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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,893 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Denis Johnson Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781427206909
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From the National Book Award–winning, bestselling author of Tree of Smoke comes a provocative thriller set in the American West.

Nobody Move, which first appeared in the pages of Playboy, is the story of an assortment of lowlifes in Bakersfield, California, and their cat-and-mouse game over $2.3 million. Touched by echoes of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, Nobody Move is at once an homage to and a variation on literary form. It salutes one of our most enduring and popular genres—the American crime novel—but does so with a grisly humor and outrageousness that are Denis Johnson's own. Sexy, suspenseful, and above all entertaining, Nobody Move shows one of our greatest novelists at his versatile best.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Will Patton delivers a flawless reading of Johnson's novel of life on the lam.... He embodies each character with absolute authority... [a] virtuosic performance. Publishers Weekly

  • Will Patton's narration is so true to the mood, so evocative, that you'll feel like you've smoked a pack of Camels and swallowed a fifth of cheap vodka by the time it's all over. BookPage
  • Will Patton gives real character to all the players, especially the protagonist, a gambling addicted singer in a barbershop choir named Johnny Lutz...A contemporary crime-noir masterpiece. Patton and Johnson make it all seem brand-new. AudioFile
  • Patton's reading of Denis Johnson's noir novel Nobody Move is on my list of best audiobooks of 2009. St. Petersburg Times
  • ...A superb audio performance in a book that lingers on the edge of your consciousness. The Wintston-Salem Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy Mann | 2/18/2014

    " Really liked this - once I'd got into the dialogue. Not sure about the comparisons to Cormac McCarthy but well worth the read of this genre "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Lisk | 2/18/2014

    " Quick, fun read. Jesus' Son is still his best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emmy Jackson | 2/12/2014

    " Fast-moving and enjoyable; loved the interactions between the very vivid characters. Let down somewhat by the ending, but will refrain from spoiling it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barksdale Penick | 2/7/2014

    " Maybe I read too many "deep" books, but I sure liked this shallow one. Fun, fast, and filled with flawed and fractured folk (check out those fs). But unlike his short story collection Jesus' Son, this is a rather lighthearted romp with low lifes. Sort of a Pulp Fiction pulp fiction. It is hard to care about the characters, as they are craven and living in the moment. So we whiz along with snappy dialogue and lots of action. I will remember and recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 2/1/2014

    " It read like something you might find in Playboy (I've never read a novel by Johnson and it appears as if he is having fun while cashing in a well-deserved paycheck). It was a fun vacation read, and I appreciated the fact that the ending defied expectations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 LuAnn Kinsey | 1/19/2014

    " Nope, don't read it, too much graphic violence...totally overrated! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abraham Thunderwolf | 1/17/2014

    " Nobody Move is set in the same type of universe that Pulp Fiction is based in: no cops, cool cars, and crime. It's a terse story about various scumbags and what happens when they set their sights on 2.3 million dollars. The dialogue lacks punch. The action has an abrupt flow, but that's okay since violence tends to be sudden. I liked the characters, the whole motley crew is painted in as many shades of gray as a mile of sidewalk. Nobody Move has the ingredients to be a book I'd love, but, much like a drink that has the right ingredients but has been improperly mixed, it is lacking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 1/17/2014

    " This was my first time reading Denis Johnson, which was probably a silly mistake considering the subject matter of the book, but I'd be willing to try again. His writing style is amazing but most of the genre homages were lost on me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 1/15/2014

    " A well-written crime novel about the scum of the earth, quite a few of them, actually...what's not to love? Very noir, I was torn between three and four stars. Need a half of a star, people! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 1/14/2014

    " funny and grusome too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda P | 12/26/2013

    " The ultimate noir for post-noir literary America. Great dialogue, great characters, great filth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry Hill | 12/15/2013

    " The book slams its way into culture in noir style. On-the-edge characters you end up pulling for. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alex | 11/16/2013

    " This is brisk and tight, but thin. Violent and brash and fun, but thin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenn | 11/14/2013

    " Quick read about a bunch of street smart lowlife wiseguys who are all trying top go after a $2.3 million haul. Gritty dialogue and a decent plotline that held my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mk100 | 11/11/2013

