- A Novel
- Narrated by: John Darnielle
- Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 07-02-17
- Language: English
- Publisher: Macmillan Audio
But when a local schoolteacher comes in to return her copy of Targets - an old movie, starring Boris Karloff, one Jeremy himself had ordered for the store - she has an odd complaint: "There's something on it," she says, but doesn't elaborate. Two days later a different customer returns a different tape, a new release, and says it's not defective, exactly, but altered: "There's another movie on this tape."
Jeremy doesn't want to be curious, but he brings the movies home to take a look. And indeed, in the middle of each movie, the screen blinks dark for a moment, and the movie is replaced by a few minutes of jagged, poorly lit home video. The scenes are odd and sometimes violent, dark, and deeply disquieting. There are no identifiable faces, no dialogue or explanation - the first video has just the faint sound of someone breathing - but there are some recognizable landmarks. These have been shot just outside of town.
So begins John Darnielle's haunting and masterfully unsettling Universal Harvester: the once placid Iowa fields and farmhouses now sinister and imbued with loss and instability and profound foreboding. The audiobook will take Jeremy and those around him deeper into this landscape than they have ever expected to go. They will become part of a story that unfolds years into the past and years into the future, part of an impossible search for something someone once lost that they would do anything to regain.
Engineered by Matt Douglas
Music by Buttonwood Agreement
John Darnielle - piano, guitar
Joaquin Spengemann - drums and percussion
Additional synth by John Vanderslice
Music produced by John Vanderslice at Tiny Telephone, San Francisco
Additional mixing and postproduction by Tim Franklin
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Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Tomtomward18 on 02-01-18
A seemingly slow paced novel which struggled to grasp my attention at first.
However, I'm not sure if it was the calming smooth pace of John Darnielle's narration or the consistent carrot on stick type writing which left me wanting to know more.
Definitely worth listening to and I garuntee you will want to know the story behind these characters after Part 1.
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By laurie on 10-02-17
This story is not a thriller. It's a stylized observation of midwestern life in the 90s. Though well written, the story lacks substance....you spend most of your time waiting for a payoff, but are left with few answers.
I was extremely disappointed with the story and felt that this books only redeeming qualities were the descriptive writing and the performance by the reader.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
By Toadguy on 10-04-17
I love John Darnielle's music and also Wolf in White Van, but this his masterpiece.
The blend of unsettling suspense and powerful humanity make this story unique and unforgettable, and John's narrative is intimate and quietly expressive.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful