Extended Audio Sample

Download Lawless: Originally Published as The Wettest County in the World Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Lawless: Originally Published as The Wettest County in the World, by Matt Bondurant Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matt Bondurant Narrator: Erik Steele Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
Regular Price: $29.95 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $14.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

Based on the true story of his grandfather and two granduncles, Matt Bondurant's novel is a gripping tale of brotherhood, greed, and murder. The Bondurant boys were a notorious gang of roughnecks and moonshiners who ran liquor through Franklin County during Prohibition and after. The brothers played a central role in a major conspiracy trial and its violent end. In 1935, Sherwood Anderson, working on a magazine story, finds himself driving along the dusty red roads trying to find the brothers and break the silence that shrouds Franklin County. In vivid, muscular prose, Matt Bondurant brings these men—their dark deeds, their long silences, their deep desires—to life. His understanding of the passion, violence, and desperation at the center of this world is both heartbreaking and magnificent. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Bondurant is a nimble writer…The liveliness of his writer makes it hard for event he most lily-livered to look away…Bondurant’s prose is lyrical.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Part family history, part fiction, Matt Bondurant’s somber, engrossing novel, [Lawless], patches together the legend of his paternal grandfather and uncles, a fearsome trio of bootleggers in rural Prohibition-era Virginia. He’s wonderful at evoking historical atmosphere—the elaborate stills camouflaged in the woods, the music, the drunken gatherings that explode into shattering violence.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Descriptively gritty and emotionally resonant, novelist Bondurant dramatically projects the poverty and danger at the heart of the old-time bootlegging life.”


  • “Bondurant writes fiercely and passionately…We are aware from the first page that we are in the hands of a remarkable storyteller.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Bondurant endows his gritty story with all the puzzle-solving satisfactions of a mystery. It’s a gripping, relentless tale, delivered in no-nonsense prose.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Pull up a chair and settle in for this fascinating story…This work of fiction is beautifully crafted and eloquently performed…Erik Steele masterfully navigates vocal shifts and offers a genuine appreciation for the prose, which is vividly violent and sparklingly descriptive by turns.”


  • “A cracklingly good novel, with plenty of action and local color.”

    Library Journal

  • “Whether fiction or biography, it succeeds in delivering a pungent slice of Americana, a portrait of a place and an era and a way of life that is part romantic, part viscerally violent, part metaphorical, all wrapped in a kind of rural poetry.”

    Boston Globe

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations