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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 Stechschulte Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2017 ISBN: 9781440799679
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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. In the Mississippi countryside, a friendship between a middle-aged, alcoholic contractor and an abused teen-aged boy becomes a bizarre rite of passage for both of them. The characters are riveting, and the conclusion is shocking in this latest work by 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 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 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 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 Josh | 2/8/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 1/22/2014

    " A novel of the poor of the American South. These people is dart po'! Two primary characters are Joe and Gary. Joe is a divorced hard drinker who makes his living by gambling and poisoning trees for a large lumber company. He is a moral man, but given to sudden, dangerous impulses which at times land him in jail. His good nature is clearest in his relations with Gary, whom he adopts almost as a son. Gary is an extremely impoverished teenager who is not even sure how old he is. He lives in a rundown shack with his possibly retarded sister, his insane mother and his drunkard, abusive, lazy father. Joe, although by no means rich himself, feels compelled to bring Gary up closer to his level. A deeply affecting depiction of a significant element of contemporary southern culture. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paula | 1/15/2014

    " I forced myself to listen to this on tape and probably would not have finished it if it wasn't so short. It was too brutal for me, and hard for me to care about any of the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 1/9/2014

    " I can't get enough of Larry Brown's books; "sad and beautiful" does not do justice to the very real, stark and poetic stories he tells. To simply call his work "Southern" or "Faulkneresque" oversimplifies the originality of his gifts as a writer. His is really a genre unto itself. If you haven't read any of Brown's work, Joe is a great place to start. Depressing as hell, sure, but, like a great sad song (Mark Lanegan, anyone?), tanscendently moving, indelibly affecting and ultimately uplifing through the sheer power of artful storytelling. The simplicity and power of his words are more important than the plot itself. His books, this one perhaps more so than any other, make me want to drop everything and write, paint, make music, get to a higher plane. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jillybeads81 Hall-Parris | 1/8/2014

    " Loved this book! So dirty south! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 1/6/2014

    " wow. heartbreaking book. i was really drawn to the characters...especially Joe, who seemed even with his flaws like such an awesome human being. I found it very easy to visualize him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 12/11/2013

    " Joe is an amazingly good story abotu the rough south and the characters who live there. Again Browns characters are real. You might like them. You might hate them. But you certainly have an opinion on them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 CD Mitchell | 11/30/2013

    " I am reading this book again this summer. Larry brown is an incredible writer who tells stories as sultry and sweaty as the Mississippi summer. Any man who goes home to get his pit bull dog to kill a doberman at a whorehouse so he can get laid is worth reading about! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 11/19/2013

    " Ready to read Fay now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 11/9/2013

    " Found this gem collecting dust in the corner of a friend's house. Joe is 50 and is a force of nature to be dealt with by all he encounters. It's raw and gritty- reminded me of Harrison or Hemingway but colder. I hope my friend doesn't read this as I have no desire of giving the book back. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anthony Meaney | 11/7/2013

    " Cormac McCarthy lite. Without the impressive use of metaphor or the long speeches in Spanish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 9/17/2013

    " Like a Welty novel, but through that hazy space between yesterday's hangover and tomorrow's drunk and seen from the back of beat-up F150 blazing down a dirt road in N. Mississippi. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 3/2/2013

    " A must read for those of us from the Deep South . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey | 12/20/2012

    " Contemporary southern lit at its best. And it kicks you in the gut. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank | 6/10/2012

    " Quite possibly one of the best books ever penned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russ Walker | 5/11/2012

    " Dark, depressing, violent. But not without some hope of redemption. The ending ... justice, but not complete, not conclusive. Like life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheviking | 12/1/2011

    " Grit lit at its finest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doctorwu51 | 10/22/2011

    " This book was so beautifully written I didn't want it to end. A harsh, gritty tale about rough characters living on the fringe of civilization in Mississippi. I don't know how I missed Larry Brown until now, but I will read everything else he has written after this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia | 7/14/2011

    " Great writer who died much too young. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bybee | 7/7/2011

    " The book was like William Faulkner and Jim Thompson getting together for a few drinks then driving over to Erskine Caldwell's place to see what kind of trouble the three of them could get into. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Guy Salvidge | 6/13/2011

    " Much, much better than Fay. Reminds me of William Gay's work. I'm eager to read more Larry Brown down the track. I think I will try Dirty Work and/or Father and Son next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 5/5/2011

    " Brown's work was dark, but "Joe" is a damned fine read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia | 8/29/2009

    " Great writer who died much too young. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ross | 7/9/2009

    " This is my favorite book I've read this year.

    I really went there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paula | 5/18/2009

    " I forced myself to listen to this on tape and probably would not have finished it if it wasn't so short. It was too brutal for me, and hard for me to care about any of the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 4/25/2009

    " This novel is written with a fine economy of line. I loved it and recommend it to those looking for a good novel. I'll be reading more by Larry Brown. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 1/6/2009

    " Like a Welty novel, but through that hazy space between yesterday's hangover and tomorrow's drunk and seen from the back of beat-up F150 blazing down a dirt road in N. Mississippi. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 12/11/2008

    " Joe is an amazingly good story abotu the rough south and the characters who live there. Again Browns characters are real. You might like them. You might hate them. But you certainly have an opinion on them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandyhilliard | 7/9/2008

    " This was the first of Larry's books that I read. When I was a student at Ole Miss my Sociology teacher assigned this and had him come in and give a talk. It was love at first sight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 4/28/2008

    " Found this gem collecting dust in the corner of a friend's house. Joe is 50 and is a force of nature to be dealt with by all he encounters. It's raw and gritty- reminded me of Harrison or Hemingway but colder. I hope my friend doesn't read this as I have no desire of giving the book back. "

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About the Author
Author Larry Brown

Larry Brown (1951–2004) was an American novelist, non-fiction, and short story writer. He won numerous awards including the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters award for fiction, the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Award, and Mississippi’s Governor’s Award For Excellence in the Arts. He was also the first two-time winner of the Southern Book Award for Fiction.

His notable works include Dirty Work, Father and Son, Joe, and Big Bad Love. In 2013 a film adaptation of Larry Brown’s Joe was released, featuring Nicolas Cage.

About the Narrator

Tom Stechschulte has narrated well over a hundred audiobooks and has won sixteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2009 and has been a finalist for the Audie in 2005 and 2011. As an actor, he has been seen in eleven Broadway shows as well as numerous television and film shows, including the remake of The Manchurian Candidate.