• The Color of Dad

  • A Short Story
  • By: Sara Davis
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 40 mins
  • 3.3 out of 5 stars (258 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Told in the form of a letter from an academic to his estranged brother, The Color of Dad is a darkly comic short story of a married couple, Nathaniel and Cate, in crisis, from the critically acclaimed author of The Scapegoat.

I don’t agree with many of the words you’ve used, but I will give you this: They do have a way of looking at you sideways that can be unsettling. So begins a letter from Nathaniel, a PhD candidate who’s recently moved from the east coast to Orinda, California. Nathaniel knows that his brother, Brice, who still lives near their mother in Michigan, couldn’t possibly understand the nuances of his and Cate’s new life: their eclectic community, their work in academia, and the liberal, alternative thinking that shapes the way they’ve handled their fertility issues. But here, he will do his best to explain, and in the process, unravel a poignant psychological portrait of a man desperate for a happy family.

©2021 Sara Davis (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator

Sara Davis is the author of the novel The Scapegoat. She grew up in Palo Alto, California. Say hi at www.sara-davis.com.

About the Perfomer

Neil Hellegers is an actor, Audie-nominated narrator, and educator who lives in Brooklyn with his wife, son, and mutt. On camera, Neil has appeared in film and on television, as seen on Blindspot, House of Cards, Madam Secretary, and others. His voice work can be heard in numerous commercials, video games (including Red Dead Redemption 2), and numerous audiobooks, including Dawn of the Exile by Mitchell Hogan, A Tangled Road to Justice by Olan Thorensen, Call Me Maybe by Cara Bastone, and 100 Love Sonnets by Pablo Neruda for Audible Studios. On stage, he has performed Shakespeare with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Aquila Theatre Company, and others, both nationally and internationally. He also directs experimental Shakespeare-based devisings for the Hear Now Festival.

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Bittersweet symphony

This story about grief skirts around bathos and pathos but is somehow neither. Nathaniel's wife Kate confronts sorrow in complex and unconventional ways while he slowly grows into it. With humor and grace, Davis sheds new light on what it means to love and lose. It is both thoughtful and thought provoking. Soft and eccentric. I can't wait to see what else this author has in store.

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Perfect short story

The Color of Dad by Sara Davis is a short, provocative story that has got me thinking about it all day!

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Superb !

I am really like this audio book. nice content. fantastic and excellent narration in this content.

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Weirdly wonderful

I didn’t think I was gonna like this but I ended up loving it… Very whimsical

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Fertility Rant

This was a short story about a man writing to his estranged brother about parenthood. It tries hard to be funny. It’s a neurotic rant about fertility. Makes me quite proud I’m childfree. More people are deciding not to have kids and I hope we will finally start seeing some titles about the childfree choice.

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Color of Dad

Struggled to finish it. It was very confusing. I got lost thinking it was about fatherhood

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I’m confused

I think this book was trying to touch on mental health and The pain of infertility
Not sure but at the end I think he went crazy
Overall it was easy to listen to and not sure what I think about it though

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pointless story told by a man with a pretentious aggravating voice. Dont waste your time

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Grief Juxtaposed

If you don't really get it, you're not really suppt to. Grief doesn't need to make sense it just needs to be. Davis did a beautiful job in describing just that to the annoying relative who has all the answers that we all have.

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Quirky

This reading by John Lithgow was sad and funny at the same time. I enjoyed it.

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  • AngelM
  • 12-15-21

New look at an emotional concept.

Short, but basically an individual outing a theme based therapy. Goal, listen when it's quiet.

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  • 01-28-22

Weird

A short story should grab you straight away with a meaningful story and great characters, this had none of that, I havent come across a more unlikeable main character in a long time and why is his wife breast feeding rabbits, what an awful story devoid of any meaning