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3.00132275132275 out of 53.00132275132275 out of 53.00132275132275 out of 53.00132275132275 out of 53.00132275132275 out of 5 3.00 (1,512 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Mosley Narrator: Lorraine Toussaint Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2006 ISBN: 9781594835087
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New York Times bestselling author Walter Mosley’s novel about two boys, one ensconced in a life of privilege and the other in a life of hardship, explores the true meaning of fortune.

In spite of remarkable differences, Eric and Tommy are as close as brothers. Eric, a Nordic Adonis, is graced by a seemingly endless supply of good fortune. Tommy is a crippled black boy, cursed with health problems, and yet he remains optimistic and strong. When tragedy rips their makeshift family apart, the lives of these boys diverge astonishingly: Eric, the golden youth, is given everything but trusts nothing; Tommy, motherless and impoverished, has nothing but feels lucky every day of his life.

In a riveting story of modern-day resilience and redemption, the two confront separate challenges, and when circumstances reunite them years later, they draw on their extraordinary natures to confront a common enemy and, ultimately, save their lives.

Written with unique insight into the hidden currents and deeper realities of modern life, Fortunate Son is a tour de force by the author the Boston Globe calls “one of this nation’s finest writers.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Mosley] weaves the themes of race, destiny, and redemption into an astonishing tale of unlikely siblings and unconditional love.”

    Booklist

  • “With the lightest, slyest of touches, Mosley shows how a certain kind of inarticulate, carnal, involuntary affection transcends just about anything. It's not love, it’s fate, and it’s breathtaking.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 1/29/2016

    " I loved Lorraine Toussaint as a reader for this book. She took what would've have been a slow read and breathed life and personality into this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ♥D.G♥ | 2/16/2014

    " This book was incredible.I would recommend it to other young adults who like a good story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Suzanne | 2/15/2014

    " Worst Walter Mosley book ever. I just thought it was badly written, and was shocked, because I usually love him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nathanial | 2/13/2014

    " discarded because i was listening it to audio-cd at work, and now i don't work there anymore. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natasa Tovornik | 2/9/2014

    " Love this book! Such a great perspective on what makes a life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kali | 2/1/2014

    " This book was a little bit more "out there" than I expected/might have liked. It was entertaining though and I enjoyed reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 1/30/2014

    " This is a difficult novel to describe, but it was engrossing. Essentially, two boys - one black (Tommy) and one white (Eric) are raised as brothers. Each are formed by Tommy's mother, a remarkable woman with tremendous insight, knowledge and love, until she passes away suddenly. The "brothers" are then forced to live apart. The novel traces their lives in parallel fashion until the end when they are reunited. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lsmith | 1/21/2014

    " Listened to the wonderful audio version. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cecelia | 1/12/2014

    " A story about one black boy and one white boy who grow up as brothers until the age of 6 then it compares how their lives become different when they are separated. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie Maskus | 1/10/2014

    " Read for Evening Edition Book Club 2/2007 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/9/2014

    " This review applies to the audio book -- highly recommended. The reader is outstanding, and the story and writing carries over well into the audiobook format. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malvolio | 1/5/2014

    " I like Walter Mosley a lot. So even though this book had some moments where I struggled to suspend my disbelief, I let it go. I liked this book, the characters, all that. The story was sadmaking....but so's life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bxrlover | 12/30/2013

    " I can't take this much cheese without a significant amount of wine. Had to quit on disc 5/8. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pamela | 12/27/2013

    " Depressing, substandard plot and cliche prose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danie P. | 12/13/2013

    " Two boys from different backgrounds, one ghetto one privledged live together due to life circumstances. These boys grow as close as brothers but a man comes between them in a way that alters their future which ends tragically. SO GREAT... I could see it being made into a movie. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linda | 12/3/2013

    " I understood the author's message, and I even agree with it. My problem with the book was the author's style of writing. I need characters and dialogue to be believable, and these characters weren't. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eduardo Coronel | 11/25/2013

    " Walter Mosley is one of my favorite authors. I like the characters that he develops in each of his stories. This story blended a little bit of reality with a little bit of imagination to capture a story of two brothers from different mothers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Phoenix | 9/13/2013

