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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (123 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Shelby Foote Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9781455179336
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Shelby Foote’s magnificently orchestrated novel anticipates much of the subject matter of his monumental Civil War trilogy, rendering the clash between North and South with a violence all the more shocking for its intimacy. Love in a Dry Season describes an erotic and economic triangle, in which two wealthy and fantastically unhappy Mississippi families—the Barcrofts and the Carrutherses—are joined by an open-faced fortune hunter from the North, a man whose ruthlessness is matched only by his inability to understand the people he tries to exploit and his fatal incomprehension of the passions he so casually ignites. Combining a flawless sense of place with a Faulknerian command of the grotesque, Foote’s novel turns a small cotton town into a sexual battleground as fatal as Vicksburg or Shiloh—and one where strategy is no match for instinct and tradition.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Shelby Foote ably fashions a drama as modern as today’s newspaper, as old as Mosaic law.”

    New York Times

  • “A fascinating drama...the atmosphere is superbly managed; and on every score, this is a first-rate job of story-telling.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “With impeccable detail, Foote delves into the moral decay of the American moneyed class. [Grover Gardner’s] performance lends an amused presence to Foote’s scenario. [Gardner] precisely captures Jeff and Amy’s pretense of virtue, the Major’s disdain for those he considers below him, and the fading values of the next and future generations.”

    AudioFile

  • “Shrewdly contrived and skillfully executed.”

    Kirkus

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean Chick | 7/29/2013

    " Foote is a skilled writer and great at character development. However, the plot is not very interesting and the characters show no redeeming qualities. A missed opportunity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose | 4/30/2013

    " Masterful story telling that transports the reader to the South. The characters are disdainful and provoke pity at once for their complete lack of empathy and insight, so caught up are they in their own motives. The strategic irony which sums up the ending is brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Asia | 9/14/2012

    " Definitely engrossing, in the way that eccentric, wealthy, and largely unlikeable characters tend to be. The narration is suitably caustic, though a real affection for the Deep South is readily apparent. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/14/2012

    " The audio file was corrupt so that I couldn't listen to the end of the story. The tone of this story is languid and sad. The characters are deep, interesting creatures of their time and environment. I will definitely need to finish this one sometime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kacey | 11/12/2011

    " Southern gothic at its best. Part of me wants to say it's all very cliche and part of me wants to admit it sounds like a story from my hometown. Obviously, I'm conflicted. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angela | 8/4/2011

    " I did not like this book. I like stories that slowly unfold and leave you guessing what happened to the characters before you arrived. Sadly this book was all expositions and descriptions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 6/4/2011

    " I loved this book with its strange group of characters. The heat and humidity of the south made it that much more intoxicating. One of my favorite southern novels! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 12/24/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book. I liked the way Shelby Foote wrote and the story held my attention. I would have liked more closure at the end but overall I still thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jo | 11/15/2010

    " It's full of quirky southern characters trying to survive a dismal life. I couldn't bring myself to care about any of them and the book is a little short on plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave Reidy | 3/30/2010

    " Known primarily for his history of the Civil War, Shelby Foote was also a very fine novelist. This book was a revelation for me, both of Foote's talents as a fiction writer and of a South I'd not encountered in anyone else's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doti | 3/22/2010

    " Mighty good story telling; kept me connected throughout. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frederick Bingham | 1/17/2010

    " I could not get interested in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Syra | 12/8/2009

    " Not as good as his nonfiction. Too much narrative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose | 10/20/2009

    " Masterful story telling that transports the reader to the South. The characters are disdainful and provoke pity at once for their complete lack of empathy and insight, so caught up are they in their own motives. The strategic irony which sums up the ending is brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 7/17/2008

    " I really enjoyed this book. I liked the way Shelby Foote wrote and the story held my attention. I would have liked more closure at the end but overall I still thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/16/2008

    " The audio file was corrupt so that I couldn't listen to the end of the story. The tone of this story is languid and sad. The characters are deep, interesting creatures of their time and environment. I will definitely need to finish this one sometime. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 3/10/2008

    " I loved this book with its strange group of characters. The heat and humidity of the south made it that much more intoxicating. One of my favorite southern novels! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Asia | 2/5/2008

    " Definitely engrossing, in the way that eccentric, wealthy, and largely unlikeable characters tend to be. The narration is suitably caustic, though a real affection for the Deep South is readily apparent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kacey | 8/3/2007

    " Southern gothic at its best. Part of me wants to say it's all very cliche and part of me wants to admit it sounds like a story from my hometown. Obviously, I'm conflicted. "

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About the Author
Author Shelby Foote

Shelby Foote (1916–2005) was an American historian and novelist who came from a long line of Mississippians. After attending the University of North Carolina, he served in World War II as a captain of field artillery in the European theater. He wrote six novels and was awarded three Guggenheim Fellowships in the twenty-year course of writing his monumental three-volume history, The Civil War: A Narrative.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.