Erik Larson’s First-Ever Work of Fiction Released as Audiobook Original by PRH Audio

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Penguin Random House Audio published NO ONE GOES ALONE, an audiobook original—and the first-ever work of fiction—from #1 New York Times bestselling author Erik Larson on Tuesday, September 28. Narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt, this otherworldly tale of intrigue and the impossible marshals Larson’s trademark approach to nonfiction to create something new: a ghost story deeply grounded in history, available exclusively on audio, because, as Larson says, ghost stories are best told aloud.

“I love a good ghost story, and decided while I was on tour for my book Thunderstruck, that I’d write the kind of story I wanted to read—something, moreover, that would incorporate some of the really bizarre, real-life material I’d uncovered in the course of researching the book,” Larson says. “For example, the fact that in Victorian England many of the country’s top physicists and writers were all members of the Society for Psychical Research, which really did have a Committee on Haunted Houses. I also realized the perfect medium for this project was the audiobook, especially an audio original, because I do believe that ghost stories are best told aloud, whether at a campfire, or in front of the fireplace on a ghoulishly windy night. I can’t wait to hear this one myself.”

PRH Audio producer Dan Musselman shares, “Erik Larson gave us something special to work with and we searched the globe for the right voice. Bringing in Julian Rhind-Tutt to narrate NO ONE GOES ALONE was one of those magical moments that happen in spoken word. His narrative has depth and clarity, and each of his characters is distinct and rich. Julian found that sweet spot between bringing the story to life and letting the author’s words carry the load. This is a perfect match of story and story teller, and it will send chills up your spine.”

NO ONE GOES ALONE follows pioneering psychologist William James, a prominent member of the Society for Psychical Research, as he leads a team of researchers to the remote Isle of Dorn in 1905 to investigate the cause of several mysterious disappearances, most notably a family of four who vanished without a trace after a week-long holiday on the island. Was the cause rooted in the physical world . . . or were there forces more paranormal and sinister at work? The idyllic setting belies an undercurrent of danger and treachery, with raging storms and unnerving discoveries adding to a growing sense of menace. As increasingly unexplainable events unfold, the isolated party is unsure whether they can trust their own eyes, their instincts, one another—or even themselves.

Marrying a love of the ghostly tales of Henry James and Shirley Jackson with his passion for history, Larson has delivered a clever and spooky tale that will have listeners captivated till the blood-chilling end.

This production is the latest in Penguin Random House Audio’s growing original publishing program, which includes three audiobooks set in the Star Wars universe (Dooku: Jedi Lost; Doctor Aphra; Tempest Runner), projects with Nick Offerman (All Rise), MeatEater’s Steven Rinella (MeatEater’s Campfire Stories: Close Calls), Tartine Bakery’s Chad Robertson and Jennifer Latham (Getting Started with Sourdough), and more.

“We are thrilled to be publishing this exciting new fiction from Erik Larson,” says Amanda D’Acierno, President & Publisher, Penguin Random House Audio. “Readers of his nonfiction work will recognize the evocative historical detail and irresistible pacing that is Larson’s trademark, but with an eerie new twist that’s a perfect match for the audiobook format.”


Posted: October 1, 2021