The People in the Trees

  • by Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by Jeff Harding
  • 17 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1950, a young doctor call Norton Perina signs on with the anthropologist Paul Tallent for an expedition to the remote Micronesian island of Ivu'ivu in search of a rumoured lost tribe. They succeed in finding not only that tribe but also a group of forest dwellers they dub 'The Dreamers', who turn out to be fantastically long-lived but progressively more senile. Perina suspects the source of their longevity is a hard-to-find turtle; unable to resist the possibility of eternal life, he kills one and smuggles some meat back to the States. He scientifically proves his thesis, earning worldwide fame and the Nobel Prize, but he soon discovers that its miraculous property comes at a terrible price.
As things quickly spiral out of his control, his own demons take hold, with devastating personal consequences.

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Em - Harsh, but well written

Crikey – this is a skwirmingly, harsh, hideous and brutal story. But it is extremely well written although the content is somewhat indescribable. In some places, in particular at the beginning of the book, the drawn out and unnecessary barbarity of the story teller, Norton Perina’s entrance and background beginnings could probably have been watered down, as in my view it added nothing and left me feeling quite sick. I found him a dislikeable fellow. However, as we approach the middling of this tale the story becomes awkward and yet you are compelled to continue with it having struggled to get thus far. I was intrigued as to where the story was going to take me and at this stage began to like the main character and find him a person of substance. On coming to the end of this indescribable tale the story was again getting back to the uncomfortable and having felt sympathy for Perina, I had been duped by an abuser and had I known the book would take the turn it did, I probably wouldn’t have listened. Take on board a few reviews before making a decision as to whether you might want to spend your money on this story.
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- mollymoon1 "Love literature - will read just about anything really - I have a couple of favourite authors and of course love the classics"

Bizarre. Unique. Uncomfortable.

I won't say I didn't enjoy this book because I did, I did but... It left me uncomfortable for the fact. A wonderful story of hidden natural wonders sandwiched between some very teeth clenching events of extreme taboo for our society underwritten with the questions of how such things are perceived by other societies - a questioning of moral values which no one wants to face.

Uncomfortable stuff, by the end, but none the less magical in parts.

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- Miss "lsdbailey"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-11-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios