Euphoria: A Novel

Written by:
Lily King
Narrated by:
Xe Sands , Simon Vance

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
June 2014
6 hours 55 minutes
From New England Book Award winner Lily King comes a breathtaking novel about three young anthropologists of the 1930s caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and ultimately, their lives.

English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers' deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry and mercurial Australian husband, Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nell and Fen have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo and, in spite of Nell's poor health, are hungry for a new discovery. When Bankson finds them a new tribe nearby—the artistic, female-dominated Tam—he ignites an intellectual and romantic firestorm between the three of them that burns out of anyone's control.

Set between two World Wars and inspired by events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, Euphoria is an enthralling story of passion, possession, exploration, and sacrifice from accomplished author Lily King.
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Sivan B.

The book was very good. Well-written, interesting, and often gripping. But also depressing. And (perhaps too) short. Knowing that it was inspired by a true story, I would have liked a happier ending. It reminded me of Atonement in ways that I found equally depressing in both books. I'd still recommend it, though I'd probably recommend reading it on the page rather than listening to the audiobook because... There were two narrators and one of them gets 0/5 stars. I could barely understand half the words she said. The male narrator was good -- I have read other books he's narrated and enjoyed them. The female narrator? Did someone actually hear her read a book aloud and then give her this job? Just an unacceptable lack of annunciation and clarity.

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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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