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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (803 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry Brown Narrator: Tom Stechschult Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An ALA Notable Book, Joe has earned critical acclaim nationwide, and Larry Brown has been compared to great Southern writers such as William Faulkner and Eudora Welty. Like them, Larry Brown has an unerring feel for the truest details of regional life.

The Mississippi countryside is Joe Ransom's world. There, whiskey, fast trucks, and a hard right fist are the badges of manhood. But middle age is approaching, and Joe tries to not think too much about the future. At 15, Gary Jones' life is painful and unpredictable. His days are spent avoiding his brutish father and caring for a damaged mother and sister. When Joe's and Gary's paths cross, the resulting friendship is a bizarre rite of passage for both of them.

Throughout the story, Brown deftly maintains a balance between action and destruction, compassion and compulsion. His characters are riveting; the conclusion is shocking. This novel will leave you astonished and grateful for Larry Brown, a major talent. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Philip Alexander | 2/19/2014

    " In my opinion Larry Brown's best, a notch above all of his other fine work. Joe Ransom is an evil, confounding, and very human character. Brown takes Southern lit and stamps it with his own bold and honest approach. He also subtley captures some of the South's cultural changes in most of his novels, and Joe is no exception. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Swanbender2001 | 2/19/2014

    " I got caught up in this story but gave it a lower rating because I wanted the story lines to get tied up more instead of having things left hanging with too many uncertainties and unknowns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cara | 2/15/2014

    " The drinking, hard living and cruelty of this book should have been too much, but the way the characters moved in it all and tried to get something positive out of their lives kept me reading. Joe is definitely a memorable figure though I'm not always sure I understood his motivation: why did he sic his dog on the Doberman? All his other outbursts, fights, etc sort of made sense in the context of the story, but that seemed almost too uncivilized for him. "

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

    " Raw. Like reading about some of the folks from my town. "

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