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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (906 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry Brown Narrator: Tom Stechschulte Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2016 ISBN: 9781436142571
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Larry Brown, a remarkable literary voice from the South, is a veteran of the Vietnam War and spent 17 years as a firefighter. Distilling his experiences, he has developed a deep understanding of the darker forces at work in men’s souls. In novels like Joe and On Fire he has astounded critics and earned critical acclaim from many authors including John Grisham and Pat Conroy. Father and Son follows a bad seed, Glenn Davis, who is deeply flawed and dangerous. After serving several years in prison, Glenn has returned to his rural Mississippi home, not sure what he wants or needs. Over the course of five days, he forges a path of destruction, and violence that finally leads him to Sheriff Bobby Blanchard, who is everything Glenn is not. Larry Brown wraps the listener up in the searing conflict between these two opposites. But from their inevitable stand-off, he skillfully spins them into unpredictable directions and reactions. The stunning conclusion, swelling with unexpected notes of peace and hope, resonates with Brown’s powerful talent.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trey | 2/16/2014

    " Brutal. more DUI's than a Georgia gameday. Fantastic characters. brown, surely, is some kind of contemporary purveyor of some kind of legacy, but I dont know enough about literature to say which legacy or what kind of purveyor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisa | 2/15/2014

    " Excellent author "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 2/3/2014

    " Larry Brown has the Southern grit novel down to a fine art. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 1/31/2014

    " Feels like he's still finding his way in this one, but that's okay. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsey | 1/11/2014

    " Gritty Southern lit that I really got into! And Larry Brown's life story is worth looking up. "

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

    " Beautifully written book about failed relationships and secrets. Centered around a man returning to society after being locked-up for three years. Dark and foreboding, very intense. My favorite book so far this year. Read it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chilly SavageMelon | 1/4/2014

    " This is the first Brown I've read, sort of Bukowski (without the sardonic humor) meets Jim Thompson in the Southlands. Nice telling on the backstory of various interweaving characters and their current motivations. Brown brings something back from the land of misery and hangovers to create a novel everyone might relate too. Authentic in the telling, grit in the details. If nothing else, and homage to what a DUI paradise the rural 70's where... "

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

    " Some leave us before they're ready. And before we're ready. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 12/27/2013

    " It had an ending! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara Galvin | 12/23/2013

    " Even though the pace of the book is slow, it kept me on the edge of my seat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reggie Jay | 11/20/2013

    " This is one of my all time favorites. I pull it out just to re-read phrasings and see how he set up scenes. Specatular read too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alix | 11/16/2013

    " When I read this book I was riveted. But TRULY a grim read, so I can't say "Hey read this you'll love it." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elsbeth | 11/16/2013

    " tragic, funny, sad, southern, family emotional slow motion slapdown. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenneth Hemmings | 9/26/2013

    " In my opinion this is Larry's best work. Outstanding read, gripping and gritty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed | 6/3/2013

    " This one is a keeper. The tale involves family secrets, an ex-con getting out of a 3-year prison stint, and a hot, hot Mississippi small town. Heartbreaking and tender hardscrabble fare. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deadbeatgrandpajoe | 5/28/2013

    " Great as his other books. Ending literally had me on he edge of my seat "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Hayman | 3/6/2013

    " Brown is an enormously talented writer. Father and Son is the first of his books that I've read but I do plan on reading the others "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jesse Nading | 1/16/2013

    " Good story.. bit of a drag at times.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thad | 10/27/2012

    " Larry Brown never ceases to impress me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie Jem | 9/24/2012

    " a VERY dark book with a happy(ish) ending "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 9/23/2012

    " read this book now "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 7/2/2012

    " Mr. Brown laid it all down for this book, pretty much setting the bar for gritty rural Southern fiction. Angry ex-cons, old war vets, 1960's Lafayette County, Miss., parent issues... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 mandy | 3/3/2012

    " great book. was the first i had read by brown (although i hate to admit this since my uncle is such a huge fan!) and i was impressed. liked this much better than some of his short stories i read right afterwards. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 wally | 1/18/2012

    " great story. so maybe you're read stories about murders, mayhem. yeah sure, here to, but there's so much more. well worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 12/21/2011

    " Probably my favorite Larry Brown book to date. I love the characters Brown creates. Heartbreaking with a twinge of hope. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 8/10/2011

    " Heavy stuff. I love Larry Brown's work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim Gleichert | 7/13/2011

    " I loved being in Larry Brown's world via the written word. It's far too scary otherwise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barrotr | 6/30/2011

    " Fantastic book. Larry Brown is one of the greatest authors ive ever read, and I only discovered him in the past year. This one and Joe are really good. Everyone talks about Dirty Work being his best, but I couldn't get into it. Not too into 1st person. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alix | 4/28/2011

    " When I read this book I was riveted. But TRULY a grim read, so I can't say "Hey read this you'll love it." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deadbeatgrandpajoe | 2/16/2011

    " Great as his other books. Ending literally had me on he edge of my seat "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 1/8/2011

    " Seemed like the lowest common denominator all the time. Everyone stuck in the same dirty rut. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 10/28/2010

    " Didn't like the ending. I think the author got tired or something. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kbheiner7 | 9/17/2010

    " Some language and disturbing violence, but the best if Brown's work I have read to date. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 5/23/2010

    " a VERY dark book with a happy(ish) ending "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed | 11/24/2009

    " This one is a keeper. The tale involves family secrets, an ex-con getting out of a 3-year prison stint, and a hot, hot Mississippi small town. Heartbreaking and tender hardscrabble fare. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 10/17/2009

    " I am listening to this on audio book. It is on Chuck Palahniuk's favorites list and he is one of my favorite authors. It was an interesting story. Great presentation. I look forward to reading more of his books. If you like "Oral History" By Lee Smith you should try this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 7/3/2009

    " Heavy stuff. I love Larry Brown's work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barrotr | 6/24/2009

    " Fantastic book. Larry Brown is one of the greatest authors ive ever read, and I only discovered him in the past year. This one and Joe are really good. Everyone talks about Dirty Work being his best, but I couldn't get into it. Not too into 1st person. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy | 3/12/2009

    " So far this is an amazing book. It may actually be my favorite by Larry Brown. "

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About the Author
Author Larry Brown

Larry Brown (1951–2004) was an American novelist, non-fiction, and short story writer. He won numerous awards including the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters award for fiction, the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Award, and Mississippi’s Governor’s Award For Excellence in the Arts. He was also the first two-time winner of the Southern Book Award for Fiction.

His notable works include Dirty Work, Father and Son, Joe, and Big Bad Love. In 2013 a film adaptation of Larry Brown’s Joe was released, featuring Nicolas Cage.

About the Narrator

Tom Stechschulte has narrated well over a hundred audiobooks and has won sixteen 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.