No One Goes Alone: A Novel

Written by:
Erik Larson

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2021
7 hours 35 minutes
From New York Times bestselling author Erik Larson comes his first venture into fiction, an otherworldly tale of intrigue and the impossible that marshals his trademark approach to nonfiction to create something new: a ghost story thoroughly grounded in history.

Pioneering psychologist William James leads an expedition to a remote isle in search of answers after a family inexplicably vanishes. Was the cause rooted in the physical world . . . or were there forces more paranormal and sinister at work? Available only on audio, because as Larson says, ghost stories are best told aloud.

A group of researchers sets sail for the Isle of Dorn in the North Atlantic in 1905 to explore the cause of several mysterious disappearances, most notably a family of four who vanished without a trace after a week-long holiday on the island. Led by Professor James, a prominent member of the Society for Psychical Research, they begin to explore the island’s sole cottage and surrounding landscape in search of a logical explanation.

The idyllic setting belies an undercurrent of danger and treachery, with raging storms and unnerving discoveries adding to the sense of menace. As increasingly unexplainable events unfold, the now-stranded investigators are unsure whether they can trust their own eyes, their instincts, one another—or even themselves.

Erik Larson has written a terrifying tale of suspense, underpinned with actual people and events. Created specifically to entertain audio listeners, this eerie blend of the ghostly and the real will keep listeners captivated till the blood-chilling end.

Featuring Erik Larson reading his Notes for a Narrator.
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Interesting creative fiction based on true information and some real persons

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Lee W.

I love Erik Larson's nonfiction books and decided to give this a try. I listened to the first couple of hours thinking that I would get to that "ah ha" moment that would keep me riveted to my seat, but that never happened. Instead, I found myself skipping ahead in pretty big chunks, stopping to listen again then skipping ahead. My assessment was that the book has some Agatha Christie flavoring, splashed with a poor man's ghost story. In any event, fans of novels might enjoy this.

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Nicely done until the very end when it seems the author was unable to develop a suitable conclusion for his story. The reader was quite good with the exception that he failed to provide an adequate level of suspense in his delivery suitable for the more dire events presented in the story.

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I wasn't able to finish this, sadly. I love his nonfiction works, but I found this weirdly boring. the narration was good, and he did the best he could with what he had to work with, but in the end the book wasn't so much a ghost story as a sort of slightly spooky historical fiction with an immature narrator and few fleshed out characters.

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