    " A family that is not traditional, doses of dysfunction, racism, privilege and a story line that kept me interested from the beginning to the end. A little predictable, great character development and well worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 brenda | 8/11/2013

    " A page turner. Deeply written. Characters so real I still think about them. What I learned from this book is that ONE thing can happen that can set your life on a course where you don't know if you are blessed or cursed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Johnson | 4/4/2013

    " A great story, great writing. Covers so much, I was emotionally involved with this story. I have purchased to others by the same author and plan on reading them soon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patrick | 11/21/2012

    " Book on tape during the trip to Vancouver. Could listen to it the entire time, but I just didnt feel the point... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Toadpalmer | 4/20/2012

    " Walter Mosley can *write* "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roslyn | 4/6/2012

    " A book about love, and sacrifice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barb | 3/26/2012

    " I wasn't sure if I would like something other than a Mystery by Walter Mosley. This was great! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne Sleeman | 12/30/2011

    " Too much sex. Tried to cover every issue...homelessness, drugs, teenage pregnancy, foster care, delinquent youth, suicide, etc. Too many ethnic issues too...black, white, Vietnamese, Latino, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 5/26/2011

    " This story has several twists, it is a mystery, involves love, loyalty beyond social class or ethnicity. I feel like I need to read it again to be sure I am understanding it as it is meant. Interesting. "

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

    " What a very strange, bizarre, yet delightful book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 3/15/2011

    " Too much sex. Tried to cover every issue...homelessness, drugs, teenage pregnancy, foster care, delinquent youth, suicide, etc. Too many ethnic issues too...black, white, Vietnamese, Latino, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barb | 11/5/2010

    " I wasn't sure if I would like something other than a Mystery by Walter Mosley. This was great! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ponta | 11/2/2010

    " A story that ends how you want it while breaking your heart. Bittersweet would be an understatement! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 10/1/2010

    " The kind of read I like. It has a good pace, keeps me interested, and no lulls in the action.

    It was a roller coaster ride throughout and in the end it left me wanting more, in a good way. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bxrlover | 9/26/2010

    " I can't take this much cheese without a significant amount of wine. Had to quit on disc 5/8. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keri | 9/2/2010

    " Great Book..I picked this book up for a last minute decision for bookclub and it turned out to be one of my favorite books that I have read so far. I am trying to find another book from this author...with hopes it is just as good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noel | 8/30/2010

    " This book is breaking my heart during my daily commute. I love the expressiveness of the children and how they use different ways to display the same depth of feeling. I am relating to little Tommy and just want to hold him and rock him to sleep. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shayna | 8/26/2010

    " This is a fantastic book. My husband and I listened to it on CD and we couldn't wait to get back in the car so we could continue listening! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 8/22/2010

    " reminds me of John Irving for some reason. maybe because of the large amount of time covered?

    Wow. Awesome book. Written simply, but grand in its scale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 8/11/2010

    " This story has several twists, it is a mystery, involves love, loyalty beyond social class or ethnicity. I feel like I need to read it again to be sure I am understanding it as it is meant. Interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Suzanne | 7/24/2010

    " Worst Walter Mosley book ever. I just thought it was badly written, and was shocked, because I usually love him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rita | 7/23/2010

    " This is the first book that I've read by Mosley and I didn't love it. The style was dry and completely devoid of any humor, almost just a telling of occurrences and I didn't really care for it.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 5/21/2010

    " A great story, great writing. Covers so much, I was emotionally involved with this story. I have purchased to others by the same author and plan on reading them soon. "

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About the Author
Author Walter Mosley

Walter Mosley is the author of the acclaimed Easy Rawlins mystery series, including the national bestsellers Cinnamon Kiss, Little Scarlet, and Bad Boy Brawly Brown; the Fearless Jones series, including Fearless Jones, Fear Itself, and Fear of the Dark; the novels Blue Light and RL’s Dream; and two collections of stories featuring Socrates Fortlow, Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, for which he received the Anisfield-Wolf Award, and Walkin’ the Dog. He was born in Los Angeles and lives in New York.