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Babayaga

Toby Barlow

Will is a young American ad executive in Paris. Except his agency is a front for the CIA. It's 1959 and the Cold War is going strong. But Will doesn't think he's a warrior-he's just a good-hearted Detroit ad guy who can't seem to figure out Parisian girls. Zoya is a beautiful young woman wandering les boulevards, sad-eyed, and coming off a bad breakup. In fact, she impaled her ex on a spike. Zoya, it turns out, has been a beautiful young woman for hundreds of years; she and her far more traditionally witchy-looking companion, Elga, have been thriving unnoticed in the bloody froth of Europe's wars. Inspector Vidot is a hardworking Paris police detective who cherishes quiet nights at home. But when he follows a lead from a grisly murder to the abode of an ugly old woman, he finds himself turned into a flea. Oliver is a patrician, fun-loving American who has come to Paris to start a literary journal with the help of friends in D.C., who ask for a few favors in return. He's in well over his head, but it's nothing that a cocktail can't fix. Right? Add a few chance encounters, a chorus of some more angry witches, a strung-out jazzman or two, a weaponized LSD program, and a cache of rifles buried in the Bois de Bologne-and that's a novel! But while Toby Barlow's Babayaga may start as just a joyful romp though the City of Light, it quickly grows into a daring, moving exploration of love, mortality, and responsibility.

Will is a young American ad executive in Paris. Except his agency is a front for the CIA. It's 1959 and the Cold War is going strong. But Will doesn't think he's a warrior-he's just a good-hearted Detroit ad guy who can't seem to figure out Parisian girls. Zoya is a beautiful young woman wandering les boulevards, sad-eyed, and coming off a bad breakup. In fact, she impaled her ex on a spike. Zoya, it turns out, has been a beautiful young woman for hundreds of years; she and her far more traditionally witchy-looking companion, Elga, have been thriving unnoticed in the bloody froth of Europe's wars. Inspector Vidot is a hardworking Paris police detective who cherishes quiet nights at home. But when he follows a lead from a grisly murder to the abode of an ugly old woman, he finds himself turned into a flea. Oliver is a patrician, fun-loving American who has come to Paris to start a literary journal with the help of friends in D.C., who ask for a few favors in return. He's in well over his head, but it's nothing that a cocktail can't fix. Right? Add a few chance encounters, a chorus of some more angry witches, a strung-out jazzman or two, a weaponized LSD program, and a cache of rifles buried in the Bois de Bologne-and that's a novel! But while Toby Barlow's Babayaga may start as just a joyful romp though the City of Light, it quickly grows into a daring, moving exploration of love, mortality, and responsibility.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Will is a young American ad executive in Paris. Except his agency is a front for the CIA. It's 1959 and the Cold War is going strong. But Will doesn't think he's a warrior-he's just a good-hearted Detroit ad guy who can't seem to figure out Parisian girls. Zoya is a beautiful young woman wandering les boulevards, sad-eyed, and coming off a bad breakup. In fact, she impaled her ex on a spike. Zoya, it turns out, has been a beautiful young woman for hundreds of years; she and her far more traditionally witchy-looking companion, Elga, have been thriving unnoticed in the bloody froth of Europe's wars. Inspector Vidot is a hardworking Paris police detective who cherishes quiet nights at home. But when he follows a lead from a grisly murder to the abode of an ugly old woman, he finds himself turned into a flea. Oliver is a patrician, fun-loving American who has come to Paris to start a literary journal with the help of friends in D.C., who ask for a few favors in return. He's in well over his head, but it's nothing that a cocktail can't fix. Right? Add a few chance encounters, a chorus of some more angry witches, a strung-out jazzman or two, a weaponized LSD program, and a cache of rifles buried in the Bois de Bologne-and that's a novel! But while Toby Barlow's Babayaga may start as just a joyful romp though the City of Light, it quickly grows into a daring, moving exploration of love, mortality, and responsibility.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Dan John Miller

Length:

14h 22m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

01:49


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

13:05


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

11:48


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

09:20


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

11:30


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

17:41


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:21


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:30


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

24:54


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:24


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

17:05


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

12:21


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

11:07


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:21


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

14:43


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:16


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:00


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

13:32


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:50


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:07


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:48


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:34


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

10:29


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:25


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

02:08


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:05


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:45


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:09


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

13:02


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

16:42


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

12:33


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

19:31


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

13:08


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

12:11


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

17:01


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

15:44


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:59


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:33


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

11:04


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

02:13


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

12:08


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:09


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

18:54


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:51


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

10:15


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:32


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

00:31


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

11:03


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

09:14


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:15


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:01


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

19:40


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:17


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:56


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

13:14


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

10:51


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

00:37


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

17:49


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

16:09


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

13:32


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

17:34


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

12:51


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:25


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

15:43


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

01:33


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:51


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

18:14


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

02:24


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

11:19


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

12:36


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

11:36


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

02:31


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:56


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:21


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

09:30


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

01:59


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

10:25


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

02:35


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

20:03


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:05


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

17:04


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:28


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

00:49


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:02


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

15:41


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:30


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

10:40


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:15