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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (325 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Keith Lee Morris Narrator: Nick Landrum Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9781440709425
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Keith Lee Morris' The Dart League King has drawn high praise from critics nationwide. Hours before a tense championship dart match in a small Idaho town, five locals must reassess their lives and make fateful decisions. With the sure hand of a master, Morris reveals quiet truths about rural America life. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brendan | 2/19/2014

    " Adrianne recommended this to me and so I ordered it. It is a very well imagined story. I'm always intrigued by the lives of small town losers my own age. Sometimes I flirt with the idea of moving to a small town but then I realize that the things I get away with in NY are not acceptable there. The problems were DUIs, the same ten people sleeping with each other, small time loser drug dealers who work under a kingfish that the locals police are after, and which of the two barts in town to go to play darts. This was a very fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/13/2014

    " I'm tempted to give this book four stars, because its epilogue deserves five (more on this later). However, were it not for the epilogue, the book would rest firmly in the three star category, so there it shall stay. For all of this averageness, however, there is much to recommend in this fast-paced depiction of rural life. The characters are vivid and memorable, despite their conformance to stereotypical country bumpkins. The plot somehow manages to be both predictable (again, confirming our stereotypes regarding these characters) and intriguing at the same time. Finally, Morris truly excels at depicting place. You can see the bar where these characters play darts, the narrow roads that transport them to lake houses, the duplex cottages where so many of their parents waste away. In the book's epilogue, these exemplary renderings of place combine to excellent effect with a cacophony of the novel's voices. It's a remarkable and incredible 30 pages of prose that so far exceeds what comes before that it almost makes you forget what precedes entirely. This book reads incredibly quickly -- I read nearly all of it on a 2.5 hour flight between Chicago and NH. And all of this time was worth it to arrive at its incredible end. In fact, I suspect re-reading this novel knowing what was coming at its end would produce a far more satisfactory experience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 2/12/2014

    " Takes a few minutes to pick up the rhythm of the writing, but by then it has caught you in its undertow...can't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Rodeback | 2/11/2014

    " Thank you, Keith Lee Morris, for sharing these tightly-wrought characters and their finely-wrought world with readers, and thank you, Tin House, for putting Morris' fast-paced, addictive tale into readers' hands. I could scarcely take a break from this narrative, and could scarcely bear to see it end. Like the early work of Richard Russo, whose "Risk Pool" swept me into its small town world with equal measures of humor and anguish, this novel is masterful. Bravo. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darrenglass | 2/3/2014

    " I had heard such good things about this book - heck, it made the Tournament of Books shortlist -- but I have to say I was a bit underwhelmed. None of the characters really grabbed me, and even of books I have read in the last year about the life of pathetic people in small western towns I think it places second to Klosterman's Downtown Owl. It wasnt bad, but it sure wasnt great either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tania | 1/24/2014

    " I need a 1/2 star option. 4 is probably a little high for this one. I was really impressed by it, but towards the end I felt the suspense leading up to the climax became overdone. (I don't know quite how else to phrase it. Clearly I'd be a horrible book reviewer.) Rather than feel like the events unfolded naturally to a conclusion that seemed inevitable, like in Chronicle of a Death Foretold, for example, I was more aware of the writer's hand pulling the puppet strings. And the ending made me want to slap Morris for reasons I cannot divulge without ruining it for those who have yet to read it. Still, very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A. | 1/19/2014

    " This was dark and very strange; the varying POVs made it hard to read, sometimes, but it was compelling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Augie | 1/19/2014

    " A suspenseful fairly well written story starts to go awry half way through when the novel starts to plod and Morris seems obviously trying to create an effect by the layering of detail after banal detail. Even though I didn't buy into the inner lives of a few of the characters I enjoyed the story's structure so I decided to stick with it. Based on the momentum of events there seems to be a big violent pay off coming. But that never happens. Instead we're left with something akin to a One Tree Hill episode. Still- points for the Vince Thompson character. 'Jack the Fuckin Dude' is by itself a good short story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julianna | 11/26/2013

    " Just blurbed this ... It'll be out soon. Check it out! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shemsi | 11/26/2013

    " This was pretty sweet. It seeemed more like a character study. I mean, there wasn't a whole lot of action, but the characters grew. It's definitely more satisfying than a story that's action-packed with 1-dimensional characters. But sometimes a dumb action story is more fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 kim McDonald | 11/25/2013

    " The ending drove me a little crazy, but I enjoyed the story...couldn't stop reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail Baxter | 11/22/2013

    " Good read - did not end up at all as I thought it would! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bob Cutler | 8/7/2013

    " Without the f-word and its kin the book would have been forty pages shorter - and that would have been a good thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 11/12/2012

    " I suppose my hopes were set a bit too high with all of the allusions to Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. The Dart League King was an enjoyable read, just not what it could have been. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marianne Stehr | 9/18/2012

    " This book was horrible. The language is so vulgar and unnecessary, the characters are lazy and one dimensional, the story line is boring, overused and predictable and the ending has nothing to tell for the pain and suffering the entire book served the reader. Stay away at all cost. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Cherubino | 8/25/2012

    " Another absorbing read. The author changes the narrative style from chapter to chapter in a way that reflects the inner life of each character. This makes for an immersive experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenni | 6/11/2012

    " What a phenomenal story written so well. I totally got into the characters and the story-line and never imagined the book ending the way it did. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cg G | 5/18/2012

    " had to turn it back to the library before I finished. don't feel like i missed anything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/11/2012

    " Loved this book...something that I normally don't read but was really impressed! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jt | 5/14/2010

    " Great white-trash read. I'm giving it 4 stars only because I was a little let down by the ending, which didn't live up to the storytelling strength of the rest of the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jbecker36 | 9/30/2009

    " Boring; the extremely long sentences were painful to read. "

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About the Author

Keith Lee Morris is the author of two previous novels, The Greyhound God and The Dart League King, a Barnes & Noble Discover pick. His short stories have been published in New Stories from the South, Tin House, A Public Space, New England Review, and Southern Review, which awarded him its Eudora Welty Prize in fiction. Morris lives in South Carolina, where he is a professor of creative writing at Clemson University.

About the Narrator

Nick Landrum is an award-winning narrator, singer, and voice-over artist. His audiobook work includes The Virgin Suicides, Bob Dylan’s unabridged Chronicles, and he is the voice of the popular Dexter series. Landrum has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards. He lives in Brooklyn with his family.