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Publisher Description

"I think Jean Hanff Korelitz’s THE PLOT is one of the best novels I’ve ever read about writers and writing. It’s also insanely readable and terrifying. The suspense quotient is through the roof...It’s remarkable." -- Stephen King

Hailed as "breathtakingly suspenseful," Jean Hanff Korelitz’s The Plot is a propulsive audiobook about a story too good not to steal, and the writer who steals it.

Jacob Finch Bonner was once a promising young novelist with a respectably published first book. Today, he’s teaching in a third-rate MFA program and struggling to maintain what’s left of his self-respect; he hasn’t written—let alone published—anything decent in years. When Evan Parker, his most arrogant student, announces he doesn’t need Jake’s help because the plot of his book in progress is a sure thing, Jake is prepared to dismiss the boast as typical amateur narcissism. But then . . . he hears the plot.

Jake returns to the downward trajectory of his own career and braces himself for the supernova publication of Evan Parker’s first novel: but it never comes. When he discovers that his former student has died, presumably without ever completing his book, Jake does what any self-respecting writer would do with a story like that—a story that absolutely needs to be told.

In a few short years, all of Evan Parker’s predictions have come true, but Jake is the author enjoying the wave. He is wealthy, famous, praised and read all over the world. But at the height of his glorious new life, an e-mail arrives, the first salvo in a terrifying, anonymous campaign: You are a thief, it says.

As Jake struggles to understand his antagonist and hide the truth from his readers and his publishers, he begins to learn more about his late student, and what he discovers both amazes and terrifies him. Who was Evan Parker, and how did he get the idea for his “sure thing” of a novel? What is the real story behind the plot, and who stole it from whom?

A Macmillan Audio production from Celadon Books

Narrator Kirby Heyborne maintains the brisk pace and firm tension of what promises to be one of the summer's most talked about suspense novels." -- AudioFile Magazine

"Kirby Heyborne’s vocal dynamics convey emotion, and his no-nonsense delivery has the versatility and ease of a comfortable pair of jeans in this tale that examines moral obligations." -- Library Journal

Mysteries & Thrillers
Kirby Heyborne
hr min
May 11
Macmillan Audio

Customer Reviews

sue c nyc ,

The Review

The narration is unbearable. He can’t draw you in. It’s like nails on a chalkboard. Grating. And the plot? Nah — I figured it out way too early on. Simply not as captivating as the author’s previous works.

JoeStrummerFan ,

Needs New Narrator

The narration sounds like a human/AI. It’s so terrible that I wish I could get my money back and put it toward a hard copy because the story is actually interesting. The narration is so monotone and dry that I had to turn it off. I’ve never reviewed a book based on the narration alone, but don’t waste your money!

bosieposie ,

I was disappointed

After a glowing review from Stephen King I expected more. The “ plot” was obvious and disappointing.

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