• Revelator

  • A Novel
  • By: Daryl Gregory
  • Narrated by: Reagan Boggs
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (318 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The dark, gripping tale of a 1930s family in the remote hills of the Smoky Mountains, their secret religion, and the daughter who turns her back on their mysterious god - from the acclaimed author of Spoonbenders. 

“Gods and moonshine in the Great Depression, written with a tenderness and brutality … this is as good as novels get.” (Stephen Graham Jones, author of The Only Good Indians)

In 1933, nine-year-old Stella is left in the care of her grandmother, Motty, in the backwoods of Tennessee. The mountains are home to dangerous secrets, and soon after she arrives, Stella wanders into a dark cavern where she encounters the family's personal god, an entity known as the Ghostdaddy.

Years later, after a tragic incident that caused her to flee, Stella - now a professional bootlegger - returns for Motty's funeral, and to check on the mysterious 10-year-old girl named Sunny that Motty adopted. Sunny appears innocent enough, but she is more powerful than Stella could imagine - and she’s a direct link to Stella's buried past and her family's destructive faith.

Haunting and wholly engrossing, summoning mesmerizing voices and giving shape to the dark, Revelator is a Southern gothic tale for the ages.

©2021 Daryl Gregory (P)2021 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

ONE OF THE WASHINGTON POST'S BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

Revelator is a thing of beauty, brutal in the vein of Cormac McCarthy, a novel in the Southern Gothic tradition that is fresh and deeply disturbing.” —Danielle Trussoni, The New York Times

Revelator is a brisk work of Southern Gothic horror and an intriguing, female-centric portrait of a family in conflict. It’s funny, too . . . [Stella is] a complex character, a pleasure to follow for 300-plus pages . . . An intrafamilial battle ensues, fueling the book’s eventful closing chapters and solving some mysteries surrounding the god.” —Kevin Canfield, San Francisco Chronicle

“In Revelator, Gregory has constructed a twisty, unnerving story that reveals its secrets [judiciously] . . . [Gregory] has a talent for writing outcasts, for conjuring empathy and sympathy for those left to toil in the margins. That talent is certainly on display in Revelator, where it’s damn near impossible not to root for Stella but also for the family of choice she finds along the way . . . Revelator is a book of few heroes and many villains, but more than anything, it’s a book for the people — mostly women — who get caught in the path of both.” —Nicole Hill, Tor Nightfire

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Very Unusual

This was very interesting and very unusual. The supernatural element of this story was not apparent from the beginning and the way that the author exposed that to the reader was subtile and very well done. The narration was excellent and overall I was well entertained for all 11 hours and 35 minutes. I had forgotten that I had read another novel by Mr. Gregory (The Spoonbenders)... also a very good read, unique subject matter. Good stuff, highly recommended.

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if you like Old Gods of Appalachia you'll love it

excellent story read by an excellent narrator with a realistic Appalachian accent. highly recommend

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Truly a revelation

My goodness. what a book. Possibly the best I've read this year. A true masterpiece of Southern Gothic horror, with a touch of Cosmic horror. I enjoyed every moment.

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Daryl Gregory does it again!

I have been a fan of Mr. Gregory since discovering him several years ago. I have enjoyed all of his work. He has a knack for taking a well worn topic and spinning a new and exciting tale. From zombies to superheroes to gods, his perspective is always new and his story telling is always engaging. I am always excited when I see he is releasing a new title.

Reagan Boggs does an outstanding job of telling the tale. Her presentation is wonderful! I will look for more of her work.

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horror? more like borer.

I'm sorry but nothing happens in the 1st 80% and I don't understand what other people see in this book and why they're rating at so highly.

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Couldn't put it down!

Being from North Carolina and loving the Great Smokey Mountains, I couldn't resist the chance to read a book based on somewhere so near and dear to my heart. The Story did a great job making me feel like I was there and the characters were absolutely lovable. I highly recommend this book.

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Great book!!

After reading only the first few chaptersI didn't think that i would like this book as much as I do.I couldn't have been more wrong! I enjoyed every part of this book, especially the parts that were the character 10 years prior. The book was very smooth, not jumpy at all, and was delivered by a top notch narrator who's awesome deep country accent fit absolutely perfect. Overall, I'm extremely pleased with my purchase and am on the lookout for more books from this author ASAP!!

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Cosmic Horror With A Hillbilly Twist.

Crypto zoological pagan Bible Belt pluralism with All the Hooch in the Holler trimmings. Body horror gnarly but not excessively gory. Not too TOO obviously Lovecraftian inspired horror. Subtle. Well done!

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Struggled to finish it

This novel is extremely drawn out. You’re introduced to the mysterious element in the plot… and then you’ll go on listening for 3 hours before it’s brought up again. And when it is brought up again, it explains nothing and will proceed to cover filler for another 3 hours. Waste of time.

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Interesting story, a bit slow.

I’d liked the premise of the story. The pace witch it revealed itself was well done. I found the conclusion lackluster. I never truly felt anything very mysterious or scary… It just wasn’t enough to engage.