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Richard Poe

20 Hours 26 Minutes

Recorded Books

August 2012

Audio Book Summary

No discussion of great modern authors is complete without mention of Cormac McCarthy, whose rare and blazing talent makes his every work a true literary event. A grand addition to the American literary canon, Suttree introduces readers to Cornelius Suttree, a man who abandons his affluent family to live among a dissolute array of vagabonds along the Tennessee river. 'Suttree contains a humor that is Faulknerian . and a freakish imaginative flair reminiscent of Flannery O'Connor.'-Times Literary Supplement (London)

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  • Cyn K.

    I've been a fan of McCarthy's work for a long time, and I found this book extremely difficult to "like." Of course the writing is superb. No one writes description, especially of place, better than McCarthy. The work is astonishing in that regard. However, for me it finally became akin to a hell-scape fever dream. The darkness in this book is impenetrable. I've read that it's semi-biographical and though I don't know what that means exactly, it's disappointing. Suttree is an aimless character who never rises above his misery, and what made it worse for me is that it was never clear what possessed him, why he ran off from his family or why his life read like a long death. Kudos to the narrator for gutting it out. He's a beautiful reader but after this one he might have needed some time off to recuperate.

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  • Carmel H.

    Could the author get to the point without going three times around the block , losing the point And using every word in the dictionary to make a statement that no one can understand. In other words ,it’s rubbish

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  • Allott B

    Quite simply, my favourite novel. Dark, desperate and tragic. A timeless narrative as true today as it was when written and when the novel is set. 1950's. Poetic, haunting, and reflective. Torn from the depths of a troubled soul, a depiction of a man who has resigned himself to the simplicity of suffering and his wallowing in it.

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  • Tim B.

    This is a long, dark and multi-faceted story filled with memorable imagery. Often poetic, it is a tale about the underbelly of life, and the characters who live (and die) along the river and in the slums of a southern town in the 1950s. Richard Poe, the narrator, is superb with his descriptions of the settings and his varying character accents. I'm glad I read it, although I wasn't so sure for awhile. I certainly will never forget this book.

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  • Debra C.

    Good book-a little long-winded at times, but overall pretty good “listen”

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  • Joy S.

    No, not for me.

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  • Thomas L.

    I cannot say this is my favorite work by McCarthy, and cannot say it is my least favorite. I can say that I could not put it down, and I backed up several times to hear portions again before moving ahead. The characters were intriguing and the situations they found themselves in were absorbing. The narration was excellent, with Poe's voice perfectly setting the time and the mood.

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  • Kristen N.

    Cormac McCarthy’s command of the English language is simply mind blowing. This, mixed with a flawless performance of narration, puts this book in the Top 5 Listens Of All Time. This is a must read.

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