among them—that are unable to survive in the wild. Seemingly rid of his troubled past, Bill hopes to marry the local veterinarian and live a quiet life together, the promise of which is threatened when a childhood friend is released from prison. Suddenly forced to confront the secrets of his criminal youth, Bill battles fiercely to preserve the shelter that protects these wounded animals and to keep hidden his turbulent, even dangerous, history. Alternating between past and present, Christian Kiefer contrasts the wreckage of Bill’s crime-ridden years in Reno, Nevada, with the elusive promise of a peaceful future. In finely sculpted prose imaginatively at odds with the harsh, volatile world Kiefer evokes, The Animals builds powerfully toward the revelation of Bill’s defining betrayal—and the drastic lengths Bill goes to in order to escape the consequences.

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  • Katherine K

    This book left me hollow, but the writing was beautiful. The sadness of life and death, the chaos of it, was represented in the most bittersweet way. I highly recommend this book, but prepare yourself for the truth of humanity.