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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (551 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank Bill Narrator: Tom Stechschulte Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781461847403
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With this critically acclaimed debut collection, Frank Bill announces himself as an author of fiercely defined vision. In these vivid tales, Bill’s southern Indiana proves a literary destination of immense nuance, even as his mostly working-class characters cry out in voices that cannot be denied.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Blasts off like a frigging rocket ship and hits as hard as an ax handle to the side of the head after you’ve eaten a live rattlesnake for breakfast.”

    Donald Ray Pollock, author of The Devil All the Time

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 2/10/2014

    " After the first three stories (which will quickly sift out the Eat-Pray-Love lightweights), it's hard not to think of a Tarantino movie. Murder, rape, revenge, drugs, guns (lots of guns), dogs, meth labs, pot, booze, hard men and hard women, living in a hard land during a merciless time (the 1980s to the present). Characters in previous stories show up again (though in this grim landscape, you only have so many bites at the apple), as Frank Bill populates (and de-populates) his little blood soaked postage stamp of earth with enough familiarity to have you wondering at times if you aren't in fact reading a loose novel (like Faulkner's Hamlet). In the end, I felt this effort does stand as a collection of short stories, most of which seem to clock in at 15 pages or so. The stories are so short that I found myself wishing Bill had extended some of them into something longer. Most of the time they work fine just as they are, but there were a couple that faltered a bit due to the rush to wrap them up. That said, the dialogue is spot-on, the violence, memorable. Does Bill wallow in it. Yes. But what I found, which was strangely satisfying, is a pretty steady pattern of "Old Testament Wisdom" in most of these stories. When lines are crossed and your loved ones are "touched," then you must touch back. To do otherwise would be to ignore "the doctrines of existence." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg Bardsley | 2/6/2014

    " Like a shot of whiskey, it goes down hard, gives you a shudder. A strong aftertaste lingers. ... But [said in a raspy post-whiskey voice] .. so good. Gimme another. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobby McCue | 1/10/2014

    " Best short story compilation of 2011. Noir Indiana tales in the Daniel Woodrell vein. Many thanks to Scott Montgomery at Book People/Mystery People in Austin for introducing me to Frank. Freakin' Great!....get it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith guyette | 11/16/2013

    " Rough, Raw and Real. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed | 11/4/2013

    " intense and brutal short stories, but really good if you like that sort of thing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 11/2/2013

    " Not exactly the southern Indiana with which I am, unfortunately, familiar, but a good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy Lewis | 10/31/2013

    " Dd you see/read "Winter's Bone"? Well, that was the pretty side of meth in rural America. This is the ugly truth. Raw in its description of rural meth-addicted America, this book draws you in and you can't put it down until the gory end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 8/5/2013

    " These stories portray rural lawlessness vividly and grittily. Bill piles up a nice stack of contemporary noir. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Peggy | 7/1/2013

    " Short stories are about crimes in Harrison County, Indiana. This book is full of rapes, murders, drug dealing, and violence. I read about 100 pages and wished I had not. It gives Southern Indiana a bad name and might just discourage anyone from taking a trip here! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darryl Hall | 5/31/2013

    " This is not a book for everyone. But it is part of a genre of fiction that is coarse and at times violent, but make one consider the human condition and just how far we'll go sometimes. Knockemstiff by Pollock and American Salvage by Campbell are in this group. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert James | 3/23/2013

    " I liked this collection better than "Knockemstiff" although both are very good. I look forward to reading this author's book later this year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenneth | 11/11/2012

    " This is my favorite collection of short stories since Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried. It's harsh in subject and tone - not for those looking to relax. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay Loughlin | 10/24/2012

    " Good grief...these stories take dark and disturbing to new levels! Frank Bill writes so well and succinctly - it makes me want to avoid southern Indiana at all costs. This book is definitely not for the faint of heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Hennessy | 9/12/2012

    " One of the best short story collections I've read this year. "

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About the Author

Frank Bill is the author of the novel Donnybrook and the story collection Crimes in Southern Indiana, named one of GQ’s favorite books of 2011 and a Daily Beast best debut of 2011.

About the Narrator

Tom Stechschulte has narrated well over a hundred audiobooks and has won fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2009 and has been a finalist for the Audie in 2005 and 2011. As an actor, he has been seen in eleven Broadway shows as well as numerous television and film shows, including the remake of The Manchurian Candidate.