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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (409 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Stone Narrator: Stephen Lang Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9781482977714
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A Flag for Sunrise is a novel of Americans drawn into the maelstrom of Tecan, a small Central American country on the brink of revolution. At a mission on the coast a priest is lapsing into alcoholic mysticism, while a young American nun is veering towards commitment to the cause. In a bar in Brooklyn, Frank Holliwell is lunching with an old CIA friend who is begging for a favor. On the Tex–Mex border, Pablo, a Coast Guard deserter, loco on speed, is about to take a job carrying mysterious contraband to Tecan. As these lives converge, as this small, crowded world erupts, the novel builds to an electrifying climax. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stone, who has a strong imaginative grip on the contemporary American scene and writes like an angel—a fallen, hard driving angel—is also a marvelous storyteller.”

    New York Review of Books

  • “Perhaps Stone’s best and most celebrated novel to date…this novel is one intense scene after another…complex plot…a voyage so compelling that listeners may find themselves lost for hours at a time.”

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  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 1982 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction
  • A 1982 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Fiction
  • A 1982 National Book Award Finalist
  • A 1982 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist
  • A 1981 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa | 2/16/2014

    " This is, by FAR, the WORST book I have EVER read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Xio | 1/31/2014

    " Surprisingly enjoyable. I don't know why it's surprising. Got it at the used bookstore on a summer-reading type whim. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kurt | 1/26/2014

    " Stone's brilliant characters in a lush and frightening Central American setting. The nun struggling with her faith is particularly interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael Shilling | 1/17/2014

    " Bloated scenes and characters lecturing each other. Very disappointing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trina | 1/8/2014

    " I remember reading this book long ago, and coming away impressed at how the author was able to take us into the world of covert politics but in a way that made us care about the hero. A Flag for Sunrise is powerfully told. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 1/3/2014

    " Dark, heavy, at times brutal, but with moments of beauty. In the style of Greek tragedy, there is no hope for any of these characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geoffrey | 12/20/2013

    " A great, terrifying book, where Stone puts himself in such different minds and inhabits them fully. You almost have to look away at the moments of horror. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Les | 10/30/2013

    " a masterful political thriller and love story (of sorts); great dialogue "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 lorena boyd | 10/20/2013

    " A disturbing book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raimo Wirkkala | 9/5/2013

    " A highly intelligent, wonderfully written page-turner that is chock full of big ideas; political, philosophical, religious, romantic and all of them timelessly topical and relevant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liam89 | 7/28/2013

    " Stunning. A brilliant novel which explores America's dark, complicated and dirty legacy in Latin America. Robert Stone deserves to be much more widely read than he is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Spencer Mcgrath | 12/21/2012

    " For all of those obsessed with the anthropologos' irremediable influence on modernity you must read this novel. Stone's imaginative and philosophical insight makes him one of the best american authors. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise | 1/11/2012

    " Not a great read; I struggled to keep picking it up. It has it's merits in terms of bringing attention to the underworld of Americas hidden wars in the 70s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Les Aucoin | 11/17/2011

    " Robert Stone amazes me. In this "thriller" set in Central America (in a fictional country as funereal as the right wing banana republics I visited in the 1980s, he explores themes of faith, avarice, love, lust, and cruelty with an eye as keen as Dostoyevsky and a skill as nuanced as Joseph Conrad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frederic | 9/15/2011

    " I undervalued this extraordinary novel the first few times that I read it but realise now that it is the equal of Stone's other major novels... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jorn Barger | 8/29/2011

    " very painful "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Suzie Gowie | 6/15/2011

    " Dry reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark Robson | 9/1/2010

    " This book was recommeded to me, so I kept reading and reading as it plodded along with it's wooden dialogue and overwhelmingly dull storytelling, then ended. I would highly recommend not doing that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marlowe01247 | 7/14/2010

    " Exellent. Gritty. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shanyn | 6/17/2010

    " Interesting book, tough read, no chapters, one long narrative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meryl Natchez | 11/22/2009

    " This is one of the great, underrated novels of the 20th century. A rich, compelling portrait of Latin America, expat life, the drug culture, and what life is about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frederic | 8/25/2009

    " I undervalued this extraordinary novel the first few times that I read it but realise now that it is the equal of Stone's other major novels... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Les | 5/10/2008

    " a masterful political thriller and love story (of sorts); great dialogue "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Spencer | 5/7/2008

    " For all of those obsessed with the anthropologos' irremediable influence on modernity you must read this novel. Stone's imaginative and philosophical insight makes him one of the best american authors. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 10/5/2007

    " This book was recommeded to me, so I kept reading and reading as it plodded along with it's wooden dialogue and overwhelmingly dull storytelling, then ended. I would highly recommend not doing that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Xio | 8/8/2007

    " Surprisingly enjoyable. I don't know why it's surprising. Got it at the used bookstore on a summer-reading type whim. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 7/21/2007

    " Bloated scenes and characters lecturing each other. Very disappointing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa | 4/3/2007

    " This is, by FAR, the WORST book I have EVER read. "

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About the Author
Author Robert Stone

Robert Stone (1937–2015) received most of the accolades and awards possible for a contemporary novelist, and he has been called the best writer of the post-Vietnam era. His many novels, which have enjoyed commercial success as well as critical acclaim, include the National Book Award winner Dog Soldiers, Damascus Gate, Bay of Souls, and A Hall of Mirrors. He was also the author of the short story collection Bear and His Daughter, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

About the Narrator

Stephen Lang is a Tony Award–nominated actor who has made a name for himself on stages both at home and abroad. Perhaps most well-known for his role in James Cameron’s Avatar, his other film credits include The Men Who Stare at Goats, Public Enemies, Tombstone, and many more.