Hannah Webber fears she will never be a mother, but her prayers are finally answered when she gives birth to a son. In an era of high-stakes parenting, nurturing Sam’s intellect becomes Hannah’s life purpose. She invests body and soul into his development, much to the detriment of her marriage. She convinces herself, however, that Sam’s acceptance at age fourteen to the most prestigious of New England boarding schools overseen by an illustrious headmaster, justifies her choices.
When he arrives at Dunning, Sam is glad to be out from under his mother’s close watch. And he enjoys his newfound freedom―until, late one night, he stumbles upon evidence of sexual misconduct at the school and is unable to shake the discovery.
Both a coming-of-age novel and a portrait of an evolving mother-son relationship, The Nine is the story of a young man who chooses to expose a corrupt world operating under its own set of rules―even if it means jeopardizing his mother’s hopes and dreams.
Ari Fliakos is an actor with experience in television, radio, film, theater, and voiceovers. His narration of Seth Patrick’s Reviver won an Audie for paranormal fiction. He has narrated Black Site and Tier One Wild by Dalton Fury, as well as Gangster Squad, The Inquisitor, and Shotgun Lovesongs. On screen, he is best-known for his roles in Law & Order, Pills, and Company K.
Marnye Young is a SOVAS and AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator for New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling authors and has recorded hundreds of audiobooks. A SAG-AFTRA voice, stage, and screen actor and David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University MFA Grad, she has spent her life in the North and the South. Having performed across the globe and known for her affinity for dialects, she has also been praised for her impeccable comic timing as well as her ability to make you cry. When she isn't narrating, she's acting, coaching, directing, fishing, watching NASCAR, raising chickens, doing crossword puzzles, "mom"ing her identical twin daughters, and trying to pay it forward.