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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (273 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Thompson Narrator: Bob Walter Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9781611130089
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By the time Jim Thompson was sixteen years old, he had been a newspaper boy, a burlesque show hawker, a plumber's helper, a comedian in two-reel pictures, a night bellboy in a luxury hotel and over a dozen other occupations. By the time he was eighteen, he was driving across America in a broken-down Ford without a penny to his name and his mother and his kid sister Freddie in tow, looking for just one more paycheck to keep them all alive.

A bittersweet comedy of a hard-won American life, ROUGHNECK chronicles the many jobs, near-criminal escapades, and downright unlawful grifts of the man who would become one of crime fiction's most enduring writers, in a larger-than-life literary memoir--or wildly entertaining tall tale--as only Thompson could tell it. Hard times have never sounded so good. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gerard Milewski | 12/1/2013

    " The only thing better than his novels, which are universally enjoyable, is reading this autobiography and realizing that his real life was far more interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arpad Lep | 11/27/2013

    " this is the semi-true semi-passed on autobio bio book. read this after you are done reading thompson books, because it kind of has the seeds for a lot of his other books in it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raegan Butcher | 8/27/2013

    " Sequel to "Bad Boy" following the author's years as an oilfield worker, among other things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reger "Muddy" Dipling | 4/26/2013

    " Second autobiography of Jim Thompson. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benoit Lelievre | 1/5/2013

    " You get what you pay for I guess. "Selected Stories from Jim Thompson's life, told by the author". Some are downright hilarious, some are ordinary and borderline miserable. Still, great insight on how a man like this came to revolutionize noir. I appreciated it, but I'm sure his novels are better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shane Baker | 12/7/2012

    " The 2nd memoir after [ book: bad boy]. Jim Thompson was a hardboiled pulp writer, and these books are the story of him barely surviving during the great depression. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 9/11/2012

    " The Great Depression sure did suck a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy | 4/5/2012

    " Kinda sorta the sequel to "Bad Boy" and reminiscent of Bukowski's "Factotum" where he recalls all the crummy jobs he had to toil at before penning his brilliant noir classics. I worked a lot of similar gigs that he did = misery loves company. "

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About the Author
Author Jim ThompsonJim Thompson was born in Anadarko, Oklahoma. He began writing fiction at a very young age, selling his first story to True Detective when he was only fourteen. Thompson eventually wrote twenty-nine novels, all but three of which were published as paperback originals. Thompson also co-wrote two screenplays (for the Stanley Kubrick films "The Killing" and "Paths of Glory"). Several of his novels have been filmed by American and French directors, resulting in classic noir including The Killer Inside Me (1952), After Dark My Sweet (1955), and The Grifters (1963).
About the Narrator

Bob Walter is a producer, director, and audiobook narrator. He is best known for his work as a music producer and sound effects designer for the movies Halloween, The Little Brave Toaster, and Apocalypse Now. His audiobook narrations include several nonfiction and fiction titles from Hachette, Random House, and HarperCollins, among others.