Acts of Violence

  • by Ryan David Jahn
  • Narrated by John Guerrasio, Lauren Lefkow
  • 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1964 Kitty Genovese was murdered on the street near her apartment in New York. As many as 38 people may have witnessed the attack, and yet not one of them came to her aid. In Acts of Violence, Ryan David Jahn has fictionalised the events of that night, crafting a series of stories about the victim, the killer, and the bystanders: the terrified Vietnam draftee; the woman who thinks she’s killed a child; the former soldier planning suicide and the man who saves him.
In this terrifying novel, Jahn explores the lives of those whose lives are touched, however briefly, by the murder in their midst, and creates an insightful portrait of America in the throes of the Vietnam War and at the height the Civil Rights movement.
The dual narration of the audiobook remains true to the formal nature of the book. Narrators Lauren Lefkow and John Guerrasio - a New York native who remembers the crime the novel is based on - deliver compelling readings that bring Jahn's highly crafted book to life. Guerrasio voices the multitude of witnesses, while Lefkow delivers a sensitive and nuanced performance of 'Katrina Marino', the murder victim. Shocking and compassionate, angry and gripping, Acts of Violence is a sprawling, cinematic tour-de-force, a terrifying crime novel unlike any other.


What the Critics Say

“A gripping, thoughtful psychological thriller, which deftly interweaves the stories of the victim, her killer and the neighbours.... Jahn's style creates a voyeuristic distance between reader and characters that perfectly matches his theme.” (Financial Times)
"Dark, compelling and powerful; this is a book of real substance. Ryan David Jahn is a rare and fine talent." (R. J. Ellory)


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Acts of violence

Just left me filling uncomfortable throughout, and wanting to not listen to this voyeuristic experience. Not one for those who want to enjoy their audiobooks.
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- Steven


A thought-provoking inspection of the darker side of modern day society. Very well written and performed. Will be buying more audiobooks by this author as they become available.
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- Jon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-05-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios