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Nobody's Fool Audiobook

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Read By: Ron McLarty Publisher: Random House Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 16.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 12.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: August 2003 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780739306949

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

220

Longest Chapter Length:

07:58 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

29 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

06:47 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

16

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Publisher Description

This slyly funny, moving novel about a blue-collar town in upstate New York—and in the life of Sully, of one of its unluckiest citizens, who has been doing the wrong thing triumphantly for fifty years—is a classic American story. Divorced from his own wife and carrying on halfheartedly with another man's, saddled with a bum knee and friends who make enemies redundant, Sully now has one new problem to cope with: a long-estranged son who is in imminent danger of following in his father's footsteps. With its uproarious humor and a heart that embraces humanity's follies as well as its triumphs, Nobody's Fool, from Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Richard Russo, is storytelling at its most generous.   Nobody’s Fool was made into a movie starring Paul Newman, Bruce Willis, Jessica Tandy, and Melody Griffith.

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"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."

— John (5 out of 5 stars)

Nobody's Fool Listener Reviews

Overall Performance: 4.21212121212121 out of 54.21212121212121 out of 54.21212121212121 out of 54.21212121212121 out of 54.21212121212121 out of 5 (4.21)
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Narration: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 (5.00)
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  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Maggie, 2/15/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Megan, 1/28/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Helen, 1/9/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Donna, 12/22/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    — Dottie, 12/21/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    — Phemie, 11/28/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    — Mom, 11/15/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Roberta, 10/31/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Lynn, 10/28/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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! "

    — Tamara, 10/19/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    — Betsy Rubinstein, 6/11/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Dave, 3/27/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Sarah, 12/26/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    — Michael, 10/29/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Diane, 10/28/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Deborah, 8/31/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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 "

    — Sean, 7/14/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Jack, 2/27/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Liked this one a lot. "

    — Laura, 2/14/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    — Tomi-Ann, 11/14/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Jo, 11/5/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

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

    — Melanie, 10/17/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Celia, 9/12/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Rayna, 3/27/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Sarah, 3/20/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Chris, 3/16/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Dorothy, 2/18/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Donna, 1/3/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Barbara, 12/28/2010
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Alisa, 12/17/2010
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    — Deborah, 12/15/2010
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Carol, 12/2/2010
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Heather, 11/28/2010

About Richard Russo

Richard Russo is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, two collections of stories, and the memoir Elsewhere. In 2002 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls, which, like Nobody’s Fool, won multiple awards for its screen adaptation, and in 2023 his novel Straight Man was adapted into the television series Lucky Hank. In 2017, he received France’s Grand Prix de Littérature Américaine.

About Ron McLarty

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 nine 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.