    " This is a stylishly noir crime novel. Johnson doesn't subvert the genre. He's embraces it without, merely paying homage. You can imagine the sly smile on his face as he typed out the draft. A reasonable plot, and lots of style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 9/30/2013

    " I don't know if this is a good, bad or indifferent homage to Chandler/Hammett. On its own, it's fast, reasonably engaging read with semi-interesting characters, tho not my cup of blood. No "Tree of Smoke," indeed, but perhaps a bid for a better-paying screenplay gig. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vicki | 9/28/2013

    " If you like hard-boiled characters who are totally unlikeable and have no redeeming qualities, this is the book for you. The best thing I can say about it is that it was short. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Tyrer | 9/7/2013

    " i loved it, it reminded me of a Tarintino film it was short but sort of delivered a punch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 5/20/2013

    " Solid page turning summer reading "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aengus | 3/18/2013

    " The best Elmore Leonard novel ever! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Terry | 1/10/2013

    " I'm glad this book was short. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Magneson | 1/8/2013

    " Fast read. Good though "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brodi Miles | 10/19/2012

    " I read this in a day . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Pena | 7/24/2012

    " I could never go under four stars when it comes to DJ. He's the man even when he's just messing around. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 5/25/2011

    " Fast paced and somewhat implausible but really fun "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 4/16/2011

    " I don't know if this is a good, bad or indifferent homage to Chandler/Hammett. On its own, it's fast, reasonably engaging read with semi-interesting characters, tho not my cup of blood. No "Tree of Smoke," indeed, but perhaps a bid for a better-paying screenplay gig. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 4/13/2011

    " A good take on contemporary noir by an accomplished literary author. Good prose and atmosphere, but it didn't entirely click for me. Nothing I've read since Jesus' Son seems to live up to Johnson's full potential (including Tree of Smoke), but this is certainly worth a read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Craig | 3/9/2011

    " I certainly liked this book more than "Tree Of Smoke", mainly because it is much shorter. But that is also a weakness-- this is more of an outline to a novel than a novel. Elmore Leonard and Dennis Lehane do it better, much better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 3/5/2011

    " quick moving and you can read it in one sitting. nice change for johnson. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 George | 3/3/2011

    " To me, this read like the first draft of a novel. Some interesting stuff, but sketchy. Some parts are confusing, also. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 3/1/2011

    " Strange to read a genre novel by Denis Johnson. I have no idea why he decided to write a pulp novel, but he handled it well, even if the ending wasn't as fully resolved as I would have liked. A minor diversion from a great writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 2/28/2011

    " This is a spare, well-crafted crime novel with great laconic dialogue, believably seedy characters, and a satisfying--although far from pat--resolution. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 2/25/2011

    " Best DJ I've received in a long time, and had to pull out the Brodart special vinyl to cover the bullet holes in this one. Otherwise, a fun and quick read. Willeford still rules in this format! "

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About the Author
Author Denis Johnson

Denis Johnson, poet, playwright and author, was born in Munich, West Germany in 1949 and was raised in Tokyo, Manila and Washington. He is the author of a number of novels, several collections of poetry, and one book of reportage. He holds a masters’ degree from the University of Iowa and has received many awards for his work, including a Lannan Fellowship in Fiction, a Whiting Writer’s Award, the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction from the Paris Review for Train Dreams, and most recently, the National Book Award for Fiction. His novel Tree of Smoke won the 2007 National Book Award and 2008 Audie Award for Literary Fiction. He lives in northern Idaho.

About the Narrator

Will Patton is an award–winning actor who has narrated audiobooks by such authors as Charles Frazier, Larry McMurtry, Don DeLillo, and Ernest Hemingway. He has won thirty-two AudioFile Earphones Award for his narrations. His numerous film credits include Remember the Titans, The Punisher, The Mothman Prophesies, Armageddon, and The Spitfire Grill. He starred in the TNT miniseries Into the West and on the CBS series The Agency and won Obie Awards in the theater for his performances in Fool for Love and What Did He See.