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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (146 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rick Bass Narrator: Debra Monk Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It’s 1959 and the Brown siblings are the biggest thing in country music. Their inimitable harmony will give rise to the polished sound of the multibillion-dollar country music industry we know today. But when the bonds of family begin to fray, the flame of their celebrity proves as brilliant as it is fleeting. 

In this arresting novel, acclaimed author Rick Bass draws poignant portraits of their lives, lived both in and out of the limelight. Masterfully jumping between the Browns’ once auspicious past and the heartbreaking present, Nashville Chrome is the richly imagined story of this forgotten family and an unflinching portrait of an era in American music.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Darkly engaging...richly written.”

    Washington Post

  • “Bass creates a slice of music history from the ground up, from the backwoods and front porches all the way to Elvis.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Splendid...Rick Bass’ best.” 

    Dallas Morning News

  • “Rick Bass deftly weaves the true and fictional into a wonderful novel of the rise and fall of one of country music’s greatest acts—the Browns. It’s as lyrical, plaintive, and true as the best country music, which is exactly what the Browns made. Nashville Chrome is a great celebration of the Browns, and above all, a terrific read.”

    Thomas Cobb, author of Crazy Heart

  • “But Rick Bass’ evocative detailing of the singers’ upbringing, rise to stardom, and heartbreaking fall...sweeps you along just as the real-life Browns’ music once carried away listeners.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Like the sound Chet Atkins pulls from the Browns in the studio, the narrative has a pitch-perfect chorus of longing and regret, with an undertone that connects and heals.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An empathic, breath-catching, mythic, and profoundly American tale of creation, destruction, and renewal.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • A Booklist Editors’ Choice in 2010
  • A 2010 ALA Notable Book for Fiction
  • A 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Allison | 2/16/2014

    " Great read on the Historic band 'The Browns'. I didn't know who they were, but now I know! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Patti | 2/12/2014

    " Very wordy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kitty Tomlinson | 1/27/2014

    " Fictionalized account of the Browns of country music group that helped change the face of the music industry. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Trina | 1/20/2014

    " A novel that should have been a short story about a real 50s era singing trio called the Browns. If you're 50 or so you'll remember their songs--google 'em. The writing isn't bad, but it's just way too repetitive and obviously stretched to make a novel. "

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