Shutter Island

Version: Unabridged
Author: Dennis Lehane
Narrator: Tom Stechschulte
Genres: Thriller, Detective Stories
Publisher: HarperAudio
Published In: September 2009
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 9 hours, 30 minutes
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Summer, 1954.

U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels s come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Along with his partner, Chuck Aule, he sets out to find an escaped patient, a murderess named Rachel Solando, as a hurricane bears down upon them.

But nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems.

Is he there to find a missing patient? Or has he been sent to look into rumors of Ashecliffe's radical approach to psychiatry; an approach that may include drug experimentation, hideous surgical trials, and lethal countermoves in the shadow war against Soviet brainwashing ...

Or is there another, more personal reason why he has come there?

As the investigation deepens, the questions only mount. The closer Teddy and Chuck get to the truth, the more elusive it becomes, and the more they begin to believe that they my never leave Shutter Island.

Because someone is trying to drive them insane ...

Reviews (4)

Shutter Island

Written by Dewey Stevens on September 12th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I wish I hadn't seen the movie first! It would have been fun to see how long it took to figure out the twist. Very interesting story, well read. My only complaint is that the narrator used a very low voice (for dramatic effect) on several occasions, and it made it very hard to hear in the car.

how do you prove you are not insane

Written by Angie Teal on July 17th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I really enjoyed this audiobook. The narrator was excellent and the story line kept me glued to my car seat and made me take long detours, so I would get to listen some more. The ending is very inconclusive and turned into a lively debate with my co-workers. How do you prove your sanity when someone wants to drive you insane? What is real and what is imagined? I really liked the main character and the end hit me like a sledgehammer. Highly recommend.

Shutter Island

Written by Charlene from Carpinteria, CA on November 22nd, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Really a great "listen". Tom Stechschulte is one of my favorite narrators and he is just terrific with this book. Couldn't stop listening. Everything Lehane writes is worth reading/listening to.

What is real?

Written by Skyler from Weed, CA on August 16th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I've thoroughly enjoyed both the book and movie, Shutter Island. The book goes into great detail in building the characters and scenes, but is never boring, as the story unfolds. It is a mystery about a Federal Marshall and partner sent to an island near Boston that houses a facility for the criminally insane, to investigate the apparent escape of one of the inmates/patients. Things that are originally portrayed as real are not always. The trail is littered with subtle clues, and interesting side stories, while the ending ties them together without being anti-climatic. A good listen

Author Details

Author Details

Lehane, Dennis

"Dennis Lehane is the author of the New York Times bestseller Mystic River; Prayers for Rain; Gone, Baby, Gone; Sacred; Darkness, Take My Hand; and A Drink Before the War, which won the Shamus Award for Best First Novel. A native of Dorchester, Massachusetts, he lives in the Boston area."