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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (750 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Woodrell Narrator: Nicholas Tecosk Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Shug Akins is a lonely, overweight thirteen-year-old boy. His mother, Glenda, is the one person who loves him—she calls him Sweet Mister and attempts to boost his confidence and give him hope for his future. Shuggie’s purported father, Red, is a brutal man with a short fuse who mocks and despises the boy. Into this small-town Ozarks mix comes Jimmy Vin Pearce, with his shiny green T-bird and his smart city clothes. When he and Glenda begin a torrid affair, a series of violent events is inevitably set in motion. The outcome will break your heart.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A dark, disturbing beauty of a story…Woodrell throws down sentences that will leave you amazed.”

    Charles Frazier, National Book Award–winning author of Cold Mountain

  • “I can’t remember coming across a more precise evocation of innocence lost since Golding’s The Lord of the Flies…Woodrell has written his masterpiece—spare, dark, and incandescently beautiful.”

    Dennis Lehane, New York Times bestselling author of Mystic River

  • “Stunningly accomplished…[Woodrell] has achieved near mastery of style: language, plot, characterization, and theme mesh with a seamless power.”

    New York Times

  • “Shug’s voice is so charged with sincerity, his developing sense of self so believable, that it is impossible not to read this novel in one sitting. Woodrell writes potently about the air of sexuality and violence surrounding the family, but The Death of Sweet Mister never depicts their behavior gratuitously; instead, Woodrell slyly compels the reader to conjure up the disturbing acts of his characters without ever having to describe them. We imagine what his characters imagine, and in doing so, we come face to face with parts of ourselves we either buried long ago or never dared consciously to confront.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Pack[s] a visceral punch…Woodrell’s merciless realism is shot through with humor and rural wisdom…his bleak world is rendered with consummate artistry.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Tecosky’s cool narration becomes downright chilling as Shug learns what he’s willing to do—and what he’s willing to give up—for love.”


  • “Stunning…Woodrell describes the lives of Ozark hill folk with unflinching honesty, but he never fails to find heartbreaking tenderness beneath the hardscrabble surface…A word-perfect conclusion to an unforgettable trilogy of novels.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Woodrell is an absolute master at building tension in relaxed prose, and the novel has a haunting a wonderful force.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amber | 2/19/2014

    " I really liked this book until I got to the end. I really enjoyed the narrative although it was quite melancholy, but then the end was just insane. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ashley | 2/17/2014

    " Daniel Woodrell takes words, strings them together, and breathes life into them - it is extraordinary how unpretentious and genuine his prose is. He is just a crazy talented writer. This is his most heartbreaking novel yet, and it left me deeply affected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nicole | 2/16/2014

    " This short book was quite powerful- very sad and poetic, about a boy's relationship with his mother. The setting in the Missouri Ozarks really set the mood- not an easy life for some. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Orpee7 | 2/16/2014

    " I love his books but they make me glad I didn't grow up where they're set. Dickensian bleakness at times but really wonderful writing. "

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About the Author
Author Daniel Woodrell

Daniel Woodrell lives in the Missouri Ozarks near the Arkansas state line. His five most recent novels were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and Tomato Red won the PEN West Award for the Novel. Two novels have been adapted as major motion pictures: Woe to Live On, filmed in 1999 by Ang Lee as Ride with the Devil, starring Tobey Maguire and Skeet Ulrich, and Winter’s Bone, a 2010 film accepted to the US dramatic competition category at the Sundance Film Festival.

About the Narrator

Nicholas Tecosky, also known as Douglas Berger, is an actor and writer living in Atlanta, Georgia. He cowrote the horror omnibus V/H/S, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012, and produces the Write Club Atlanta live show and podcast.