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Going Native Audiobook

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Read By: Will Collyer Publisher: Little, Brown & Company Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 8.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: January 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781549183591

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101:42 minutes

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55:18 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

83:30 minutes

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Publisher Description

A dutiful husband and father walks out of his life and into a road trip from hell in a novel Toni Morrison calls "astonishing" and Don Delillo proclaims "a slasher classic . . . strange, dark, and funny."

Wylie Jones has a happy marriage, beautiful children, and backyard barbecues in his tastefully decorated suburban house. One night he follows a sudden impulse, leaves his wife in bed, and commandeers his neighbor's emerald-green Ford Galaxy 500, driving away without a second look. He sheds all traces of his old life in favor of a new name and a new life and drives from town to town, following his deepest impulses where they lead.

By turns scathing and hilarious, Stephen Wright's outrageous rollercoaster of sex and violence probes the nihilistic and savage core of the American identity.

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In novel after unsparing novel-each one gorgeous, too, and full of awe- Stephen Wright has emerged as a kind of modern-day Socrates hectoring a complacent citizenry to have a good hard look at its collective delusions. With Processed Cheese, he's written a novel so outrageous and diagnostic of our current ills, it will prove much stronger than hemlock. If you hope to keep up your venality, America, your cruelties, and your death wish, better string this court jester up by his toes.

— Joshua Ferris, author of The Dinner Party 


  • “An uncompromising…version of On the Road…Chilling and often brilliant.”

    — New York Times
  • “A road novel, a diabolic picaresque, a pilgrim’s progress that becomes a dance of death, a voyage to the end of night, an executioner’s song…An impressive literary performance.”

    — Wall Street Journal
  • An astonishing novel.

    — Toni Morrison
  • Meditations in Green (1983)

  • "Precisely that brutal hallucination we desperately wanted to end.

    — Don DeLillo
  • The best that any fiction about this war has offered.

    — Newsweek
  • M31: A Family Romance (1988)

  • Beautiful and terrifying. . . . M31 offers a big, bold look at the American family. It takes us far away and very close to home. . . . Stephen Wright is a . . . bright star in the literary sky.

    — San Francisco Chronicle
  • "M31 is a devastatingly forceful accomplishment and reestablishes its author as a star of the first magnitude.

    — The Washington Post Book World
  • Mr. Wright's sentences buzz like high-tension wires. I enjoyed reading every word of M31, literally.

    — Russell Banks
  • The Amalgamation Polka (2007)

  • An extravagantly talented novelist. . . . For Wright, America, past and present, is Wonderland, a place of marvels and horrors from which not even the fortunate escape with their heads.

    — Laura Miller, The New York Times Book Review
  • This dark and lyrical tale of madness and prophecy speaks uncannily from within its period, in the tradition of heartbroken humor, which America's lapses of faith in its own promise have always evoked in the finest of our storytellers, among whom Stephen Wright here honorably takes his place.

    — Thomas Pynchon
  • Quite simply an astonishing novel, brilliantly executed and beautifully written. Stephen Wright deserves to be famous and feted for it.

    — The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Processed Cheese does for consumerism what Catch-22 did for war.

    — Stephen King, bestselling author of IT and The Shining

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Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 (5.00)
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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    — Omar Larsen, 9/19/2022

About Stephen Wright

Stephen Wright is a New York–based novelist known for his use of surrealistic imagery and dark comedy. His work has varied from hallucinatory accounts of war, a family drama among UFO cultists, a carnivalesque novel on a serial killer, to a Civil War picaresque. He has taught writing courses at various universities, including Princeton University, Brown University, and the New School.

About Will Collyer

Will Collyer, an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a film, television, and stage actor. He has starred in television shows such as Melrose Place, Charmed, CSI: Miami, and Boston Public, as well as numerous films and plays. He holds a BA in theater arts from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.