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Simon Vance, Xe Sands

6 Hours 55 Minutes

Blackstone Audiobooks

June 2014

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From New England Book Award winner Lily King comes abreathtaking novel about three young anthropologists of the 1930s caught in apassionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and ultimately, their lives.
English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in thefield for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the territory of NewGuinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers' deaths and increasinglyfrustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicidewhen a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and herwry and mercurial Australian husband, Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nelland Fen have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo and, in spite of Nell's poorhealth, are hungry for a new discovery. When Bankson finds them a new tribenearby-the artistic, female-dominated Tam-he ignites an intellectual andromantic firestorm between the three of them that burns out of anyone'scontrol.
Set between two World Wars and inspired by events in thelife of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, Euphoria is anenthralling story of passion, possession, exploration, and sacrifice fromaccomplished author Lily King.

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  • Lejla H.

    Very hard to understand her reading, especially with the accents

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  • Laurie S.

    This is a dark, dismal story but it brings up lots of interesting issues I've never thought about concerning anthropologists as social scientists. It was a Book Club pick but I am glad I read it. The BC discussion was very lively and most participants really liked this book. Their #1 complaint over having read the hard copy book was that it was often hard to tell who was telling the story: Nell, Fen or Bankson. I lucked out by listening to the audio book because both readers did an excellent job of changing accents (from American to Australian to British) according to the narrator. Problem solved!

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  • Julie Ciaccia

    The primary settings were fascinating. The relationships developing among the characters intriguing. If only it were twice as long.,,

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