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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,615 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rick Bragg Narrator: Rick Bragg Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2001 ISBN: 9780739300695
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With the same emotional generosity and effortlessly compelling storytelling that made All Over But the Shoutin’ a national bestseller, Rick Bragg continues his personal history of the Deep South. This time he’s writing about his grandfather Charlie Bundrum, a man who died before Bragg was born but left an indelible imprint on the people who loved him. Drawing on their memories, Bragg reconstructs the life of an unlettered roofer who kept food on his family’s table through the worst of the Great Depression; a moonshiner who drank exactly one pint for every gallon he sold; an unregenerate brawler, who could sit for hours with a baby in the crook of his arm.

In telling Charlie’s story, Bragg conjures up the backwoods hamlets of Georgia and Alabama in the years when the roads were still dirt and real men never cussed in front of ladies. A masterly family chronicle and a human portrait so vivid you can smell the cornbread and whiskey, Ava’s Man is unforgettable.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Grab[s] you from the first sentence....[and] stays with you long after you put it down....It is hard to think of a writer who reminds us more forcefully and wonderfully of what people and families are all about. The New York Times Book Review
  • Earthy, mischievous, yet gorgeous. . . . [Bragg’s] tales . . . would not be out of place if they were told around a campfire. San Francisco Chronicle
  • As toothsome as a catfish supper. [Bragg] is every bit the equal of . . . Harper Lee and Truman Capote. People
  • [Bragg has] a true gift for great storytelling (the kind...that makes you think it’s just a plain old story, until he gets to the end and you’re either weeping or covered with goosebumps). New Orleans Times-Picayune
  • One of the 2001 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christa | 2/8/2014

    " I love these back-woods, southern reads...something about the culture that I really enjoy reading about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carmen Montopoli | 2/2/2014

    " This is one of the best books I've ever read. It's quiet, and deeply heartfelt, compelling even as it makes me feel, in the midst of my relative poverty, awash in riches beyond measure. Beautiful, beautiful, book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 1/24/2014

    " I absolutely LOVED this book. Bragg did a great job in this memoir about his grandparents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 1/15/2014

    " A great read & testimony of a son's love "

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

    " I love the way Bragg writes. My adoration of this book comes in part from my heritage. I grew up near where much of the book takes place. Bragg writes about poor or lower middle class southerners in a way that rarely works. His character are regal and what some would call "white trash" at the same time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurel Wicke | 1/1/2014

    " The beauty of the language in this book knocked me over. It is a stellar piece of writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace Adams | 12/18/2013

    " Ava's Man has the most vivid imagery of any book I've ever read. Period. If you don't believe me, find the about Charlie Bundrum, his grandfather and the hero of this book, shooting a woman clean through her breasts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Keller | 11/24/2013

    " Profound resonance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne | 11/23/2013

    " One of my most favorite books I've ever read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 10/25/2013

    " See review of The Prince of Frogtown. I love these books. And that's a handsome devil on the cover, don't you think? Emphasis on devil. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 10/16/2013

    " Could not put it down, love historical fiction "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra Willey | 10/11/2013

    " I was challenged by this sensitive portrait of a time and place, hung on the character of Bragg's grandfather. There was nothing one dimensional about it, beautifully drawn, highly complex. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry Snyder | 10/1/2013

    " I like books written about the south. The characters were salty, earthy and the history of the 40's and 50's fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha | 9/7/2013

    " Not as good as The Prince of Frogtown, but I did enjoy it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bayneeta | 8/6/2013

    " Love this biography of the grandfather Rick Bragg never knew. Reading the prologue makes me weep a little everytime. I finally bought myself a copy. Beautiful language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joel | 6/27/2013

    " An uplifting memoir about the family of Charlie Bundrum, who worked, fought, and drank his way through the Great Depression in the deep south. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa | 5/30/2013

