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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,281 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert McCammon Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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With "one of the most arresting first sentences in contemporary writing" (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Robert McCammon unfurls his visionary masterpiece of survival, redemption, and the astonishing transformations love can create.

Gone South chronicles a desperate man's journey through a desperate land, in "a gothic picaresque that mixes gritty plot and black comedy...a smoothly constructed and satisfying story" (The Wall Street Journal).

Flooded by memories, poisoned by Agent Orange, Dan Lambert kills a man in a moment of fear and fury -- and changes his life forever. Pursued by police and bounty hunters, Dan flees south toward the Louisiana bayous. In the swamplands he meets Arden Halliday, a young woman who bears the vivid burdens of her own past, and who is searching for a legendary faith healer called the Bright Girl. Looking for simple kindness in a world that rarely shows it, bound by a loyalty stronger than love, Dan and Arden set off on a journey of relentless suspense and impassioned discovery... over dark, twisting waterways into the mysterious depths of the human heart.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “No one can paint word pictures as vividly as Robert McCammon.”

    Sandra Brown, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Part crime novel, part quest…McCammon creates a type of story all his own.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A story so bravely innovative it will electrify your imagination. Utterly absorbing.”

    Tulsa World (Oklahoma)

  • “The book recalls an action-packed popular movie, with car chases, some evil dope runners, murderous alligators, and an explosive climax involving a Vietnam-era patrol boat. It’s a strong adventure yarn.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A captivating but calculatedly eccentric fable of an outlaw Vietnam vet who learns about the power of redemption…Lots of surprises, not the least of which is McCammon's ability to humanize deeply even the most absurd of characters. With its careening plot, jackhammer suspense, and very Dean Koontz-like upbeat moral gloss…[it’s] a real crowd-pleaser.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A psychodrama set in the Louisiana swamps that engages readers in such a way as to make even the greatest doubters continue reading the fantastic plot to its unlikely conclusion..YAs will agonize over the plight of these four flesh-and-blood characters whose complex inner dilemmas crash headlong into their shared yet diverse destinies. Very simply, an excellent work of fiction.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jane Patterson | 2/17/2014

    " "Gone South" is a term guys used in the Viet Nam war when someone had lost it and gone over the edge. This is what happens to Dan Lambert years after the war while fighting Leukemia (from Agent orange). This is a good book with some funny characters Dan meets before he finds out that "Gone South" was the best place he could be. The local is in the deep bayou of Louisiana. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Oglaigh na hEireann | 2/9/2014

    " crazy vets heading south,...are you seriously doubting the potential of this book ? OK I shall break it down,.... traumatized vets + redneck world = one hell of a kick ass journey "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Graceann | 2/8/2014

    " This truly weird and wonderful book was my introduction to Robert McCammon, and I had a blast getting to know him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Pam | 1/29/2014

    " The cast of characters in this book is one of the most unique I've ever seen. I didn't find anyone overly likable, but I stayed interested in how their stories would play out the whole time. At times I found there was a little too much going on in this book. This isn't my favorite of McCammon's work, but it was enjoyable. "

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