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3.22 out of 53.22 out of 53.22 out of 53.22 out of 53.22 out of 5 3.22 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Clyde Edgerton Narrator: T. Ryder Smith Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781436183567
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A musician and songwriter, Clyde Edgerton has penned multiple best-sellers and has had five of his novels named New York Times Notable Books. In The Bible Salesman, Preston Clearwater is scoring cash working a car-theft ring in post-World War II North Carolina. When he picks up 19-year-old Bible salesman Henry Dampier, Preston convinces the kid that he’s an FBI spy. And before Henry knows what’s up, he finds himself in way over his head with no apparent way out.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 2/12/2014

    " I love his books. They are simple, sweet stories. You can visualize his characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 2/10/2014

    " This is a quirky but charming southern tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kadie Sanders | 2/6/2014

    " the audio version is entertaining. the narrator is really great! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 1/30/2014

    " I checked it out from the library on the strength of the Sedaris blurb on the front. Unlike Sedaris, I didn't find it laugh out loud funny, and only really found a couple scenes humorous. That said, it has a good story, and it's told well, with an interesting main character, and his girlfriend is pretty interesting, too. It's a guess, but I bet that there's a lot more going on here than meets the eye, and if you wanted to do a little digging into it you could find some nice Biblical toplogies. Even if you don't find them (and I didn't) it's still entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshua | 1/27/2014

    " Pretty good novel set in the Deep South that flits around in setting--too much flitting around actually--from the early '50s and back. It follows a sweet, naive door to door Bible salesman who is in his early 20s who gets drawn into a car thief ring thinking he's secretly working for the FBI. Lots of colorful southern characters in this short, quick book. Kind of wish it had been set more in the '50s w/ less family flashbacks. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hanje | 1/22/2014

    " Eh...just not my cup of tea. Rod really liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annieamw Wilson | 1/14/2014

    " Amusing, easy to read. Good beach read. Likeable main character. Classic "Southern fiction." "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 T | 1/8/2014

    " bleech. I didn't make it thru ch 1. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marylu Sanok | 11/26/2013

    " This is an okay book, I was told it was funny but I saw little humor in it. I found the story confusing as it travels between time periods. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scot Marvin | 10/10/2013

    " Nice little story about a young man in 1950 who wants to do well and do right and, hopefully, make a lot of money. He falls in love and steals cars for the FBI. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chrissy | 8/11/2013

    " I found out about this book under the "Bookshelf" section of Oprah magazine. This was okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 7/2/2013

    " Edgerton's characters appear simple at first glance but deeper revelations show that sometimes the simple characters offer far greater insight into the profundity of the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 7/2/2013

    " The characters were interesting, but this novel missed the poignancy of Edgerton's other works. There were some very funny moments, but ultimatly they were not enough to carry the novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathie Hagen | 3/31/2013

    " What a great book! I was so pleasantly surprised by how involved I became in the plot & subplots. I'm going to read more of Clyde Edgerton. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Lou | 1/18/2013

    " Wonderful book, couldn't put it down. Loved the discussion of the differences between the two creation accounts in Genesis. One of his best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Fortner | 12/7/2012

    " I found this book in the bargin bin of a grocery store. The book's $5 price tag, and an excerp of a review by David Sedaris, closed the deal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bayneeta | 12/2/2012

    " I enjoy Edgerton. This one was fine but not as good as Raney or Walking Across Egypt . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Stangley | 10/2/2012

    " Okay I had lofty expectations for this book because David Sedaris is used as a quote on the front cover saying how funny the book is. I enjoyed the book, but it is not in the Sedaris category by any means. But a cute story with a mushy ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amanda | 9/29/2012

    " It wasn't bad...but it pretty much feels like nothing happened, really. Very anticlimactic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenda | 1/17/2012

    " I have read every one of Clyde Edgerton's books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug | 1/3/2012

    " I was really liking this book - but wasn't too fond of the end. I thought it was really flowing and was into it, then it just abruptly was over... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marlene | 10/21/2011

    " This book really surprised me with it's humor and style. I was thoroughly enjoying it when he met Marlene and then I was a goner for it. Since that is my name his obsession with her name, repeating it so much, ... well, I felt that he wrote it for me. Silly Marlene, it's not really about you! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hunter Daughtrey | 4/3/2011

    " I felt Edgerton was milking old themes a little too much in this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 1/17/2011

    " I usually absolutely love Edgerton's books, but I was a bit disappointed in this one. Not sure why, but there is no doubt that I will read his next book anyway! Nobody can hit a home run everytime! ;) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 12/12/2010

    " I was a little skeptical at first but it turned out to be a great read. I could barely put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 T.J. | 10/24/2010

    " Enjoyable read, gotta love Clyde Edgerto
    n. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jaime | 9/27/2010

    " What a horrible book. I couldn't even tell you what it was about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 9/18/2010

    " This is a great Southern book, but I think I've OD'd on too many good books lately. Edgerton is original for sure, and he did make me laugh out loud. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teresa | 8/29/2010

    " I really liked Walking Across Egypt and was expecting the same sort of thing. This book was a disappointment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 8/23/2010

    " What a great look at this region of the country and religion! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 7/27/2010

    " A fairly good read. I was a little disappointed at the lack of his humor (haven't read in years since Raney and Walking Across Egypt). Still, the characters were wonderful and the story pulled you along in many avenues of thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grady | 6/21/2010

    " Classic Edgerton. Full of North Carolina's finest fictional, but very real characters. Edgerton is a wonderful storyteller. What fun to read. "

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About the Author
Author Clyde Edgerton

Clyde Edgerton is an American author and creative writing professor. He was born in Durham, North Carolina, and his books are known for endearing characters, small-town Southern dialogue, and realistic fire-and-brimstone religious sermons. His books are full of humor while still respecting the characters’ integrity.

About the Narrator

T. Ryder Smith is an actor based in New York City. He has appeared on Broadway in Equus and in many off-Broadway shows including Passion Play, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and Lebensraum, for which he won a Drama Desk Award. Smith has also made numerous television appearances on series such as Nurse Jackie, Blue Bloods, Law & Order: SVU, and others.