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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (345 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: M. Glenn Taylor Narrator: Ed Sala Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Meet Trenchmouth Taggart, a man born and orphaned in 1903, a man nicknamed for his lifelong oral affliction. His boyhood is shaped by the Widow Dorsett, a strong mountain woman who teaches him to hunt and to survive the taunts of others.

In the hills of southern West Virginia, a boy grows up fast. Trenchmouth sips moonshine, handles snakes, pleases women, and masters the rifle—a skill that lands him in the middle of the West Virginia coal wars. A teenaged union sniper, Trenchmouth is exiled to the back-woods of Appalachia’s foothills, where he spends his years running from the past. But trouble will sniff a man down, and an outlaw will eventually run home. Here Trenchmouth Taggart’s story, like the best ballads, etches its mark deep upon the memory.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I was hooked immediately by the narrative voice, which I would describe as utterly kickass, take-no-prisoners in tone. The combination of hyperbole and hilarity throughout is what I would call High Hillbilly in the purest form.”

    Chuck Kinder, author of Snakehunter and Last Mountain Dancer

  • “A stunning, fully realized, unique and ambitious book that proves there’s still passion, fire and brilliance in the American novel.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • Nominated for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award
  • A 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steve Thompson | 2/20/2014

    " An interesting read. Reminded me of a West Virginian version of Forest Gump. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stephanie | 2/19/2014

    " as a social worker: distressing. as a reader: fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jackie | 2/3/2014

    " This is an unusual book. It is about an unusual character (Trenchmouth Taggart) with an unusual affliction (trenchmouth) in unusual settings. I did find I had to be in the mood for it though. Sometimes it was hard going, sometimes a little depressing. There were also many heartwarming moments though. I would recommend that anyone who likes something a little different to let Trenchmouth to take you with him on his journey through life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Hansa Bergwall | 2/1/2014

    " Decent appalachian yarn. Enjoyed best with moonshine. "

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