Fierce Kingdom

Version: Unabridged
Author: Gin Phillips
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Suspense, Literature
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Published In: July 2017
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 8 hours
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“It tore at every maternal fiber in my body. I couldn’t put it down.” —Fiona Barton, New York Times bestselling author of The Widow

An electrifying novel about the primal and unyielding bond between a mother and her son, and the lengths she’ll go to protect him.

The zoo is nearly empty as Joan and her four-year-old son soak up the last few moments of playtime. They are happy, and the day has been close to perfect. But what Joan sees as she hustles her son toward the exit gate minutes before closing time sends her sprinting back into the zoo, her child in her arms. And for the next three hours—the entire scope of the novel—she keeps on running.

Joan’s intimate knowledge of her son and of the zoo itself—the hidden pathways and under-renovation exhibits, the best spots on the carousel and overstocked snack machines—is all that keeps them a step ahead of danger.

A masterful thrill ride and an exploration of motherhood itself—from its tender moments of grace to its savage power—Fierce Kingdom asks where the boundary is between our animal instinct to survive and our human duty to protect one another. For whom should a mother risk her life?

Reviews (2)

Written by lacy c on August 12th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

So well written I felt like I was next to her in this zoo! I was seeing through her eyes and feeling her fear. This is now on of my top five favourite books.


Written by kimberly S on August 10th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 2/5

The narration of this book was good, but I'm afraid that's where my praise ends. Highly disappointing. There was room for so much potential, yet this book falls flat. I won't spoil it for anyone who wants to take their chances, but the ending is terrible. I think maybe the author rushed the book. Just my opinion.

Author Details

Author Details

Phillips, Gin

Gin Phillips is the author of "The Well and the Mine", winner of the 2009 Barnes and Noble Discover Prize in Fiction, and Come In and Cover Me. Sherecently wrote her debut children s book, The Hidden Summer. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband, children, and dog.