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The Epiphany Machine

David Burr Gerrard

*A Most-Anticipated book of 2017 by The Millions *Best New Science Fiction for Summer by The Washington Post Everyone else knows the truth about you, now you can know it, too. That's the slogan. The product: a junky contraption that tattoos personalized revelations on its users' forearms. It's an old con, playing on the fear that we are obvious to everybody except ourselves. This particular one's been circulating New York since the 1960s. The ad works. And, oddly enough, so might the device... A small stream of city dwellers buy into this cult of the epiphany machine, including Venter Lowood's parents. This stigma follows them when they move upstate, where Venter can't avoid the whispers of teachers and neighbors any more than he can ignore the machine's accurate predictions: his mother's abandonment and his father's disinterest. So when Venter's grandmother finally asks him to confront the epiphany machine and inoculate himself against his family's mistakes, he's only too happy to oblige. Like his parents before him, Venter is quick to fall under the spell of the device's sweat-stained, profane, and surprisingly charming operator, Adam Lyons. But unlike them, Venter gets close enough to Adam to learn a dark secret. There's an undeniable pattern between specific epiphanies and violent crimes. And Adam won't jeopardize the privacy of his customers by alerting the police. It may be a hoax, but that doesn't mean what Adam is selling isn't also spot-on. And in this sprawling, snarling tragicomedy about accountability in contemporary America, the greater danger is that Adam Lyon's apparatus may just be right about us all.

*A Most-Anticipated book of 2017 by The Millions *Best New Science Fiction for Summer by The Washington Post Everyone else knows the truth about you, now you can know it, too. That's the slogan. The product: a junky contraption that tattoos personalized revelations on its users' forearms. It's an old con, playing on the fear that we are obvious to everybody except ourselves. This particular one's been circulating New York since the 1960s. The ad works. And, oddly enough, so might the device... A small stream of city dwellers buy into this cult of the epiphany machine, including Venter Lowood's parents. This stigma follows them when they move upstate, where Venter can't avoid the whispers of teachers and neighbors any more than he can ignore the machine's accurate predictions: his mother's abandonment and his father's disinterest. So when Venter's grandmother finally asks him to confront the epiphany machine and inoculate himself against his family's mistakes, he's only too happy to oblige. Like his parents before him, Venter is quick to fall under the spell of the device's sweat-stained, profane, and surprisingly charming operator, Adam Lyons. But unlike them, Venter gets close enough to Adam to learn a dark secret. There's an undeniable pattern between specific epiphanies and violent crimes. And Adam won't jeopardize the privacy of his customers by alerting the police. It may be a hoax, but that doesn't mean what Adam is selling isn't also spot-on. And in this sprawling, snarling tragicomedy about accountability in contemporary America, the greater danger is that Adam Lyon's apparatus may just be right about us all.
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*A Most-Anticipated book of 2017 by The Millions *Best New Science Fiction for Summer by The Washington Post Everyone else knows the truth about you, now you can know it, too. That's the slogan. The product: a junky contraption that tattoos personalized revelations on its users' forearms. It's an old con, playing on the fear that we are obvious to everybody except ourselves. This particular one's been circulating New York since the 1960s. The ad works. And, oddly enough, so might the device... A small stream of city dwellers buy into this cult of the epiphany machine, including Venter Lowood's parents. This stigma follows them when they move upstate, where Venter can't avoid the whispers of teachers and neighbors any more than he can ignore the machine's accurate predictions: his mother's abandonment and his father's disinterest. So when Venter's grandmother finally asks him to confront the epiphany machine and inoculate himself against his family's mistakes, he's only too happy to oblige. Like his parents before him, Venter is quick to fall under the spell of the device's sweat-stained, profane, and surprisingly charming operator, Adam Lyons. But unlike them, Venter gets close enough to Adam to learn a dark secret. There's an undeniable pattern between specific epiphanies and violent crimes. And Adam won't jeopardize the privacy of his customers by alerting the police. It may be a hoax, but that doesn't mean what Adam is selling isn't also spot-on. And in this sprawling, snarling tragicomedy about accountability in contemporary America, the greater danger is that Adam Lyon's apparatus may just be right about us all.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Ari Fliakos

Length:

12h 31m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:42


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:22


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:25


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:50


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:16


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:00


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:44


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:21


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:21


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:03


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:08


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:54


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:05


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:57


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:50


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:39


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:45


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:41


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:46


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:07


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:20


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:09


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:30


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:55


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:33


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:37


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:14


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:45


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:53


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:27


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:10


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:45


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:57


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:22


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:12


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:49


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:57


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:54


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:42


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:07


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:06


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:44


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:30


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:27


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:07


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:20


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:30


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:03


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:48


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:09


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:47


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:27


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:54


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:05


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:34


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:37


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:58


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

02:46


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:19


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:53


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:39


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:42


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:24


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:22


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:13


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:02


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:03


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:28


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:55


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:43


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:07


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:49


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:49


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

08:12


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:38


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:46


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:36


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:33


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:07


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:47


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:34


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:58


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:20


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:54


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:41


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:52


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:07


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:00


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:16


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:16


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:26


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:48


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:50


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

00:58


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:34


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:03


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:20


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:15


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:53


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:38


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:04


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:52


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

07:16


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:06


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

03:02


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:29


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:14


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

08:10


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:06


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

06:43


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

03:36


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:24


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

07:07


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

06:50


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

03:58


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

01:46


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

02:48


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

03:54


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

02:34


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

06:23


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

07:13


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

06:55


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

07:00


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

07:24


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

00:28