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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nickolas Butler, Sylvia True Narrator: Scott Sowers, Scott Shepherd, Maggie Hoffman, Susan Bennett, Ari Fliakos, Gary Wilmes Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2014 ISBN: 9781427236364
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Welcome to Little Wing.

It's a place like hundreds of others, nothing special, really. But for four friendsall born and raised in this small Wisconsin townit is home. And now they are men, coming into their own, or struggling to do so.

One of them never left, still working the family farm that has been tilled for generations. But others felt the need to move on, with varying degrees of success. One trades commodities, another took to the rodeo circuit, and one of them even hit it big as a rock star. And then there's Beth, a woman who has meant something special in each of their lives.

Now all four are brought together for a wedding. Little Wing seems even smaller than before. While lifelong bonds are still strong, there are stressesbetween the friends, between husbands and wives. There will be heartbreak, but there will also be hope, healing, even heroism as these memorable people learn the true meaning of adult friendship and love.

Seldom has the American heartland been so richly and accurately portrayed. Though the town may have changed, the one thing that hasn't is the beauty of the Wisconsin farmland, the lure of which, in Nickolas Butler's hands, emerges as a vibrant character in the story. Shotgun Lovesongs is that rare work of fiction that evokes a specific time and place yet movingly describes the universal human condition. It is, in short, a truly remarkable audiobooka novel that once listened to will never be forgotten.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The most lyrical parts of this big-hearted book are about how all the characters, including the star are almost physically drawn to the town and one another…Colorful…impressively original debut…Lovely.”

    New York Times

  • “Grabs the listener by the ears and doesn't let go… there's no question that all the narrators connect with the characters' emotional journeys. AudioFile Magazine

  • Using different narrators for the various characters is a brilliant move. Each is polished and well worth hearing. Christian Science Monitor

  • “Sparkles in every way. A love letter to the open lonely American heartland…A must read.”

    People

  • “Emotionally resonant…In prose that is as plain-spoken and honest as a Midwestern farmer, [Butler] tells the story of five friends and lovers in the fictional Little Wing, Wisconsin.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “The characters in Nickolas Butler’s small town of Little Wing are brought to life by a talented group of narrators. As old emotional buttons get pushed and new conflicts get explored, their performances grab the listener by the ears and don’t let go.”

    AudioFile

  • “There is…a profound empathy for the characters and the small-town dynamic that the reader will likely share, an appreciation for what ‘America was, or could be.’”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “[Shotgun Lovesongs] a great listen with a multiple cast of narrators who are doing great justice to Nickolas Butler’s beautiful prose. Hearing his phrasing being spoken reminded me why I loved this book so much.”

    Bookreporter.com

  • An AudioFile Editors’ Pick, March 2014
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice, April 2014
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2014 New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • An NPR Bestseller
  • Selected for the March 2014 Indie Next List
  • Longlisted for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize
  • Winner of the 2014 Great Lakes Great Reads Pick Award for Adult Authors
  • A BookPage Best Book of 2014
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About the Author

Nickolas Butler was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. His writings have appeared in Narrative Magazine, Ploughshares, the Kenyon Review Online, the Progressive, the Christian Science Monitor, and elsewhere. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

About the Narrators

Scott Sowers is an actor and audiobook narrator. AudioFile magazine named him the 2008 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense.

Scott Shepherd is best known for his work with two internationally celebrated theater companies, the Wooster Group and Elevator Repair Service. He was the narrator of Gatz, a seven-hour staging of the entire text of The Great Gatsby, for which he won an Obie and an Elliot Norton Award.

Susan Bennett has enjoyed an extensive career as a vocal artist. She has worked with major agencies on such accounts as Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, AT&T, Blue Cross, Goodyear, and Club Med. Among her audiobook narrations are Full of Grace, Replay, and Tiger, Tiger, for which she won an AudioFile Earphones Award.

Ari Fliakos is a voice talent and television actor. His audiobook narrations have earned several AudioFile Earphones Awards, and in 2014 he won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration.