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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (105 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Parker Narrator: T. Ryder Smith Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2017 ISBN: 9781449800918
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Joel Junior's daddy has gone off again. And since his momma and big sister got fed up and left, he's in charge of little brothers Carter and Tank. But Daddy's got Carter, and Joel and Tank need to get away. So with no one to guide him but the soul singers in his head, Joel sets off with Tank to learn the truth about love. This work by PEN/Hemingway Award winner Michael Parker is at once funny, touching, and utterly heartbreaking. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eunice | 7/26/2013

    " A person can hear the music and experience the pain page after page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 1/5/2013

    " a tough read about a boy trying to parent his younger brothers after his mother abandons them with their mentally ill, and sometimes dangerous, father. Early R&B music provides a haven for all three boys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi Brendle | 12/14/2012

    " Made me laugh & cry at once. Great story, but highly disturbing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary Jane | 10/24/2012

    " I just could not get into this book. I was recommended to me because of the writing but I just couldn't get into it or understand the way it was written. I had a feeling even if I could understand the writing, it would depress me so I gave up on it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 6/3/2012

    " This is an absolutely heartbreaking story, but worth reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabethevola | 4/25/2012

    " I didn't like this one too much - too many music references that took away from the main story line. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hannah | 1/27/2012

    " I started this one today, and....no! Read the first few pages and couldn't stand the dialect. I'm really not prejudiced, but reading all the "y'alls, aints, and "done-did-that's" make me nuts! Good thing I only paid one cent plus shipping. (I LOVE Amazon's Marketplace!!!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Robertson | 5/19/2011

    " What a gut-wrenching story of a 14 year old boy and his family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 3/24/2011

    " A Southern Gothic tragedy (with a soundtrack), this is a heart-wrenching story of family violence. Parker's writing is gripping. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timothy | 1/29/2011

    " This is a rocket soul opera. Should be read out loud. Parker has created a character with a voice that will knock you down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/26/2010

    " Sad, tragic, good writing, mostly sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 11/4/2010

    " this book is sad i am still reading it put it a great book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 7/2/2010

    " Sad, tragic, good writing, mostly sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 4/16/2010

    " Made me laugh & cry at once. Great story, but highly disturbing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabethevola | 9/9/2009

    " I didn't like this one too much - too many music references that took away from the main story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eunice | 8/17/2009

    " A person can hear the music and experience the pain page after page. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hannah | 1/18/2008

    " I started this one today, and....no! Read the first few pages and couldn't stand the dialect. I'm really not prejudiced, but reading all the "y'alls, aints, and "done-did-that's" make me nuts! Good thing I only paid one cent plus shipping. (I LOVE Amazon's Marketplace!!!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 9/2/2007

    " A Southern Gothic tragedy (with a soundtrack), this is a heart-wrenching story of family violence. Parker's writing is gripping. "

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About the Author

Michael Parker is the former head of Saatchi & Saatchi, and now coaches private clients on their pitches (Pitchcoach.co.uk).

About the Narrator

T. Ryder Smith is an actor based in New York City. He has appeared on Broadway in Equus and in many off-Broadway shows including Passion Play, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and Lebensraum, for which he won a Drama Desk Award. Smith has also made numerous television appearances on series such as Nurse Jackie, Blue Bloods, Law & Order: SVU, and others.