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The Animals

Christian Kiefer

Bill Reed manages a wildlife sanctuary in rural Idaho, caring for injured animals—raptors, a wolf, and his beloved bear, Majer, among them—that are unable to survive in the wild. Seemingly rid of his troubled past, Bill hopes to marry the local veterinarian and live a quiet life together, the promise of which is threatened when a childhood friend is released from prison. Suddenly forced to confront the secrets of his criminal youth, Bill battles fiercely to preserve the shelter that protects these wounded animals and to keep hidden his turbulent, even dangerous, history. Alternating between past and present, Christian Kiefer contrasts the wreckage of Bill’s crime-ridden years in Reno, Nevada, with the elusive promise of a peaceful future. In finely sculpted prose imaginatively at odds with the harsh, volatile world Kiefer evokes, The Animals builds powerfully toward the revelation of Bill’s defining betrayal—and the drastic lengths Bill goes to in order to escape the consequences.

Bill Reed manages a wildlife sanctuary in rural Idaho, caring for injured animals—raptors, a wolf, and his beloved bear, Majer, among them—that are unable to survive in the wild. Seemingly rid of his troubled past, Bill hopes to marry the local veterinarian and live a quiet life together, the promise of which is threatened when a childhood friend is released from prison. Suddenly forced to confront the secrets of his criminal youth, Bill battles fiercely to preserve the shelter that protects these wounded animals and to keep hidden his turbulent, even dangerous, history. Alternating between past and present, Christian Kiefer contrasts the wreckage of Bill’s crime-ridden years in Reno, Nevada, with the elusive promise of a peaceful future. In finely sculpted prose imaginatively at odds with the harsh, volatile world Kiefer evokes, The Animals builds powerfully toward the revelation of Bill’s defining betrayal—and the drastic lengths Bill goes to in order to escape the consequences.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Bill Reed manages a wildlife sanctuary in rural Idaho, caring for injured animals—raptors, a wolf, and his beloved bear, Majer, among them—that are unable to survive in the wild. Seemingly rid of his troubled past, Bill hopes to marry the local veterinarian and live a quiet life together, the promise of which is threatened when a childhood friend is released from prison. Suddenly forced to confront the secrets of his criminal youth, Bill battles fiercely to preserve the shelter that protects these wounded animals and to keep hidden his turbulent, even dangerous, history. Alternating between past and present, Christian Kiefer contrasts the wreckage of Bill’s crime-ridden years in Reno, Nevada, with the elusive promise of a peaceful future. In finely sculpted prose imaginatively at odds with the harsh, volatile world Kiefer evokes, The Animals builds powerfully toward the revelation of Bill’s defining betrayal—and the drastic lengths Bill goes to in order to escape the consequences.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Richard Poe

Length:

10h 9m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:31


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

24:17


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

25:36


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

47:27


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

50:53


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

38:37


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

01:05:15


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

38:03


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

48:53


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

22:21


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

23:31


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

31:47


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

13:29


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

34:24


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

44:14


Part 3
Part 3

15:38


Part 4, Chapter 16
Part 4, Chapter 16

24:05


Part 4, Chapter 17
Part 4, Chapter 17

19:34


Part 4, Chapter 18
Part 4, Chapter 18

40:11


Part 4, Chapter 19
Part 4, Chapter 19

00:27