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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: May 2008 ISBN: 9781470326623
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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 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 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 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 Hansa Bergwall | 2/1/2014

    " Decent appalachian yarn. Enjoyed best with moonshine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 1/24/2014

    " Thought it was going to be a four- or five-star kind of book until the middle doldrums, somewhere around page 180 or so. Had to finish by then, but the book never really recaptured the magic I felt in the early pages. I guess I liked Trenchmouth as a young guy making rash decisions and mistakes rather than an old man who seemed to think his actions (some of them crimes) made him better than other people. I felt that a little bit of preachy crept in where it didn't belong. As always, your mileage may vary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frances Hartnett | 1/20/2014

    " Set in Southern West Virginia and spanning more than a century, this is the life story of a man who is the Forrest Gump of WV. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mike Finn | 12/30/2013

    " Ultimately ridiculous story of orphan with no teeth! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trinette | 12/25/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this story and its characters. I would have given it 5 stars except that parts of the storyline were a little Forrest Gump-ish, which I found a bit gimmicky. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane Carroll | 12/6/2013

    " Nicely written but disappointing :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dean King | 11/20/2013

    " Almost magical realism meets Appalachia in a lyrical account of grim coal mine labor strife. It's the style that offers redemption. Taylor is brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 10/26/2013

    " fell in love with this intriguing little book that so expertly, and entertainingly weaves West Virginia history and Appalachian folk tale into one cohesive story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 10/5/2013

    " Great book by a young, first time author. I liked his prose and the story. The end was somehow lacking though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurel | 9/19/2013

    " Interesting...kindle edition...I don't have a kindle, I just picked the cover of the paperback I read.... I think Glenn Taylor is a really good storyteller and I look forward to reading his books for many many years to come. His words just roll right off the page. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Henn | 9/9/2013

    " 3/11 Ballad, tall tale, expanded myth ... a sad but interesting story. A 108 year old man describes portions of his unusual life. He was used and bamboozled more often then not. The circle of his life ends with the actions of his youth that he thought he had given up forever. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Silke | 6/3/2013

    " If you can suspend reality, this is a quirky read about one man (with a gift for cunnilingus and snake handling - never thought I'd put those in the same sentence) in Appalachia in the early and middle part of the 20th century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte | 5/21/2013

    " I enjoyed this book--strange, interesting, well-written. I don't think it's for everyone but I'm glad Ade offered it to me! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mel | 3/30/2013

    " I enjoyed this book immensely. It was a great read. It was a great use of the mountain people's vast knowledge and stories and culture with a great epic adventure of one man. It was almost everything I love in a story all wrapped up into one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kita | 1/10/2013

    " I love this book! It's got action and adventure - told over the entire life time of the main character.. I wish they would make this book into a movie - its phenomenal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette Meadows | 12/18/2012

    " One of my favorites from the last year! The characters though odd grab hold of you emotionally and don't let go. You want the best for trenchmouth leading you to turn every page in anticipation of his next adventure, experience, or life lesson. I highly recommend! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kitty | 12/4/2012

    " First novel by this author. I feel like I know the land of West-By-God, now. And like Trenchmouth was a friend of mine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 9/24/2012

    " I read this book as part of a Common Read program at a community college and just loved it! It is not the sort of book that I usually read but I really enjoyed the rich characters and the setting of the book. The details about life in 20th century West Virginia were fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheree | 9/20/2012

    " Excellent read. Engaging, well developed characters, fascinating storyline with a hint of mystical realism. "

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