California: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Edan Lepucki

Narrated By: Emma Galvin

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: July 2014

Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes


'Stunning and brilliant....A wholly original take on the post-apocalypse genre.'

Dan Chaon, author Await Your Reply

The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they've left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable despite the isolation and hardships they face. Consumed by fear of the future and mourning for a past they can't reclaim, they seek comfort and solace in one other. But the tentative existence they've built for themselves is thrown into doubt when Frida finds out she's pregnant.

Terrified of the unknown but unsure of their ability to raise a child alone, Cal and Frida set out for the nearest settlement, a guarded and paranoid community with dark secrets. These people can offer them security, but Cal and Frida soon realize this community poses its own dangers. In this unfamiliar world, where everything and everyone can be perceived as a threat, the couple must quickly decide whom to trust.

A gripping and provocative debut novel by a stunning new talent, California imagines a frighteningly realistic near future, in which clashes between mankind's dark nature and irrepressible resilience force us to question how far we will go to protect the ones we love.


  • Orion Smith

    Interesting book. However the main characters are far too naive and predictable. Especially given the circumstances in which they have been living.

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