The People in the Trees

  • by Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by Jeff Harding
  • 17 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1950, a young doctor call Norton Perina signs on with the anthropologist Paul Tallent for an expedition to the remote Micronesian island of Ivu’ivu in search of a rumoured lost tribe. They succeed in finding not only that tribe but also a group of forest dwellers they dub ‘The Dreamers’, who turn out to be fantastically long-lived but progressively more senile. Perina suspects the source of their longevity is a hard-to-find turtle; unable to resist the possibility of eternal life, he kills one and smuggles some meat back to the States. He scientifically proves his thesis, earning worldwide fame and the Nobel Prize, but he soon discovers that its miraculous property comes at a terrible price.
As things quickly spiral out of his control, his own demons take hold, with devastating personal consequences.


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Customer Reviews

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Um... I'm not sure...

Would you try another book written by Hanya Yanagihara or narrated by Jeff Harding?

I read "A Little Life", and it was possibly the best book I've ever read. That urged me to pick up another Hanya Yanagihara book - The People in the Trees.

Was The People in the Trees worth the listening time?

It was... not bad. But it was also not great. I found it a bit of a muddled story about lust and abuse that didn't come together well. (Hanya ended up completely nailing this theme in her next book "A Little Life"). It was a long book, and I listened to the end. To be honest, I think it was Jeff Harding's narration that won me over. His adaptation of the lead character was spot on for me.

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- Reader


Wonderfully read, I won't easily forget this book. What a story!! made all the more amazing that it's basis is in fact.
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- amanda

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-11-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios