Listen up, folks! Grab your headphones and get ready for a mind-bending thrill ride through the twisted world of Max Barry's novel, Lexicon. With narrators Zach Appelman and Heather Corrigan guiding you through every twist and turn, this audiobook is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
In this exclusive school located somewhere near Arlington, Virginia, forget about your typical subjects like history and math. No, here at this school, students are taught something far more powerful - the art of persuasion. The students are trained to use language as a weapon, manipulating the minds of others and breaking them down with psychology. It's all part of a nameless organization, filled with influential and secretive individuals known as "poets." These poets, masters of language, are trained to conceal their true identities and emotions, for revealing too much could leave them vulnerable to manipulation.
Enter Emily Ruff, a street-smart orphan making a living running a three-card Monte game in San Francisco. Her talents catch the attention of the organization's recruiters, and suddenly she finds herself on a cross-country journey to undergo the school's intense entrance exams. There, she'll be taught the fundamentals of persuasion by the likes of Brontë, Eliot, and Lowell - or at least, that's what they're calling themselves. These famous poet pseudonyms are used to maintain secrecy within the organization.
Emily quickly proves herself to be the most talented prodigy in the school. However, her world is turned upside down when she falls in love, a forbidden act within the organization. As if that wasn't enough chaos, a man named Wil Jamieson is thrust into this secret war between rival factions of poets. Without any memory of his alleged wrongdoings, Wil becomes caught up in a deadly crossfire, pursued relentlessly by individuals with unimaginable powers.
But hold on, there's more! As Wil's journey intertwines with Emily's, secrets are revealed, bodies pile up, and the entire world edges closer to an event that could render all language meaningless. With the stakes higher than ever, Wil must travel to the decimated town of Broken Hill, Australia, to uncover the truth about his past and why an entire town was wiped off the map.
Language, power, identity, and love collide in this thrilling and ambitious novel by Max Barry. Strap in, listeners, because Lexicon will take you on a rollercoaster ride that questions our very capacity to love, all while keeping you hooked until the very end. So, settle in, press play, and prepare yourself for a wild adventure you won't soon forget.