- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 16 hours and 15 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: October 11, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01JKDTTSQ
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