Wolf in White Van

Wolf in White Van

A Novel

Streaming Audiobook - 2014
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Welcome to Trace Italian, a game of strategy and survival! You may now make your first move. Isolated by a disfiguring injury since the age of seventeen, Sean Phillips crafts imaginary worlds for strangers to play in. From his small apartment in southern California, he orchestrates fantastic adventures where possibilities, both dark and bright, open in the boundaries between the real and the imagined. As the creator of Trace Italian-a text-based, role-playing game played through the mail-Sean guides players from around the world through his intricately imagined terrain, which they navigate and explore, turn by turn, seeking sanctuary in a ravaged, savage future America. Lance and Carrie are high school students from Florida, explorers of the Trace. But when they take their play into the real world, disaster strikes, and Sean is called to account for it. In the process, he is pulled back through time, tunneling toward the moment of his own self-inflicted departure from the world in which most people live. Brilliantly constructed, Wolf in White Van unfolds in reverse until we arrive at both the beginning and the climax: the event that has shaped so much of Sean's life. Beautifully written and unexpectedly moving, John Darnielle's audacious and gripping debut novel is a marvel of storytelling brio and genuine literary delicacy.
Publisher: [United States] : Macmillan Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781427251886
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: streaming audio file (1 audio file (5hr., 24 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Darnielle, John
hoopla digital


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Jul 03, 2017

Durham-ite John Darnielle's writing for his musical project, The Mountain Goats, has always been unique and riveting; his prose is no different. Storytelling comes second-nature to him, as many of his songs follow narratives, a skill that he has strengthened over time as evidenced by this outstanding piece of fiction. The audiobook is a MUST-listen, as his engaging voice not only immerses you into the troubled protagonist's unsteady state-of-mind, but also
lulls you into the dreamlike setting of the interjections highlighting the role-playing game scenarios. Key points and transitions are backed by unobtrusive, original musical compositions that enhance the narrative and reaffirm the haunted tone. And what about the story? I don't want to say much about the story, but this dark piece of realistic fiction involves a protagonist whose mail-away role playing game delivers some unimaginable unintended consequences.

PimaLib_JB Dec 17, 2015

Follow the singer/songwriter of The Mountain Goats into a dark literary labyrinth, circling around trauma, social isolation, analog nerdery, dystopian survival, and family dynamics. He reads the audiobook himself, giving each phrase the cadence and breathing room it deserves.


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