• Duplicate Keys

  • By: Jane Smiley
  • Narrated by: Ruth Ann Phimister
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 26-10-2006
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • 2 out of 5 stars 2.0 (2 ratings)

Publisher's Summary

Everyone has keys to Susan's New York apartment: all her friends, and friends of friends. So one afternoon, when Alice unlocks Susan's door to water the plants, she isn't surprised to find two men sitting in the living room. That they are both dead is a shock, however. Now Alice must sort through a tangle of personal connections, schemes, and motives to find the key to who killed them and why. And as she talks with the police, the answer that starts to nag at her is a chilling one. Jane Smiley's talent for creating emotionally gripping tales of family relationships was celebrated when she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for A Thousand Acres. In Duplicate Keys, she displays her flair for creating a haunting mystery.
©1994 Jane Smiley (P)1998 Recorded Books
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Critic Reviews

"A first-rate cliffhanger." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Sharp and memorable....Finely wrought." (Newsday)
"As taut and chilling as anything Hitchcock put on film." (San Francisco Chronicle)
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1 out of 5 stars
By ester on 19-03-2016

Very Boring

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I don't know how I survived finishing this book - commitment to finish what I started I guess. So boring.. boring narration, boring plot..

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3 out of 5 stars
By Lisa on 26-08-2012

Beautifully written

Would you try another book from Jane Smiley and/or Ruth Ann Phimister?

Yes I would, I have read A Thousand Acres and I loved it.

How could the performance have been better?

It took a while to get over the overly childish voice and narration of Ruth Ann Phimister.

Any additional comments?

Jane Smiley's talent to describe people and places made the book and the simple plot of it very enjoyable.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Kathy A. Flament on 26-06-2009

Neither fish nor fowl

I love Jane Smiley, but I don't love this book. Jane tries to combine family dynamics with a murder mystery and she doesn't succeed here. Characters are developed, but don't seem to evolve. And, the mystery drags on and on and on.

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