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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (8,024 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Russo Narrator: Ron McLarty Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2003 ISBN: 9780739306949
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In his slyly funny and moving new novel, the author of The Risk Pool follows the unexpected operation of grace in a deadbeat, upstate New York town—and in the lives of the unluckiest of its citizens. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Paul Newman, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, and Jessica Tandy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • "Russo is a master craftsman....Nobody's Fool is a big, rambunctious novel with endless riffs and unstoppable human hopefulness. The Boston Globe
  • "Simple as family love, yet nearly as complicated, Richard Russo's confident, assured novel sweeps the reader up in the daily life of its characters. San Francisco Chronicle
  • “An intelligently drawn portrait…What has made Russo’s work so consistently compelling is the depth of character, the richness of life.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “Richard Russo [is] a masterful storyteller with a mission: to chronicle with insight and compassion the day-to-day life of small town America…He is compulsively readable…Alternating episodes of boisterous humor with moments of heart-wrenching pathos, he captures with perfection the pulse of small-town life and the rhythm of dramatically changing seasons…His characters are wholly sympathetic, but they also are human.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “Few novelists plow this soil with more even-handed ease and naturalness than Russo…He demonstrates a rare ability to find affection for even his most empty [characters] while questioning the choices of those he most values…His success in keeping us involved is especially impressive.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Reading this large, comfortable, good-natured novel…feels great…[It] teems with local characters…richly conceived and drawn so lovingly that you can’t help but like them.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “The fun of this novel is in hearing these guys (and women) talk…They’re funny, quick, and inventive. The novel’s tone has the same…intelligence as its characters.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Remarkable....A revelation of the human heart. The Washington Post

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 2/15/2014

    " Russo paints such thorough and true-to-life portraits of his characters that I find myself choosing to spend the time with them the way I would real-life company. "Do I feel like getting brought down by xxxxx tonight?" "Will xxxxx annoy me or piss me off too much for my current mood?" I hugely admire Russo's skill in this manner, even if it's the same reason it took me so long to finish this one. This book is Russo through and through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 1/28/2014

    " This book is hilarious and heartwarming. It has the classic Russo smart-ass humor and is very intelligently written. Also typical is the small town setting with a wild cast of characters. "

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

    " this is another one of my all-time favorite books. such beautifully defined characters, so complex and so simple. such a wonderfully crafted story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 12/22/2013

    " The story of a crusty old guy in a small town in upstate New York. He's a likeable loser. The book is funny and often sweet. If you saw the movie starring Paul Newman, that's pretty much the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dottie | 12/21/2013

    " I love Russo's writing and this is a good read and was a good movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phemie London | 11/28/2013

    " Another good novel about life in small New England town - great character development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mom | 11/15/2013

    " I really liked this book and how he writes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roberta | 10/31/2013

    " I hate when authors blithely kill off characters (also I hate when authors melodramatically kill off characters). I stopped reading it when a nice old man died as a driver's ed teacher (apparently being the only one who had "died in service" in the state)within the first couple of pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 10/28/2013

    " Lengthy novel of down on his luck man living in small town New York. He is his own worst enemy. He comes to terms with his life and becomes more self aware. A heartwarming story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara | 10/19/2013

    " Much better than the movie. It is alway fun to be able to tour the town the book is based on - gotta love local lore! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave Fichter | 3/27/2013

    " Although Russon won the Pulitzer for Empire Falls, Nobody's Fool and Straight Man are better "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Tyler | 3/9/2013

    " Amazing. A tough one to finish, due simply to length. But Russo understands life as much as anyone can, and his characters stay with you. Sully is real and true and probably a little too relatable for me, even if he is a sixty year old man. I'm glad I stuck with this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 12/26/2012

    " One of the best books I've ever read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 10/29/2012

    " One of those books which can stand on interesting characters and excellent, witty narration alone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Galvin | 10/28/2012

    " Just started the book, but can already tell I will enjoy another set of rich characters. I love Russo's down-to-earth settings and the twists and turns ordinary people experience that makes them unique personalities. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 8/31/2012

    " One of my all-time favorites. This book does what Paul Newman once told author Russo he does best, treat the common man as though he were king. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean Cooney | 7/14/2012

    " Every Russo book is exactkt the same yet each one is funny, interesting, and i deeply miss the characters when I finish. Thus, i am never dissappointed when i start the next book about aging souls in small northeastern towns srruggling with life's various ups and downs "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 2/27/2012

    " Good --- Not as good as Empire Falls and there were a lot of similar styles. Story of a college professor who is not so PC waiting for his book to be published in a small upstate New York town. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/14/2012

    " Liked this one a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tomi-Ann | 11/14/2011

    " My second favorite Russo. If you liked Empire Falls, read this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 11/5/2011

    " Oh, Sully, Sully, Sully. Filled with eccentric characters as only a small town that's slowing dying can be, it's a rollicking romp to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melanie | 10/17/2011

    " Couldn't get past the first couple of chapters...very dry; hardly any conversation in the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celia Montgomery | 9/12/2011

    " I will miss this book now that it's over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rayna | 3/27/2011

    " hands down, my favorite, along with Empire Falls. But Richard Russo is such a splendid writer that he leaves everybody else in the dust, IMO. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 3/20/2011

    " One of the best books I've ever read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 3/16/2011

    " One of my top ten favorite books. Russo really captures time and place. Good movie as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorothy | 2/18/2011

    " I loved this book. Great characters, well developed & realistic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 1/3/2011

    " Movie was great--book was also great, if different. This may be my fave Russo book, still. Didn't like Empire Falls much, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 12/28/2010

    " I liked the author's ability to describe rich, layered, unique characters. They all had flaws and yet were easy to care about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alisa | 12/17/2010

    " I would give this 3.5 stars. Russo is a good writer and he is illustrative, I like that about his writing and character development. It's just that I liked Straight Man soooo much better that this was a bit of a let down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 12/15/2010

    " Great character study. Read first then see the movie- Paul Newman is, well... Paul Newman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 12/2/2010

    " Loved Empire Falls so a friend suggested I read Nobody's Fool and she loaned me her copy. I'm glad she did. The characters are fantastic. I can't wait to see the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 11/28/2010

    " This book really surprised me, probably because of the pacing. The beginning seems so full of characterization and history that you don't realize a conflict is being set up. It's really very clever. "

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About the Author
Author Richard Russo

Richard Russo is the author of Empire Falls, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He also wrote the screenplay for the HBO miniseries adapted from Empire Falls. He is also the author (and coscreenwriter) of Nobody’s Fool, which was made into a major film starring Paul Newman. He lives in Camden, Maine, and Boston with his wife.

About the Narrator

Ron McLarty is a veteran actor of television, film, and stage as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He has more than 100 television appearances to his credit, including as a series regular on Spencer for Hire and Law & Order. His film career began in 1977 with a performance in The Sentinel and continued with such films as The Postman, Flamingo Kid, and, most recently, How Do You Know? His stage credits include Broadway and other productions. He has narrated more than 100 audiobooks, earning eight Earphones Awards and recognition by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense in 2009 and 2010. He has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Awards and then won the award in 2001 for Best Mystery Narration. He is also an accomplished playwright and an acclaimed novelist.