    " even though I knew the grandfather dies,(not giving anything away) I bawled like a baby - I'm from the south and could relate to so many of the customs of his family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Shattuck | 4/21/2013

    " Rick Bragg is one of the best living writers today. He sings the South alive with every beautiful word he writes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 4/17/2013

    " Listened to the audiobook. Loved it. My husband first read this and told me I should share with my mom as she is from Gadsden, North Alabama, where much of the book takes place. In fact, her family name is mentioned in the book as one of the founding families of north Ala. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mom | 10/9/2012

    " Rick Bragg has an unbelievable talent for describing the rural South. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 8/10/2012

    " A birthday gift... The author writes about his grandfather he never knew. Life in the deep south during the depression years. I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 7/11/2012

    " Another great book by Bragg. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhona | 6/9/2012

    " This is another of my favorites. Not only is it a lovely tribute his grandfather but to all the unknown, unremembered men of his era who worked hard to take care of his family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl Willis | 3/21/2012

    " Almost a 5 star "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine Hendrix | 2/7/2012

    " Perhaps one of the best books I have EVER read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lamandra | 2/6/2012

    " I loved this book, the author's biography of a grandfather whom he never knew. Heartens back to a simpler time but documents the difficulties of raising a large family in the depression-era South. As the author notes throughout the book, they don't make men like Charlie Bundrum any more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roi Carlson | 9/21/2011

    " I wanted it to be better than it was. The storyline is very interesting but overwritten at times. He should have stayed truer to his roots and kept it simple. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 5/22/2011

    " loving this book! Rick Bragg is magical storyteller, and anyone from the South can see their family... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 5/12/2011

    " I was challenged by this sensitive portrait of a time and place, hung on the character of Bragg's grandfather. There was nothing one dimensional about it, beautifully drawn, highly complex. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 4/18/2011

    " Rick Bragg is a wonderful storyteller! I felt like I could have been reading about my own grandfather, or at least someone who might have known him. Even if you do not have Appalachian roots like me, this book will pull you in like a campfire story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/5/2011

    " This was a very interesting look into the laborous south of the 1900's. I wish I could have met Charlie and listened to his stories on his front lawn!!! But Rick did a fabulous job of portraying him and his extended family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Relyn | 4/4/2011

    " This is read by the author. I love it when that happens.

    Mmmmmm... that Rick Bragg sure can tell a story. This was definitely worth reading. I loved the richness of story, the strong sense of place and a vanished time. This is a powerful book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 3/31/2011

    " See review of The Prince of Frogtown. I love these books. And that's a handsome devil on the cover, don't you think? Emphasis on devil. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Toni | 3/18/2011

    " I don't award five stars to many books, but Charlie's story is a real treasure and I savored every word of the author's almost poetic writing style. Thank you Rick Bragg for bringing the grandfather you never met to life. I don't think I will soon forget him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabrielle | 3/8/2011

    " Holy crap, this was an awesome story. The character development was amazing. Rick Bragg made me wish I’d had the chance to meet Charlie. This book was interesting, heart-warming and just plain well written.

    I definitely recommend this book!
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 1/25/2011

    " It's a very nostalgic book of the poor South and a man's legacy to his family. Great details and descriptions of the stories of his grandfather and his relationship with his family and others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andi | 1/24/2011

    " I don't know if I've ever read a book that was "amazing", but this was pretty close. Bragg's ability to paint a picture with words is incredible. He captures the spirit of his grandfather, the time period, and the geography in a way that few writers can. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bayneeta | 1/23/2011

    " Love this biography of the grandfather Rick Bragg never knew. Reading the prologue makes me weep a little everytime. I finally bought myself a copy. Beautiful language. "

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About the Author
Author Rick Bragg

Rick Bragg is the author of three bestselling books, Ava’s Man, All Over but the Shoutin’, and The Prince of Frogtown. As a feature writer for the New York Times, he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for his “elegantly written stories about contemporary America.” He divides his time between New Orleans and his native Alabama.