The Night Listener is about a guy named Gabriel Noone. Gabriel is a radio host in New York City. Gabriel gets a memoir of a boy named Pete. The memoir is about how Pete was abused by his parents and his parent's friend. Pete has AIDS and is very sick. Pete was adopted by his social worker Donna Logan. Gabriel talks to Pete and Donna on the phone. Jess is Gabriel's estranged partner, and he believes Donna is really Pete, too, and that Donna is trying to get attention by making Pete up. Gabriel goes to where Pete and Donna live. The address is not real, but he recognizes Donna's voice. Donna is blind, and uses a guide dog to get around. She agrees that Gabriel can meet Pete, who is in the hospital, and then she gets mad, and changes her mind.