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3.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 5 3.89 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nick Flynn Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538464700
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“Sometimes I’d see my father, walking past my building on his way to another nowhere. I could have given him a key, offered a piece of my floor. But if I let him inside the line between us would blur, my own slow-motion car wreck would speed up.”

With a raw authenticity stripped of self-pity and a powerful narrative voice unlike any other, Being Flynn illuminates the hidden story of fathers and sons in America. Nick Flynn has written a remarkable testament to the enduring strength of one boy’s struggle for survival.

Nick met his father when he was working as a caseworker in a homeless shelter in Boston. As a teenager, he’d received letters from this stranger, a self-proclaimed poet and con man doing time in federal prison for bank robbery. Being Flynn tells the story of the trajectory that led Nick and his father onto the streets, into that shelter, and finally, to each other.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Nick Flynn’s devastating memoir does what only significant works of art can do—it shows us a world we know, but fail to see or understand. No one who reads [Being Flynn] will ever walk through a city in the same way again. If I say that Flynn’s book ranks with Frank Conroy’s Stop-Time, I mean it as the highest possible praise.”

    Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Hours

  • “What a piece of work…eloquent, funny, unsentimental, and bravely inventive.”

    Dennis Lehane, New York Times bestselling author of Mystic River and Shutter Island

  • “A stunningly beautiful new memoir…A near-perfect work of literature.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Tough as nails and tender as a bruise, Flynn’s muscular, poetic language renders this hard-knock tale transcendent.”

    Washington Post

  • “Flynn’s talents are considerable—he has a compelling voice and a wry sense of humor, especially about himself.”

    New York Times

  • “My favorite book of the past few years, and the best memoir since Stop-Time, This Boy’s Life, and Liar’s Club.”

    Chris Offutt, author of Kentucky Straight

  • “Ultimately, this book is an artful meditation on how we decide how much we are limited—or enhanced by—what we inherit, and on how difficult it is to give and receive care in this world.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Punchy language…The book never seems hopeless, because readers know the author has succeeded at doing what his father only pretended to do: write, and write well.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Likely one of the best books you will read…Hilarious and heartbreaking by turns, it has been compared to Conroy’s Stop-Time and David Eggers’ A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius but is really in a class by itself. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • Winner of the PEN/Martha Albrand Award in 2004

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James Conway | 2/18/2014

    " Still the best title, ever!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alli B | 2/8/2014

    " I was really irritated at first by Flynn's voice in this book. I rolled my eyes at how edgy he wanted it to seem and figured it'd be another one of those postmodern books with no redemption and I'll want my time back. I'm glad I stuck with it though because I did get sucked into the story and caught myself reading a few pages whenever I could. There is redemption and growth in Nick which made it feel like a worthwhile read. I also decided he gets to be edgy because while he's now another white writer with a masters, he really did have a lot to work through and hit rock bottom to get there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Ellen | 2/1/2014

    " Struggled between 3 and 4 stars and gave 4 since he was unsparing in his assessment of himself. Some beautiful new ways to convey feelings in the book as well as a nostalgic return to 70's/80's Boston. "

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

    " An excellent memoir about fathers and sons, and about addictions. It is also about finding and holding onto what connects us to others, no matter how slight and tenuous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will Adam | 1/22/2014

    " What Frey wishes he was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carissa | 1/18/2014

    " good. made me think about art and how connected I am to where I am. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 1/16/2014

    " starts out pretty slow and slightly contrived, Flynn doesn't seem to know what he really wants to write about for quite some time. Halfway through Flynn developes an awesome story line and a hilarious and poignant view of a depressing life situation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donika | 1/15/2014

    " If you're looking for a trendier poet, definitely get in on the Nick Flynn scene and this beautifully wrought novel. Unique premise, achingly exposed honesty, and lyric prose make it a must read. Read his poems after. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan | 1/13/2014

    " This book was interesting but I really could not get into it all that much. The writing style was very odd. The timeline kept jumping and many chapters seemed to be just observations of the world around the author. That could be kind of annoying at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin Quirk | 12/26/2013

    " Great memoir & powerful story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather Crozier | 12/20/2013

    " I have never been so happy to finish a book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sage Bartow | 11/11/2013

    " The most well written memoir I've ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith Powell | 10/6/2013

    " This is one of my all time favorite memoirs and not only because it is the single greatest title for a book of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Lannoo | 6/21/2013

    " A giant rare hamburger on a petits fours dish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 1/15/2013

    " Gotta love the cynicism that shows up in the title alone. Flynn does a great job telling his story in a way that isn't woe-is-me, but straight forward and fascinating. I learned so much more about the world of homeless shelters and have been reanimated around homeless issues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cory | 5/12/2012

    " i'll get to this one another time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Leonard | 5/5/2012

    " I learned from this book that liquor stores are called "package stores" in Massachusetts. And that Scituate is called the "irish riviera." Oh yeah, and that being homeless pretty much blows. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 3/10/2012

    " An amazing memoir that causes the reader to reflect on relationships in their own lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Hammons | 2/18/2012

    " Not sure why I waited so long to read this, but I'm glad I finally got to it. It's terrific. A great story told in a compelling way. That's what I want from memoir. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 11/25/2011

    " A very interesting read, good non-fiction story. Very different format. Takes some getting used to but after awhile you become very invested in the mans life and his story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eliza Player | 7/13/2011

    " Amazing story that gave me such a different perspective on some things. I was drawn into this book, and did not want to put it down. Fascinating topic, fascinating tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 5/14/2011

    " Another Memoir and Coming of Age saga set in Massachusetts. I do love the genre! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 5/5/2011

    " Hard to decide. Thoughtful but odd. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candace | 4/30/2011

    " Pretty sure I will love this, just judging from the title.
    Yep, it was great! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fasterpussycat | 4/29/2011

    " Beautifully and artfully written memoir "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taralivels | 4/24/2011

    " Heartbreaking look at a son's relationship with his homeless father. This book examines the lives of the homeless and also sheds light on the broader social context of homelessness. The author tries to grapple with the question of whether or not he truly is his father's son? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacob | 4/23/2011

    " gritty, hard read, but well worth it. shines some light on a scene nobody thinks about, and tells a story about a scene so few have even heard of: the everyday homeless, the everyday hopeless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 4/15/2011

    " To be a poet digging ditches is very different from being a mere ditch digger. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/6/2011

    " Beautifully written memoir about an extremely difficult father/son relationship. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 4/4/2011

    " Haunting. Troubling. Elegiac. So glad he wrote it, both for him and for us. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim | 3/26/2011

    " This was OK, it was a story that kept my interest. Kind of meandered a bit, and didn't really have a good finish. It wasn't really my style, but it was OK "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 3/17/2011

    " I loved, LOVED, LOVED this book. Everyone should read it, and if you are interested in memoir, you should also take sections of it that you like and test drive them with your own material. A great exercise.

    Why is it that poets write such good memoirs? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 2/23/2011

    " Memoir! A sad, spare one. I did like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 2/22/2011

    " Tortuous plot, tortuous real lives, with something
    surprisingly like a happy ending, happy in comparison
    to what went before. Memorable characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 2/11/2011

    " Nick makes me want to be a better writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 2/10/2011

    " wow, all I can say is wow! "

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About the Author
Author Nick Flynn

Nick Flynn is an award-winning poet and New York Times bestselling author. Another Bullshit Night in Suck City won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, was shortlisted for France’s Prix Femina, and has been translated into thirteen languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.